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Planning For a Winter Wedding or Party; Top Planning Tips for Those Colder Months.

2020 was supposed to be an amazing year. In lots of ways, it still is – (I think we’ve all gained a lot from the stillness) but for the majority of summer 2020 brides and grooms, the silly C word has got in the way of them celebrating their marriages to one another on their original date. On a personal note, I was incredibly excited for this summer, it was set to be the best year for me – my clients were fabulous (still are!) and I had the most amazing weddings set to be going on.

All is not lost of course, the industry has pulled together and Summer 2020 weddings have been postponed, rescheduled and adapted so love can still be. Through the culmination of team work and communication there has been a way.

But, if like me you are missing celebrations like a hole in your right arm – you might look to plan for a winter wedding, special occasion or a ‘just because you can’ party. The majority of my clients plan for marquee and outdoor celebrations which is exactly what I love to do. But, when you mention a marquee wedding or party in January for example, you might just get funny looks. ‘It will be freezing’ ‘what about the rain’ ‘it will go so dark so quickly’ might be some of the things people could say to you.

In this blog, I want to give you some top tips how you can plan for a winter celebration (whether it be a wedding or indeed a 2020 ‘just because’ party) for those colder months. I’ve joined forces with the fabulous Papakata to bring you these expert tips!

1. Heating. Plan for heating within your marquee or tipi. Modern marquees are amazing but ensuring heaters are at least on standby will ensure happy guests. Even if you have a fire pit or alternative fire, you’ll still need heaters too.

2. Drainage. As much as I would LOVE to be able to control the weather as we all would, we can’t ever guarantee a rain free day- check that your land drains well. If it doesn’t, all isn't lost and there are ways around this problem - you may need ‘hard flooring’ if it’s a wet winter.

3. Get you’re a team in place sooner rather than later. Planning activities such as site visits needn’t stop and now will be easier as logistics can be a little trickier in Winter, especially if there’s some snow, or you have an exposed site.

4. Think about 'to and from'. You might want to think about extra ‘tunnels’ or sheltered entrances and exits to transport your guests to toilets – all of these things can be decided with your Wedding Planner but it’s about planning for the worst so you can fully relax on the day.

5. Feel free to wear heels! Just because you’re having a Winter wedding it doesn’t mean you have to go to relaxed or rustic if you don’t want to.

6. Choose a Quality Structure. Papakata's tents are made in America (Sperry) and Sweden (teepee’s) and are built to withstand storms, snow and the worst the British weather can throw at us. Making sure you have a fully water-proof, wind-proof structure can really make or break your party or wedding!

In essence, if you are planning for a wedding even if perhaps it isn't quite your first option, do not despair. Winter weddings can exude cosiness and warmth, making those wedding days or party celebrations even more special. Winter weddings, even in a typical outdoor structure like a marquee are still completely possible and will give your guests memories to cherish for years to come!

If you'd like to chat more about your winter celebration plans, do get in touch, Jess X