Winter Wedding Ideas
While spring and summer may get all of the attention when it comes to wedding season, winter weddings have their very own magic. There’s something about getting married during the coldest months of the year, perhaps with even a little fresh fallen snow, that makes them extremely unique and special.
And it can be a lot of fun to plan a winter wedding as you can add some personal touches that you might not during any other season. If you’ve got an upcoming winter wedding, or you’re helping a friend plan their special day this winter, maybe a few of these ideas can make the day even that more memorable.
- Winter Color Palette: A winter wedding allows you to choose some unique colors that you might not use during the spring and summer. Think about using darker colors like forest green, cranberry, and winter white. Jewel tones are also great during the winter months, and blacks, golds, and silvers are wonderful for a more dramatic effect.
- Incorporate Plaids: Plaids are a fun choice to use during a winter wedding. Whether it be on invitations, place settings, chair backs, or groomsmen’s socks, a little bit of plaid can add a whole lot of style to a winter wedding.
- Hot Cocoa and Coffee Bar: If you’re looking to add something fun and unique for your guests to enjoy how about a hot cocoa and coffee bar? You can have all sorts of cocoa and coffee add-ins and toppings, including some alcoholic add-ins should you wish. This would be a great idea if you happen to be planning an outdoor ceremony (which you can do – even in the winter) so that your guests can warm up!
- Flowers Containing Evergreens and Other Winter Elements: This is a great time to incorporate evergreens, holly, winter berries, twigs, pinecones, and juniper into all of your wedding flowers – from bouquets to boutonnieres to table arrangements. These seasonal touches will make your flowers stand out.
- Arrive (or Leave) in a Sleigh: If you want to make a memorable entrance (or exit), how about a horse-drawn sleigh? It will definitely add to the romantic feel and fits perfectly with the season.
- Luxe Scarves, Capes, or Ponchos for Bridal Party: You have probably picked out some gorgeous dresses for your bridal party, but you may still be thinking about accessories. How about a gorgeous (and warm) scarf, poncho, or cape? Choose ones that go with your color palette (or plaid) in a luxurious fabric that will act as a great accent and keep your bridesmaids warm on a cold day.
- Scented Seasonal Candles: Candles are often a part of weddings, so why not choose scented candles that are appropriate for the season? Pine, sugared cranberry and vanilla are wonderful scents for the winter.
- Lots of Lights: With fewer hours of daylight, you may find that your venue needs additional lights. Twinkly Christmas lights can add a lot to the atmosphere and allow you to turn off overhead lights that don’t go with the mood you are trying to create.
- Signatures Seasonal Cocktail: A seasonal signature cocktail can be a fun choice at the bar. Mulled wine or a warm hot toddy can make for great offerings at your wedding.
- Comfy Slippers: In the spring and summer, some brides provide their guests with flip flops when they get tired of dancing in their high heels. For a winter wedding, provide some cozy slippers. This will keep everyone on the dance floor and their feet nice and warm.
If you’re looking to make an upcoming winter wedding a bit more special, use some of these ideas to help. Your guests will be sure to talk about how unique your wedding was when they experience some of these added touches.