Winter Wedding Ideas, what color theme, food or flower to choose
Whether your style leans more towards the rustic or the elegant, a winter wedding provides a perfect setting for your nuptials—and not only that, but a wedding during the winter season is oftentimes easier on the budget, too. Here are a few ways you can help your wintertime wedding avoid screaming Christmas or Valentine’s Day while still celebrating the winter season.
Unless you live in a tropical location, January and February aren’t prime months for outdoor occasions, so bring the party indoors. Couples who long for an intimate and cozy celebration might consider a mountain chalet or cabin with pastoral views whereas a black-tie ballroom reception lets your guests know that yours will be a swanky affair. Consider what you love about this season so much that you chose to marry in it, and plan from there.
Ice blue and white (a la Frozen) is a classic pairing that doesn’t need any updating, but
Red and green reminds everyone of Christmas, so choose other winter wedding colors apart from the other holly jolly seasonal celebrations. Pair shades of forest and emerald greens with light taupe, grays and silvers, and opt for hues of cranberry and eggplant with blush pink (especially lovely for a Valentine’s celebration that doesn’t look like a box of chocolates.) Add ivory and crystals and voila—it’s a completely different winter wedding color palette.
From passed appetizers to buffets to a complete sit-down meal, your winter wedding menu should include seasonal favorites like hearty breads and soups—you can include this in any approach, from a shooter of hot soup to a soup buffet or even a soup course. Brides and grooms often overlook turkey as a possible offering, but it’s a perfect menu item in the wintertime! Roasted vegetables and a mashed potato bar round out the meal.
You can still obtain gorgeous flowers in the winter months, but choose large blooms in hues of cream and ivory for the biggest bang for the buck (think ranunculus and hydrangea). Winter wedding flowers and centerpieces grant designers some of the most creative influences of the season. Consider how you might incorporate favorite heirloom ornaments into an arrangement, or how pinecones might look spray painted in your winter wedding color scheme. Natural elements like acorns, greenery, holly, and cranberries can all play a role in your décor, as can ice sculptures, crystals, snowflakes, and bows. Need inspiration? Make a list of your favorite holiday decorations (whether they belong to you or whether you’ve seen them in a magazine), and then look out the window. Where do these two images meet? Bring these ideas to your florist and you’re sure to come up with a show-stopping winter floral arrangement.
From ice-skating to skiing to sipping hot cocoa and cider, think about your favorite parts of wintertime. If you love the snow, walk down an aisle laden with decorative snow instead of flower petals; likewise, if you love snowmen, include them on your wedding invitations and cake topper for a bit of fun and quirkiness.
Fireplaces, Christmas trees, and candlelight provide a beautiful backdrop to your pictures, and even if you don’t have a ‘white wedding,’ the natural beauty of the winter landscape warrants gorgeous shots (just remember that it will likely be cold outside, so consider having a special stole or cloak made in white or ivory for this very special day). Even though you may marry indoors, that doesn’t limit your winter wedding photography.
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