Spring, summer and autumn tend to see the lion’s share of weddings. Winter typically gets overlooked as a season for wedding, but I think it’s a beautiful time of year to tie the knot. If you think about it, winter is high on romance. You’ve got Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day all packed into a couple of months, and shimmering snowflakes and icicles provide built-in ambiance for an elegant wedding. Plus, you’ll probably have an easier time securing your venue, and it will cost you less during the off-season. And, popular honeymoon destinations like the Caribbean and Mexico usually have beautiful weather during the winter months, as opposed to the sweltering heat you’d experience if you visited immediately following a summer wedding. What’s not to love?
If you’ve got a wedding planned for this winter or are considering scheduling one for next year, embrace the best of the season and create your own winter wonderland using some of the ideas below.
Christmas lights: Twinkling white lights are a low-cost, high-impact way to create a stunning and romantic look for an evening wedding in any season, but in winter they are a must. String them from the ceiling, wrap them around the banisters of a grand staircase or drape them artfully in the space where you and your lady will exchange your “I dos.”
Bundle up beautifully: If you’re wearing a dress, you’ll want to keep bare shoulders warm travelling to and from your reception. Do it in style with (faux) fur. You can find a bunch of pretty shrugs and boleros for less than $100 at this Etsy shop.
Bring nature inside: Why spend a wad on out-of-season summer flowers when you can create a truly unique bouquet with winter’s bounty? Check out this pine cone version recommended by Martha Stewart. You could embellish it with winter blooms like holly or poinsettia.
Warm up the crowd: As guests arrive at your winter wedding reception, arrange to have them greeted with trays of hot spiced buttered rum or another warm drink. Check out this Epicurious guide to hot cocktails.
Sleigh “belles”: If you live in a region where you can expect snow on your wedding day, skip the limo and make a grand entrance in a horse-drawn sleigh. I can’t think of a more romantic mode of transport for a couple of chicks getting hitched.
Boots for brides: Speaking of snow, if there’s a lot of the white stuff on the ground, you won’t want to risk slipping in stilettos. Invest in a pair of boots befitting a bride.
Red hot love: If possible, choose a venue with a fireplace (or several!) for your winter wedding. Roaring fires provide natural ambiance, so you can scale back on decorations. You can say your vows in front of the fireplace, and afterwards it will serve as a natural spot for guests to gather and chat during your reception.
Sweet ending: For a simple and sweet wedding favor, send guests home with a packet of hot cocoa. You can dress packets up with a simple ribbon or customize the packaging with your names and wedding date. Adorable heart-shaped marshmallows are optional.
Warm our hearts – what’s the most romantic element you’ve seen at a winter wedding?