Winter Wedding Ideas & Themes

There’s something extra special and magical about winter weddings. Romance is definitely alive and in full swing during this cool season. Keep your wedding planning and decorating options open as we provide you with these handy ideas and themes that will make your big day the most wonderful time of the year.

Bouquet Arrangement

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Winter is a time for nature to thrive. Make a statement as you walk down the aisle with these helpful tips on how to complete your bridal look with the bouquet as your main accessory. Go green! Mix in white and ivory petals with fresh fern and evergreen. A touch of bright red, such as with roses or carnations, paired with mini pinecones is also a trendy idea. Top it off with a ribbon!

Tabletop Garland

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Get festive with your table settings.Try using dried eucalyptus, twig, or pine to make a vibrant runner full of green. Lights and candles, along with a seasonal tablecloth, may also be added for a fuller and detailed finish. Whether your tables are going to be arranged lengthwise or in a circle, a centerpiece isn’t really needed with these lovely décors

Scented Candles

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Furnish the ambiance of your wedding reception with the season’s popular fragrances, including favorites like cinnamon, cedar, apple, and pine. Dim lighting will set the perfect vibe for these candles to fill the room with the crisp scents of winter.

Hot Cocoa Bar

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Add a little winter cheer to your wedding with this classic holiday drink (don’t forget the marshmallows). Keep your guests warm and cozy with no need of ditching the whole candy bar idea. Opt in for adding candy canes and peppermint flavored treats as desserts and décor. Baked goods are also a great idea.

Jingling Favors

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Tree ornaments are the perfect favors to give your guests as an ode of remembrance to your big day. Whether you choose to print your names and wedding date on them or not, your guests are sure to find it as a warm gesture. Useful gifts are the best kind of gifts!

Colored Themes

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Red and green are an obvious choice for your color scheme, but there are definitely other winter hues to choose from.White, silver, gold, and a lightly shaded red tones are relevant patterns to use for your décor throughout the ceremony and reception. This can play a major role in picking out fabrics and linens for tables, chairs, and draperies.Ivory is another hot color that’s been trending this season.

Rustic Theme

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Wooden accents, such as log plate settings, wooden chairs, and woven branch baskets are perfect props for this type of setting. Another clever idea is tying cinnamon sticksto escort cards. Cranberries and pomegranates can be also used to top off your theme with minimal yet bold color.

Winter Wonderland Theme

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Turn your venue into a wonder-filled winter dream with these icy features. Crystals can be hung from the ceiling, and also placed within the centerpieces. A fun DIY that will give the greens a cool character is spray painting leaves with silver tips or dipping them in glitter. To set the tone of the hall, blue lighting can give off a brisk elegance.

Winter Weddings Dos and Don’ts

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A winter wedding can be a beautiful and unique choice. There’s something special about the winter breeze and the thought of snow can create a truly magical wedding photo backdrop. However, a winter wedding can pose some special challenges that you wouldn’t have with a spring or summer ceremony. To help your wedding plans go smoothly, here are some dos and don’ts for those wanting to have a winter wedding.

DO remember to give plenty of advance notice. People tend to be very busy traveling during the winter months. Remember to send your wedding invitations early so your guests can save the date and not overbook. Doing this as soon as possible is key when planning a winter wedding, especially if your wedding will be close to, or on a holiday. This will make it more likely that your guests will be able to attend.

DO consider wedding insurance. Winter weather is something that is out of your control. Consider getting wedding insurance to give yourself some “peace of mind” if inclement weather causes last minute changes from your vendors or venue. This will help you financially if you need to hire someone new at the last minute or have to reschedule the date altogether. Get your wedding insurance as soon as possible to make sure you’re covered if bad luck strikes.

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DON’T forget to keep your guests warm. The number one concern for winter weddings is the weather. Don’t let your guests freeze on the day of the wedding. Instead, plan ahead to keep them warm. You will want to have either all or the majority of the day’s activities indoors. If you have some portion of the day outdoors, such as the ceremony or the cocktail hour, plan to keep your guests happy and warm. Consider having heating lamps, fire pits, and baskets of blankets around for your guests to use. This same idea applies to the wedding party. If they are going to spend some time outdoors, consider providing coats or warm shawls a part of their ensemble.

DO help your guests plan for the cold. Let guests know how much of the day will be taking place outside. This will ensure that they dress warmly. A good place to note this is on your wedding website.

DO embrace the style of the season. Winter weddings are a great opportunity to have a wedding that has a special look. When you’re planning your wedding ensembles and wedding decor, embrace the look of the season. A winter wedding is a great time to add some sparkle or use rich, deep colors. The same goes for when you’re planning your menu- you can use foods of the season, like hot cider and molten cakes, to give your day a seasonal touch.

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DO light up the night. Remember that it gets dark much earlier in winter. This is a great opportunity to use light to your advantage. Consider using lots of candles, string lights, or other specialty lights in your decor to give your wedding that winter twinkle.

DO remember to take your pictures early. Again, remember that it will be dark early on a winter’s day so plan for you pictures accordingly by scheduling them in the morning or very early afternoon.

DON’T worry about the weather on your wedding day. Nature is one thing that’s totally out of your control so don’t spend your special day worrying about it. You’ve planned ahead as much as you could so let your preparation do the work. Relax and enjoy your magical winter wedding.