There are so many reasons to plan a winter wedding! For starters, venues generally have more dates available in the winter months, which means you have more flexibility. You may also see that a winter event will lift some of the financial strain on your budget, considering there are often less expensive rates in off season months. Best of all is the warm, cozy atmosphere the season brings. Let’s face it, we love any excuse to wear a glam faux fur coat? Many families are cheerfully traveling for the holidays, so it’s a perfect time of year to celebrate with all of your closest loved ones.
If you’ve started planning your winter wedding, you may have run into some issues with your decor. Have you been Pinteresting your tail off, and have only found wedding decor that screams Christmas? We sympathize, and we’re here to help. Whether you’re having your wedding in December or in late February, these decor ideas will have your guests saying “Wedded Winter Wonderland” rather than The North Pole.
A little red, a little green, a little less Christmas
The easiest way to keep with the theme of the holidays, but looking less like Santa’s elves did your decor for you, is to tone down the red and green colors. Try darker or lighter hues than the typical red and green tones that are everywhere this time of year.
That’s right, bring out the maroons, burgundys, and wine colors! Not only do these look amazing next to white, but they add a more sophisticated touch than simple red. They also pair wonderfully with other colors too as in navy, gray, or blush pink! Check out this post by our resident color expert for more tips on using the color red.
For green, think moss, pine, or olive! These muted colors add the ideal natural tone to your decor that will look amazing with or without holiday designs.They are neutral enough to complement practically any color scheme you could imagine, from bright colors to all whites, and even festive colors for the time of year.
Try another tested and true color combo.
If you’re not a fan of red and green altogether, try another traditional color combo: blue and white. This theme screams winter wonderland, but leaves out the Christmas vibe. We love this look for a full-out glam wedding with silver touches for sparkling accents. You don’t have to use the go-to shade of royal blue either. Navy is a fantastic complement to white. Or try a lighter shade of blue, like Tiffany blue, to add a glitzy aspect to your wedding.
Why add color, go with the season’s color scheme!
I am a big neutrals girl. All white everything is my absolute dream, but I love to add creams, light grays, and off whites paired with natural aspects. Winter is the perfect time for an all white wedding, especially with a fresh snowfall! White floral arrangements with olive branch greenery, romantic candles, and a classic white cake are lovely decor ideas that stand the test of time. While this color scheme may sound bland, adding touches of gold and green makes it positively regal.
A rustic theme isn’t just for spring and summer weddings!
Who says a rustic wedding has to be in a barn? Destination weddings in mountaintop cabins are absolutely dreamy! If travel isn’t your thing, add rustic aspects like pine cones, tree branch candle holders, and pine trees to your decor. Plus, they are completely ideal for a winter wedding! They play up the seasonal touch, while still looking charming and romantic. Incorporate them into your decor, table arrangements, bouquets, and even your guy’s boutonniere!
All that glitters is gold!
Glittering gold and sparkling silver are excellent choices for your winter wedding and the upcoming new year! Gold sparkle tablecloths with lush floral arrangements stand out and bring a dazzling aspect to your decor. If gold isn’t for you, shimmering silver gives a enchanting factor that will make your guests swoon. Think silver-frosted twigs and branches for centerpieces that shimmer against white floral arrangements.
Try incorporating it in small places throughout your big day to avoid sparkle overload. You can keep your ceremony decor simple, but have your bridesmaids wear sparkling gowns, or you can highlight your head table with a flashy tablecloth.
Seasonal decor doesn’t have to be natural.
Seasonal decor starts to appear on retail shelves earlier and earlier, often before Halloween! Why not take something that has the essence of the season and make it your own! Pine cones, are a must for holiday decor, so why not paint the tips a bright pink or blue! It is totally unexpected, and will be appreciated by guests who’ve attended countless holiday parties with the same seasonal decorations.
Another idea – hang Christmas lights for a cute backdrop! Supply a Polaroid, and you have both a fun, creative time for your guests, and more memories for you.
Black and white winter weddings are oh-so classic!
What a better contrast and complement to a snowy wedding than the timeless color black! This combination conveys elegance and class that never never goes out of style. Whether you want to add a little emerald, shimmering gold, or keep it simple, this theme is irresistible, and carries a 0% Christmas feel. For weddings in any season, a black and white theme always lends an air of sophistication.