Summer may be the traditional wedding season, but winter presents its own charming reasons for being your wedding season of choice. This season is both the most wonderful time of the year and the most romantic. Winter is the heart of engagement season bringing kisses beneath the mistletoe and at midnight on New Year’s Eve followed by Valentine’s Day. Indeed the long, cold nights of winter are made for romantic times spent snuggling under cozy quilts and blankets and in front of warm fires
Ideas for winter wedding themes abound, from all out Christmas and New Year’s Eve flavored ceremonies and receptions to simple seasonal touches such as pine cones and snowy white bouquets. Here is a list of 11 ways to winterize your wedding.
- Have a hot beverage bar. Serve hot coffee, cocoa and tea to your guests either before the ceremony, during the cocktail hour or after dinner. As an added touch, offer special coffee and tea blends that represent your heritage or the places that you’ve traveled together.
- Take advantage of winter signage. Create signs that highlight popular winter songs and sayings. Have fun with this one and let your creativity be your guide. You can create this sign with the chalkboard printable from Pen + Paper Flowers.
- Nothing says winter like pinecones. Use these little gifts from Mother Nature for everything from aisle decorations, to centerpieces wedding bouquet accents and escort or place card holders.
- Speaking of wedding bouquets, your florist can use cotton bolls, fluffy white feathers and crystals to simulate the look of snow and ice . I personally would finish of this bouquet with a silver ribbon. Photo property of Dixie Pixel Photography..
- Is there anything more romantic than a winter landscape? Whitecapped mountain peaks, icecycles dancing from bright evergreen branches and gently falling snowflakes all combine to create winter wonderlands worthy of a Hallmark card, Add a bride and groom and you’ve got wedding magic. How perfect is this snuggly wedding photo? Speak with your photographer ahead of time about creating something similar to this photo by Aaron Delesie.
- Blame it on Solange but wedding capes are a major trend right now. Take a cue from Ms. Knowles and wear a beautiful fur trimmed cape for your wedding. This lovely number is the creation Wonderful Wraps and will leave you feeling warm, fashionable and like a true WinterQueen.
- Pale, frosty nails suitable for an Ice Queen are a wintry trend on the catwalk. This look was created by nail techncian Rebecca Jade Wison for British designer Sophia Webster’s wedding fashion week using Orly’s Rose Colored Glasses and a top coat of frosted glittery nail polish.
- Having a Christmas wedding? Your wedding cake could be the perfect touch to express the spirit of giving that we feel this time of year. Have your baker to create a square cake bedecked with festive ribbons, bows and Christmassy colors, Cake from Wedding Cakes For You.
- If Christmas is not your thing or you want your wedding cake to express the beauty of winter rather than a specific holiday, consider having your cake decorated with pine cones, sprigs of evergreens or other winter foliage.
- Who wouldn’t be awed by these sparkly ornaments serving double duty as escort card holders. Not only will they help your guests find there seats, but ornaments personalized with your names and wedding dates make a lovely wedding favor that can be used for many Christmases to come.
- Elope on the Winter Solstice. The Winter Solstice is not only the longest night of the year; It is also the point in time that we have made it halfway through the dark half of the year and the days start to get longer. For these reasons the Winter Solstice represents a time of rebirth and renewal. It is said that on their wedding day, a couple is reborn. They are given a clean slate and a future filled with bright possibilities. Therefore a Winter Solstice elopement is a wonderful option for the couple who wants a meaningful and intimate marriage ceremony. Photo by Julia Luckett