Amy Jagger, events organiser at Carlton Towers on planning a winter wedding


There's nothing quite like a wedding with the chance to choose wonderful, luxurious gowns and more dramatic venues, says Amy Jagger, events organiser at Carlton Towers, North Yorkshire

Summertime may bring sunshine and bouquets of roses but winter can conjure up romantic moonlit moments and unforgettable wonderland settings. During the early months of 2013 many newly-engaged couples will be sharing in the excitement of planning their wedding day in time perhaps for next winter. Even if the date is still many more months ahead, we at Carlton Towers, hope to help you make the best choices.

Carlton Towers, between York and Doncaster, hosts beautiful weddings all year round but staff here agree nothing is quite as exciting as planning a winter wedding.

It could be something about the cosiness of a roaring log fire at the wedding breakfast or the simply stunning photograph opportunities with pristine winter backdrops. Together with Alexia Bridal Designs, we’d like to suggest just some of the reasons why a winter wedding could add a little something extra special to your big day.

For example, a winter wedding dress can be as elaborate as you want without worrying about being uncomfortable. Many brides struggle with beautiful but heavy and many-layered dresses in humid summer months making it difficult to relax and enjoy the day.

Beaded bodices and satin ruffles are a breeze in the cooler months. Rich colours and brighter hues contrast perfectly against cool wintry settings - such as crimson or emerald green. Although colourful wedding dresses are worn all year round, they somehow make more of a statement in the winter months.

Likewise, opting for white with a splash of colour perhaps in the form of embroidery can add uniqueness to your look. Because the dress itself is detailed it needs only subtle accessorising perhaps with drop earrings and a bracelet.

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Castles and country houses, such as Carlton Towers, are made for big parties and winter weddings offering a dramatic background made even more interesting with evergreen foliage sprinkled with flowers of gold and silver for table centre pieces and room decoration. Imagine a December wedding made more special with the magic of Christmas - the perfect time to wear a heavy satin gown with a bodice trimmed with pearls and sparkling jewels.

Find out more about exclusive weddings at Carlton Towers. Call 01405 863656 or email

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