So you’ve chosen to have a winter wedding. I’m with you! Winter makes for beautiful photographs, it’s a time for families to come together and who doesn’t love cozying up with their partner when that cold weather sneaks up on us? Whether you’re planning a glamorous New Year’s Eve celebration, an intimate woodland themed ceremony or a romantic Valentine’s Day wedding there are a few tricks and DIY’s every blushing winter bride should know!
First off, around the holiday season venues and churches will often already be decorated, so this is a great time to have a wedding for someone who is looking to save both time and money on décor. We recommend adding your own personal touches using natural greenery like pine and spruce branches, pinecones and winter berries (think DIY wreaths, centerpieces and aisle décor). Choosing a venue with lots of windows is great if you love the idea of a crisp snowy backdrop. Large fireplaces or brick accents are a great way to make your guests feel cozy.
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Depending on your venue you may want to consider supplying your guests with a way to keep warm during your ceremony and reception. If you’re planning on having any part of your wedding outside or in a location that tends to be a bit drafty, you could consider collecting throws and blankets and rolling them up in baskets for your guests to grab on the way to their seats. Alternatively you could also tie them to the chairs themselves to add a functional touch of texture and colour to your décor.
For a winter wedding we LOVE the idea of mixing up cocktail hour with a make-your-own hot chocolate bar! Why not expand on this idea and offer gourmet coffee and tea options as well. Nothing says comfort like a warm beverage. To add a twist to this you could even provide specialty liqueurs for your adult guests. As is the case with some venues, you might need to acquire a special occasions permit to offer your guests this complimentary alcoholic option.
Now that you’ve got your guests all taken care of, let’s talk about how to keep you and your bridal party warm! Part of the magic of a winter wedding is taking photos amongst the sparkling white landscape, with its dark contrasting trees in the distance. However, when we come across these stunning photos we often forget one very important detail: with glittering snowscapes come cold temperatures. Many brides opt for gorgeous faux fur boleros to fend off that winter chill. Another trend we are seeing lately is the cashmere wrap sweater over a tulle or chiffon skirt. Either of these options can look stunningly elegant and allow a winter-bride to craft and customize her own unique vision.
There are a million and one ways to put together a one-of-a-kind winter wedding but we hope these suggestions help you on your journey to your perfect snowy altar! We absolutely love hearing tips, tricks and trends from our readers. Please tell us about your favourite winter wedding ideas in the comments section!