Though less common, winter weddings have all the same charm and romance—if not more—than warm-weather weddings. If you live in a cold climate, why not take advantage of Mother Nature’s beauty and embrace a snow-covered setting on your big day? It may take a bit more logistical planning than a spring or summer wedding, but any couple can plan a winter wedding that brings warmth to their friends and family.
For the Bride and Bridesmaids
Winter wedding dresses come in all shapes and styles. Whatever look you want to achieve, may it be glamorous or whimsical, you want to consider both fashion and function. Luckily, embellished sleeves are very en vogue at the moment. You can choose long bell, angel, full lace, illusion lace, flounce, peasant, trumpet, bishop, or lantern-style sleeves, among others.
For the bridesmaids, don’t be afraid to embrace bold colors and textures. Floor-length dresses already add formality; why not lean in and go for extreme elegance? For example, your bridesmaids can wear green velvet wrap dresses with long sleeves, dresses with full tulle skirts, or glitzy gowns with gold sequin.
For photos, especially if you venture out into the cold, you can buy matching fur shawls, cozy wraps, or even embellished sweaters for yourself and your entourage.
For the Groom and Groomsmen
The choices for brides and bridesmaids are endless, but what should the groom and groomsmen wear on the big day? Choose fabrics for the ensemble that will keep the wedding party warm and add elegance at the same time. Velvet, corduroy, and wool are perfect fabrics for a winter wedding.
For the groom and groomsmen, don’t hesitate to deviate from the standard suit. Why not let your wedding party get cozy in matching cardigans or tweed jackets? It’s your wedding, and you have full license to get creative when it comes to attire.
For the Venue and Decor
The winter season naturally lends itself to a few different wedding themes. When choosing your venue and dreaming up centerpieces, consider the following motifs:
- A Winter Wonderland– For this wedding theme, imagine all things snow-white and whimsical. Embrace cool blue hues, glass and crystal decorations, and bright lights everywhere.
- Luxury and Glamour– A glamourous ambiance embraces jewel tones, gold accents, detailed fabrics, and statement decor focal points or furniture.
- Rustic– A winter-weather rustic wedding focuses on evergreens. You can also incorporate wood accents, furs, string lights, and deep hues into your decor scheme.
For the Favors
Let your guests take home something to keep them warm. For example, custom-made mugs representing your wedding’s warm vibes accompanied by hot chocolate bars are perfect winter wedding favors. If any part of your wedding takes place outdoors, offer cozy blankets as favors to help your guests stay warm and comfortable as you tie the knot. Seasonal lip balms, Christmas ornaments, chocolate-covered pretzel sticks, and hot cocoa mix also make excellent giveaways.
For the Food and Drinks
Comfort foods like pasta, mashed potatoes, hot soups, and roast beef are savory options for the main meal courses at a winter wedding. For your cocktail hour, you can serve these delicious winter appetizers while guests wait for you to arrive.
At the bar, consider serving winter favorites for both children and adults. Kids can indulge in hot chocolate and warm cider while the adults enjoy mulled wine, white Russians, cranberry orange whiskey cocktails, or any other festive cocktails.
If you anticipate your wedding will last long into the night, consider offering warm late-night snacks to keep guests energized. For example, you can have a waffle bar, churros with melted chocolate, hot pretzels, or even grilled cheese.
Cold Weather, Warm Wedding
With these fashion, ambiance, favor, and food tips, you can curate a winter wedding unlike anything you’ve seen at a “traditional” summer wedding. Whether or not it snows on your actual wedding day, you can put the best elements of winter on display at your wedding while feeling the warmth of your closest friends and family.