5 Things We Love About Winter Weddings

There’s no denying the beautiful New Forest national park makes an enchanting setting for a wedding whatever the season, but at Careys Manor, we think the most romantic time of year for our country hotel as a wedding venue has to be winter.

This winter, our ‘Love At Frost Sight’ wedding package makes the perfect choice for couples looking to embrace the cold and with a ‘we do’, surrounded by winter whites and the dim glow of candlelight. If you’re engaged and seeking a wedding venue in Hampshire, our hotel is worth a visit.

Still need some convincing? Here are five things we love most about winter weddings:

1. The Touch of Frost

Chances are, you weren’t expecting the weather to make it so high on the list of a winter wedding round-up. But, you’re forgetting how magical a winter setting can be! Picture the beauty of your wedding photos, captured in frosty settings, with twinkles all around and laughter under an umbrella when the drizzle comes. Then, in contrast to the winter whites, there’s also the natural golden glow that comes with early sunsets and the low position of the sun this time of year, casting shadows and contrast to add an extra density to your scene. A wedding in the New Forest in winter also has the added value of capturing beautiful photography out in the country, where the miles and miles of heathland paint the most captivating backdrop.

2. The Seasonal Décor

Winter flowers are just as beautiful as their spring/summer counterparts. With the choice of rich, gothic colours filled with deep reds and purples; pure whites; soft green foliage or natural pinecones, your centrepieces are sure to take your guests’ breaths away. The dark afternoons also offer the opportunity for pretty fairy lights and romantic candles to be dotted around the room. Our hotel wedding venue rooms are perfectly set up to hang fairy lights from the ceiling and run candles up the aisle.

3. The Feasts

Comfort food is served at its best at a winter wedding. Your all-inclusive winter wedding package at Careys Manor could include fun evening menus like a hot chocolate station with marshmallows, gingerbread biscuits and donuts or a waffle station with chocolate sauce, berry compote, Chantilly cream, bananas and caramel sauce! There are so many opportunities for good wedding food this season; keep warm with a delicious hearty meal like Moroccan spiced slow cooked lamb shoulder or Coulibiac of Loch Duart salmon with new potatoes, tender stem broccoli and salsa verde.

4. The Memories

Of course when it comes to any wedding, it’s all in the detail. Make your wedding favours stand out with a wintery gift to treasure – from mini bottles of indulgent Baileys, to tea light holders or even sparklers to light up the sky once the wedding breakfast is over, you’re guaranteed to make memories with a winter wedding in the New Forest.

5. The Attire

If you’re a bride who loves fashion and playing around with different fabrics and textures, a winter wedding could be the perfect choice for you – you’ll have the opportunity to layer up, which wouldn’t be possible during the warmer months. Imagine twirling in an embellished wedding dress, gliding down the aisle surrounded by tulle, or posing outdoors in a feathered bridal bolero. Bridesmaids will look chic in sleek velvet and faux fur stoles, whilst the groomsmen look dapper in tweed. There’s certainly no issue with staying warm whilst looking super stylish!


Looking to book your winter wedding? Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa is a Hampshire wedding venue full of charm. Discover our winter wedding package ‘Love At Frost Sight’ and contact our team to find out more or make a booking.


Photography by Lemontree Photography and décor by Little Lillies