At first blush, winter weddings may evoke thoughts of everything that can go wrong with a formal affair: Cathedral-length trains dragged through gray snow; barren, indoors-only portrait sessions; and guests whose teeth chatter as they commute in the cold between your ceremony and reception. But winter weddings have a way of winning you over. Because though the weather outside may be frightful, brides and grooms make their celebrations utterly delightful with warming fires, fur stoles, white flowers, and even seasonal treats like s'mores and piping hot cocoa.
Winter weddings are so fanciful that dozens of celebrities have held their own November, December, January, and February fêtes. Several embraced the season: Snow-capped mountains served as the backdrop for Kate Hudson and Chris Robinson's wedding in Aspen, Colorado, where the couple kept guests warm with an outdoor fire; while others, including Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, and Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter, wed on one of winter's many holidays, from New Year's Eve to Valentine's Day.
Others used winter as the perfect reason to escape to warmer weather for their weddings. Solange Knowles and Alan Ferguson said "I do" in New Orleans for more temperate winter weather and Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra married in India's tropical climate. Some couples such as Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman escaped to faraway islands to exchange vows with their toes in the sand and the ocean breeze in their hair.
So read on to see 28 celebrities who claimed the coldest season for their magical wedding days.
Additional reporting by Neha Prakash.
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth
The longtime couple married just before Christmas with a stunning at-home affair surrounded by family. For the occasion, Cyrus donned an elegant, off-the-shoulder Vivienne Westwood gown.
Mandy Moore and Taylor Goldsmith
Actress Mandy Moore and musician Taylor Goldsmith wed in mid-November 2018 in a truly unique ceremony filled with pink, feathery details and a bubblegum-pink gown for Moore. And of course, the happy couple serenaded their guests at a casual reception afterwards.
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas wed in an over-the-top multiday wedding celebration that included traditional Christian and Hindu ceremonies, held on December 1, 2018, as well as several receptions across India.
Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman
Former Revenge costars escaped to the Bahamas on December 15, 2018 for a beachside wedding. VanCamp donned a custom Lela Rose gown for the nuptials.
Katie Cassidy and Matthew Rodgers
The Arrow actress tied the knot to longtime love Matthew Rodgers on December 8, 2018, in Sunset Key, Florida. For the ceremony, Cassidy wore a stunning long sleeve lace Pronovias wedding gown.
Malin Akerman and Jack Donnelly
Malin Akerman and Jack Donnelly defined dreamy winter wedding with their boho beach nuptials on December 1, 2018. They wed in Tulum, Mexico, where the actress wore a gorgeous pink slip dress.
Meghan Trainor and Daryl Sabara
On December 22, 2018, the "All About That Bass" singer tied the knot with Spy Kids actor Daryl Sabara in a backyard ceremony at their home in Los Angeles, on Trainor's 25th birthday!
Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello
The Modern Family star married her hunky Magic Mike actor in a glamorous, star-studded wedding at the Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, Florida on November 22, 2015.
Solange Knowles and Alan Ferguson
They may not have had winter flurries for their November 14, 2014, wedding in New Orleans, but the singer-songwriter and the music video director honored the season by asking their guests to dress in various shades of white.
Nicole Richie and Joel Madden
The daughter of Lionel Richie said "I do" to Good Charlotte's front man in a custom-made Marchesa gown on December 11, 2010.
Kate Winslet and Ned Rocknroll
Winslet's wedding to the nephew of Sir Richard Branson was super secret. Held December 5, 2012, Winslet's Titanic costar Leonardo DiCaprio walked her down the aisle.
Kate Hudson and Chris Robinson
The New Year's Eve 2000 nuptials of the actress and the rocker were warm, thanks to the couple exchanging vows in front of an outdoor burning fire in Aspen, Colorado.
Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden
BFFs Drew Barrymore and Nicole Richie served as Diaz's bridesmaids when the actress tied the knot January 5, 2015, to Benji Madden in an intimate backyard ceremony.
Christina Applegate and Martyn LeNoble
The actress wed the Porno for Pyros rocker in their living room on February 23, 2013. The no-frills nuptials were witnessed by the couple's daughters and five guests.
Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise
The actress and actor tied the knot November 18, 2006, in a star-studded fête held at the uber-romantic Castello Odescalchi in Bracciano, Italy.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter
Sophie Hunter may have envisioned silver bells—or at least silver lace—when she commissioned a custom, glitzy Valentino gown for her Valentine's Day 2015 wedding to Benedict Cumberbatch.
Brigitte Nielsen and Sylvester Stallone
Dressed in an 80s-appropriate long-sleeve gown and beaded headdress, Nielsen tied the knot to Stallone on December 15, 1985.
Leighton Meester and Adam Brody
The Gossip Girl alum married the actor in a super secret wedding on February 15, 2014, just months after the couple announced their engagement.
Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra
The onscreen beauty and the crooner tied the knot at a friend's Philadelphia home on November 7, 1961. Gardner's ruffled halter top dress seemed to match the ruffled white cake the couple sliced after they said I do.
Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady
The model sparkled in a sequin wedding gown on February 26, 2009, when she wed the New England Patriots quarterback in Santa Monica, California.
Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio
The blonde bombshell actress and the New York Yankees legend eloped on January 14, 1954 in San Francisco. Monroe wore a stylish suit trimmed in a winter-appropriate fur collar.
Kyla Weber and Vince Vaughn
Baby, it was surely cold outside when Vaughn wed Weber, a real estate agent, on January 2, 2010 in a historic mansion just beyond his hometown of Chicago.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
Queen Elizabeth II tied the knot to Prince Philip on November 20, 1947 in the only venue fit for a queen: Westminster Abbey. Though she wore a custom Norman Hartnell gown for the big day, Queen Elizabeth II reportedly applied her own makeup for the wedding.
Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise
The renowned acting duo wed on Christmas Eve 1990 in Telluride, Colorado, where snow-capped mountains surely served as a backdrop to the couple's intimate fête.
Madonna and Guy Ritchie
Gwyneth Paltrow served as maid of honor to Madonna, who tied the knot to movie director Guy Ritchie on December 22, 2000, at Skibo Castle near Dornoch in Sutherland, United Kingdom.
Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere
The supermodel and the actor said I do in a Las Vegas wedding chapel—the Little Church of the West—on December 12, 1991.
Jada Pinkett and Will Smith
The actress and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air actor-rapper married on December 31, 1997.
Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault
While the actress and the French businessman tied the knot in a low-key civil ceremony held February 14, 2009, the couple held a second, more lavish affair in Venice, Italy, with guests that included Charlize Theron, Penelope Cruz, Bono, Stella McCartney, and former French president Jacques Chirac.