A winter wedding is more than snowflakes and sparkle (although those are pretty awesome…). When your winter wedding focuses on romantic warmth, cozy details, the splendor of the season and snowy fun, you’ll create a winter wonderland that will leave your guests enchanted until spring.

Just look at our winter style story – don’t you want to bundle up and dive right in to that snowy scene? We do, too.

Winter Wedding Ideas

Layer it on
Depending on where you live, winter can be mild and lovely or bitterly cold and stunningly beautiful. But still, it won’t be warm! If you’ve chosen a strapless wedding gown or one made from lighter materials like lace and chiffon, now’s your chance to live out your fantasy of wearing a faux fur-trimmed cape or wrap. Always loved the look of velvet? Choose a velvet wedding gown or a dress with velvet accents. Wear those bejeweled stilettos down the aisle, but change into warm furry white boots when traveling from ceremony to reception. Still afraid of the cold? Wear pretty knit tights under your dress and no one will be the wiser.

Warm welcome
Set a warm and inviting tone by sending winter wedding invitations that make guests want to start toasting your wedding with hot chocolate right now. Go silver with snowflakes for sparkle, deep red paper for a traditional look with a colorful twist, or creamy ecru paper printed in silver or gold for a wintry look.

Seasonal style
No matter how formal or casual your winter wedding, you’ll still want to bring in touches of nature to your décor. Lavish swags of evergreen decorated with velvet ribbon and white lights will leave the room glowing and fragrant. Use real pine cones and curls of birch bark in your bouquet and centerpieces. Going for a more modern winter wedding look? Gather twigs and branches and paint them sparkly white.

Warm up
Everyone will be chilled from traveling from your ceremony, so make sure your winter wedding reception is all about the cozies. Be sure to have a variety of hot drinks ready for guests to enjoy – hot toddies, spiced cider and spiked hot chocolate will do wonders for warming up. Think warm all the way through your wedding meal with soup appetizer and comfort foods like gourmet mac and cheese (love!), dense pasta sides and steaming entrées. Even your dessert can be warm! Think crème brulée that’s torched right at the table!

Photo Credit: Skating: One to Wed, Hot Chocolate: Wedding Day Bliss