There is something about a winter wedding that evokes feelings of wonder, magic, and intrigue. As the winter season draws closer, it's time to think about how to create your perfect winter wonderland setting. From the ceremony accessories to reception lighting, bring the winter season into your wedding with these tips and tricks.
1) Making the right color choices...
Set the theme of your wedding right from the start with a color story that captures the essence of winter. First decide on what atmosphere you want to set? Warm and cozy? Think burgundy, golds, and browns. Cool and modern? Think icy blues and whites. White on white is a popular color combination this year symbolizing feelings of purity with a modern touch. You can easily pull off this look by introducing different textures to break apart all the white. Add splashes of rustic woods and creams through your decor for warmth. The whimsical winter snowflake ring pillow
(shown left) is the perfect example of creating interest through texture. While the pillow is white on white, layers of hand-cut snowflakes and intricate textures bring in visual interest while still capturing the essence of the winter season.
2) Centerpieces that wow...
Once you have your color story in place, think of how you would like your reception decor to coordinate. This is a time to bring in splashes of color and whimsical detailing. Bare tree branches decorated with glitter and fake snow are simple to make and will wow guests. Dangle ornaments from each branch so guests can take one home as favors.
Glass containers filled with pine cones (shown left) will add depth and color. Add snowflake candle holders, blue ornaments, and winter foliage to complete this look. Tie coordinating ribbon around each container and you will have created a breathtaking winter setting.
3) Say thanks to guests...
Don't forget to thank all those people who helped make your day so special. When choosing your favors, consider your colors and theme. Are you using snowflakes? Give guests wine bottle stoppers or homemade cookies shaped like snowflakes. Glass place card ornaments (shown left) will do double duty by seating guests and giving loved ones something to use over and over again in remembrance of your big day. View our winter wedding favors
for more great thank you gift ideas.
4) Putting it all together...
Putting the finishing touches on your winter wedding decor is your chance to bring everything together and finally see all your hard work pay off. Lighting will play a big role in adding warmth to your decor. Dangle floor to ceiling lights behind the head table and add votive candles wherever possible - around your guest tables, at the head table, at the bar, and at the cake table. Sprinkle fake snow on each table to create the feeling of winter. Add a cozy feeling to your wedding attire by giving bridesmaids wool booties to slip on during the reception. A warm afghan sweater (shown left) will add the element of winter and will look magnificent in your wedding photos. (Image courtesy of jameschristianson.com