5 Tips From A Philadelphia Couple's Cozy Winter Wedding

Real Weddings

Bridget, 28, and Tom, 30, always dreamed of a winter wedding, so a late-January wedding date (that also happened to be her grandparents' anniversary) was the perfect choice. Here are five tips that helped make this snow-loving couple's wedding a smashing success.

If you're shy, stick to the script
There's no shame in using standard vows instead of writing your own. "You don't want to have to perform at your wedding," says Bridget.

Fine-tune the playlist
The couple's DJ played everything from the Black Keys to Nicki Minaj to the Supremes. But the biggest hit of the night was when they surprised Bridget's parents with their wedding song, Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You."

Keep with tradition
The flower girl's crown featured sprigs of rosemary. "It's a symbol of good luck in Croatia, where Tom's family is from," says Bridget.

Get creative with the décor
The couple and their families scoured antique markets and eBay for vintage sleds and skis, then transformed them into everything from a chandelier to a cake stand.

Stretch the curfew
Because their venue required an early end time, Bridget, Tom, and their guests headed to a laid-back pub for the after-party. Says the bride, "I ate wings in my wedding dress!"

Check out Bridget and Tom's wedding in the December 2013/January 2014 issue of Brides (on newsstands now!).

—Jaimie Schoen

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