9 Cute & Cosy Ideas for Winter Wedding Guests

Planning & Advice

We love weddings whatever the season but there’s something so romantic about winter weddings from roaring fires and candle lit reception halls to warm drinks receptions and the cutest favours. While the weather can of course be a little on the chilly (or rainy) side, there are lots of gorgeous ways to make sure your winter wedding is full to the brim of the cosiest touches to keep guests happy and snug. Here are 9 of our favourite…

1. Warm Savoury & Sweet Treats


After all the post-ceremony chats, guests will be dying for something comforting when they hit the reception. Fresh from the oven scones, toasty mugs of soup and home made crepes will create the most amazing aroma and most importantly, will warm up your guests! Crepes are the winter equivalent to the ice cream van – incredibly delicious and sure to warm the tummy, you can arrange for a little station by Irish company The Crepe Box to pull up outside the Church/ceremony to the delight of your guests. Find out more about their service here.

2. Keep Cosy


Make sure your guests are toasty whether they’re indoors or outdoors by leaving baskets of blankets and throws about for them to cosy up with. Pile them up in an old suitcase or basket and prop a little sign beside them inviting guests to help themselves if they’re on the chilly side. Pick them up in the likes of Penneys or Tiger or borrow a few from family and friends.

3. Hot Chocolate Station


Hot chocolates are amazing at any time of the year but it goes without saying guests will only be too delighted to wrap their hands around a nice big mug of cocoa to warm up after the Church, dinner or as a late night post-dancing sweet treat. Set up your own little hot chocolate bar with marshmallows, (we love these heart versions above), chocolate sprinkles and even some whipped cream. Nom.

4. Tea & Coffee on Demand


You can’t go wrong with a tea or coffee station where guests can help themselves to top ups. It’ll create a nice homely vibe and if you’re looking to make it a bit of a focal point, vintage china will make it look extra pretty. We also love the idea of leaving out coffee cup sleeves with your guests names on them or some pens so guests can doodle on them themselves! Warm winter inspired cocktails, mulled wine, hot whiskies or warm apple cider will also go down a treat if you’re after an alternative to Champagne.

5. Little Extras


If you’re looking to make sure guests are extra comfy, bathroom baskets can come in really handy. Fill them with all the usual necessities like safety pins, deodorant, bobbins etc. and make yours seasonal by adding in some hand warmers (check out the tutorial for these cuties above over on Swoon Studio) and lip balms, always useful at this chilly time of year. Both would make awesome favours as well so you could pop one by each person’s seat or leave some in baskets so guests can help themselves.

6. Cute Mug Favours


Winter is a time for snuggling up with a cup of something warm by the fire, so mugs are the perfect favour idea. Pick up old vintage tea cups or bulk buy some plain mugs in the likes of Ikea and personalise with cute slogans and quotes or your guests names.

7. Take Home Drinks


If you don’t fancy giving your guests a gift of a mug, take away drinks are another absolute winner! They’re practical, tasty and they won’t cost a fortune to make up. Pick up mason jars or pouches, bulk buy some coffee granules, tea leaves or cocoa and make up cutesy packages for your guests to enjoy at home some cold evening or even on the way home!

8. Pine Cone Fire Starter Favours


Pine Cone Fire Starters are another budget-friendly favour idea that won’t get left behind and we love the heartfelt message that couples use with them from ‘Flame of Love’ to ‘You Warm our Hearts’. Check out how to make them here.

9. Cover Ups


Ensure your guests are prepared for all eventualities by having some umbrellas by the door they can borrow! If you’re going to be somewhere especially messy like a forest, you could even leave some wellies lined up for guests to use or have some gloves in a basket to keep the cold at bay if it’s sure to be chilly.

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