A Classic Cosy Winter Wedding

Tash and Rob chose a Saturday in February at Wasing Park for their magical winter wedding, and it’s easy to see why…

After relocating to Scotland the previous year, they came back home to Berkshire to celebrate their nuptials with friends and family.

The Time of Year

Being a summer baby, Tash always imagined a summer wedding to avoid the cold! However, for a number of reasons, her vision did a 180.

Summer weddings seem to be the tradition, perhaps something that’s learnt from generations before us, but Tash and Rob felt that the benefits of a winter wedding outweighed the tradition of a summer wedding.

‘Budget wise, we knew wedding venues have off-peak rates in the winter months so it seemed like a great way to save some money.’

wedding photography location at Wasing Park, wedding venue near Hampshire

So many couples remark on the need to fit their celebration among holidays, work commitments and other weddings but Tash and Rob felt that by marrying in February they wouldn’t struggle to find a date that everyone was available for, and it meant that they had the wedding countdown to look forward to after Christmas!

‘I’ve always felt that January and February often feel a bit miserable, so why not have something to look forward to? A celebration with all your nearest and dearest, plus an anniversary to enjoy every year! After Christmas everyone was super excited and we spent the next 6 weeks constantly talking wedding, it was great, and no January blues!’.

wedding party celebrating after wedding ceremony at winter wedding at Wasing Park

The Venue

Tash was in a unique position because she used to work at Wasing! There was no doubt in her mind that, even after relocating to Scotland, she would return to Wasing for her wedding day.

‘I had my interview six years prior to getting engaged, but I still knew it would be my wedding venue… in fact I even called my Mum after the first interview and said “I don’t think I got the job, but I have found my future wedding venue!”’

The Ceremony

Tash and Rob chose the Garden Room for their civil ceremony, choosing to say the longer more traditional vows.

‘The Garden Room is a naturally light and pretty room with views over the Castle Barn and gardens, so I didn’t want to over-decorate. We went for soft and romantic, with lanterns and blush rose petals down the aisle and an iron arch full of foliage and blush roses, as if it was growing naturally’

legal ceremony at Wasing Park, exclusive use venue in Berkshire

beaiutiful light ceremony space at Wasing Park, exclusive use private wedding venue in the Berkshire countryside

Colours and Theme

Tash and Rob wanted to stick with deep, wintery colours so chose a navy, burgundy and blush pink colour scheme.

‘I love deep, warming colours but wanted to highlight these with grey and blush pink so it wasn’t flat. I used these colours as a focus for all my planning. Cherubs did our bouquets and decor, and it was perfect!’

Being a winter wedding, it was important for the couple to have lots of candles all around the venue. ‘At home I am always lighting candles and when I am at my parents I love having the fire lit on a winters day. It was very romantic and cosy’

Beautiful bridal bouquet for a winter wedding at Wasing Park, exclusive use private wedding venue in Berkshire

wedding wine and cosy candles in the Castle Barn for a winter wedding at Wasing Park near Hampshire

flickering candles at a winter wedding at Wasing Park in Berkshire

Making it Personal

Tash and Rob had relocated to Scotland for Rob’s career as a pilot, so as a nod to this they used types of planes as their table names and thistles in the button holes, as well as a Scottish quaich for the rings.

Tash was a dancer and used ballet ribbon in her and her bridesmaids bouquets, as well as bows on her dress and their wedding cake.

deep burgundy and blush bridal bouquets for a winter wedding at Wasing Park

Scottish Quaich used for wedding rings at Wasing Park

beautiful traditional wedding cake displayed at Wasing Park in Aldermaston Berkshire

‘It’s these subtle details that we felt make our wedding completely personal’


So that they could ensure a continuation of their colour scheme, Tash and Rob chose to make their own confetti.

‘We spent the summer collecting petals, mainly from roses, and dried them around the house!’

Tash’s mum put her creative skills to use with the boys buttonholes which ensured they could get exactly what they wanted from the local garden centre!

‘We used wax flower, a deep red berry, a tiny blush rose and a thistle which was our nod to Scotland’.

