Winter Weddings: Embrace the Freeze with our Failsafe Winter Wedding Guide!
21 January 2018

Winter Weddings: Embrace the Freeze with our Failsafe Winter Wedding Guide!


Written by Ashley Smith
Cover Image: Northern Pixel Photography

Winter can be a magical time of year…especially in areas where snow showers cover the trees and ground with a white blanket. Is there anything prettier than glittering icicles or snow-covered branches?

Sure, the weather is absolutely frigid, but those snow-covered settings make an ideal photo backdrop. 

Hosting a winter wedding embraces the beauty of the cold season, but there are a few tips all couples should consider to ensure their wedding wonderland goes off without a hitch.

Say “I do” to these planning tips for a magical and merry winter wedding:


Break the Ice

If temps outside are freezing, this could create a hazard for guests. Wherever your wedding site may be, ensure that all walkways and parking lots are treated for ice. While you cannot keep their commute slip-free, you can plan ahead to make sure your venue keeps guests safe.

ImageAnne Marie Moran Photography

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Plan a Winter Menu

Food reflects the season. For winter wedding receptions, incorporate hearty entrees that embrace the season’s harvest. For the first course, try rich creamy squash soups and salads garnished with cranberries and pecans. Entrée choices may include turkey, duck or lamb.  You may even want to include savory stews as an entrée! 


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Incorporate Seasonal Flowers

When choosing bouquets for winter weddings, find out what flowers are in season. These selections will likely be less expensive and will be a more appropriate selection for the wintry weather. Bolder and richer hues like burgundy, orange, warm yellow, red or plum nod to the season. Poinsettias always are an ideal choice for festive winter bouquets, but camellias also are in season.


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Warm up Guests

With the outdoor temps dropping to freezing levels, keep guests warm with a variety of hot beverages during the reception. Coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate and spiked hot cider will keep guests happy and toasty! Or, host a coffee bar for guests. For your wedding favor, you also can keep guests warm with throw blankets embroidered with your names and wedding date…or even your monogram.


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Wedding Wear

For the bride and her wedding party, please, choose weather-appropriate attire! If you are dead-set on having your maids wear strapless dresses, present them with cute monogrammed cardigans to stay warm…or maybe even shawls. Your dress also should nod to the season. Make sure you have an elegant wrap or cardigan sweater so you stay warm, too! And don’t wear sandals!

Image: Heather Liddell Photographer

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Use Winter as Your Photo Backrop

Use winter’s beauty as your romantic backdrop! Snap your wedding photos amidst the falling snow or the snow covered trees and fields. The dazzling winter wonderland creates amazing wedding photos…just make sure everyone stays warm. And don’t hesitate to stage a snowball fight!


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Winter is one of the most beautiful seasons for a wedding. Embrace it and incorporate the tastes, colors and wonder of the festivities of winter into your wedding day! As the thermostat drops, serve up a warm and hearty menu complete with hot beverages, fill your bouquet with the flowers of the season and, of course, remember to stay warm as you snap photos in the snow.



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