Winter is an unpredictable season with cold, sometimes extreme weather, so it is not a popular choice among those planning a wedding. However, winter is also one of the most magical times of the year. It is a romantic, celebratory season that offers a unique wedding experience. Winter weddings also offer the added perk of wider venue availability and discounted hotels and flights for guests. Here are some tips for planning an elegant, memorable winter wedding.
Pick an Appropriate Theme
When it comes to winter weddings, one typically envisions an elegant, festive theme that captures the spirit of the season with a touch of warmth. If you plan your winter wedding near a holiday, such as Christmas, Hanukkah, or New Year’s, you could incorporate a holiday theme into your wedding. Other winter-friendly themes to choose from include ice, snowflakes, winter wonderlands, and snowy fairy tales. Indoor venues that are perfectly suited to winter weddings include historic mansions, romantic inns, and ski lodges. Ideally, the venue will include a gorgeous stone fireplace.
Help guests stay warm by providing them with a s’mores or churros bar serving cappuccinos, warm apple cider, or hot chocolate. You could even serve spiked coffee and other warm, comforting drinks at the reception. Use portable heaters throughout the venue to keep guests warm. A winter wedding dress should have sleeves and a high collar. Heavier fabrics like silk satin or Battenburg lace can also help the bride stay warm.
Idyllic winter weddings typically emphasize elegant white or ivory tones and pair them with sophisticated metallic tones like gold, copper, silver, and pewter. Other popular winter wedding colors include frosted blue hues and red and green.
Incorporate natural elements into your winter wedding by using pine cones or leaves as wedding place cards or decorating with winter wedding flowers like red roses, calla lilies, and amaryllis. Cotton, berries, feathers, fir, cedar, aspen twigs, and pine cones can also be used to add texture and interest to winter bouquets.
Plaid patterns look wonderful in winter weddings, so consider using plaid napkins or table cloths at your reception. If you’re going with an icy wedding theme, decorate your reception tables with ice-carved vases filled with white branches and hang crystals or sparkling lights above them. The warm light of candles is the perfect accent to a winter wedding.
While many couples that wed in the winter choose to flee the colder weather for their honeymoons, you could also combine your winter wedding with a romantic winter honeymoon. For example, you could escape to a luxurious ski lodge or stay in a cozy cabin in the mountains, sharing hot cocoa by the fire.
Plan for the Weather
When you’re planning a winter wedding, the most important thing to plan for is not your dress or the decorations, but the weather. Winter weather can turn harsh at any given moment, so it’s crucial that you plan for all possible scenarios, from wind to snow. A contingency plan will give you peace of mind, so you don’t stress out about the weather before the big day.
Winter Wedding Jewelry
When it comes to winter wedding jewelry, diamonds are a girl’s best friend because they conjure up images of ice crystals. Chunky statement pieces are also a popular choice in the winter months because they stand out against the snowy backdrop and don’t get lost among your layers.
If you’re planning a winter wedding or engagement and need beautiful jewelry to wear, come to IMG Jewelers. We’re leading retail jewelers in Cleveland who offer a variety of jewelry for brides- and grooms-to-be. View our bridal gallery online or visit our showroom in Lyndhurst to see our jewelry in person. We’ll help you create the winter wedding of your dreams with gorgeous jewelry that sparkles and inspires.