How Do You Keep Your Wedding Venue Warm in Winter?
We love our long, summer days and fully expect them to last forever – maybe that’s why we’re always so woefully unprepared when the colder spells hit. Make sure the inside of your venue is warmer than the outside with these handy tips.
1. CHOOSE YOUR VENUE WISELY
Malta is brimming with beautiful wedding halls, palaces and forts which can be used for your big day. But, what may feel like a refreshing breeze flowing through their large open spaces in June, can easily become a wet wind in December. When attending viewings, clock the sources of heat (such as a fireplace, maybe) and how well-insulated the site is, making sure there are multiple methods of keeping the place warm.
2. SPEAK TO YOUR WEDDING PLANNER / EVENTS MANAGER ABOUT HEATING
So, you’ve chosen the venue and you may (or may not) have identified the visible sources of warmth. Make temperature control a topic on your agenda when having your very first meetings with your wedding planner (if you have one) or the venue’s event’s manager. Questions to ask include: will the fireplaces be well-stocked with wood? Are the windows double glazed? If you’ll be going outside, do they have stand-alone heaters to keep guests warm?
3. COSY THE PLACE UP
There’s nothing more comforting in the colder months than soft furnishings or subdued lighting. Carpets, curtains, cushions on chairs: all these can be put into place to keep an extra layer of warmth between you and the hard, cold basics, while a soft, yellow glow will brighten up the place. And, keep these décor elements in tune with your wedding theme to create a look to remember.
4. PROVIDE SOFT SHAWLS OR BLANKETS
While summer is a nightmare for male guests who are compelled – for the most part – to wear suits, a winter wedding can cast a cold spell over the shoulders of every woman attending. Give some measure of comfort by placing wool or fleecy shawls or blankets over chairs, or stacked up in a well-signed location in the venue. You’ll be thanked to kingdom come for your consideration!
5. HEART-WARMING FOOD
You expend more energy trying to fight the cold so why not choose your menu based on food guaranteed to keep things hot? For example, a naughty, alcoholic version of the classic hot chocolate can greet your guests as they arrive. You can also serve a spicy soup and for mains, keep it comforting with a healthy dose of carbs and meats: chilli con carne would go down a treat. Dessert can be an indulgent apple crumble or chocolate fondante. Forget about your diets for one day!
6. WINTER COCKTAILS AND SPIRITS
Serve your guests seasonal drinks to keep them feeling toasty. Make sure you have plenty of rum, brandy and whisky in your bar, and if your wedding day is especially close to Christmas, order some freshly made mulled wine.