Everyone thinks of Christmas when you say you’re having a winter wedding. But remember, there’s three more months of winter after Christmas. So, you don’t have to go with the traditional red and green. Think Valentine’s Day, the most romantic day of the year! And maybe build your vision around “the love of your life”
It's no secret that the spring and summer months are among the most coveted times of year to tie the knot, but what you likely haven't realized is that a cozy winter wedding can be just as magical as an outdoor ceremony and reception beneath the stars. While a winter wedding date does force your party indoors, cool-weather celebrations offer the opportunity to plan a party with under-utilized seasonal details. Think cozy lodges, warm fireplaces, and the ultimate rustic setting.
From snowy-white tablescapes to bold red and white flower arrangements I love how a winter wedding can look both romantic and unexpected. After months of soft blues, pinks and lavenders, a moody winter celebration is the perfect way to make your big day stand out. But let's make one thing clear: A stylish cold-weather wedding will look nothing like a holiday party.
If you're searching for winter inspiration, look no further than my Pinterest page under “Wonderful Winter Weddings”. I pulled together the most beautiful and unique ideas that are perfect for your big day. From big city bashes filled with winter greenery and glowing candlelight to snow-dusted mountain affairs, I pieced together the best ideas that you're bound to love.
Ready to see some favorite ideas from “Brides” Real Weddings? Then click through to see how real couples celebrated the winter season during their weddings and get planning quick — an early spring is in the forecast!
Let’s talk about some of the main aspects of your wedding.
Attire for Your Winter Wedding
If you want the elegant look of old Hollywood, put the groom in tails, and the bride in a white long silk dress with a white fur or faux fur wrap. Evoke the season with "ice" diamond or diamond-like jewelry. This year’s wedding gowns are moving towards sleeves or gowns with straps, but the bride still needs to look for wraps, shrugs, and capes, or dramatic coats. I've always loved the look of a bride in a white dress and a large red shawl, huddled against her groom who has a red boutonnière. But my personal favorite is the long white, hooded cape. It’s so romantic against fresh, fallen snow.
Where to Have a Winter Wedding
Look for an inn with a fireplace for an intimate winter wedding. Look for an area lodge or venue that has a warm feel and is suitable for fantastic winter pictures. For a larger affair, you may be able to use a historic mansion or private club that will still have intimate warmth. Unless you're getting married in a state that will have guaranteed snow during your wedding date, you may want to avoid a room that has a large picture window. Imagine drifts of beautiful snow, but sometimes you can end up with a grey rainy day. But the weather outside may not be much of a concern if you have gorgeous decorations inside. Be sure to ask what seasonal decorations they use. You'll save money as many sites are already heavily decorated. Also, check to make sure your site will be adequately heated during the winter months; old churches can be especially drafty.
Planning the Menu
You can have all your favorite food but add some winter touches like a squash dish, or warm pumpkin soup. Consider serving spiced wine, or hot chocolate (alcoholic or non-) as special treats. Look for an all-white cake, decorated with snowflake patterns, silver embellishments, or sugar sculptures. You could even add in your specific wedding themed colors to tie everything together. Ask your caterer about using a decorative snow globe as a cake topper
Winter Wedding Flowers
Decide whether you want to go for a silver and white elegant look, or celebrate the season with reds for Valentine’s Day. For those who like silver, look for dusty miller, silver-dollar eucalyptus, and baby blue eucalyptus, mixed with white flowers such as roses, football mums, crocus, lilies and stephanotis. If you're looking for a brighter bouquet, consider red roses with holly and pine-tree greenery. Flowers such as tulips, roses, and ornamental berries generally will be less expensive choices.
The Décor for Your Winter Wedding
Follow the theme of winter with branches painted in white and silver for your centerpieces. Using three different heights is very popular and adds variation to the reception room. Branches with lights and jewels can be used in the tall centerpieces, while medium centerpieces using lanterns, globes, or vases are special. Low centerpieces with mainly flowers only round out the mix.
An inexpensive homemade favor is a pretty tin of spiced hot chocolate mix or hot cocoa mix with marshmallows. Also, consider a snow globe, with a bride and groom inside, or a valentine cookie cutter with a cookie recipe attached that says your names, wedding date, and "truly cut out for each other".
For more information about winter weddings, contact me either phone or email below.
Starry Night Events, LLC
Some information gathered from Brides.com and Nina Callaway
To answer Nancy's question: The location of the venue with the fireplace is unknown. But there are a couple venues in St. Charles County that have large fireplaces. Chandler Hill Vineyards has a very nice, used fireplace that is lovely. (wwwchandlerhillvineyards.com). But if your looking for a large fireplace, Stone House of St. Charles is a brand new venue with a grand fireplace almost identical to this picture. (www.shofsc.com and then go to their Facebook page) You may be able to replicate this picture with either venue. Check them out and tell them I sent you.