Baby, It's Cold Outside! 5 Winter Wedding ideas
Winter weddings give brides, grooms, and guests something to look forward to after the rush of the holidays. However, it can be tricky to host a winter wedding without going into full-on Christmas and Valentine’s Day modes. Here are some ideas to warm up your winter wedding in a way that’s entirely yours.
Baby, it’s cold outside, so bring your guests to a cozy spot like a log cabin, ski lodge, or bed and breakfast—any beautiful place with a fireplace is sure to set the stage. Since your options are all indoors, this is the prime time for a formal, black-tie ballroom affair—perfect for large weddings and longer evening hours. You can also consider a destination wedding to a wintry spot—Aspen, Colorado has plenty of luxurious hotels that would provide the right combination of snowy winter and high-end formality.
Wherever you tie the knot, create a memorable entrance for your walk down the aisle. How about rolling out a red carpet as a runner or even adorning the aisle with fake snow? Make sure your wedding coordinator rings sleigh bells before you appear in the doorway.
Silver and Gold
Twinkle lights are beautiful, but they also give off a Christmasy feeling. To tone down the holiday feel, use pinecones, greens, candles, and bunches of cinnamon sticks tied together with twine to warm up the venue. On the other hand, ice sculptures and décor fashioned in silver, white, pearls, and crystals contribute major glamour. Frosted glass china on top of silver chargers reflects the season and look perfect on tables set with full white hydrangeas and ranunculuses.
The cocktail hour at a winter wedding might steal the show. If you’re going for a white-on-white theme, switch up the regulars by serving white chocolatinis in sugar-rimmed glasses, white hot chocolate, even eggnog - and don’t forget spiked coffee (the Nutty Irishman is a crowd favorite). While traditional wedding food certainly has its place at a winter wedding, don’t feel limited: hearty soups and crusty breads are always welcome, and you could even offer a Guiness beef stew or a chicken-and-mushroom pie.
If you dream of a cake emblazoned with bright colors, maybe you should consider a summer wedding - the winter wedding cake invites a pure white, snowy masterpiece to be on display with the potential for a snow globe topper! As an alternative to a traditional wedding cake, a tier of cheesecakes in different flavors keeps the theme through their white richness. Don’t forget to have a hot cocoa bar for fun and for your chocolate loving guests - you could even offer this in lieu of a groom’s cake if he’s a big cocoa guy.
Small bottles of maple syrup, boxes of chocolate-covered cranberries or roasted chestnuts, bread or cookie mixes, or even small bottles of bourbon or rum will warm your guest through the season and keep them with warm thoughts of you and your new spouse!