Winter weddings can be so beautiful and romantic, with all of that holiday cheer making everyone just a little more gleeful. This holiday spirit helps to make everyone a little more generous, so you can expect some extra spectacular wedding gift ideas. If the idea of a winter wedding appeals to you, know that it takes a bit more planning than a summer marriage.
Unless you live somewhere warm, you probably won’t be holding the ceremony or reception outside, for example. Use the Christmas holiday colors for easy decor and wedding planning that will warm your guests’ hearts and provide a classy look.
You can put a little Christmas spirit into:
Consider making your own holiday cards for a cute save the date card or for the wedding invitation. If you’re looking to save money, purchase bulk holiday cards to use as a quick save the date card, then spend your money on letterpress or printed invitations in red and green tones. You don’t have to go crazy making your invitation look like a jingle bell, but some Christmas colors or rich golds and silvers will get your guests in the holiday spirit.
Having a winter wedding allows you to take advantage of all of the rich greenery that is part of the winter palette. Incorporate Christmas favorites like poinsettia, holly or mistletoe into your wedding flowers or smaller bouquets for the table. Flowers can be expensive in the wintertime, since there are far fewer available locally. Consider saving the traditional flowers for the bridal party and your bouquet, then using fabulous wintertime cabbages, greens, evergreens, snowberries and red berries to decorate. It will give the wedding a natural, sophistocated air.
Incorporate some of the same flora into table centerpieces. You may also opt to get glitzy here. Think wood branches painted silver or gold, string with mini ornaments. Evergreen topiaries or a single potted poinsettia make simple, elegant centerpieces. Or you could decorate each table with a wide strip of red velveteen or Christmas plaid ribbon, then place collections of votives or a glass bowl filled with floating candles onto the ribbon to create an elegant centerpiece.
If you want a traditional wedding cake, reds, greens, silvers and golds can enhance the cake. Think fondant flowers, fondant pearls, gum paste holly and red cardinals, or abstract patterns. To add a touch of whimsy into your winter wedding, consider choosing a smaller cake, then complementing the cake with Christmas desserts or cupcakes decorated like ornaments. Desserts like popcorn balls, cake pops, Christmas cookies and bars, hot chocolate with marshmallows and other treats add variety and help keep down the cost of the cake.
Christmas lights are an inexpensive way to add sparkle to your wedding and illuminate pathways when night falls. Decorate pathways, walkways or the reception hall with strands of small white lights. Hang ornaments on trees leading into the wedding or reception venue, decorate the walls with wreaths, or put up a small tree in the reception hall and have guests write well-wishes on an ornament just for the two of you!
Use these wintry ideas to spark your own creativity when planning your winter wedding. Christmas lights, patterns and colors work well in so many elements, but you can still add in additional colors and your own personal touches to really make the wedding your own!
Holly is an Indianapolis native who enjoys blogging on behalf of brands like Sears. In her spare time, she loves running and baking every cookie recipe she can get her hands on.
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