Due to shorter days, freezing temperatures, and snowstorms, winter is typically known as the “off-season” when it comes to wedding planning. However, although the colder months certainly don’t win the wedding season popularity contest, we think there is something magical about hosting a winter wedding. Below we share some ideas for turning your December, January or February wedding into a winter wonderland that will rival a warm-weather soiree any day!
Winter is about indulging in all things warm and cozy, so why not offer guests seasonal beverages in place of traditional refreshments? Setting up DIY stations for friends and family to mix up hot toddies or gourmet hot cocoa will keep spirits high — even on the chilliest nights of the year.
Incorporate Seasonal Greens into your Decor
Along with winter comes beautiful greenery — be it a traditional Christmas tree, a pine wreath, or a simple sprig of holly. Instead of focusing on traditional flowers in your decor, why not embrace the season by opting for fresh greenery. This could mean using mistletoe as a fun photo prop, adding a sprig of evergreen to your escort cards, or adorning each place setting with a festive holly cutting.
Adjust your Attire Accordingly
If you are hosting a winter wedding, it is important to make sure that you and your wedding party are comfortable and warm no matter how low the temperatures may dip. In lieu of sleeveless styles, you may want to consider going with a sleeved dress. Have your heart set on a sleeveless style? You can easily customize your dress to include sleeves, like this bride. Another fun idea to keep warm is adding cute winter accessories like white gloves, faux fur scarves, or even capes!
Remember to Keep your Guests Warm & Toasty
When hosting a cold weather wedding, it is important to keep the comfort of your guests in mind. Some cute ways to ensure your family and friends are warm and cozy throughout your wedding reception include setting up a blanket station with soft throws guests can wrap up in while enjoying a warm drink or giving out gloves or mittens with a custom label as a favor that will be used time and time again.
Create a Cozy Atmosphere with Lighting
With sunsets as early as 5:00 p.m. during the winter months, chances are that at least a portion of your wedding will be after dark — making lighting an extra important consideration when hosting a winter wedding. To keep your reception merry and bright — no matter what the weather may be — we suggest embracing the darkness of winter and creating a romantic ambiance using delicate string lights, candles, and lanterns to set a magical mood.
Don’t Overlook Your Winter Wedding Send Off
When planning a winter wedding it can be easy to forego the popular wedding send off in order to avoid the freezing temps, but we say embrace the season for a dramatic wedding exit to remember! Some wedding send off ideas that will add an extra special touch to your winter wonderland include having guests ring dainty wedding bells, lighting up the dark winter night with wedding sparklers, or giving guests fake snow to throw as you make your escape.