With Christmas on the horizon, there is no better time to discuss winter weddings and how to create the perfect experience for you and your guests. Winter’s classic colours are timeless and beautiful. Reds teamed with soft whites and green accents can be brought right up to date with softer, complementary colours. Adding a splash of gold is genius; playing with shades from pale reds to deep burgundies gives scope for stunning displays and gorgeous design. This colour palette works wonderfully for weddings throughout the winter season all the way through to Valentine’s Day Below we have outlined our hints and tips for ways to get the perfect wintery feel on your big day.
Warming Winter Stationary
It all begins with the invitation. Having the perfect wintery stationary can set the vibe for your guests for the day even arrives. Stationery in soft whites and ivories, simply printed, minimally designed and with a touch of sparkle is perfect for a winter wedding. Choose letterpress designs with foiling, or luxury papers with gold leaf edging in order to create the perfect wintery feel.
Continue the theme onto wedding tables, with elegant place names edged with gold leaf. Everyone loves a place name to take home and use on the Christmas dinner table!
Styling your Space
Soft lighting all around and adding texture to your wedding venue with plants is another way that winter can be welcomed into your wedding. Candle light creates a wonderful vibe for romantic winter weddings. Styled in lanterns, they bring luxury styling in a beautifully understated way, and will work for intimate weddings through to larger weddings.
Vibrant florals in reds provide drama and impact. Choose a few glorious seasonal blooms – carnations, poinsettia, anemones, ranunculus and dahlias are some of our favourites – but don’t forget tulips and use faux blooms if you have a favourite you can’t live without. Foliage adds texture to any bouquet, and the addition of seedheads and trailing stems and blooms are wonderful for winter. Don’t be afraid to ask your florist for ideas – they’ll know a hundred things about flowers and bouquets you’d never have dreamed were possible. Evergreens and lots of foliage teamed with white candles are perfect for a luxury winter wedding look.
Taste of Winter
Along with the look of your wedding, you can also create a sense of winter at your wedding through foods, particularly with sweet treats. Think about a dessert table if you can afford one, and style it with elegant plates and prettily decorated treats. The mercury glass tea light holder gives a gentle glow which really adds to the wintry vibe.
Another aspect for food at the perfect winter wedding is a classic tiered white wedding cake – it’s perfect for a luxury winter wedding look. The gold detailing is a tiny, thoughtful touch which really makes it look special. Instead of cupcakes, smaller bakes are super cute and could be a creative way to cater for guests with special dietary requirements.
What to Wear
Tailoring comes into its own for a winter wedding, with long sleeved shirts, waistcoats and jackets all helping you keep warm! Leather shoes, teamed with a red buttonhole and softly shining cufflinks can add a subtle touch to the wintery feel. Navy and red are a gorgeous combination – a luxury wool suit and waistcoat are perfect for winter.
Choose a dress with sleeves to keep a little warmer… but be creative with styles! This boho style dress has all the pretty details and is perfect for a winter wedding. The silhouette is elegant and graceful, just right for a modern winter wedding. You can even add a crown if you want to create some drama with your wintery wedding look. A beautiful wrap or faux fur stole can keep you warm whilst also enabling you to explore the grounds of your venue for those beautiful wintry images.
Cosy winter evenings are what winter weddings are all about. Find a venue with real fires, plenty of candlelight or twinkling fairy light canopies, and bring in cosy blankets or even a hot chocolate or mulled wine bar for your guests to enjoy in the evening. Ask your photographer to capture some relaxed images through the evening.
A few extra touches to add a bit of shine and sparkle to your wedding can further add to the wintery feel that you are going for. Simple displays in keeping with your style will look wonderful. We love these glass card boxes – and the styling is super simple with a sprig of cuscus or eucalyptus and a little silk ribbon. Decorate tables with simply written or printed numbers in gorgeous glass frames and add gold leaf to continue the theme. Candles are a simple touch which don’t cost the earth, and they’re a beautiful, natural way to lift your winter wedding and add sparkle. Choose pure whites or pale creams, or red, burgundy or sage green candles. Elegant gold candlesticks in a modern style really add a chic look.