Plan the perfect winter wedding
Not everyone wants to have a winter wedding because of freezing temperatures, but it can be a great (and beautiful) time to have a wedding! Some places even offer off-season discounts if you’re trying to keep your budget in check. This is the season to utilize things like a darker color scheme and plush bridal accessories, while making the venue inviting and cozy. If your venue is in a place where it actually snows, you’ll also be able to capitalize on the beautiful scenery.
Opt for something a little more rustic, like a ski lodge or log cabin. This will instantly add a winter feeling to your wedding, even if everything is inside. If there aren’t venues like this near you, you can always make your space feel this way with decorations. Also, if it is supposed to be freezing, you may want to think about having your ceremony and reception at the same venue or close to each other, so guests don’t have to venture outside too much. Consider the elements, too, if you’re asking guests to drive between ceremony and reception site.
To get a true winter feel from something other than the temperature, incorporate wood into decorations like centerpieces or place cards. Winter is also a huge time to utilize dark colors, whether that be in your bridesmaids dresses, bouquet/floral arrangements, tablescapes, etc. Consider adding glitter details if you want to pump up the glam factor.
For your guests
Even though this is your big day, it’s important to include special details for your guests. Make sure to have a coat check so they aren’t lugging their coats with them. It would also be a good idea to provide hot drinks when guests arrive to the ceremony. For favors, blankets, mini bottles of Bailey’s, candles, and customized hot chocolate packets are all great winter wedding choices.
As cold weather ushers in, so do fun cold-weather accessories. Keep yourself warm, while also looking stylish, with accessories like a faux fur stole or cape. Cover-ups like this would also be great for your bridesmaids. The groom and his groomsmen can opt for velvet jackets. When it comes to taking pictures, if you plan on being outside, make sure you bring extra shoes — you don’t want to ruin your expensive heels.
Inspired to have a beautiful winter wedding now? We are, too!