With winter well and truly on our doorstep (and the countdown to Christmas underway), weddings and events manager Rachel Leon shares her top tips for bringing in the warmth and festivity of the most wonderful time of the year into your barn wedding, taking inspiration from the sights and sounds of the season to make your winter reception shine.
The colours of Christmas
Achieve warmth with a rich feature colour in your décor, such as burgundy or forest green complemented with white and glittering gold accents to bring the “merry and bright” feel to your reception. Plus, nothing evokes rustic charm in a barn space like foliage to bring the outside in. Add some delicate mistletoe or eucalyptus to tables, or go all-out with a dazzling Christmas tree which will no doubt draw plenty of attention and serve as the perfect backdrop for wedding guest selfies!
Those Christmas lights keep shining on
Once daylight gives way to the dark of a winter’s evening, there’s no better décor accent than candlelight. You don’t have to be limited to adorning your tables either: floating tea lights from centrepieces and stacks of pillar candles around your reception will amplify the romance and warmth of your gathering.
A winter-warming welcome
You can have a lot of fun with your choice of welcome drink! There is plenty of time to pop Champagne throughout your big day (and no-one will begrudge you opting for the classic), but why not offer the warmest welcome to your guests with a glass of mulled wine or a boozy hot chocolate on arrival? You can even go for a twist on the popular “pimp your Prosecco” stations we see at receptions now by offering a stand with all manner of treats for guests to personalise their hot drink to their own tastes.
(Not so) silent night
The soundtrack to your celebration can go a long way to elevate the occasion and create a fantastic festive atmosphere: an acoustic live act or playlist featuring romantic guitar covers of your favourite Christmas tunes is a subtle way to spread the festive cheer. All the same, you’ll be forgiven for cranking the cheesy Christmas tunes on the dancefloor, if you are opting for an evening disco!