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Top 10 Reasons You Should Have a Winter Wedding in the Yorkshire Dales

Posted: 14th September 2023

From stunning snowy landscapes to cosy venues, explore why winter is the perfect season for your dream wedding in this picturesque region.

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When it comes to planning a wedding, one of the most critical decisions you'll make is choosing the perfect season. While summer weddings have their charm, don't overlook the magic and unique appeal of a winter wedding in the Yorkshire Dales.

This picturesque region in northern England transforms into a winter wonderland, offering couples a dreamy backdrop for their most special day.

Here are the top 10 reasons why you should consider a winter wedding in the Yorkshire Dales.

Breath Taking Winter Scenery

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The Yorkshire Dales' rugged landscapes, rolling hills and charming stone villages take on a mesmerising quality when they're covered in a blanket of frost and snow.

The contrast between the white snow and the rich greenery creates a truly idyllic and simply enchanting fairy tale setting for a winter wedding that your guests will reminisce about for years to come.

Intimate Atmosphere


Winter weddings often have a more intimate feel, as they tend to be smaller, allowing you to spend quality time with your closest friends and family in a warm and cosy setting.

With our fireplace roaring and crackling and candles glowing, your winter wedding will be as warm and cosy as it is romantic and charming.

Starry Nights

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With longer nights in the winter, you can take advantage of the early sunset and crisp twinkling nights to have a romantic evening reception under a canopy of stars.

Consider placing candles around your venue to create a warm and inviting ambiance, and why not take the opportunity to have a photo shoot with sparklers instead of confetti?

Speaking of photo shoots...

Unique Photo Opportunities

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Snow covered landscapes and frosty trees provide a one-of-a-kind backdrop for your wedding photos.

The stunning contrasts between the white snow and your wedding attire will make for unforgettable photographs on your special day.

Is it Cheaper to Get Married in Winter?

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Winter is considered the off season for weddings, which means venues, photographers, and other vendors are often more available (and they might just offer some irresistible discounts!).

With a romantic winter wedding, you can save money without compromising on quality.

Cosy Venue Options

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The Yorkshire Dales boasts a range of charming venues, from historic stone barns to luxurious country estates.

In the winter, Yorkshire Dales venue become even more inviting, with crackling fires, warm interiors and beautiful decorations.

The Gamekeeper's Inn in Threshfield, North Yorkshire is an idyllic countryside wedding venue, covering all your needs from accommodation to catering. Winning the North of England Wedding Awards Best Country Wedding Venue in 2019 (and in the running to win again in 2023!), the stunning Netherside Suite is a perfect backdrop for your romantic winter wedding.

Seasonal Decor

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Winter weddings offer a fantastic opportunity to incorporate seasonal decorations. You can create a romantic and immersive winter wonderland with silvers and greys, shimmering sparkles and snowflakes.

Or if you love the idea of a Christmas wedding, think twinkling lights, pinecones, holly and mistletoe, creating a festive atmosphere that resonates with the holiday spirit.

Delicious Comfort Food


Winter is the perfect season for hearty, warming food.

For your winter wedding reception, consider serving comforting dishes like roasted root vegetables, hot soups and mulled wine to keep your guests cosy and satisfied.

Unique Wedding Attire

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Winter weddings give you the chance to choose from a wider range of wedding attire.

You can opt for long-sleeved dresses, faux fur stoles or elegant velvet suits, adding a touch of luxury to your special day.

Unforgettable Memories

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A winter wedding in the Yorkshire Dales is sure to be a memorable and unique experience for both you and your guests.

From the crisp air to the stunning scenery, your wedding day will be etched in your memories forever.

Your Intimate Winter Wedding: Our Exclusive 2024 Winter Wedding Offer

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If you're dreaming of an intimate Winter Wedding, our exclusive package may be perfect for you.

For dates between 2nd January and 17th March 2024, we have packages starting from just £2,550!

Find out more about our Winter Wedding Package at The Gamekeeper's Inn.

Just got Engaged?

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If you're recently engaged and just about ready to start planning, don't worry if our Winter Wedding Package is a little too short notice for you.

Why not come take a look at our venue at our upcoming Wedding Showcase? It's the perfect way to envision your dream wedding and find the perfect venue for you, whatever season you'll be tying the knot in.

You're cordially invited to our Wedding Showcase on Saturday 21st October between 11am and 3pm. You can see our Netherside Suite dressed for the perfect wedding, meet our dedicated team and speak with out experienced wedding coordinator.

Register online today - we can't wait to meet you there!

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A winter wedding in the Yorkshire Dales offers a magical and unforgettable experience that's completely different from the more traditional summer weddings.

With its stunning scenery, cosy atmosphere, and unique charm, the Yorkshire Dales is the perfect backdrop for a winter wedding that you and your guests will cherish for a lifetime.

So, embrace the season's beauty and plan your dream winter wedding in the Yorkshire Dales.

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