Though summer is prime time for wedding season, winter weddings have the potential to make the most of the beautiful scenery and seasonal charm. Crisp, white snow falling on pine trees and rooftops create a dreamy atmosphere perfect for capturing the most memorable day of your life. Read on for ideas on how to turn your wedding into a winter wonderland.
1. Seasonal Decorations
Although winter doesn’t lend much use for hydrangeas or tiger lilies, it does allow for other beautiful decoration. For example, snow-covered – a.k.a. spray-painted – pinecones or plastic fruit look great on the wedding cake or as table centerpieces. Another idea is to place decorative wreaths or an artificial Christmas tree behind the bride and groom’s chairs or hung from the ceiling along with lit-up lanterns.
2. Hot Chocolate Bar
Treat your guests to this classic winter staple. Provide a hot chocolate bar complete with marshmallows, candy canes, whipped cream and their choice of dark, white, peppermint or original hot chocolate. Don’t forget to treat the adults, too – have the bartender stock Bailey’s or Kahlua for grownups.
3. Sparkle and Shine
Winter is the perfect time to take advantage of all the light created by snow and white skies. Deck the reception hall with white décor and string up lights or crystals that bounce light off the glassware for a starry effect. Blue accent lights around the dance floor also complement the wintry theme.
4. Party Favors
Don’t leave your guests out in the cold – give them scarves, hats or shawls as favors so they can stay warm when they see you off after the reception. Another idea is to send guests home with the bride and groom’s favorite warm drink or dessert recipe and ingredients.
5. Picture-perfect Moments
They don’t call places “winter wonderlands” for nothing. Capture the magical feeling of winter by getting a few photographs outside. Get a picture of the bride and groom in the falling snow, and others with the bridal party and groomsmen. Or, have a snowball fight – after the wedding, of course – for a fun, memorable experience.
6. The Getaway Car(riage)
Nothing is more romantic than being whisked away in a horse-drawn carriage Cinderella-style. So, what better time to have your fairy tale moment than your wedding day? Ditch the limo or classic car and have a horse-drawn carriage escort you away.
Summer might be the most popular wedding season, but winter weddings stand out among typical warm weather-themed events. Take advantage of the dreamy nature of snow in your decorating and pictures to get the most out of the season on your special day.