22 Festive Winter Wedding Ideas to Inspire Your Own Seasonal Soirée

Seasonal touches add warmth and charm to even the frostiest day

<p>Becca Tobin's Champagne Toast</p>

Photo by Carrie Patterson

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.

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.

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Select a Fitting Venue

<p>barn venue</p>

Photo by Tec Petaja

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Embrace the Weather

<p>Floral backdrop</p>

Photo by Eric Kelley

The ceremony took place at the top of Aspen Mountain—at an elevation of 1,212 feet! There, Meghan and Arthur stood before an arbor wrapped in greenery and copper-toned blooms.

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Wear Long Sleeves

bride and groom

Photo by Esther S Yi; Dress by Hayley Paige 

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Do a Bold Lip

<p>Bride putting on makeup lipstick</p>

Photo by Sara Lobla

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Add Festive Accessories

Bride's accessory detail

 Photo by KT Merry

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Rock a Statement Coat

<p>bride colorful jacket</p>

Photo by Danielle DeFiore

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."

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Throw on a Sweater

<p>Bride and groom laughing with wedding party</p>

Photo by Carrie Patterson Photography

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.

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Consider a Nontraditional Material

<p>suit details</p>

Photo by Melia Lucida

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.

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Embrace In-Season Blooms

<p>bride holding flowers</p>

Photo by Leo Patrone

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.

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Think "Less is More"

single rose stem

Photo by Christina McNeill

Sometimes, less really is more. We love the look of a single stem against a jewel tone or rich fabric like velvet.

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Experiment with Dried Blooms


Photo by Heather Payne Photography, Calligraphy by Brown Linen Design

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Consider a Muted Palette

<p>bridesmaids in mismatched grey dresses</p>

Photo by Corrina Walker Photography

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Dress the Part


Jenny Fu  

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.  

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Decorate With Twinkle Lights

<p>Library wedding venue</p>

Photo by Rachel May Photography

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Line the Aisle

<p>wedding aisle</p>

Photo by Pat Furey Photography

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.

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Marry in the Round


Photo by Lev Kuperman

"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."

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Play with Textures and Patterns

Photo by Jose Villa

“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!”

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Showcase Seasonal Blooms

<p>Ceremony reception escort cards</p>

Photo by Carrie Patterson Photography

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.

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Embrace Birch

<p>handmade paper escort cards</p>

Photo by Natalie Watson Photography

Handmade paper escort cards were finished with soft calligraphy and displayed on split logs, tucked among moss, grass, and branches.

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Create an Indoor-Outdoor Feel

Tent interior detail

 Photo by KT Merry

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.

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Hang Glass Orbs


Photo by Greer Gattuso

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Accentuate a Fireplace

<p>Floral arrangement on fireplace</p>

Photo by Kelsey Thompson Photography

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Add Festive Touches

cocktail napkins

Photo by Kate Headley; Planning & Design by Pineapple Productions

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Incorporate Garlands

<p>Minimalist ceremony venue with lights</p>

Photo by Chaz Cruz

Inside 501 Union, silk fabric hung from the high ceiling, which was interspersed with garlands of greenery and string lights to make a picture-perfect backdrop.

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Create a Cozy Atmosphere

<p>floral centerpiece copper vase</p>

Photo by Tec Petaja

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.

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Incorporate Baby's Breath

table setting

Amber Gress Photography

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Don't Rule Out Blush

Table setting

Photo by Lelia Scarfiotti  

“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.

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Mix in Modern Accents

personalized michigan wedding, fall reception decor

Photo by Jonnie and Garrett

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Add Layers of Velvet

<p>Reception table setting</p>

Photo by Les Amis Photo

The simple wooden tables were topped with velvet runners, antique candlesticks with blue candles, and cups with figs and pomegranates.

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Rethink the Centerpiece

dinner setting

Photo by Lev Kuperman

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.

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Incorporate Branches

table setting

Photo by Jenny Haas; Planning by Events Held Dear; Floral Design by Evergreen Flower Co.; Stationery by Cheer Up Press

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Have a Champagne Tower

<p>champagne tower</p>

Photo by Logan Cole

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Make a Fitting Escape

gondala exit

Photo by James x Schulze; Planning by Soirée Telluride

carriage ride, gondola

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