Winter Wedding Ideas From Real Couples

Our favorite wintry, seasonal ideas from past real weddings

Updated 02/04/16

Photo by Corrina Walker Photography 

It's no secret that the spring and summer months are among the most coveted times of year to tie the knot, but what you likely haven't realized is that a cozy winter wedding can be just as magical as an open-air ceremony and reception beneath the stars. While a winter wedding date does force your party indoors, cool-weather celebrations offer the opportunity to plan a party with under-utilized (and totally stylish!) seasonal details.

From snowy-white tablescapes to bold red flower arrangements, we love how a winter wedding can look both chic and unexpected. After months of blush-hued summer weddings, a moody winter celebration is the perfect way to make your big day stand out. But let's make one thing clear: A stylish cold-weather wedding will look nothing like a holiday party.

If you're searching for winter inspiration, look no further than our own real weddings. We looked back at some of our favorite seasonal celebrations and pulled together the most beautiful and unique ideas that are perfect for your big day. From big city bashes filled with winter greenery and glowing candlelight to snow-dusted mountain affairs, we pulled together the best ideas that you're bound to love.

Some of our favorite winter-inspired details came from John and Lauren's Minneapolis wedding, which featured berry-hued bridesmaids' gowns and a dog decked out in seasonal greens and a seasonally appropriate sweater. And we couldn't get enough of Lisa and Ranjeet's San Francisco reception, where the bride and groom transformed the warm city into a snow-dusted wonderland.

Ready to see some of our favorite ideas? Then click through to see how real couple's celebrated the winter season during their weddings and get planning quick — an early spring is in the forecast!

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An Elegant Invitation Suite

Steve Cowell Photo

Amber and Andrew's cozy winter wedding in Los Angeles was packed with winter style. The couple invited their friends and family to the December bash with a classic black and gold stationery suite decorated with winter greenery and a berry motif.*

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A White Boutonniere

Steve Cowell Photo

The groom's boutonniere featured a snow-hued ranunculus and seasonal greens.

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A Christmas Tree

Steve Cowell Photo

Instead of a traditional seating chart, guests' table assignments were written on red ribbon and tied to holiday-inspired ornaments on a snow-dusted Christmas tree.

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Sprigs of Holly

Steve Cowell Photo

Bright and cheerful sprigs of holly decorated each place setting at dinner.

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A Seasonal Flat Lay

Angie Silvy

Kate and Matt's mountain wedding in Lake Tahoe may have fallen at the very end of the winter season, but that doesn't mean they didn't pack in plenty of cool-weather ideas. The bride and groom set the tone for their big day by printing a wintry tree motif on their stationery suite.

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A Seasonal Welcome Bag

Angie Silvy

Welcome bags included all the necessary indulgences for a winter party: Soup, decadent hot chocolate, and wine, all wrapped up in a winter-inspired cloth bag.

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A Welcome Sign

Angie Silvy

The tree motif continued through to the ceremony and reception. Kate and Matt printed white evergreen trees on everything from their welcome signs and programs to their menu cards.

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Natural Escort Cards

Angie Silvy

For another touch of winter cheer, this couple decorated their escort card table with white-tipped pinecones.

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Gold-Painted Pinecones

Angie Silvy

No wedding cake is complete without a little decoration. Kate and Matt's chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet confection was decked out with gold-painted pinecones and berries for a chic twist on seasonal accents.

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Cozy Wraps for the Wedding Party

Crystal Liepa

Snowy Minneapolis was the perfect backdrop for Lauren and John's New Years Day wedding. The couple included their adorable pup in the proceedings, but made sure their four-legged friend was appropriately dressed for the occasion in a warm sweater.

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Seasonal Hues

Crystal Liepa

The bride's attendants donned burgundy dresses and warded off the winter chill with slate-colored wraps for a look that was both seasonal and classic.

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A Romantic Backdrop

Crystal Liepa

Instead of a traditional altar, this couple exchanged vows beneath a swag of greenery; it was the perfect nod to mistletoe!

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Rustic Wood Decor

Crystal Liepa

This bride and groom chose simple and understated centerpieces, which included fresh cedar, fluffy cotton, and plenty of rustic wood.

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Seasonal Stamps

Megan W Photography

Anna and Eric's snowy destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado, was brimming with winter charm. They kept their invites simple and formal, adding touches of the season with pinecone stamps and an antler motif.

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Cedar-Accented Boutonnieres

Megan W Photography

These boutonnieres may have all the usual wedding suspects — roses, stephanotis, and ranunculus — but the addition of fresh cedar makes them instantly synonymous with cold-weather months.

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A Pinecone Place Setting

Megan W Photography

A pinecone and an evergreen sprig were the perfect accents on this couple's place settings.

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Hypericum Berries

Megan W Photography

Sugar hypericum berries (in the perfect icy blue hue!) were an adorable way to top a winter wedding cake.

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A Hot Chocolate Bar

Megan W Photography

This couple offered a full hot chocolate bar for their guests to enjoy. Multiple flavors, a variety of toppings, and customized to-go cups make it the perfect favor for a chilly winter night.

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Festive Signage

Gladys Gem

Fun signage can set the tone for a winter celebration — whether the message is true or not!

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All-White Decor

Gladys Gem

Glowing candlelight and plenty of lush flowers gave the illusion of a snowy winter night despite warm San Francisco temps.

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Baby's Breath

Gladys Gem

To give their reception the feeling of a fresh snowfall, the couple hung escort cards from a tree made entirely of baby's breath. Bonus points for blanketing the floor with the white stuff, too.

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Crystal "Icicles"

Gladys Gem

Winter isn't just about snow. This bride and groom created the illusion of icicles by hanging crystal beading from their centerpieces.

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Festive Flower Girl Dresses

Lisa O'Dwyer

Joette and Justin's late winter wedding in Estes Park, Colorado, had all the trappings of a snowy bash. They kept their flower girls toasty during the outdoor ceremony with floor-length dresses and long-sleeve faux-fur jackets.

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Sugar-Dusted Treats

Lisa O'Dwyer

A sugar-dusted exterior gave this couple's wedding cake the illusion of a fresh snowfall.

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Twinkle Lights

Tia & Claire Studio

Angela and Kevin's holiday-inspired wedding in San Francisco was understandably packed with wintry style. Their church ceremony featured trees wrapped with twinkle lights and plenty of seasonal greenery.

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Mini Wreaths

Tia & Studio

Ceremony pews were decorated with bundles of evergreen, pinecones, and seasonal fruits.

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A Feather Wrap

Peter Van Beever

Vanessa and Ken's snowy February wedding in Philadelphia couldn't be mistaken for anything other than a winter-inspired celebration. The two embraced the weather and paused for portraits with the snow falling around them.

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Spiked Hot Chocolate

Peter Van Beever

A hot chocolate bar — complete with mini bottles of Bailey's — was the perfect way to keep guests warm.

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A Ceiling of Lights

Peter Van Beever

Twinkling lights inside the venue can mirror (or give the illusion of!) a beautiful snowfall outside.

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