Thinking about braving the cold and going all out for that crisp, winter wedding? You are not alone. Whilst spring and summer are the more coveted time of year to get hitched, many couples prefer a fall or winter wedding, be it ethereal and romantic or casual and cosy.
We share with you our top 16 winter wedding ideas to help inspire you for your wedding day celebrations:
1. When it comes to winter, you’ll find that the colour palette of themes and trends tends to be darker and more rich in tone; think deep reds, purple, chocolate and berry tones. These decadent shades will contrast nicely against more neutral tones such as emerald greens and snowy white.
2. Alternatively, you can keep it light and opt for all white scheme for a winter wonderland inspired wedding.
3. Accents of mixed metals like silver, gold, bronze and pewter will add the finishing touches of glamour to any colour choice.
Two schools of thought here: Light or Dark.
4. For those who want a neutral colour scheme, opt for white or off-white flowers (cream, ivory and pale blush tones for that vintage or rustic feel), like Blushing Bride (a South African bloom),Tulips, frilly Stocks and Hyacinths teamed with plenty of greenery like seeded eucalyptus, evergreen sprigs and olive branches.
5. For those who want a pop of colour, go for stems like roses, Sweet Pea and Ranunculus in deep, jewel tones like burgundy, maroon, magenta and plum.
6. For that winter’s day touch, accessorise with pine needles, acorns, berries, fresh cedar and pine cones.
7. Get creative and strategically scatter berries, cinnamon sticks, pine cones, log slices and fir foliage for winter woodland inspired table decor.
8. Going for a “more-glam-less-rustic” vibe? Opt for crystal vases, candles and gold painted pine cones instead.
9. For textures, think cosy like wool, felt and lush velvet.
10. Swap bow-tie chair sashes with draped rustic, green foliage.
11. Other wintery touches include fairy lights, candle lanterns, glitter, stars, snowflakes and strands of crystal beading hung from centrepieces to create the illusion of icicles.
12. Mixed nuts including winter chestnuts make for great nibbles and doubles as table decor so place them into small crystal bowls and mix with chocolate covered cranberries.
Food & Drink
Warm, hearty dishes are called for when it’s cool and crisp outside.
13. Cheese is always a crowd pleaser but baked cheese will leave them wanting more. Think baked miniature cheese tarts served with nuts, dried fruits, grapes and chopped slices of apple and pear.
14. Serve up heart warming soup in shot glasses or mini mugs as hors d’oeuvres, or in small bowls if served as a starter, a sure fire way to warm up the cockles.
15. Give your wedding cake and/or your desserts that winter touch with a sprinkling of edible glitter, red berries dusted with icing sugar (to look like snow), pine cones flecked with royal icing and sanding sugar, and soft, sprigs of fir.
16. Have a hot beverage bar stationed serving up hot chocolate with self serve syrups in various flavours, whipped cream and a variety of toppings. Add a drop of tequila for a boozy hot cocoa.
17. Roast dinners aren’t just for Sundays, they make a great option as a main course. Serve up succulent meat carvery-style with a variety of roasted winter, root vegetables and fluffy yet golden crisp potatoes.
18. For your cocktail hour, how about eggnog, gingerbread and espresso martinis, hot mulled wine and cinnamon cider?