A winter wedding isn’t what most people dream about, especially in South Africa. However, the colder months of the year actually have plenty of appeal for those looking to tie the knot. Think about how much fun you can have with beautiful icy colour schemes, warm fires, and spicy, hot food and drinks.


Another bonus is that a winter wedding is usually quite cost-effective because you get out-of-season rates for most places in South Africa. Just remember, though, if you need a helping hand, an RCS Personal Loan will get you to the altar on time.




One of the biggest trends that popped up in weddings all over Europe and the USA in their last winter was neon and lighting signs. This is a step up from wooden lettering or chalk boards that are so popular in summer weddings.


Brides.com recommends that you use these to brighten up your reception. Signs are fun for photo booth backgrounds, for hanging over the dessert table or bar, and for giving people directions around your venue.




You’re getting married in winter, so why not add plenty of layers to keep everyone warm and make your wedding feel luxurious? Put up hanging rugs on the walls of your reception venue and layer carpets on the floor.


Your dress should also reflect the season and make sure that you aren’t cold on the day. Long sleeves and a high collar are very fashionable for a winter wedding dress. You can also add a faux fur cape or wrap for some extra luxury and elegance. (For more wedding dress inspiration, click here.)


The groom can also indulge in this trend of thick, luxurious fabrics. Velvet is a wonderful winter fabric to use. He can go all out and wear a velvet suit jacket or waistcoat, or just add little touches like a velvet tie or pocket square.




Want your guests to stay warm while you go off and take photos after the ceremony? A hot chocolate station is a fun, trendy alternative to cocktails and canapes at this point. Alternatively, the station can form part of your dessert after your reception meal.


Brit+Co suggests you have a table with hotpots full of hot chocolate, and then all the toppings and extras surrounding the pots for people to dig into. Cinnamon sticks or candy canes are lovely for stirring your drink, and mini marshmallows never fail to delight.




An ice sculpture can be a bit of an obvious choice for décor for a winter wedding. However, the hottest trend, according to The Knot, is to freeze flowers and use this as a statement for your wedding. There are so many ways to incorporate this into your décor, and every way will bring a magical, wintery touch to your nuptials. Try mini blocks of ice on each table as a wintery centrepiece. Another option is to have a big statement piece next to your cake or at the bar.



Now you know how to create a picture-perfect winter wedding that will wow your guests and make you the envy of Instagram. All you need to do is pull the look together by incorporating the trends into your personal style. Need a little help with the budget? Get an RCS Personal Loan to get you to “I do”. You can apply for anything up to R150 000, it’s a fast application process and you get a decision in seconds, and best of all, the cash will be in your account within 24 hours!