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The Do’s and Don’ts of Winter Weddings

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Welcome one of our newest guest bloggers, Sophia! Today, she’s letting us know the do’s and don’ts of winter weddings. Enjoy!

Although people usually opt for a spring or a summer wedding (mostly because of the warmer and longer days), you’d be surprised how magical the winter wedding can be. It’s no wonder, considering that only a few things can be as romantic as snow. But, if you’re not sure whether this season is a good choice for your big day, we’ll give you a few inspirational tips on how you can incorporate the best of winter wonderland into your perfect winter wedding.


Basic preps


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First things first – choose a venue for the reception. Since it will probably be cold, you should forget about an outdoor space, unless you want to have an Arctic theme. You can use a ballroom in a hotel for a luxury combination or a repurposed old barn (or a farm house) for a cozier atmosphere. Keep in mind that any indoor celebration may require more formal wedding invitations, which can be appropriately designed to announce the ceremony’s spirit.


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Food and beverages usually don’t depend on the season – only on your choice. You can add an interesting twist by installing a hot cocoa station for guests during outdoor activities (like the arrival of the newlyweds, the ceremony, or the photo-shoot) or serving personalized warm punch made especially for your wedding.

Palettes of colors


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As with any other wedding preparation, before choosing the decor, decide what colour pallette you’d like to have. This way an inspiration for decorations will come on its own and it will be much easier to pull everything off.

  • The red and green combination is probably the first one that will cross your mind when you think of the winter season. If you prefer the Christmas style, then this match will fit you perfectly, but if you want to make your wedding look less like a New Year’s party and more like a fairy-tale, consider some other options.
  • The classic, yet timeless, combination of white and silver will give an elegant and glamorous touch to your reception. Combine velvet, satin and lace textures in order to enhance the decoration and the atmosphere.
  • Play with berry tones and emerald green or grey shades to get a rustic and romantic atmosphere that will go well with nature-inspired decor.
  • A combination of a dark shade of green and bronze or gold is perfect for a rustic, yet glamorous wedding.

Decorating the venue


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The decor should compliment your venue and colour palette, as well as bring the atmosphere up or down, depending on how formal you want it to be.

  • For an elegant reception, decorate tables with large centerpieces and classic chandeliers, crystal ribbons and a lot of candles.
  • Besides candles, add more light with romantic old lanterns and LED traces.
  • You can also use pinecones as a table decoration as they are or glam them a little bit by adding some frost to their edges. Apart from being nice, these pieces can be practical as well – use them as holders for table place cards.

Magical details


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Besides the main items, details can enhance any venue and atmosphere. Use them to create a perfect, romantic celebration of your love.

  • Enhance every sense experience by adding cinnamon sticks, greenery and winter berries to the table decoration. They not only look nice, but smell great, too.
  • If you’re planning an elegant event, avoid flowers that are too colourful for your wedding bouquet. Stick to more simple shades instead. White roses, calla lilies or white boutonnieres are perfect. Decorate your bouquet with crystals, or a satin ribbon in a color that matches your overall palette. On the other hand, if you want to have a rustic celebration, choose some natural and unusual combinations. A bouquet of dried flowers or forest fruits, or even a cotton ball bouquet can help you achieve the ultimate winter forest ambience.
  • Use classic winter decorations to improve your overall look. Place snow globes of various shapes and sizes on every table and allow your guests to take them home after the wedding is over. This way, they can serve both as unique decorations and original party favors.
  • Finally, if you’re planning any outdoor activity, make sure that there are enough blankets for all the guests to snuggle up. You’ll want everyone to stay warm and cozy.

All of the most common winter figures like snowflakes, trees, deer, etc. can help you enhance your romantic day even more. And if you manage to evoke the fairy tale look, don’t hesitate – go for it.


Author Bio: Sophia Smith is an Australian-based fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about photography, wedding decoration and DIY projects. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is a regular contributor at High Style Life.

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