In the movies, everyone seems to get married in June. But a winter wedding can be terribly glamorous, cinematic and magical. With the right elements, your winter wedding will be a wonderland.
Attire for Your Winter WeddingThink about you and your sweetie in the elegant look of old Hollywood; 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.
Where to Have a Winter WeddingLook for an inn with a fireplace for an intimate winter wedding. 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, avoid a room that has a large picture window. You may imagine drifts of beautiful snow, and end up with a grey rainy day.
Planning the MenuYou can have all of your favorite food but add some winter touches like a squash dish, or warm pumpkin soup.
Winter Wedding FlowersDecide whether you want to go for a silver and white elegant look, or celebrate the season with reds and greens. 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. In season flowers such as tulips, roses, and ornamental berries generally will be less expensive choices. (Talk to your florist, as your region may have different availability)
The Décor for Your Winter WeddingDecorate your tables with simple and inexpensive white poinsettias, or fill the room with light by arranging pillar candles on a bed of pine branches At the after-Christmas sales, stock up on strands of small white lights, then string them decoratively around doorways, over tables and on archways. Bright red cranberries in a bowl surrounding floating candles make an easy and inexpensive centerpiece.
FavorsIf you and most of your guests celebrate Christmas, an ornament makes a perfect favor. 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 holiday cookie cutter with a cookie recipe attached that says your names, wedding date, and "truly cut out for each other".
- Have the bride and groom travel by horse and carriage to the reception, complete with a fur throw to keep them warm of course!
- Decorate the reception with miniature and life-size Christmas trees.
- Commission an ice sculpture to decorate the reception hall
- Use a crystal bouquet for that extra wintery feel. As a bonus, you'll get to keep your your bouquet forever.
- Greet your guests with warm coffee or hot chocolate as soon as they come in the ceremony or reception site.
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