Admittedly, winter isn’t the first season many brides choose for their nuptials, but that doesn’t mean the season with a reason can’t be the host of a beautiful, elegant, cozy wedding fit for a winter queen, her king and all their guests. Think about it; during winter months, most, if not all, of your friends and family are already in a warm, fuzzy, loving mood. What better time to establish a lifelong connection and remember it year after year? Not only that, winter brings with it a chance to incorporate many different wedding details that may not go over so well in other, warmer months. Take a look at some of our favorite winter wedding details and inspirations.
Winter is the season of cold weather and white wonderlands, and we all love a good snuggle. Plus, it’s important to remember to keep your wedding party warm. That means wedding in the winter provides an excellent excuse for all-day cuddling in lovely fur shawls, tights, handmade mittens and anything else your brilliant mind can think up to keep your most important friends and family feeling toasty.
On that note, the wedding party isn’t the only important group of people who may need a little extra heat on your special day. Providing blankets or, like this genius bride, knit shawls for each guest, isn’t just a smart way to keep warm.; it also takes care of wedding favors!
Spice Up Your Wedding Garb
While we’re on the topic of warmth and fur, winter weddings are perfect for branching out with your wedding dress and accessories. Capitalize on the cooler weather to bring out warm, natural colors with your faux fur and don’t be afraid to dig up some vintage trends, like these lace gloves, to keep that ring finger from shrinking. You’re one of the lucky brides who can pile on layers without fear of a heat stroke, so keep an eye out for creative accessories to set your apparel apart.
Light a Fire
You and your fiance will be lighting a fire in your own hearts, and hopefully the hearts of your guests, but during winter months, it’s also acceptable to literally light some wood and welcome that pleasant crackling sound and totally organic heat source. The best part of this detail? It works inside and out! Wedding at a lovely ski resort? Light up the hearth and toss on some decorations. Tying the knot out in the snow? Build your very own fire to keep warm and add a bit more romance to an already swoon-worthy occasion.
Keep The Cake Simple
Some brides revel at the chance to create a gorgeous cake that will keep guests sweetened and talking for months, taking care to match frosting colors to the overall color scheme and keep the cake on point. What’s the best color scheme for a winter wedding? You guessed it, white! Creating the perfect wedding cake doesn’t get easier than a gorgeous white cake with minimal color and features. After all, black and white is, and always will be, classy and classic.
Opt Out of Cake
Not feeling a wedding cake? Colder months start a general outpouring and acceptance of pies of all type, so ditch that huge, expensive cake for a pie table instead! Not only will a dessert spread save a bit of dough, offering a variety of pies and sweets enables every guest to partake, even those who aren’t keen on wedding cake.
In fact, one of the most popular, warming winter sweets we can think of combines graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows. S’mores make a perfect addition to any wedding with an autumn or winter theme. Give your guests a jar of gooey goodness and simultaneously add to the cozy air of your own personal white paradise.
Put Some Passion In It
Red. Need we say more? Red is well known as a color of passion, but it doesn’t always mesh with other popular wedding colors. If you’ve chosen a winter wedding date, your colors are likely perfect for a splash, or more, of this favorite hue. Your wedding is the ultimate expression of passion; why not show it off?
Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate
Let’s not forget the number one reason for a winter wedding: hot cocoa. In no other season is it acceptable to offer your guests warm, yummy cups of melted chocolate topped with even more sugar in the form of whipped cream or marshmallows. Winter is all about keeping warm, and hot chocolate may be one of the yummiest, most well-loved ways to do just that.
Your winter wedding may not feature hues of light pink and peach, flow with fresh lemonade or boast a collection of wildflowers at each table, but make no mistake, a wedding between December and February has plenty of its own to offer. Take advantage of the cozy feeling of winter and welcome your guests with the unique, warm elegance characteristic of colder months.