Who says you can’t get married during the winter? As it turns out, more and more couples are opting to say “I do” among the chilliest of seasons — from November through February — and it can be done both tastefully and creatively. From cold-weather color themes to seasonal favors, here are some of the most popular trends to take advantage of when having a winter wedding.
Bold color palette ~ While there’s nothing wrong with incorporating bright pinks, oranges and yellows into a winter wedding, some of the more popular color trends include darker hues such as shades of red, violets or emerald greens. Additionally, white and silver is also go-to winter wedding colors, as they resemble shimmering snow and icicles. Think ceremonies or bouquets festooned with white-painted branches, pearls, ivory flowers, hurricane votive candles, paper lanterns, and so forth.
“Brides can play up the seasonal look with fun, coordinating accessories for the bridesmaids, mothers and even the men,” says Amy Fuerstenberg, co-owner of wedding planning company Mi Mi Design based in Minneapolis. For example, knit scarves, cardigans or fur boleros can make unique photos accents or even bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts. As for food, you can’t go wrong with hearty dishes, like Mac-and-cheese bites, pasta and mashed potato stations or even shot glasses filled with small portions of hot soup. For dessert, ask your caterer about offering hot cocoa, eggnog, pies or other seasonal favorites with your cake.
Winter blooms ~ You don’t necessarily see sunflowers and daisies often in the cold weather, but there’s certainly no shortage of elegant winter florals to adorn your bouquets and centerpieces. Say your color theme is white: Your best bet for a bouquet would be a mix of white or ivory amaryllis, calla lilies, orchids, tulips, and anemones, which mesh beautifully together and never go out of style. For a festive red winter theme, consider blossoms among roses, poinsettias, winterberries, anemones, amaryllis, gloriosa lilies, calla lilies, and cymbidium orchids. Want to add a little more seasonal oomph? Don’t be afraid of adding acorns, sparkly brooches or even paper snowflakes to your bouquet. Talk with your florist about your options.
Wintry-themed favors ~ It’s always nice to show your guests appreciation with a gift – and a fun way to do this is to stick to the winter theme. So why not provide personalized ornaments around December or delicious chocolate truffles in February? A more recent trend also includes offering your favorite cookie ingredients nestled inside a mason jar. Provide the recipe with it and you’ve got a favor that will keep your guests — and their bellies — happy. Another sweet send-off idea is to offer the ever-popular candy bar, where guests can pick and choose what kinds of candies they’d like to take home. To give it that wintry feel, color-coordinate the candies to fit your theme. For instance, with an all-white winter wedding, think candies like Jordan almonds, white M&Ms, yogurt-covered pretzels, etc.
Frosty photos ~ There’s something magical about a wintry, neutral backdrop, especially if there’s snow in the forecast for your special day. Well, maybe not in Arizona unless you have your wedding in Flagstaff. Larry’s NOTE: I preform my “romantic” wedding ceremony at many of the terrific wedding venues in Flagstaff, AZ.
“It started snowing as we were having dinner, so we headed outside with our photographer,” says a Minnesota resident, Ashley Bohmbach, who exchanged vows in the winter. “They’re hands-down my favorite photos and some of my favorite memories of the day. I wish I could make it snow for every winter bride’s wedding!” Another idea to capture the weather without becoming freezing: Since winter weddings are rarely held outside, if possible, choose a venue with large windows that will capture the wintry essence outside as you make your walk down the aisle.
One of the best parts about wedding in the winter? ~ “Unlike the wedding-packed months of June and July, there’s a lot less competition for dates in the winter,” explains Fuerstenberg. And with such large availability can also come large savings. “Some DJs, transportation companies and photographers will give off-season discounts, and a lot of reception venues lower their food and beverage minimum,” she says.
There’s so much to love about a winter wonderland of a wedding. So if you know you’re meant to get hitched during early or late winter season, then you shouldn’t eliminate it right off the bat. After all, spring and summer aren’t the only wedding showstoppers these days. Let the cold-weather wedding planning begin.
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