Getting married in the winter doesn’t have to mean Santa Claus coming to town (but keep reading, because even Christmas themes can be done gorgeously!). Snuggle up with a cup of hot chocolate or your favorite latte and read on for our favorite trends for winter weddings.
Embrace the Season
Winter has an appeal all its own. There is a certain beauty in the starkness. We love when winter brides find ways to work with the season instead of fighting it, like taking pictures in the snow. Unconventional florals like mistletoe, evergreen, silvery foliage like lamb’s ear and dusty miller, berries and tiny pinecones are all gorgeously textural, and thoroughly seasonal options for bouquets that practically defines winter chic. Natural materials like bare branches, birch, bold green succulents, twinkly lights and sparkly metallics are all fabulous ways to incorporate some of our favorite winter charms into a winter wedding decor plan.
Cold weather calls for cozy; Up the ante on traditional lounge areas by incorporating plush cable knit pillows, thick blankets and a fire pit for guests to snuggle around. Offer your guests a steamy signature drink, like an apple cider hot toddy with cinnamon stick straws, or an adults only hot chocolate bar with Bailey’s, Peppermint Schnapps and toffee bits. Appetizers like grilled cheese sliders perched atop shot glasses filled with tomato soup and warm apple pie skewers will keep guests warm and taste buds happy.
One of our favorite looks for winter is a sophisticated monochromatic color scheme. Winter is all about using warm and toasty shades within the same tone, such as plum, maroon & berry. Neutrals (gray, and that sophisticated dusty gray-blue are our favorites for winter) can shimmer and deep jewel tones make a huge impact in winter weddings. Think rich, ombre, and metallic pops for an on-trend winter color palette.
Brides getting married near Christmas can absolutely borrow colors from Santa and still have wedding oozing with elegance. A grown up palette of Ecru and oxblood, emerald toned greenery like cedar and evergreen, touches of tastefully used pine cones paired with plaid, fur, velvet, and wool textiles make for a gorgeous, grown up version of the magic that makes Christmas so beautiful. Evergreens dusted with sparkles and an exit through a tunnel of tossed (biodegradable) shimmery white wedding confetti “snow” all make for a merry and bright Christmas wedding to certainly be remembered.
Perhaps our favorite category. Sigh. Winter wedding attire is simply dreamy. The fabrics are rich and luxurious, the colors are saturated and brides have free reign to “ice” themselves in decadent bling. We simply love seeing winter accessories for brides that do not translate to any other season. Think fluffy white muffs, opulent fur stoles, warm and chic capelets, and supple leather gloves cozy custom knit wraps. The barren landscape of winter makes a perfect backdrop for tasteful bling. Bring on the shimmery metallic accessories, they are absolutely perfect for adding sparkle to a winter wedding wardrobe.
The bride isn’t the only one having all the fun in winter. Long sleeved bridesmaids dresses are a quickly growing trend for winter, and we simply can’t get enough of them! Men have their choice of a number of elegant, well appointed winter weather selections. We love seeing wool, upscale flannels, and tweeds in jackets. Perhaps our favorite, to die for winter look for men is velvet: if your man doesn’t have the swagger to pull off a luxe velvet jacket, try a velvet bow tie, or a flannel jacket with velvet lapels. Let’s not leave out the winter accessories for men to play with as well for their disctintive style: we love two toned brogue shoes, cashmere scarves in plaids, and buttery leather driving gloves for men to mix and match into their winter style.
We are looking forward to the upcoming winter wedding season with anticipation. Check out our constantly growing Winter Trends board on Pinterest for more inspiration, and stay tuned to our blog to see how our clients use these trends in their own winter weddings!
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