Winter may not be the most popular season to get married in, but famous couples around the world have shown it can be done in style.
Earlier this year Monaco's royal sweethearts Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo tied the knot in a fairy tale, candle-lit ceremony, while The Queen and Prince Philip chose the month of November to throw their royal nuptials back in 1947.
Read on for the top ten reasons to hold a winter wonderland wedding, as suggested by The Bristol Hotel.
Having a winter wedding is often better value and there's more availability among suppliers
1. It's romantic – Cold weather provides the perfect excuse to snuggle up to the one you love and where better than on your wedding day? Moreover, grooms will be more comfortable in their suits and brides need not worry about their make-up melting in the heat, as they would in summer.
2. Wedding dress – Brides can keep warm in something super stylish à la Dr Zhivago, like a beautiful fur wrap, a fluffy bolero or a romantic silk velvet cloak, avoiding the self-consciousness that so often comes with a strapless summer dress.
3. Bouquet – Winter provides an opportunity to get creative with your bouquet; instead of going for fresh flowers, introduce feathers, silk flowers, crystals or even Christmas baubles if the timing is right.
4. Honeymoon – An overseas honeymoon is going to be appreciated so much more when you're escaping the depths of a British winter.
5. Guests – You're more likely to get all the people you really want at your wedding, as there is less likelihood that your wedding clashes with another one or someone's summer holiday.
A winter bride can accessorise their bouquet with crystals or even Christmas baubles
6. Value – Most services (venues, photographers and sweet buffets to name a few) are prepared to offer a discount during the off-peak winter months, making a winter wedding perfect for those brides on a budget.
7. Availability – You're more likely to secure your hairdresser, your favourite bridal photographer, you name it, because there are less weddings taking place.
8. Fun and quirky – There are lots of fun and quirky elements you can introduce to a winter wedding, such as a snow globe as a topper and mugs of mulled wine or hot chocolate instead of sparkling wine or champagne.
9. It's different – A winter wedding will brighten up the dark days and guests are more likely to remember it, as they are few and far between compared with summer ceremonies.
10. More time – Less brides asking questions means that every wedding supplier that you use will have more time, enabling them to provide a higher level of personalised service than usual.