Is there anything quite as magical as a winter wedding? From holiday music to wintery florals, these seasonal wedding details can add warmth and charm to even the frostiest of days. If you're about to deck the halls of your wedding venue for winter nuptials of your own, these merry winter wedding ideas are bound to inspire you.
We've recruited industry experts who have seen every snow-covered scenario to show you how to make your big day a real life winter wonderland. From wearing warm-weather attire—nothing says chic like adding a faux-fur coat to your bridal style—to crafting an outdoor bar to capture the spirit of the season (or should we say spirits!), here's everything you need to know to throw a festive fête worthy of the most magical time of the year.
Unwrap some of the season’s best in holiday and winter wedding decor! Here are 22 of our favorite winter wedding ideas.
Rock a Statement Coat
Behold: the jacket that inspired it all. "With a deep navy lining and rich wine embroidery, it became the color inspiration for our wedding," the bride says of her Anthropologie outerwear. "The subtle silver metallic threading throughout was a happy surprise that complemented the winter theme and our mixed metal accents."
The navy and wine hues, paired with ivory and champagne metallic accents, adorned the couple's wedding invitations, itineraries, and name cards, all of which were custom handmade by Paige and her mother. "My mom is a very talented crafter and, over the years, she and I have done several other weddings and events," says the bride. "It was only natural that we’d design and make mine, as well."
Throw on a Sweater
We watched the weather all week, and the temperature kept dropping," the bride remembers. "When we woke up on our wedding day, it had snowed!” Instead of moving the ceremony inside, the couple's wedding planners found blankets in coordinating colors, the bridesmaids topped their dresses with leather and denim jackets, and Mattie pulled a cream cable-knit sweater on over her gown. “It was the perfect casual complement to our formal attire, and our guests thought the rustic styling was planned,” Mattie says.
Consider a Nontraditional Material
Noa (right) and Ross worked with menswear designer David Hart to create coordinating green looks. Noa went with a simple silk linen, and Ross selected a subtle paisley print. They accessorized with vintage knot cufflinks (a nod to their first date at the Rusty Knot in NYC) and tuxedo shirts monogrammed with their partner's initials.
Embrace In-Season Blooms
Love tone-on-tone? Consider using white blooms in a variety of textures, as this bride did. In winter months, we're huge fans of Queen Anne's lace (if you look close, it looks like a cloud—or, ahem, lace!) because the seasonal bloom can add a delicate texture to any style bouquet.
Dress the Part
Jeff wore a Todd Snyder tuxedo, which the twin ring bearers matched in tiny style. Even the couple’s pup made an appearance, dressing for the weather in a cozy white sweater.
Line the Aisle
Ivory curtains parted to reveal an aisle edged in sprawling greenery. Two columns held overflowing arrangements of white and blush flowers and vibrant greenery, accented with climbing branches. The candle-lit aisle led to a stunning floral chuppah made up of roses, hydrangeas, garden roses, and white cherry blossoms.
Marry in the Round
"Getting married in the round was something that we had always talked about wanting to do, and this space was perfect for that," Lauren says. "It was so fun being surrounded by everyone in all directions. We took a moment in the ceremony to look around, and even changed sides to equally involve all friends and family members."
Play with Textures and Patterns
“We added warmth to this winter wedding by layering cozy textures like velvet and Pendleton plaid,” says Lynn Easton, founder and creative director of Easton Events. A rich and saturated color palette of green, brown, and auburn were included throughout both the decor and floral details. “Abundant candlelight is paramount to any wintry setting,” Easton adds, “and that glow becomes even more impactful if you are able to light a fireplace in the room!”
Showcase Seasonal Blooms
A stunning arrangement of amaryllis, pomegranates, garden roses, and seasonal greenery welcomed guests as they arrived at the reception, surrounded by crisp white escort cards.
Handmade paper escort cards were finished with soft calligraphy and displayed on split logs, tucked among moss, grass, and branches.
Create an Indoor-Outdoor Feel
Clear tents were draped in a lush cream-colored fabric with greenery woven throughout the canopy to create an intimate, elegant backdrop. Rentals included a mix of modern and rustic furniture styles, all done in a neutral color palette to allow the florals to pop.
Create a Cozy Atmosphere
An indulgent and warming dinner awaited guests inside, where a long table was set beneath an overhead arrangement of organic greenery. A forest-green velvet runner served as a focal point down the middle of the table, which was lit by taper candles and topped with dark dishes and copper flatware on either side.“Our florist used locally foraged greenery and combinations of ranunculus, peonies, and roses in my grandmother’s antique copper cookware to top the tables,” says Miller.
Don't Rule Out Blush
“We had all of our guests seated at a single, curved table that followed the garden path,” says the bride. The bare wood table was topped with a mauve runner, brass candleholders, and asymmetric arrangements of pampas grass, asparagus fern, roses, pussy willow, and anthurium. Each place setting paired a white plate with a pink menu and printed napkin. The final touch? Leather luggage tags that doubled as place cards.
Rethink the Centerpiece
The couple stuck with their vision to bring the outdoors inside by covering large columns in trees, so guests would be "sitting under the trees" during dinner. On tables, they took a unique approach to the centerpieces to make them appear as if they were "growing up the tables." They achieved this look by not using vases. "Jove came up with some great ideas to achieve our vision and really blew our minds," Lauren says.