The Ultimate Winter Wedding Guide

Winter weddings can be magical and romantic, but they come with their own set of challenges. The colder weather and shorter days make planning a winter wedding a bit more difficult, but with the right preparation, it can be an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. One of the most important things to keep in mind when planning a winter wedding is to make sure that everyone stays warm and comfortable. From the ceremony to the reception, there are many ways to keep guests cozy. The decor, lighting, and food choices can all play a role in creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when planning a ‘winter wedding’ to make it both beautiful and memorable for all.

1.        Consider the weather

Winter weather can be unpredictable, so have a backup plan in case of bad weather. This could be having a tent or other covered area for the ceremony and reception, or having heated outdoor space. If you want an outdoor ceremony, you MUST have a backup plan in case of unexpected weather. This could be a heated outdoor space or indoor backup space. 

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2.        Use warm lighting:

To make your winter wedding cozy and inviting, use warm lighting, such as candles or string lights. This will help to brighten up the darker winter days and make the atmosphere more inviting. Candles on tables will add a romantic and cozy touch to your reception. String lights or fairy lights can also be used to add warmth and create a relaxing outdoor space. Use warm-colored lights, like amber or gold, to make your guests feel more comfortable.  You can also use spot lighting to highlight important areas of your venue such as the dance floor, bar, or dessert table, making them more appealing for your guests.

3.        Serve warm drinks and food:

 Keep your guests warm and comfortable by serving warm drinks and food at your reception. Offer hot cocoa, bourbon cider, or warm soups as a way to keep guests warm during the colder weather. Serve warm appetizers like crostini or interactive fondue during cocktail hour, which will keep your guests warm and provide a unique experience while they mingle. Serve warm dishes like roasted vegetables or mashed potatoes as part of your meal.  A more fun idea would be a hot cocoa or cider station set up at the reception for guests to help themselves throughout the evening to give them the option to warm up and enjoy a cozy drink whenever they want. So be creative with the food, as anything warm to eat will be greatly appreciated by your guests!

Photo by Peaches and Mint with planning by Lavender and Rose

4.        Embrace the winter theme:

Use the winter season as an inspiration for your wedding decor. This could mean using winter flowers like poinsettias, pinecones with white and silver accents. These colors will add a wintery touch to your wedding and will make it look and feel like a winter wonderland.

5.        Don’t forget the extra time:

The days are shorter in the winter time. Do plan extra time for photos and other wedding-related activities early in the day. This will ensure that you and your guests have a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Planning extra time for activities will give you and your guests more time to enjoy the wedding and not rush through!  

Planning a winter wedding is AWESOME! It can be a beautiful and unique experience for you and your guests. We hope that these tips have provided you with some inspiration and ideas for how to make your winter wedding warm, cozy, and enjoyable. With these tips in mind, you can create a winter wedding that is both beautiful and memorable.  Don’t forget that you can always add your personal touch to the wedding, whether it be a hot cocoa bar or a cozy blanket station, the possibilities are endless. Happy planning!

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