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Wedding Ideas How to plan the perfect winter wedding at Hodsock
How to plan the perfect winter wedding at Hodsock

How to plan the perfect winter wedding at Hodsock

There’s something about a winter wedding that gets us every time. Effortlessly elegant, a winter wedding seems to have that added touch of romance, especially at Hodsock Priory. Our historic country house wedding venue, on the border of Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire, is an unforgettable setting for your big day whatever the season – but in winter it’s pure magic. Log fires, flickering candlelight and grand chandeliers? We’ve got it all. If you’re looking for ideas on how to plan the perfect winter wedding at Hodsock, we’ve got all the inspiration you need right here. Mince pies and mulled wine at the ready, we’re going in…

Photo: Pears Photography | Direction & Make-up: Danielle Milnes | Hair: Jodie’s Pin Ups | Florist: Ivy & Bloom | Models: Sally Smith and Leon Richardson | Venue Stylist: All Occasions Venue Stylist

Embrace rich colours

A winter wedding gives you the perfect chance to celebrate with a rich colour scheme. Bring the drama with dark shades of plum, or channel a luxurious feel with metallic shades – what better excuse to splash out on those gold glitter Jimmy Choos, hey? 

At Hodsock Priory we love the classic feel of red for a winter wedding. Simple touches like red roses in your bouquet, berry details on your table settings or deep red chair backs, create a gorgeously seasonal feel.

Bride looking out of window at Hodsock Priory carrying a red rose bouquet and wearing a winter wedding floral crown
Photo: Pears Photography | Direction & Make-up: Danielle Milnes | Hair: Jodie’s Pin Ups | Florist: Ivy & Bloom | Model: Eloise Ridge

Winter tablescapes

Throwing your winter wedding reception in Hodsock Priory’s Pavilion gives you the chicest of canvases to put your stamp on things. With capacity for 130 for dining (then 240 for your evening party), there are so many ways you can wow your guests. Whether you have a clear vision (and multiple Pinterest boards) of how you want to style your day, or you’re really not sure, our wedding team can work with you to bring something fabulous to life. Your table settings are a great opportunity to pull your wedding theme or style together.  From contemporary winter whites to more traditional berry shades, Hodsock Priory has helped create some incredible tablescapes. 

Winter wedding red tablescape wreath at Hodsock Priory
Winter wedding red tables set up at Hodsock Priory
Winter wedding red tablescape at Hodsock Priory
Winter wedding red tablescape at Hodsock Priory
Photos: Fly On The Wall Photography
Snowy christmas tree decoration for winter wedding at Hodsock Priory
Photo: Pears Photography | Venue Stylist: All Occasions Venue Stylist | Florist: Ivy & Bloom

Oh, Christmas tree

If you want to embrace the season in all its Christmassy glory, Hodsock Priory is the place to do it. Our historic interiors are dressed with the most stylish of Christmas trees and festive touches, which will make the perfect backdrop to your wedding photos.

Christmas tree in the Panelled Hall at Hodsock Priory
Photos: Fly On The Wall Photography

Hodsock’s Buchanan Hall, with space for up to 100 guests, is an elegant space for your wedding ceremony. For winter vows, just add twinkling candlelight and an oversized wreath for the end of the aisle, to add some Christmas magic.

Celebrate the setting

Did you know Hodsock Priory is exclusive yours for the whole day? That means you and your guests are free to explore all the sumptuous surroundings and cosy corners we have to offer. From drinking signature couple cocktails in our glamorous House Bar to catching up with old friends in the atmospheric Panelled Hall, there’s plenty of space to make yourself at home. 

A cosy corner of Hodsock Priory
Photo: Fly On The Wall Photography

And, of course, no winter wedding would be complete without a roaring log fire. The sight, sound and smell of a real log fire feels instantly welcoming, so we’ll make sure our fires are lit and kept going all day for you and your guests. 

log fire in Hodsock Priory's Panelled Hall
Photo: Megan Wilson

Winter wedding food

Our talented chefs can devise the most incredible, mouth-watering wedding menu, packed full of the best seasonal produce and ingredients. If you’ve got a dream winter menu in mind, we’d love to chat. Working with couples to come up with the perfect big day menu is all part of the service at Hodsock Priory. Oh, and when it comes to the ultimate cheese board and matching wine, we’ve got you covered.

Cheese board with grapes and figs at Hodsock Priory
Photo: Maytree Photography

Head outside

The winter light at Hodsock Priory is something else. With five acres of picturesque formal gardens and views out across the rolling Nottinghamshire countryside, just wrap up warm and explore the grounds as newlyweds. As the sun starts to set, that low winter light creates the dreamiest, romantic setting for the most stunning of wedding photographs.

And, if you’re lucky…

Sadly, it’s the one thing we can’t guarantee for your winter wedding at Hodsock Priory, but we’ll keep everything crossed for at least a sprinkling of snow. Turning the Hodsock estate into a winter wonderland, it’s the cherry on the (Christmas) cake. Just take a look at this…

Snow at Hodsock Priory

Book your winter wedding at Hodsock Priory

Feeling suitably festive and inspired? We’d love to show you around our beautiful exclusive-use wedding venue. Click here to get in touch and arrange a viewing with our friendly wedding events team. 

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