is a Danish/Norwegian word
that loosely translates to a feeling of cosiness,
for comfort and celebrating the feeling of warmth,
love, and intimacy.
A key feature of hygge is that it revolves round
connecting and being with loved ones, nature, and
simplicity - getting back to basics, prioritising
what is important, and being in the moment.
Typical articles about creating a hygge atmosphere
in the home focus on cold weather, fires, hot
drinks, and warm throws. Not something you'd
normally think about in a heatwave! But if you step
away from the way interior decorators have
appropriated the term and the concept, and go back
to the original definition, hygge creates a feeling
of sanctuary, and a hygge wedding is a perfect way
to beat the heat and have a cosy and comfortable
Being comfortable and
When it is cold and dark
outside, warm fires, cuddly sweaters,
comfort food all create and atmosphere of cosiness.
When it is hot outside, being inside in the cool can
do the same. It is no accident that homes in very
hot climates are often dim inside. So dim the
lights, or perhaps schedule the ceremony for early
evening, wear warm-weather comfortable clothing (no
three piece suits), and turn up the aircon.
Gather loved ones
A cosy wedding is, by
definition, a small affair you share with close
loved ones. Trim the guest list. Being
surrounded by people with whom you have a close
connection is a big feature of a hygge wedding.
And so is dispensing with a wedding party and
choosing parents, grandparents, or other loved
ones for your official witnesses.
vases filled with gum branches can look amazing. A few
candles can up the feeling of intimate cosiness
without increasing the temperature. Just be fire-aware
when choosing the candles and deciding where to place
Keep the menu
simple. There are summer comfort foods that everyone
loves, but don't forget that you can serve hot drinks
on a warm day. As the composer Guiseppe Verdi reminds
Research bears him out.
the smell of coffee in a room makes 90% of the people
there experience a feeling of well-being. It
stimulates the brain and generates a sense of
pleasure. Exactly what you want at your wedding.