Winter weddings are elegant, exciting and as magical as the ethereal drift of snow. Crisp, clean diamond white naturally says bridal, plus winter is the perfect time of year for intimate family gatherings.
Winter is not only a quieter season for weddings but also a great time to take advantage of saving a few dollars on your venue, vendors and flowers. This time of year, also known as “the off-season,” is a slower period to tie the knot, resulting in venues and vendors who are eager to book and may offer competitive pricing and discounts. Take advantage of flowers that are in season, as opposed to using an out-of-season bloom that may be unavailable or costs double (or even triple!) the in-season amount! Don’t be scared to incorporate unique seasonal flowers like camellias, amaryllis and stars of Bethlehem into your wedding floral arrangements.
Winter may be a quieter season for weddings but it can also be the most beautiful, especially if it snows! Bring the feeling of the outdoors in by creating a winter wonderland with your decor. Adorn your venue with frosted branches, abundant candlelight and crystal embellishments for a warm ambiance and a wintery sparkle. And, as tempting as Christmas lights are, please say no when it comes to your wedding! Keep the upscale, sophisticated look you’re going for in perspective.
As a winter bride, you want your bridal gown to grab your guests’ attention. Long sleeves are making a huge comeback and are seen all over bridal fashion runways. Choosing a trend-forward gown and embracing the season through your choice of fashion is key. One of my favorite creations, the Finely gown from my David Tutera for Mon Cheri collection is the perfect example! With embroidered lace and tulle over a luxurious satin A-line cage skirt paired with illusion scalloped lace long sleeves, this gorgeous gown was made for the winter bride. The chilly winter months also give brides more accessory options like a faux fur cape, hand muffs, a cashmere shawl or even a chic faux fur stole. Winter weather accessories can add an elegant, memorable finishing touch, especially for your outdoor photography.
Let the season inspire your menu choices as well! Imagine soup shooters and mini sandwiches during cocktail hour – nothing says winter like tomato soup and grilled cheese! Or, consider comfort foods like fried mac and cheese bites for appetizers and pumpkin pie pops for dessert.
Regardless of what time of year your wedding takes place in, always take the season into consideration, letting it guide you through each wedding planning choice. Whether it makes for a beautiful backdrop, adds spice to your menu or plays a part in your color scheme, seasonal elements add a natural and effortless touch to any wedding.