10 Tips for Winter weddings that wow

Thinking about a winter wedding?  Struggling to find ideas and inspiration that doesn't include pinecones or Christmas colours? Never fear,  today we have 10 tips for a winter celebration that really wows (and no Christmas ornaments or horse drawn sleighs of any kind in sight).

If there was a prize for the most under-appreciated wedding season, winter would win hands down. It's a pity, because winter has bucket-loads of potential.  In fact,  it's one of the best times to get married.

Clever couples planning a winter celebration just about have the whole season to themselves.  Forget exhausted guests who have been to ten weddings in a row,  don't fret about struggling to book that perfect venue, vendor or supplier and get ready for discounts on just about everything.

In addition to the the practical benefits, this most majestic of seasons also lends itself to totally gorgeous decor and styling.   While green lawns and rose gardens might be a little scarce, a winter backdrop is the perfect canvas for utterly divine details.

Below are 10 tips for a winter wedding that packs a very stylish punch.

 

1. Long sleeved gowns

1. Rue de Seine gown via Hello May  2. Ethereal wedding shoot by Elizabeth Messina via Green Wedding Shoes. 3. Lace backed gown and veil via Colin Cowie weddings. 4 . Bride in a lace sleeved dress kissing her groom via The Lane.

1. Rue de Seine gown via Hello May  2. Ethereal wedding shoot by Elizabeth Messina via Green Wedding Shoes. 3. Lace backed gown and veil via Colin Cowie weddings. 4 . Bride in a lace sleeved dress kissing her groom via The Lane.

2.  Breathtaking winter landscapes

There's something so beautiful, almost mystical, about winter.  Bare, windswept landscapes, moody skies and snow covered mountains are dramatic and ethereal.   Use all the drama to your advantage and have your photos take in front of a  breathtaking winter backdrop.

Winter bride via Sami Jo Photography.

Winter bride via Sami Jo Photography.

Couple in a snow filled winter landscape via Z+V Wedding Photography.

Couple in a snow filled winter landscape via Z+V Wedding Photography.

        New Zealand winter wedding via Green Wedding Shoes.

        New Zealand winter wedding via Green Wedding Shoes.

3. Luscious feasts

What could be more fitting than a winter feast?  Think long, dramatic tables laden with banquet style food, share platters, generous servings of rich deliciousness......ooh take us there now!

Have you ever seen a prettier scene for a banquet?  Via Grey Likes Weddings.

Have you ever seen a prettier scene for a banquet?  Via Grey Likes Weddings.

  Rustic feast via Local Milk Blog.

  Rustic feast via Local Milk Blog.

4. Rich colour palettes

It can be tempting to have a white winter wedding but we think the best approach is to warm it up.  Rich shades (think purples, plums, reds, burgandy) give gorgeous depth and warmth to a winter palette. 

Burgundy bouquet and lips and a stunning Rue de Seine gown  via Hello May.

Burgundy bouquet and lips and a stunning Rue de Seine gown  via Hello May.

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1. Roses in a gorgeous, rich hue via The Lane.  2. Plums via Pinterest (original source unknown) . 3. Calligraphy stationery via Magnolia Rouge.

1. Roses in a gorgeous, rich hue via The Lane.  2. Plums via Pinterest (original source unknown) . 3. Calligraphy stationery via Magnolia Rouge.

5. Roaring fires

Is there anything more comforting than coming out of the cold to the warmth of an open fire? You'd be surprised how many venues feature gorgeous fireplaces, and fireplaces tend to include mantles, which just scream 'style me!'.

1. Rustic ceremony decor with a fireplace altar via The Lane. 2. Outdoor fire pit via Jose Villa. 3. Outdoor lounge and fire -Pinterest (original source unknown).

1. Rustic ceremony decor with a fireplace altar via The Lane. 2. Outdoor fire pit via Jose Villa. 3. Outdoor lounge and fire -Pinterest (original source unknown).

6.  Warming gifts for your guests

Delight your guests (and warm their tummies) with gifts of ready made cookie, chai or hot cocoa mix or hand out cosy blankets or homemade tea.

1. Homemade tea wedding favours via I Take You 2. Cosy blankets via Style Me Pretty. 3. Cookie mix via Mum's Business.

1. Homemade tea wedding favours via I Take You 2. Cosy blankets via Style Me Pretty. 3. Cookie mix via Mum's Business.

7. Lovely lights

Illuminate a dark, wintery night with lovely lights.  From chandeliers, lanterns and festoon lights right through to the simple elegance of candles, beautiful lighting makes a statement in every space.

Candlelight via Pinterest (original source unknown) 2. Decanter lights via The Lane. 3. Chandeliers and fairy lights via Style Me Pretty.

Candlelight via Pinterest (original source unknown) 2. Decanter lights via The Lane. 3. Chandeliers and fairy lights via Style Me Pretty.

8. Wonderfully warm beverages

Drinks don't have to be cold!  What could be more appropriate than a hot chocolate bar or a cup of aromatic & spicy mulled wine.   There's even recipes out there for hot cocktails if you're feeling a little daring!

1.  Hot cocoa station via Intimate Weddings  2. Mulled wine via The Sweetest Occasion 3. Hot chocolate favours via Bow Ties and Bliss.

1.  Hot cocoa station via Intimate Weddings  2. Mulled wine via The Sweetest Occasion 3. Hot chocolate favours via Bow Ties and Bliss.

9. Luxurious layers

Think shawls, furs, boleros, capes, cardigans and coats ....luxurious thick fabrics and gorgeous textures will not only keep you cosy, they'll have you looking irresistibly elegant (and oh so glam).

1. Lace gown with fur wrap via Love My Dress 2. Lace and fur adorned with glam jewels - Versace via Pinterest.  3.  Jenny Packham dress and Cape via Glitter Inc. 4. Bridesmaids in shawls via Simply Bloom Photography.

1. Lace gown with fur wrap via Love My Dress 2. Lace and fur adorned with glam jewels - Versace via Pinterest.  3.  Jenny Packham dress and Cape via Glitter Inc. 4. Bridesmaids in shawls via Simply Bloom Photography.

10. Cosy lounge areas

Nothing says comfort like a cosy couch complete with thick throws and soft cushions.  Layer your lounge area with plenty of textures and enhance with gorgeous lights.

      Tented lounge area under chandeliers via Belle The Magazine.

      Tented lounge area under chandeliers via Belle The Magazine.

Cosy lounge area via Green Wedding Shoes.

Cosy lounge area via Green Wedding Shoes.

The secret to ensuring your winter wedding really blows your guests away is working with and enhancing the season - embrace the wintery-ness!  

Are you planning a winter wedding?  What elements are you including in your big day?

 

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