We’re all love winter and really excited that winter is nearly upon us! Winter is the most romantic and magical time of the year to celebrate a wedding. This season identical with the festive decor, snowy venue, hot drink, tasty cookies, and warm weather attire. There is nothing more magical than looking at the snow naturally decorating the entire space. The snow that covers the surroundings can be a beautiful backdrop and arch to frame your wedding. Mostly, when a couple chooses to have a winter wedding, they will celebrate the reception at night since the day is shorter. The night might be darker and colder than usual, that is why you need to pay attention to every detail to set up the venue.
You can use glamorous color schemes using neutral and bold colors or use Christmas-themed to decorate the wedding. Get seasonal fruit, flowers, and evergreen plants to accentuate the festive with a fairytale atmosphere. Whether you want to play with the color schemes or the decorative props, it really depends on how you want to style the venue. Make sure that you choose a venue that perfect to see the snowy view and keep them warm throughout the event. If you’re considering a winter wedding, here’s a winter wedding guide that will make you easier to plan your big day:
How To Plan Winter Wedding
Throwing a winter wedding needs extra consideration because we have to deal with the icy surroundings and cold wind. First thing first, get wedding insurance to cover yourself from danger and irresponsible vendor. Then, you can think of the venue, the attire, how to create a cozy space, and what kind of menu that you need to prepare. Here the brief guide that you can follow:
1. Think of Using One Venue for All
The situation in winter is quite dangerous for you who want to choose different venues for ceremony and reception due to the icy road. Also, the guests will take a longer time to come to the venue. So, why don’t you book one venue for two? Plus, it will save your budget more. For example, if you choose an outdoor venue for the ceremony, you can rent a wedding tent for the reception. Even, some venues already provided the couple with both indoor and outdoor facilities.
2. Considerate the Temperature to Plan Your Outfit
Different from the usual wedding, having a winter wedding means you have to wear warm-weather attire. You still can look fabulous with a coat, fur, boat, and flats. It is necessary if you want to wear heels. However, choose a pair with a block heel to give you more stability when stepping on the icy ground.
3. Create a Comfy Reception Space
It’s no doubt that winter is a cold season with a magical view. That is why you need extra effort to create a cozy space for the guests. Since the night is darker, get candles and fairy lights to add a gorgeous and warm atmosphere. The twinkling effect will accentuate the romantic ambience.
4. Coat Counter
One important thing that you should not forget is to provide a coat counter to storage the guests’ coat in a safe place. In case they want to remove their jacket and coat, they can store their belongings throughout the day at the coat counter. So, they can enjoy the celebration without the need of worrying about their (extra) items.
5. Keep Your Guest Warm
Keeping the guest warm is your priority when considering a winter wedding. Once they arrive and enter the venue, offer them hot drinks, and provide a blanket on their seat. You can set the thermostats at the venue. Ask the coordinator to adjust the temperature so that it is neither too cold nor too hot
Winter Wedding Venues
The perks of having a winter wedding are the price drop due to the off-season. You can get the cheapest price with many options for a venue this season. Whether you want to choose indoor or outdoor cheap wedding venues, here 5 best venues recommendations to enjoy the snowy view to tie the knot:
1. Park Winters – California
If you are looking for a magical venue that available throughout the season, park winter can be your great option. It is situated in the countryside of Northern California. This venue offers indoor or outdoor facilities for both ceremony and reception. You can enjoy beautiful lush farmland with a combination of rustic and Victorian style. Whether you want to create a romantic barn wedding or dreamy garden wedding, they will help you to arrange your dream wedding.
2. Waterton Park Hotel – Wakefield
Waterton Park will let your experience the best winter view. In the heart of Yorkshire, you can enjoy the picturesque parkland that surrounded by its own lake. Choosing a Waterton Park Hotel as a winter wedding venue is the best for you who want to have a fairytale wedding in an elegant and spacious Georgian Mansion with a snowy view over the lake.
3. Ice Hotel – Jukkasjärvi
Have you ever dreamed to marry under starry crystal sky? The ice hotel is the most breathtaking wedding venue where you can get the feel of married in the artic. It is a hotel and art exhibition located in Sweden. The surroundings are completely made out of natural ice from the frozen Torne River. The ice, the snow, and ethereal scenery perfect to set your winter wedding.
4. Molly Pitcher Inn – New Jersey
Molly Pitcher Inns offer a water view wedding with historical architecture. You can choose whether you want to have a formal or informal setup. it combines luxury, privacy, and classic ambiance. Plus, you can have a perfect backdrop with waterfront view of the Navesink River estuary.
5. The Whiteface Lodge – New York
The Whiteface Lodge is a resort located in Lake Placid with 19th-century interiors. It also uses modern and luxury service to match the latest trends and needs. Having a winter wedding blanketed with the snow at the Lake Placid Resort is an experience that you won’t regret. Plus, you can enjoy the mountain view and the snow cover evergreens. The perfect setting for your backdrop.
Winter Wedding Decorations
Is there anything that more magical than winter? Set up your venue to balance the ambiance with warm and cozy arrangements. Whether you want to style it the based-on Christmas vibe, rustic or simple wedding, these ideas will fit your needs:
1. Christmas Lights
Take advantage of the Christmas vibe by choosing festive decoration. Get Christmas lights to decorate the ceiling, wall, and reception table. For the outdoor decoration, wrap the lights around banisters, beams, trees, and paths. Create a winter wonderland with the wedding lights that can accentuate the romantic mood.
2. Rustic Table Setting
Who doesn’t love the rustic theme? The wood, lush greenery, and neutral tone fit the winter wedding well. No need to play with color because we want to accentuate its neutral color. Choose a wooden table and create a long greenery garland as a runner. Don’t forget to add log slices, pinecones, and candles as reception table decorations.
The best way to set the wintry atmosphere into a warm and romantic mood is by using the candles. You can arrange the candles in different heights as centerpieces and in lanterns to lighten the path and staircases. Plus, the warm glow of a candle can make the temp less cold.
4. Evergreen Foliage
Evergreen foliage is the best option if you want to have a lush and lavish winter wedding. You can design pretty centerpieces, stunning garlands that you can use to decorate the table, chair, and ceiling. Magnolia leaves, pine, eucalyptus, blue spruce, cedar, redwood, and juniper are the best greenery that you can find during winter. The color, texture, and smell make greenery becomes a year-round wedding trend.
Add this seasonal woody fruit as vintage winter adornment. During winter, pinecones are easy to find even with your bare hands. It is very useful for the needs for decoration. Starting from place cards to centerpieces, you can create an instant seasonal touch with affordable prices.
The most popular wedding decoration during winter that can be easily created at home is the wreath. It is pretty simple yet elegant to decorate the front door, escort card, visual wall even you can hang the wreath on the ceiling as installation. Winter wedding wreaths can be made of branches, foliage, berries, and flowers.
7. Branches and Crystal Chandelier
Are you looking for a decoration that can enhance the wintry feel of your wedding? Think of creating a stunning woodland with branches and crystal chandelier as ceiling installation. Group branches together and stick it to the wall. To make the branches look more appealing, add a crystal chandelier, and hang it on the branches with its chain.
8. Hot Choco Bar
We know that when it comes to a winter wedding, it must be pretty cold and hard to deal with the temperature. So, you can provide a hot chocolate bar, wine, and hot brandy cocktail as a welcome drink and during the cocktail hour. It will keep your guest warm while enjoying the celebration.