Marrying in a Winter Wonderland!

18 Jan

Weddings aren’t just spring and summer affairs these days. More and more couples are opting to marry during what used to be the “off-season” for nuptials. And why not? The romantic ambience of a snowy landscape winter wedding can be glamorous, cinematic and magical. With the right elements, your winter wedding will be a wonderland.

Silver and white with crystal accents can add some serious glamour to your winter wedding but as with autumn weddings, there is no need to follow custom and use a palette of winter whites, greens and reds. You could have a tropical wonderland of mango oranges, lime greens, or pineapple yellows and create a fun, unexpected setting for your guests. You don´t have to wear a sleeved dress either, you can still go for a strapless version and wear a fur shrug a lá old-school Hollywood.

If you´re thinking of having your wedding in winter and want some tips to create a magical winter theme, you´ve come to right place!

Firstly the attire:

– Why not try the elegant look of old Hollywood? The groom in tails, and the bride in a white long silk dress with a white faux fur wrap would look gorgeous. This year we´ve seen loads of amazing dresses at Bridal Week with elbow and full length sleeves but if you prefer a sleeveless one, cover up in wraps, shrugs, capes, or dramatic coats.

– Don´t forget your bridesmaids either! They need a cover up too and think about their footwear if you´re getting married in the snowy country.

Decorating the church and reception:

– For your ceremony, try a white velvet aisle runner trimmed with white satin ribbon, or decorate the altar with a crystal curtain backdrop adorned with hanging strands of elegant white orchids.

– Unless snow is guaranteed, avoid celebrating your reception in a room that has a large picture window. You may imagine drifts of beautiful snow and end up with a grey rainy day… Why not choose a place to hold your event with a roaring fireplace to add ambience? Also check to make sure your site is adequately heated during the winter months, old inns and hotels can be draughty.

– If you want to play up the winter feeling, go for a Jack Frost/Fairy theme wedding using lots of crystal on the tables to decorate. Place snow globes and colored Victorian gazing balls all around the room and use mirrors to play up the reflective qualities of the crystal.

Wintery table settings:

– If you want to heighten the drama, bring in the icy outdoors with ice-carved vases on your reception tables. Have your florist fill the vases with tall winter-white branches and hanging crystals to reflect the light from the tables. A centerpiece of white branches with lights, snowflakes and white feathers would look gorgeous too.

– You could also go for a cozy look with deep reds, browns, greens and gold, try centerpieces of cotton balls, pinecones, evergreen sprigs, and flickering candles to strike a seasonal tone.

– Give cloth napkins an upgrade by tying a yard of thick satin ribbon around each one.

Adding winter to your menu:

– Hearty classics will be in demand so for your winter entrées, try warming soups such as potato-leek with amaretto creme fraiche or rich cheddar potato.

– For your main course, why not try Traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings? For a vegetarian option choose a jumbo portobello stuffed with cornbread, wild mushrooms and truffle essence, or a trio of peppers filled with three different types of risotto.

– Adding a “hot beverage bar” in a corner of the room with cookies and chocolates, along with a selection of gourmet coffee, tea, and hot cocoas and a hot water dispenser is a great way to let the guests warm themselves up on a cold day and will add a lot of warmth and charm to any space. Put out some personalized keepsake mugs the guests can take home as wedding favors.

– Chestnuts dipped in white or semi-sweet chocolate. To make them, coat chestnuts in melted chocolate, let cool, and garnish with a bit of edible gold leaf.

A winter style cake:

– Play up the season with a white, vintage-style cake, dusted with edible silver powder. Add a white sugar ribbon and crystal drops cascading down one side of the cake for a dramatic, wintery effect.

– You could also pick a traditional cake trimmed in red or green ribbon or topped with roses.

– Ice blue fondant icing cake with sprinkles of pine cones will wow your guests.

Wintery favours:

– Custom matchbooks are a nice and inexpensive way to rekindle happy party memories. Pair them with a small, scented candle.

– A bottle of wine for each couple with a Little bag attached filled with herbs and spice to make mulled wine is always a welcome gift.

– Gingerbread cookies, piped with royal icing and highlighted with sugar and nonpareils, are perfect presents when wrapped in clear cellophane with ribbon.

Winter flower ideas:

– Red roses, calla lilies, and amaryllis are all winter wedding flowers, mix white with red for a romantic look.

– Consider white  and soft ranunculuses, these can look lovely if you wrap the stems in ribbon embellished with crystals.

All in all, you can either add little touches of winter to your big day or go for the full-on winter wonderland, whichever you choose, have fun with it! 🙂

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  1. Winter Wedding Photos « Weddingstory - December 6, 2012

    […] can be so romantic if you use the best of the season to your advantage! Last year I brought you a post filled with ideas and the dos & don´ts of winter weddings, this year I´ve spend a few days looking all over the internet to find the best […]

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