There may be quite the hub-bub over spring weddings; those elusive chapel bookings in the traditionally prime marriage month of June — even vineyard weddings in late August have become increasingly popular. But where’s the true romance? Winter. Really, can anything beat winter in terms of romance factor? We don’t think so. Here are some of our favorite tips in planning a truly special winter wedding.
The winter landscape makes the perfect backdrop for bold, more romantic color schemes. Deep berry, emerald and royal purple all look beautiful against a pristine snowscape. Muted, more metallic colors also work well, silver in particular is a great option for a winter wedding. Wintry items like wool coats, leather boots, and fur trims can all be classically incorporated into your outfits. Just imagine how wonderfully your wedding gown will pair with a beautiful fur (faux or otherwise) coat.
In winter, holiday food reigns supreme. Why not incorporate it into your theme? Homey foods like honey-roasted ham, turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes (plus copious gravy, of course) can all make for wonderfully filling fare. Winter essentials like s’mores, hot cocoa, and cider can also be a nice tip of the hat for your theme. You can even create a hot cocoa or s’mores bar, where guests can choose to top their drink (or treat) of choice with delectable toppings such as mini marshmallows, whipped cream, and caramel sauce.
There are so many choices for beautiful colors and winter accessories you can add to your bouquet in a winter wedding. A mix of soft violet roses, miniature paperwhites and pinecones make a unique and gorgeous bouquet. Of course, you can never go wrong with red roses, which work wonderfully in a winter setting. This can be mixed with berries or stray branches to give the bouquet more depth. Tying a small piece of rope to hold your bouquet together will be a nice touch and add to the warm, rustic feel.
There are a lot of different directions you can go in terms of decor. You may want to go for something warm and cozy, in which case plaid and wood accoutrements, along with copious numbers of candles can lend a very nice feel — for extra charm,tabletop fireplaces are a lovely touch! You can also go more nature-inspired, where snow-dusted (or glitter, if you’re so inclined) pinecones can add their own sense of personality to centerpieces, place settings, and flower arrangements. You can even go for a more icy aesthetic, by using crisp blues, silvers, and glass and crystalline decorations — snowflakes are always a great final touch!
Favors are where you can really have your fun — there are so many great (and delicious) winter favor ideas out there. Winter treats like caramel apples and hot cocoa care packages can add a sweet-yet-quirky spin on your favors. Or a customized tumbler or drink cozy for your guests to carry their hot drinks is an option your guests will surely make use of. Christmas ornaments are another fun option, they have real staying power, too: how romantic for you and your spouse to be a part of your friends’ and family’s Christmas decor, year after year! Along that holiday theme, mini-Christmas tree saplings can be quite the endearing gift.
So there you have it: your winter wedding can be the fairest one of all. The themes are near-endless, and it provides you the perfect setting in which to concoct your dream wedding. After all, what makes for better wedding photo than fresh snow?
Author: Uma Campbell is a freelance writer from Southern California. She loves writing about wedding trends and styles. When she’s not writing, she loves to practice yoga.