Most weddings are held during the summer months so your ‘winter wonderland’ themed wedding will always be remembered for being different! Here are some ideas of how to add some winter magic to your special day:
You will want the place you get married to have a magical feel, speak to your wedding venue operators about the seasonal decorations they will have up at that time of year as you may be able to incorporate some of their décor and colour scheme into your planning. Common winter wedding colours include icy blue, snowy white, crimson, forest green and chocolate brown. Think about using a pale colour teamed with a richer, brighter one to enhance the contrast of the wintery tones in your decorations.
Be creative when dressing your table sets, utilise chair covers to create a softer, more coordinated look to your venue and use seasonal elements in your dining table centrepieces. Flowers may be more expensive and difficult to source during the winter months. Use poinsettias, ivy, pinecones, willow, thistle, leaves and branches to enhance the flowers you do plan to use. Or if you are set on flowers, silk flowers make a brilliant substitution, and are incredibly realistic. Fairy lights and scented candles are also a great addition to help set the festive mood and add that soft, twinkly light and ambiance.
Because it’s winter you can be more creative with food and drinks to keep your guests smiling. If you are holding a drinks reception or cocktail hour before or after your wedding dinner you could incorporate some warm drinks such as mulled wine, hot cider, eggnog and hot toddies. Work with the bar team to create fabulous cocktails with seasonal fruits and spices to keep things elegant. The addition of miniature mince pies, roasted chestnuts and other warming treats will only serve to add to the wintery, cosy atmosphere.
The wedding meal
When planning your meal instead of opting for the traditional chicken or salmon dishes, you might want to consider hearty dishes such as a roast dinner, a stew or warming risotto. Winter screams ‘comfort food’ so indulge your guests at dessert as well with hot apple pie with custard, sticky toffee pudding or a fruit crumble served with cream. A winter wedding with some of these lovely seasonal touches is guaranteed to be a truly memorable affair! Image by Linda Markland used under the Creative Commons license.