Winter Is Coming: Tips on Planning a Winter Wedding
Winter hair clip via whichgoose
We all know that winter can be unpredictable, and your winter wonderland can suddenly become a full on blizzard without much warning. So plan for every possible scenario (wind, rain, snow, an ancient and supernatural race known as the Others) so you won’t have to stress in the days before your wedding. Leaving you and your guests time to enjoy the advantage of the off-season hotel and flight discounts and greater venue and vendor availability. Embrace the magical atmosphere of a winter wonderland wedding with a few tips and ideas to keep you and your guests warm and jolly.
Where To Start
- Pick A Theme: Just because you’re having a winter wedding doesn’t mean you have to choose an icy theme. Have fun with a whimsical winter wonderland, take a trip through the wardrobe to a snow filled Narnia, celebrate Christmas at Hogwarts or a winter in Winterfell.
- Invitations: Snowflakes, pine cones, snowy fairy tale castles are all befitting any Lord or Lady of Winterfell.
Hot cocoa bar photography by Drew B via Hostess With The Mostess
- Cappuccino or Hot Chocolate Bar: Your guests will enjoy this cute warm touch and will also alleviate stress on the actual bar. Also a great alternative, and money saver, to a liqueur bar.
- Indoor Venue: choose a romantic inn with a large fireplace, a ski lodge or a historic mansion. Make sure your location is accessible if the weather turns bad, has good ventilation to keep the room warm and not stuffy and has backup generators (just in case).
- Portable Heaters: rent or check to see if your venue can provide them. Check which heaters are appropriate for your tent structure or venue for fire code.
- Transportation: Provide warm transportation for your guests from the airport or hotel to your venue.
- Flowers: Just because it’s a winter wedding doesn’t mean you have to choose white or blue flowers, but it does mean you have to choose flowers that are in season during winter. Winter season flowers such as: Amaryllis, Bells of Ireland , Camellia, Carnation, Daffodil, Poinsettia, Ranunculus, Star of Bethlehem, Sweet Pea and Tulips will in season and thus cheaper.
- Christmas: Many venues or churches will already be decorated for the Holidays which means either you get free beautiful wedding decor, or wreaths and fake poinsettias that have dust from the 1970s. Check or preview your venue or Church ahead of time to see what their Holiday decor is like.
- Colors: Well you can always go with your favorite colors here are a couple of popular winter options: Christmas -reds and greens, frosted -light blue hues and whites, metallics -antique gold, pewter, silver or copper.
- Candles: Warm candlelight is perfect for a winter setting. Go geeky and suspend candles above reception tables using magic, or wires, for a Harry Potter feel.
- Winter Wonderland: If the snow won’t come to you, rent it! Snow machines can be rented for you to create your own winter wonderland. Decorate your reception hall or buffet tables with your initials carved out of ice or perhaps a martini luge is in order.
Left to right: Oscar de la Renta, Zuhair Murad, Vera Wang, Romantic Threads
- Coat Check: No one wants to carry around their bulky or even wet coat at a wedding. Also think about providing umbrellas for rainy weather.
- Bling It Baby: diamonds inspire visions of ice crystals.
- Go Steampunk: Keep warm with long wool coats for the men and cropped leather or wool jackets for the girls. Wraps, gloves, shrugs, cardigans, capes and heavy or wool suits will also keep you warm and tie in with your winter theme.
- Wedding Dress: Keep warm with sleeves or a high collar and a dress made from a heavier fabric like silk satin, or if you prefer lace try Battenberg lace. be sure to stand out from the white snowy backdrop with lots of embellishments or ditch the white dress for an icy blue, blush pink, silver or even a bold red dress.
- Be a Stalker: check out your photo op locations in advance. Choose multiple locations in case of bad weather one indoors and one outdoors.
- Daylight Savings: As it gets darker in winter months arrange for your ceremony to conclude by 2pm to capture portraits indoors while still having enough light to take photos outdoors. Also remember that sunset changes from summer to winter.
- Cover Up: Bring a coat and a pair of warm boots for trekking through the snow and ice that can be handed off to friend or photography assistant.
- Makeup: Winter lighting accentuates dark circles and puffy eyes. Create a glow by using a little under-eye highlighter and having a hint of shimmer in your eye makeup. Try warm, glowing hues and remember to moisturize to keep skin from drying out in the cold.