Winter is a cold time of year, temperatures drop and people feel the need to warm themselves from the inside out. Well there is no better way to warm up people’s hearts than to have them witness your wedding day. Having a winter wedding is not very typical, many people choose to have their wedding when the weather is as cheerful as they are. However, there are many perks to having a winter wedding. You can choose any winter theme, your wedding favors will be different than everyone else’s, and you can add some unique touches that people don’t normally think of.
It’s important to consider the weather in the winter season, it will be chilly! If having your wedding indoors is ideal then the weather won’t be an issue for you, but an outdoor wedding is still a possibility. Instead of fans that include the night’s schedule, you can give out cute homemade hand warmers so that your guests will be nice and toasty. Alternatively, having a basket of blankets out, or on each seat, for your guests to use as they please is a nice way of making everyone comfortable. If hand warmers and blankets aren’t enough space heaters are always an option as well.
For a winter edge to your floral design, pinecones and holly berries are both unique and beautiful additions to your bouquets, centerpieces, and overall atmosphere. Many brides worry that winter weddings mean Christmas themes, but you can use reds and greens in moderation if Christmas cheer is not the feeling you are trying to give. White flowers, like roses and baby’s breath, can give the illusion of snow or ice. Your flower girl(s) can drop fake snow instead of flower petals before you walk down the aisle, and when you and your husband are making your departure your guests can toss the fake snow as well. The fake snow will add to the winter theme perfectly and make for whimsical pictures!
There are also many choices for your ceremony setting. White lanterns with candles going up each side of the aisle will make a warm and inviting scene for your I-do’s. Another possibility is using lots of greenery, like ferns and pine, spruce, or fir trees. The greenery will add to the winter theme and make your guests feel like they are in a winter wonderland. Of course, you can combine these options for the ultimate winter setting.
During cocktail hour, while you are busy taking pictures, a hot chocolate/coffee/cider bar that includes marshmallows, peppermint sticks, and whatever else your heart desires, will carry your winter theme into your guests’ tummies. If hot chocolate isn’t ideal, then a s’more bar is another option to satisfy your guests. Since it is cold outside, you might want to consider keeping your appetizers warm.
To continue the winter theme into the reception you can use pinecone name cards or table numbers in order to guide your guests to their seats. Your centerpieces could be candles wrapped in cinnamon sticks to bring your winter theme to all the senses. Another option is round tree ornaments that match your color scheme or the white rustic lanterns that you used on your aisle runner. Mason jars with candles or filled with string lights are also trending.
Instead of the traditional guestbook, you can have your guests sign a quilt that you and your soulmate can use to cuddle up with on the couch. This quilt is not only a unique idea, but is also functional and something that you will enjoy having forever. Maybe have your guests sign their own tree ornament with warm wishes for you and your husband to put on your tree to remember the special day.
Wedding favors are always a fun treat for your guests to remember your special and unforgettable day. Luckily, there are lots of options for winter weddings! Hot cocoa in an ornament is both cute and original. Small, personal-sized fleece or flannel blankets placed on each seat are a functional favor that will be sure to keep your guests warm and toasty all night. Some other ideas, include mugs, candles, and homemade snow globes.
Essentially, your winter wedding options are endless!