While winter might tend to see a dip in the number of marriages occurring, there’s quite a bit that’s magical about getting married between December and March. Whether you’re in one the country’s colder climates or you’re in an area where you don’t need a jacket to stay warm, each has its own set of charms that can be accentuated into a theme or color motif. Below, we pick out some of the more clever ways we’ve seen couples make their wedding one of the highlights of the season.
All too often, brides and grooms will feel so boxed-in by the season that they experience the need to stick to pine cones, pine leaves, and a snowy-white color palette. But as we discussed in our piece on luxury trends in 2017, elevating your wedding to a whole new level of class involves thinking outside of the box. And while color is very much in and metallics out, do not make the mistake of going too heavy on the red or green or your guests might think you are trying to hold a second Christmas. Leave the pinecones and winter foliage outside and go for a more urbane feel with silver and crystal accents capturing the ephemeral beauty of icicles.
Speaking of flowers, while red roses, amaryllis, and calla lilies tend to be the go-to winter wedding flowers, but there are a variety of flower forms and colors to play with, especially when set against a snowy backdrop. And although we’d advise to leave the pine needles outside, you can always opt for other green foliage that thrives during the winter, such as bouquets of aromatic sage or flowers with full blooms such as ranunculuses, white hydrangeas, and white boutonnieres are all more refined options
Your decorations tend to take on a heightened importance during winter weddings as many couples opt to hold their receptions in a glamorous ballroom, such as The Park Savoy and Nanina’s in the Park. To convey to your guests that your wedding will be a black tie affair, the invitations tend to say it all when printed on thick card stock. But you don’t need tradition to tell your guests how to dress. One idea for winter-themed invitations is to use thick and frosted plexiglass inscribed with a white ink script.
Finally, the beverages and cocktails served during a winter wedding should be seasonal-appropriate as not many people are going to be craving a margarita outside of a restaurant. And while everyone like hot chocolate and warm cider, try stepping it up a bit by utilizing unique glass wear like champagne flutes to serve such seasonal drinks as eggnog instead of hot chocolate, though we won’t blame you if you decide to stick with the hot cocoa.
So while there are additional topics to cover in next week’s post, the above features some great starting points for conceiving how to put a unique and personal spin on your winter wedding.