Winter weddings are not for the casual wedding planner: there is no option for an impromptu backyard bash, no naturally photogenic beach or cherry blossom backdrop, and fewer sunlit hours of the day. The extra effort of crafting a winter wedding, however, pays off in a uniquely striking celebration that warm-weather weddings are unable to imitate. Winter weddings are perfectly suited for couples who dream of photoshoots in falling snow, guests gathered around communal fireplaces, ornate decorations and dramatic flair.
Have your heart set (and calendars marked) for a wedding in December, January, or February? We’ve collected winter wedding tips to help you throw a classy celebration that’s festive without falling into tacky holiday territory. Scroll down and start daydreaming of tying the knot in a winter wonderland.
Rent a rustic lodge or mountain home for a wedding experience with all the definitive winter fixtures: wide open fireplaces, cozy cedar and pine interiors, and plenty of snow.
Infused water isn’t only for summer — throw cranberries, pomegranate seeds, cinnamon, and pear in your drink pitchers for a uniquely seasonal spin.
Mixed metal and metallic accents add some luxe sparkle to the cooler color palette of winter. Wearing metallic heels and accessories is an easy way to catch the light — and everyone’s eye!
While winter lacks cherry blossoms, green gardens or autumnal foliage, photo shoots in the barren snow and ice are just as striking.
Mix tea candles and flowers to create a classy, cozy table setting.
Obsessed with bold, rich shades like merlot, eggplant, and navy? Winter weddings are the perfect time to dress sharp in deep tones.
Take the cold weather into consideration when planning a wardrobe. Fur stoles and leather jackets give an edge to bridesmaids’ gowns while keeping your girls warm.
Naked cakes are all the rage, but look a bit too sparse for winter weddings. The cold season calls for indulgence, so splurge on a centerpiece worthy cake for the occasion.
Wedding date in December? Set up a Christmas tree in the venue and have guests write messages on ornaments in lieu of a boring guest book.
Winter wedding crowns crafted from vines, red berries, lotus, and wood frame the face just as beautifully as their flower crown counterparts.
A two-piece wedding dress is a cute (and warm!) idea for the casual winter bride.
Forget the spray-and-go beach waves of summer; winter weddings are all about the sleekly coiffed updos, whether in twists, chignons, or full ballet buns.
Most winter weddings are set indoors, so look out for a venue hall with high ceilings and dramatic light fixtures to get the most striking ceremony setting.
Incorporate pine branches, berries, pine cones and dark bark into winter wedding decor to give your table settings and photos an earthy edge.
Winter is also an ideal time for a house wedding. Borrow or rent a home with a spacious foyer for an intimate ceremony with your closest friends and family.
Candles aren’t just restricted to tables — we adore the overgrown, organic look of this staircase light arrangement.
Winter calls for bold beauty looks with lots of color contrast: smokey eyes, thick eyeliner, and deep wine and purple lip colors.
Dropping temperatures means winter brides get to don dramatic gowns with fuller skirts, long lace sleeves, and gorgeous layers.
Feed into cold weather indulgence with a cake buffet! Consider inviting guests to bring a cake of their favorite flavor to share for dessert.
Winter has arguably the best seasonal drinks — a hot chocolate, apple cider, or eggnog bar is a fun addition to any reception meal.
For stunning, budget friendly winter bouquets, opt for seasonal flowers such as carnations, white roses, and amaryllis framed with pussy willow branches, mistletoe, and holly.
Classic white china and festive red or forest green table runners turn a reception table into a setting fit for a winter feast.
Black tie affairs are traditionally winter events, and the classy theme suits cold weather weddings just as well!
Sparkly streamers inject one last shot of festive celebration to you and your new spouse’s first getaway as a married couple.
Wedding venues tend to be cheaper to book in winter compared to spring and summer, but that doesn’t mean you should wait. Use our wedding planning checklist to stay on track with bookings and preparations for the big day, and read up on ways to save as you plan — winter weddings may offer cheaper venue rentals, but may require a larger decoration and catering budget.
What’s your experience with winter weddings? Did you have any creative ideas or photos that weren’t covered here? Let us know — we would love to hear from you! Plus, don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Pinterest pages for more wedding inspo!