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When choosing the wedding date, we consider that the winter months are Like a best kept secret If you’re still not convinced, we promise these winter wedding ideas will make you want to visit the closest mountain wedding venue and plan your own snow covered wedding. From panoramic forest views to cozy candlelit spaces and the joy of the holiday season, winter weddings bring a new level of romance.
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Transform your big day with these gorgeous winter wedding ideas.
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Unless you live in a region where temperatures are warm year-round, most winter weddings will require indoor venues. If you are planning a formal wedding, ballrooms in hotels, country clubs, and banquet halls can be especially elegant when decorated with seasonal decor. Rustic venues like ski resorts and barns are perfect for creating a winter wonderland setting if you’re looking for a woodland wedding theme. These venues typically have scenic overlooks that can serve as impressive venues for outdoor winter ceremonies – just be sure to keep your vows short and sweet so guests don’t get too cold!
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Winter weddings can be from mid-November to early March. Getting married during the winter has some benefits that are not necessarily experienced at other times of the year. While November through February is better known as the engagement season, it’s also a great time to get married – you can benefit from lower prices, more availability, and less competition during this time.
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Holiday colors, such as red, green, and gold, are popular for couples getting married during the winter, especially during the holidays. This is the perfect palette if you and your OS love Christmas (like this couple from North Carolina) and want to show the spirit of the season on their big day. For a more modern take on the combination of bright red and forest green, try burgundy and sage instead.
If a festive palette isn’t your style, don’t worry, there are plenty of other winter options to choose from that are just as gorgeous. The jewel tones (think emerald green, plum, cobalt blue, and amber yellow) will put a moody and dramatic spin on your big day. This type of palette is ideal for glamorous and modern styles. Pairing these shades with metallic accents will really make them pop, and a little sparkle will add a seasonal touch to the decor. If you’re looking for something sophisticated and classic, you can’t go wrong with winter black and white. Accent this timeless duo with blush or powder blue for a softer look, or add gold, silver or red for a more formal take.
Getting married during the winter does not mean that you have to use Christmas themed décor, but there are definitely ways to incorporate seasonal elements in a sophisticated and tasteful way if you wish (take a look at this stylish ceremony in Greece for some winter wedding ideas). The trick is to choose a cohesive look, choose items wisely, and remember that sometimes, less is more – you definitely shouldn’t go overboard with holiday-related details (we’re talking ornaments, reindeer, snowmen, faux icicles, etc.) .
The winter wedding style also places a strong emphasis on elements inspired by nature and bringing the outdoors in. Pineapples, birch branches, and even faux fur accents will add a cozy, wintry touch to your big day.
Lastly, focus on using lighting to create the perfect atmosphere. String lights and groups of candles will give your space a romantic glow, especially if you are having a wedding in the evening. Amplify the glow by using mercury glass containers, metal charging plates, or strands of crystals that will catch and reflect the light.
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When we think of winter wedding stationery, we think of sparkles, snowflakes, and pine motifs. These options are very good if you are going to enjoy a traditional Christmas wedding. This bright red invitation suite with a gold hand-lettered envelope gives us a modern, mid-century chic vibe.
If you want your stationery to be seasonal but subtle, try incorporating laurel wreaths, foil accents, horn motifs, polka dots, or your wedding monogram. Are you feeling indecisive? An all-white stationery suite with gold or silver accents is always an elegant and festive option to set the tone for your winter wedding.
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Seasonal winter flowers include amaryllis, buttercups, and anemones. You can combine them with flowers that bloom throughout the year, such as roses, calla lilies, hydrangeas, and carnations. Berries, pine cones, dusty miller, and eucalyptus are some of the most popular accents for winter wedding bouquets and centerpieces.
Greenery looks gorgeous any time of year (take these ideas for proof), but this floral trend takes center stage at winter weddings. Fresh evergreens and pine needles will add a cozy element to your décor. Depending on the type of greenery your wedding florist uses, this is an inexpensive option that can cost less than many flowers. Hang fresh evergreen wreaths and garlands throughout the venue, or use loose twigs on your banquet tables as an alternative to table runners. The fragrance alone will get you in the Christmas spirit!
Finally, what would a winter wedding be without a hint of mistletoe? Place a twig on your ceremony altar or hang it over your seats at the reception. It will give you and your new wife an extra sweet reason to share a kiss (as if you really need one).
If you’ve ever dreamed of wearing a wedding dress with sleeves, winter is the perfect opportunity to try it out. Gone are the days when wedding dresses with sleeves seemed dated – current styles are elegant, timeless and royal, just like those of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. For brides who want the look of sleeves without being overly covered, sheer details, illusion lace, or puff sleeves are the perfect compromise.
For suits and tuxedos, look for designs in heavier fabrics, such as wool, tweed, or even velvet if your personal style is more on trend. It is said on the street that burgundy is the new blue when it comes to the groom’s outfit.
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Thanks to the cold weather, you will also have to think of accessories to keep you warm. Stay comfortable with a faux fur coat, plaid scarf, dress gown, or sweater to complement your wedding attire. You should also plan ahead for snow on your wedding day and reserve a pair of weatherproof shoes to get you from point A to point B, just in case.
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Hot cocoa favors are among our favorite winter wedding ideas. Is there anything more beautiful than these bottles full of marshmallows?
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Cake and dessert
Half-naked cakes are one of the most popular winter wedding ideas when it comes to desserts. This partially frosted look is a more traditional take on the nude pastels trend that has been around for a few years. If bare cakes aren’t your style, have your baker finish each tier with fresh evergreens, festive ribbons, fresh flowers, or a rustic faux bois pattern if your cake is covered in fondant. Another option is to incorporate the texture using edible glitter, gold leaf, crushed walnuts, or coconut shavings.
During dessert, treat your guests to hot beverages, such as mulled wine, hot spirits, cocoa, or coffee-flavored cocktails.