Now that the turkey leftovers have been eaten, the season around us is changing. Read on to learn about unique winter wedding details for your big day later this year or in 2023.
As the temperature begins to drop and the holiday lights are strung, there are plenty of ways to leverage the season and incorporate winter details into your wedding design.
Winter Wonderland Wedding Details
When you think of the wedding of your dreams, if you envision a theme like “Winter Wonderland” here are some details that you can incorporate into your ceremony or reception.
Tie winter colors into your theme: white, silver, or blue. This is a familiar color scheme that resembles a winter scene.
Incorporate fur/faux fur into the bridal and bridesmaids' outfits. You could also use muffs (instead of bouquets), mittens, scarves, or other warm cover ups! (Just make sure they complement the styling and don’t take away from them.)
Showcase florals that fare well in the colder season. According to Zola.com, check out Hellebores (Christmas rose), Anemone (wildflowers), Eucalyptus, Winter Garden Rose during this time of year.
Use artificial snow or snowflakes in key areas (like the table that houses your guestbook or thrown into the air during your grand exit). You could also include shapes in your print materials, like welcome signage or seating charts.
Hang lights in the form of candles, lanterns, or twinkling lights. The glow will help add to the romance since winter nights are typically known for being dark and cold.
For more tips, get inspired with 100 Ideas for Winter Weddings from BridalGuide.
The Best Decor for a Christmas Wedding
If you want to your festivities to scream “Christmas”, consider these unique winter wedding details.
Feature signage or customized materials (like napkins) with a play on words or festive quote, like “Wedding bells are ringing” (instead of Christmas bells are ringing) or “All I want for Christmas is you.”
Use Christmas trees to add depth and color to your ceremony and reception space. To make it feel more organic to your wedding day, feature ornaments or garland in the same colors as your wedding themes.
Incorporate wreaths or holly throughout your ceremony or reception decor. Think about places like the bridesmaid bouquets, the wedding aisle, centerpieces, or wedding cake.
Get creative with your gifts’ table! Gifts have a natural place with the Christmas season, so use this to your advantage and feature Santa’s sleigh or elves at the end of your gifts’ table.
Provide personalized Christmas ornaments as favors. If you feature the guests' first names on them, then they can double-up as place cards, too!
Check out these 75 Festive Christmas Wedding Ideas from BridalGuide.
Winter Wedding Ideas to Keep Your Guests Warm
Whether or not any of your elements will be outside, you’ll want to make sure that your guests feel warm with these unique winter wedding details.
Choose warm material with wintery textures like velvet or brocade for the tables, chairs, or lounge areas. This will amp up the coziness of the experience.
Incorporate warmth in the form of heaters, fire pits, or fireplaces throughout your event space. This can help add to the romance, too.
Make blankets available to your guests, along with a sign that says, “To have and to hold, in case you get cold.” You can either place a few in the most popular spots where guests will be spending time or buy enough so that they can double up as wedding favors (one per family is fine.)
Warm up your guests with a custom hot chocolate or coffee bar. Carry it through to the cocktail hour or open bar by offering a hot cocktail, like a Hot Toddy or Spiked Caramel Apple Cider (yum!)
Serve hot food during cocktail hour and reception. Options that taste rich will be both filling and help to heat things up, like a creamy tomato soup as an hors d’oeuvre or loaded baked potato bar.
We hope you enjoyed learning about our 15 favorite unique winter wedding details! Hosting your wedding during a season like winter will naturally provide elements that you can leverage to help your day feel very special.
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