Winter Wedding Trends

Whether you’re focused on a full-out Christmas themed wedding with sleigh bells and tall fir trees, or you just want to incorporate wintery white details in your cold-weather wedding, this season is ripe with possibilities for making your celebration both beautiful and unique.

Here we’ve gathered some of the most interesting ideas, both new and old, that you can include as you move forward with winter wedding planning.


Focus on Fir. From sprigs of spruce in the boutonnieres to simple pine chairs for your reception area, fir trees provide a wide range of options for your wedding. As a plant, it can be both rustic and elegant, and it is easily incorporated into every aspect of wedding design. Use it as decorative foliage around a candelabra, and it becomes a gorgeous table decoration. Purchase coniferous seedlings and place them in decorative envelopes with planting and care directions, and you have a unique party favor for your guests.


Use fragrant pine to add texture to your ceremonial floral arrangements or bridal bouquets, or allow the tree itself to take center stage by incorporating it into your unity ceremony. Some couples may want to transform pine cones into sparkly, decorative place settings. The possibilities for pine tree use in your winter wedding are endless!


Beautiful Bridesmaid Dresses. While many brides exchanging vows in the winter may opt for a traditional Christmas red, there are many gorgeous options for winter bridesmaid dresses. From sage green to mulled wine to deep violet, dark, rich colors help your wedding attendants stand out against a winter backdrop. Brides may also opt for dresses with a lace bodice and long sleeves or velvet trim that adds texture and detail to the gorgeous, floor-length gowns their girls will wear.


Thanks to Pippa Middleton, white bridesmaid dresses are also now in vogue, allowing the trendy winter bride to opt for a winter white entourage. A more daring bride may choose sequined gold, silver, or copper dresses for her bridal party, adding sparkle and glam for a sophisticated, holiday look.


Hot Chocolate Bar. What is better on a cold, winter evening than a warm cup of cocoa? Couples may want to include a hot chocolate bar complete with mini marshmallows, white chocolate, peppermint, crushed candy cane, mallow bits, or butterscotch as toppings. Sprinkles, cinnamon, toffee bits, caramel, chocolate sticks, and whipped cream are also items that can be made available.


Brides may even choose to add decorated sugar cookies or ginger snaps in wintry wedding shapes to accompany the hot cocoa. Not into hot chocolate? You may want to consider a hot tea, mulled wine, hot cider, or hot brandy cocktail to warm up your guests at your reception.


Lights, lights, and more lights. Strings of glowing white Christmas lights are an iconic addition to any winter wedding. Brides may opt for traditional strands of lights utilized throughout the reception or ceremony venues, but may also want to utilize icicle lights, twinkle star curtain lights, or smaller, battery operated light sets that can adorn table decorations or potted ceremonial fir trees.


In addition to stringed lights, don’t forget the many ways in which candles can be used to provide subtle lighting and a romantic ambiance during the ceremony. Candles can also be used in elegant silver or gold lanterns or found in rustic mason jars decorated with pine sprigs, holly berries, burlap, or twine to enhance your wedding reception.


Unique Desserts. One of the interesting trends this year are quirky dessert bars at weddings. From decorative cake pops to homemade macaroons, brides are choosing to provide their guests with dessert options. For the winter bride, this might include individual mini-pies of Christmas apple, pumpkin chiffon, peppermint brownie, or mint chocolate pies.


If having a traditional wedding cake is important, the discerning bride might choose one of the many festive wedding cake designs that utilize spruce sprigs, glitter frosting, red berries, velvet ribbons, or gold fondant.


Faux Fur Accents. Nothing says “cozy” like faux fur accents. Brides may want to look at ways to drape these over the dining chairs or use a white fur wraps for bridesmaids or the bride during pictures. You can also incorporate fabric by offering blankets for use during your celebration or incorporating it into your wedding favors.


Getting married in the winter can provide a couple with lots of options for personalizing their wedding in unique ways, especially since it’s the most uncommon season for weddings. Have you seen any interesting winter wedding ideas worth sharing? Feel free to leave your suggestions or comments here.

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