Let’s be honest: every season can be wedding season. So when the temperatures start to drop, don’t think you have to postpone your nuptials because of the chill. While summer, spring, and fall weddings all have their benefits, you might be surprised what a winter wedding brings to the table. Below, we have some winter wedding ideas that are perfect for your icy I-do’s.
Wear boots under your dress
This one is a must for outdoor winter weddings. Boots not only prevent potentially disastrous slipping when walking down the aisle, but they also help to avoid frozen toes on your big day. You could even plan the style of boots around your wedding dress or accessories to show off, or hide them under your dress the whole time. We promise you’ll look stylish either way!
Get a Shawl or Cape
Whether its faux fur chic or a gorgeous and cozy plaid, a shawl can keep you warm and add a touch of seasonal glamour to your look. And if you want to add some extra flair, don’t be afraid to go all out with a cape! You can use the hood like a veil or headpiece – capes are the perfect winter wedding prop. Plus, when else can you wear a cape? Do your thing, superhero!
Make the Snow Work for You
Winter weddings have a lot of aesthetic perks, and snow is definitely one of them. And since you’re going to be out in the elements, either for travel or for your actual ceremony, don’t be afraid to use it for your photos. Throw it, make snow angels, leave handprints, or even make a snowman officiant! There are a hundred ways to get creative.
Having a fire element can bring a warm and cozy vibe to any reception or ceremony. If your wedding is outside, why not have a campfire to cuddle around after your nuptials (S’mores bar anyone)?. If you’re inside, ask about a hearth or mantlepiece you could tie the knot in front of. Not only does a fireplace have a romantic aura, but it can also be used to keep you toasty in the chilly months. If there’s no fireplace or pit available, candles can help imitate the same look and feel.
Bring a Blanket
You and your new spouse cuddled up in a cozy blanket in the snow will not only make for an adorable photo opp but will also give you a moment to chase away the chill. This is a practical and easy-to-transport prop that you can use before, after, or even during your ceremony. Bonus points if you provide guests who came to attend your ceremony with their own blankets!
Honeymoon Suggestion Box
Bring some warmth to your guests by having them envision sandy beaches and palm trees. Having a place where your loved ones can suggest where you could honeymoon is an easy way to get them involved in your ceremony. If you don’t want to bring guests along to your actual ceremony, hold a poll on your social media or group chats!
A winter wonderland is such a perfect theme for both indoor and outdoor winter weddings – so perfect, in fact, that it almost plans itself. Utilize blues, whites, deep greens, or burgundy in your decor and outfits to evoke a wintery nostalgia. Then, find some icy jewelry to accessorize your outfit with. Use white fairy lights to embrace seasonal cool tones, or warm-toned fairy lights to make it soft and cozy.
Embrace frost not just with the venue or theme of your wedding, but with your desserts too! Have glazed or powdered donuts to invoke ice and snow, or use a light dusting of powdered sugar on any confectionaries for the newly-fallen snow look.
Dusk or Sunset Ceremonies
With the shorter days, winter is the perfect season for dusk ceremonies – not to mention the breathtaking contrast of a setting sun in a snowy wonderland. If you want to wait to wed ‘til sundown, just keep the lower evening temperatures in mind. Frostbite has no place in a winter wedding!
Utilize Winter Foliage
The winter season has some beautiful plant life that is so often overlooked because of its stunning spring cousins. Winter weddings are a perfect time to showcase some amazing wintertime foliage! Pine boughs and pine cones are excellent elements for themed decor. And bonus: you can pick them up around your venue for free! Other cold-weather plants include coneflowers, lily of the valley, coral bells and pansies.
For winter ceremonies, why not skip the chilled champagne and serve warmed ciders, hot cocoa, mulled wine or hot toddies? Not only will these fight the chill, but you can make an easy, delicious hot cider and mulled wine with any crockpot you may have. No bartender required!
Winter weddings have unique benefits that aren’t often around in warmer months. So if you dream to wed in the colder months, get creative, and capitalize on all the winter wedding ideas the season has to offer!