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Before you settle on your date let us tell you about winter weddings. Consider all of the wonderful possibilities a winter celebration has to offer. Perhaps you’ll join the growing number of couples plumping for a June, July or August date.

  1. Magical ambience

Log fires, thousands of fairy lights and an abundance of candles create endless romance during the colder months. You can indulge in deep, rich colour palettes such as burgundy with gold accents or why not create a sparkly winter wonderland?

  1. Cold weather accessories

Don a faux fur gilet, fluffy bolero or even a velvet cape and give your guests soft blankets to snuggle under during the ceremony (these can be hired or double up as favours). Wellington boots and umbrellas are fun, functional props and as an added bonus, the groom and his entourage can get suited up without the fear of melting in the heat.

  1. Comfort food

Think hearty soups, lamb shanks, delicious casseroles and warm desserts – everyone’s favourite “Sunday foods” are best enjoyed in winter. For pre-drinks you could arrange a quirky hot chocolate bar with whipped cream and marshmallows or sherry and mulled wine.

  1. Striking photography

Moody skies, raindrops and misty breath all make for excellent, unusual wedding photos. The natural light at this time of year is soft and flattering. You might strike it lucky with one of those stunning sunshiny winter days that we are so often treated to in Cape Town. Either way, you’ll be assured of catching the sunset before it’s time to head into your reception.

  1. Beat the winter blues

Opting for a low season date will give you and your guests something fabulous to look forward to in what can otherwise be the dreariest few months of the year. At the same time, you get to avoid the madness that comes with the December period and be assured that your friends and family will be available to celebrate with you rather than off on holiday. Additionally, they (and your suppliers) won’t be suffering from “wedding fatigue” having attended a marathon of unions.

  1. Originality

Most brides and grooms are keen to make their big day unique. Hosting a winter event is one surefire way to do this. Yours will be immediately different from every other wedding and you’ll have the opportunity to create lasting happy memories for yourselves and your guests in an original way.

  1. Cost and availability

Because winter is traditionally quieter nearly all venues and other services will offer reduced rates and have more availability. You’ll save big bucks and stand a much greater chance of securing a prime date and all of the best providers. Why not jet off to enjoy the European summer for your honeymoon with all that extra cash?


It’s not hard to see why Hudson’s venue gets booked up for winter. Contact us today to enquire about our limited winter availability and take advantage of the savings of up to 30% on offer.

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