Winter is arguably the most romantic time of year to get married. If you plan to have a winter wedding, you have an array of beautiful options for your vibe and decor. There are also certain things you should consider, given the time of year. From snow-inspired venues, to winter florals, to decor that captures the essence of the season, here are our favourite winter wedding ideas to inspire you!
25 Things to Consider When Planning a Winter Wedding
- Hold the ceremony and reception at one venue so people don’t have to travel in case of bad weather.
- Visit your venue during the day and at night, as days are shorter during winter.
- Offer warm welcome drinks and cocktails for your guests.
- Embrace seasonal florals, drinks, and foods – you don’t need to go overboard with holiday vibes, but you can do it in a tasteful way.
- Offer a coat check upon arrival.
- Find pretty indoor locations to take your photos.
- Make sure guests are aware of how long they may be exposed to winter elements.
- If any of your wedding will be outside, make sure there are heaters, blankets, hot drinks, and access to an inside space that can be used to warm up quickly if needed.
- Make sure your photographer is season-experienced and is comfortable shooting inside and when it’s dark outside.
- Adjust your photo schedule so there’s more light – consider taking photos before your ceremony.
- Add romance with lots of candlelight both for your ceremony and reception.
- Winter wedding favours like mulled wine spices, cookies, or little bottles of Baileys.
- Offer safe transportation options for guests, such as a shuttle service – this will also ensure guests arrive on time in less than ideal weather.
- Hire a wedding planner who can help you navigate challenges and create a plan B incase of inclement weather conditions.
- Wedding party attire should be appropriate for the season, both in colour and style.
- Consider a velvet or thick fabric for the groomsmen’s suits to keep them warm.
- Longer dresses for bridesmaids are typically best for a winter wedding.
- Colours like burgundy, forest green, and champagne are gorgeous for a winter wedding, and fabrics like velvet or satin will add a contrast to the wintery landscape.
- If you’re going to be taking photos outside, make sure to keep your bridesmaids warm with shawls or jackets.
Attire, Hair and Makeup
- Choose a dress that suits the season – long sleeves, a flounced skirt, satin fabric, lacy details.
- Make sure your skin is extra moisturized as chapped lips and dry skin are very common during winter.
- More skin prep like facials and hydrating masks will come in handy.
- Your makeup artist should use waterproof mascara and makeup, especially if you’ll be taking photos outside in the cold and wind.
- Have another shoe option for your outdoor photos so you don’t ruin your heels.
- A faux fur shawl is warm and glamorous and ideal for outdoor photos.
7 Winter Wedding Ideas to Inspire You
1. Plan A Mountain Lodge Wedding
Winter weddings can be truly stunning, especially in a mountain lodge venue. Think: a wood planked interior, grand stone fireplace, and floor to ceiling windows that offer a gorgeous view of snow covered mountains. Keep table decor simple with white tablecloths, greenery, and candles, and consider overhead twinkle lights to add warmth to the space.
2. Line Your Tables with Candles
Your table decor sets the tone for your wedding, and candles are one of the best ways to create warmth and romance. Line your table with lots of candles – a combination of tall candelabras with smaller tea lights will fill the room with romantic, flickering lights. If you have round tables, a grouping of different candles in the centre will add the perfect amount of ambiance.
3. Throw a New Year’s Eve Bash
The more I think about it, the more I love the idea of a New Year’s Eve wedding. What better way to ring in the new year than with all your closest loved ones? Plan all the fixings of a good NYE night – a champagne tower, disco balls, a whiskey bar, midnight confetti, and a fun party dress code. Change into a fun, sequin dress before midnight to dance the night away.
4. Embrace Winter Florals
If you have a winter wedding, you totally luck out in the floral department. Some of the most beautiful flowers are winter ones, which means you can create jaw dropping ceremony arches, centrepieces, and bouquets. Popular wedding flowers are in bloom between November and February, including anemones, orchids, ranunculus, blue thistle, and sweet peas. Whether you want a neutral palette, or bold colours your florist will be able to create something incredible.
5. Opt for an Apres-Ski Reception
If you’re into a more casual wedding that still feels elevated, opt for a cozy apres-ski lodge vibe with a rustic interior, comfortable seating, and lounge areas with faux fur blankets and hot toddies. This will create a warm, intimate atmosphere where your friends and family can relax and celebrate. For your cocktail hour food, consider options like a pretzel bar, Beaver tails, or a fondue table.
6. Embrace (Subtle) Holiday Decor
Embrace the holiday season in an elevated way without going too overboard. Think: bows on cocktail glasses, a cookie table, velvet napkins, gold rimmed wine glasses, and rosemary-topped champagne. You can also have fun signage with quotes such as “and to all a good night”. If the venue allows, you can even consider having a Christmas tree covered in gorgeous white lights.
7. Get Creative with Food Options
There are so many fun food ideas when it comes to a winter wedding. From a cheese and mulled wine table, to a hot cocoa bar, warm churros, a smore’s station, and mini grilled cheeses with tomato soup in a mug, there are endless options for winter wedding food! Plus, you can also do a dessert table with seasonal treats, like snowflake sugar cookies, glazed mini doughnuts, red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, and white chocolate covered pretzel rods.
If you’re thinking about having a winter wedding, we hope these ideas inspired you!
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