The Girls

Tash wanted her dress to be classic and stand the test of time, and also suit her style and the fact it was a winter wedding.

‘After trying on tonnes of dresses in every shape I narrowed it down to no lace, no sparkle, no sweetheart neckline and not strapless… the list of no’s went on’

Tash finally found her perfect dress at a shop in the Cotswolds… quite a trip away from Scotland but she made it work!

‘I found a dress which could be customised to be my dress and I would only get to try it on when I went to pick it up! Big risk… but exciting, I had a clear vision by this point!’

‘I changed the skirt, removed the petticoats, lowered the ‘V’ back and added buttons to the full length of the train and I couldn’t be happier with the final product!’

Tash found her shoes in the Phase Eight sale, and her chapel length veil was an eBay find!

‘Rob bought me a sapphire and diamond necklace for my 30th birthday, and I had a matching pair of earrings made. On the day I had a number of compliments about the set!’

Beautiful bridal jewellery for a winter wedding at Wasing Park

Wedding Dress and Morning Suite on the bride and groom at Wasing Park

bride and groom wedding photography at Wasing Park

The bridesmaids wore navy and the dresses were a bit of a lucky find!

‘I stumbled across them on the Coast website and ordered 2 straight away. By the time all 4 bridesmaids had tried them on and loved them, they had sold out online… we ended up finding them on John Lewis and brand new on eBay! When there is a will, there’s a way!’

Bridal Party group photography at Wasing Park in Aldermaston near Reading

The Boys

The suits were navy to match the bridesmaid, and because it was winter they opted for tweed waistcoats.

‘We found one online that we liked so my Dad, Mum and Sister went to see it (there is not many suit shops in Scotland as they all wear kilts!). They chose a grey and navy pinstriped trouser to go with a tailed jacket and I bought all the boys a burgundy tie from Marks and Spencer. It all came together really well, even though half the groomsmen ordered the wrong trousers!’

Groom and groomsmen at Wasing Park preparing for wedding ceremony

What was Important?

Tash and Rob felt that a relaxed atmosphere was the most important part of their day. They wanted their guests to feel at ease and part of the party!

‘We love a get together and don’t say no to a night out with friends or drinks with the family, so for us this was everyone we love all together and we wanted to make the most of that!’

‘I think guests were concerned I’d be on edge all day, but I was the total opposite. I had complete trust in Wasing and all the staff, so I felt incredibly relaxed all day!’

Confetti shot at Wasing Park after wedding ceremony

wedding speeches in the Castle Barn at Wasing Park

barn wedding decor ideas at Wasing Park near Reading

Bride and Groom enjoying their first dance with guests

Woodfire Pizza evening food at Wasing Park exclusive use wedding venue in Berkshire

Top Tips

‘Don’t take it all on yourself, book suppliers so you can enjoy the bits you have to do, like the guest list, table plan, suits, dresses etc. Speak to friends and family to get their opinion, they are outside your wedding bubble so might have a good idea you haven’t thought of. Ultimately though its your wedding so go with what you want.’

‘Make the most of it, it goes in a flash. Try to have a few moments together away from the crowd. We found a quiet moment whilst everyone was taking their seats for dinner’

‘I got everyone to send me photos the next day which was fun, we sat looking through all the photos together and could see the day through everyone else’s eyes.

If you could do it again…

‘We would do it again every year just as it was!’

How long did it take to plan your wedding? Would you want more or less time if you were to do it again?

‘8 months, it was just the perfect date in the diary. I knew I wanted a winter wedding so it was either early 2019 or  the following November/December 2019 which would have been over 18 months away. I really didn’t need that much time and you can often benefit from good offers if you book nearer the time! If we weren’t relocating to Scotland I could have organised it for even earlier! We were only engaged at the end of May!’

bride and groom wedding photography at Wasing Park in Berkshire

If you’re planning a winter wedding, we hope you will be inspired by the wedding of Tash and Rob at Wasing Park. If you’ve yet to visit us, we would love to show you around, simply give our friendly Events Team a call on 0118 907 0199 or contact us online.

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