If you have any doubts about getting married in winter, let this collection of winter wedding ideas put your mind at ease.
more so than ever before, engaged couples are planning winter nuptials
realizing that this time of year can be just as beautiful to get married
as the warmer, and more popular seasons.
But, if the only thing
that comes to mind when thinking of a wedding during the winter months
are newly fallen snow and the plain color white, you may be pleasantly
surprised when you discover the incredible number of creative ways to
prepare for a beautiful winter wedding celebration.
attire of the whole bridal party should be reflective of the season of
the year for more than fashion purposes, but also in terms of
practicality as you won't want everyone to be shivering while taking
pictures or traveling to and from the reception site.
formal, black tie look for the men for a rather elegant look, while the
women can be dressed in rich fabrics such as velvets, brocade, heavy
silks, and satin.
aren't limited to one or two certain colors, like red and green, for
your winter wedding as there are plenty of color families that would be
perfect to use during this particular time of year, which is especially
true if your wedding theme has nothing to do with the holidays of either
Christmas or Valentine's Day.
Consider palettes of metallic
colors such as gold or silver and those that would be complementary to
them, like shimmering blues. However, the most popular colors of all for
winter weddings are rich, deep colors like burgundy, or hunter green,
cranberry, navy and plum.
There's certainly no shortage of ideas when it comes to fun and useful favors to give to guests attending a winter wedding.
or make decorative tins or tiny containers filled with hot cocoa mix,
or have small packets of beautifully wrapped cookies in the shapes of
snowflakes or wedding bells, or give out packs of seeds for growing
wintery flowers. Also, miniature snow globes are always a good choice
for a winter wedding favor.
blooms that are in season, such as poinsettia if you're looking for a
bright dash of color, or roses, camellias, amaryllis, holly, and
stephanotis. Add embellishments including tiny crystals, or instead of
flowers, opt for "bouquets" made from tea lights or votive candles.
Fake, glittery snow can be scattered by the flower girl along with white
rose petals, real or faux.
hearty fare of colorful, warm dishes such as stews, casseroles, and
soups with beverages including egg nog, spicy cider, wine, and of
course, an array of flavorful coffees. For the wedding cake, eschew the
traditional white cake and opt for a rich, decadent chocolate filled
with raspberry, strawberry, or cherry sauce and intricately decorated
with snowflakes crafted from marzipan.
Also, an important thing to
remember if you're having your wedding outdoors, such as inside of a
gazebo or park with snow covered trees and winter blooms as your
backdrop, is to plan ahead for inclement weather. While a lightly
falling snow with reasonable temperatures during a relatively short
ceremony is acceptable, a blizzard with wind chill temperatures below
zero is certainly not.
In case of snow or weather that's simply
too cold, have an alternate location lined up, and listed in detail on
the invitation, so both you and your guests will have a comfortable and