Your Winter Wedding Inspiration

Here in Blagdon, Somerset, the beautiful rural setting for Coombe Lodge, our picturesque wedding venue just outside Bristol, we have loved autumn and winter this year and have loved what the season has brought with it. After those beautiful sunny days back in September and early October, we are now enjoying crisp mornings and warm fires. And it’s always a treat to see what our brides and grooms come up with in terms of bringing autumn and winter into their wedding celebrations.

After all, it’s tricky when you’re choosing a wedding date. Do you take a gamble for high summer, and hope that you’ll be celebrating in the blistering sunshine? Or do you plump for one of the ‘shoulder’ seasons and hope that spring or autumn will be unseasonably warm and dry?  

If you are undecided about when to get married, we’d like you to give a bit of thought to the possibility of a winter wedding. Our team has seen many wintery weddings over the years so we thought we’d give you a helping hand in thinking of some ways to bring this gorgeous season in to your special celebration.

1. Weather

Let’s be honest, we never really know what the great British weather is going to do. So in some respects, getting married in winter time is easy as you can be fairly certain that it’s not going to be baking hot sunshine. Whether you are lucky enough to get married on a crisp and crunchy, frosty Somerset day, or a rather soggy and rainy one, it really doesn’t matter. Coombe Lodge has the space and facilities to accommodate you and your wedding party come rain or shine.

2. Clothes

Think beautiful faux furs, tweed, wool, capes, cardigans, jackets – the list goes on. The men in your wedding party will thank you as they’ll legitimately be happy to keep their jackets and ties on instead of waiting for the nod to take layers off.  We have seen so many beautiful accessories that can really help to bring the winter season to life – it’s definitely worth having a look in high street stores for ideas.

3. Photographs

Coombe Lodge offers so many picturesque areas to take your photographs, you’ll be spoilt for choice. That said, getting married in winter might mean that you want most of your pictures to be taken inside and this certainly won’t be a problem. With fireplaces, chandeliers, and sweeping staircases, not to mention our bay windows with stunning views, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to photo backdrops.

4. Food

Here at Coombe Lodge, we can’t write a blog without focusing a little bit on food. It is, after all, one of the things that we’re most famous for and our guests always love choosing meals on behalf of their wedding guests. If it’s likely to be colder for your big day, why not treat your wedding party to a glug of mulled wine or spiced local cider? And for an aperitif you could treat them to our crackling fingers with cider apple compote, or perhaps sesame halloumi bites with chilli jam? And for the main event, this time of year provides the perfect opportunity to feed your guests some beautiful, warming, locally produced food. How about the carved Somerset organic beef sirloin, roasted shallot, gratin dauphinoise with green peppercorn sauce? Or the roasted duck breast and confit leg, Lyonniase potato, chicory with a lentil and blackberry jus? Have a look here to see our menu options – you might find it tricky to decide!


5. Christmas

We can’t really talk about a Winter Wedding at Coombe Lodge without giving a bit of a nod to Christmas. We absolutely love our venue during the festive season, when you walk through the door you’ll find tasteful, traditional decorations that will fit in with any colour scheme or theme that you decide. Christmas really does provide the perfect backdrop to your big day. There is an abundance of greenery to help decorate your tables, and you can include the beautifully festive, rich colour schemes as part of your theme. Think candles, fir, crackers and mulled wine – what a perfect way to celebrate with your loved ones.


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Whenever you plan to get married, Coombe Lodge would love to help. To arrange a look around our beautiful venue, or to talk about your wedding, please give Martha or one of the team a call on 01761 463355.

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