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It seems summer has long been the favourite season to get married. Of course, the sun shining down on us as we say “I do” is always a spectacular addition to the day, but there are many perks of having a wedding in the colder months which are often overlooked.

These perks may just convince you that winter is the way to go.

We tend to define our personalities by relating ourselves to a season. If you describe yourself as a winter person, then a winter wedding will be right up your alley!

West Auckland vineyard best venue for winter wedding

It’s truly amazing how much the season can impact the ambience of a wedding. It’s not just the change in temperature that separates a winter wedding from a summer wedding, but it’s the scenery, bridal wear and guest attire that significantly changes too.

So if you like copper-coloured leaves, glamourous winter fashion and warm decorative tones, consider having a winter wedding. Recognising how beautiful a winter wedding can be, the off-season is becoming a popular choice among Markovina Vineyard Estate’s wedding couples.

West Auckland vineyard best venue for winter wedding

Dramatic photography with a strong sense of romance

It is often difficult for photographers to battle with summer sun, as the position can sometimes hinder the perfect photo opportunity. Overcast skies offer an ambient and flattering backdrop for wonderful wedding photos.

That’s not to say there isn’t such thing as a sunny winter’s day – they’re some of the year’s best. But for romantic and dramatic photography, a touch of cloud (and even wind!) will really bring your photographs to life. Not to mention the fact that you won’t need to squint!

With winter’s earthy tones and lush green grass at Markovina Vineyard Estate, you will have no trouble finding many magical spots to take your wedding photos.

West Auckland vineyard best venue for winter wedding

Unique flower arrangements

Floral arrangements play a significant role in a wedding day as the décor among the bridal party and centre pieces on your guest tables. Bold or blush, the selection of winter flowers proves that the chilliest time of year can be incredibly beautiful.

If you’re concerned about what flowers are in season over winter, we have made a list of some of the more popular types available.

1. Rose

2. Tulip

3. Hydrangea

4. Anemone

5. Peony

6. Freesia

7. Ranunculus

8. English daisy

9. Iceland poppy

10. Snapdragon

Getting creative with winter wedding flowers is easy, and adding a touch of the unexpected is very effective. Think pine cones, rose hips, holly and succulents. Or get your hands on some berries and loose greenery to create a combination of fruit, flowers and foliage.

Here’s an image from The Wedding Florist who put these beautiful centre pieces together for a wedding at Markovina. This gives you an idea of how the extra greenery accentuates the colour in the flowers.

West Auckland vineyard best venue for winter wedding

Fashion that embraces luxurious fabrics and glamourous style

The warmth of summer is largely the reason why we favour that time of year. But it’s sometimes more difficult to cool down than it is to warm up.

It’s hard not to feel a bit sorry for the groom and his groomsmen as they stand at the altar in their suits under the heat of the summer sun.

Traditionally made from wool, a man’s suit is perfect for a cool winter’s day. Any fabric deemed too heavy for summer can be embraced in the winter.

Brides don’t have to sacrifice style for warmth – in fact, it’s quite the opposite!

Go for a fur or faux-fur shrug for warmth with a vintage touch, or have a bridal cape made and keep cosy and snug. For sweet, simple style, wrap up in a cropped cardigan.

Get inspired by all the ideas out there these days. Winter wedding fashion is exquisitely unique.

West Auckland vineyard best venue for winter wedding

It might be considered the ‘off-season’ but having a winter wedding is a romantic and memorable occasion.

Stand out from the rest and plan your wedding in the chilly months at Markovina Vineyard Estate.

Having hosted numerous winter weddings over the years, the team at Markovina know all the tricks and tips to pull the perfect winter wedding together.

Call today to talk to the highly experienced staff and get the ball rolling!

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