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Planning a winter wedding outside can definitely be done, but for those couples that tend to get cold feet easily (like literally, cold feet!), we suggest creating your very own winter wonderland indoors. That way, you and your guests can keep warm while still enjoying all that nature has to offer...or, you know, the best parts of it. Here are six ways to make it happen for your big day.
1. Book an event space with a lot of natural light
The more windows, the better! "Having an event space with beautiful natural light pouring in during the daytime will enhance photos and help feature the beauty of winter for an early ceremony and cocktail hour," notes destination wedding planner and designer Kyla Gold.
2. Say, "I do" to outdoor fixtures
Outdoor fixtures brought inside can instantly transform your venue into a magical garden, says Tina Hoang-To, founder of Wedding Spot. "You can bring in a wooden arch and wrap it in flowers and vines or decorate the entry with dainty wrought iron gates or even prop up wooden doors for your ceremony backdrop."
3. Eat by candlelight
Um, swoon! Gold recommends transitioning into a romantic evening dinner and dancing reception surrounded by lots of natural candlelight to set the mood. "Group a bunch of candles in different sizes, shapes and heights together to create an intimate winter wedding wonderland environment."
4. Go foraging a few days before the wedding
Round up your bridesmaids, and take a little nature walk. "Gather pinecones, greenery, branches, berries, nuts and other local winter outdoors elements to incorporate in your décor," advises Gold. Prefer to stay indoors? You can always check out Etsy for other woodsy finds like birch tree chargers and dessert display stands, she says.
5. Let it snow
Who says you can't have a blizzard inside? Seriously! Fake it 'til you make it by renting a snow cannon, similar to a confetti cannon, only it's filled with snow, suggests Sandy Hammer, Co-Founder of collaborative event planning platform AllSeated. Your guests will get a kick out of it, and it'll make for some awesome pictures.
6. Keep the color palette cool
Focus on an icy cool winter color palette of greens, whites and ivories, instructs Gold. Living winter bulbs with beautiful blooms like paperwhites, amaryllis and hyacinth look stunning, particularly when paired with cut crystal, mirrored, silver and gold decorative pieces, which are a beautiful accent to natural wedding palettes, she notes. Mix in comforting textures like faux furs, wools and fleeces in festive patterns and colors to complete the look.