a winter elopement with a hygge feeling

a winter elopement with a hygge feeling

Come away with me...

‘Come away with me and we’ll kiss on a mountain top…’ 

Listening to the honeyed tones of Norah Jones singing these beautiful lyrics perfectly captures the feeling of a ‘hygge’ (pronounced hoo-ga) winter elopement.

The month of January is named after Janus, who could turn one face to reflect on the past and one to face the future of a fresh new year. It’s the perfect time to plan a winter elopement, with the stresses and strains of the festive season behind us. The months of January and February are filled with twilight days. Spring still feels distant, and our instinct is to nurture and nourish body and soul.

A bride and groom share a kiss in the hills with snowy mountain tops in the distance
A bride and groom kiss on a wintry mountain top

The essence of hygge

‘Hygge’ was the word of the year in 2016, and the concept continues to speak to us in a world that seems to rush on by. The idea of Scandinavian coziness sits beautifully alongside winter nuptials, with snowy weather, log fires and candlelight creating a Nordic vibe. Taking pleasure in contentment and togetherness, a winter hygge wedding wraps you up in a blanket of love. The happy, feel-good memories from your special day will warm your heart for years to come.

A newly married couple snuggle under a blanket to keep warm as they enjoy a winter picnic
A bride and groom enjoy a winter picnic, snuggled beneath a blanket.

A sense sensation

Eloping in these wonderfully wintry months is a holistic experience. All the senses delight in a relaxing and rejuvenating winter wedding escape. The winter elopement experience starts from the moment you arrive. Breathe in the clean, crisp air. Sip a fragrant cocktail nestled beside an open fire and let any pre-wedding worries melt away. Rural hideaways with exclusive access provide peace and tranquillity, and home-from-home reception rooms give ‘hyggekrog’, or a comfortable place to sit. Lovingly prepared treats and warm hospitality add to a sense of being cherished. The scent and taste of cinnamon and ginger, cream liqueurs, or homemade artisan grazing platters are an indulgent treat with a nod to Scandinavian tradition.

A sharing platter filled with delicious handmade artisan foods for a wedding picnic

Budget friendly

Getting married doesn’t have to be incredibly stressful and horribly expensive. A winter elopement creates a simply beautiful wedding experience that brings you joy. Nature provides the best possible backdrop to this wedding style. Whilst access to stunning lake and mountain areas is free, the views are priceless, so look for settings in amazing landscapes. Find a winter elopement venue that is dressed in essential ‘hygge’ ingredients. Fairy lights, candles, lanterns, and garlands inspired by nature create a magical ambiance without additional cost to couples. Consider vintage gowns or jewellery, and wedding outfits made from natural materials to keep the look relaxed and affordable. Cloaks and capes made from recycled wool in wintry tones are kind to the environment and your pocket. A low-key natural style with simple hair and makeup and seasonal fresh flowers is the perfect hygge bridal look.

A smiling bride with natural hair and make up and simple wedding gown enjoys a winter elopement
A bride with a natural style in a simple wedding gown.

Natural instincts

The philosophy behind the hygge approach is to bring natural elements into your environment. Ivy and holly make perfect winter garlands to dress fireplaces and ceremony tables. Wooden floors inside complement the natural beauty outside and seasonal fresh flower arrangements bring the outside in. Consider choosing a photographer to accompany you on an adventure into the hills and woodlands surrounding your venue. The stillness of a frosty winter landscape against wild, dramatic skies creates breathtaking wedding portraits. A wintry photo shoot makes your return to the warmth of sweet hot chocolate or mulled wine even more welcome too!

A bride and groom embrace in a wintry landscape after their winter elopement
An elopement photo shoot in a wintry landscape

time for togetherness

The concept behind a hygge-inspired winter elopement is to turn your wedding day into a sanctuary. Daylight hours will be short, so find a venue that envelops you in an inviting environment. If you’re lucky, outside the window may be a winter wonderland, so a place that creates a feeling of well-being on the inside is a must. Consider venues with a honeymoon suite if you’re seeking a little more indulgence away from the rest of the world in your ‘wedding bubble’. Enjoy your first date night as a married couple with a hearty, wholesome meal, then return for a nightcap and a luxurious bed to sink into. Awake the next morning to a delicious healthy breakfast in your own private suite and take in all the wonderful anticipation that comes with knowing a new chapter awaits.

A bride and groom enjoy a glass of mulled wine by candlelight in a wedding barn
A couple enjoys a nightcap after a winter elopement wedding

our luxury winter HYGGE elopement

Tailored to suit your perfect day, our new relaxing and rejuvenating winter hygge escape provides warmth and comfort in the most idyllic surroundings and exclusive use of our authentic Lakeland home. 
Read more about this exclusive special wedding deal for Januaty and February 2024



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