It's a White Wedding

A White Winter Wedding from Beginning to End

Looking for an elegant winter wedding theme? For a truly frosty winter wedding, the grace and beauty of a white on white winter wedding theme cannot be matched.

For invitations and correspondences, layer an unfolded piece of heavy white paper on an off-white border and trim in white silk ribbon to make a truly elegant winter wedding invitation. Add a touch of glitter, if you fancy, or place glitter confetti inside the envelope. Matching place cards and thank you notes will carry the white on white theme throughout the event.

Be a wintry silver screen queen. Choose a pure white gown in heavy silk and a matching white wrap with white fur trim - add elbow-length gloves to complete your white wedding ensemble. Bridesmaids can wear white also, however, silver or pewter, soft lavender or lightest pink will not distract too much from the white on white theme. A soft, light blue cashmere sweater with beaded details is an especially elegant way to add to the white of your bridesmaids. Think about wrapping your dressed-in-white bridesmaids with a soft hued cover-up, or have them carry just a hint of color in their bouquets.

For the bride's bouquet , choose wintry white blooms. Roses, stephanotis, and white Calla lilies make wonderfully simple winter white bouquets. Be sure that the white of your dress and the white flower blooms are a match. For bridesmaids' bouquets, white flowers paired with ivy or eucalyptus is a lovely and simple coupling. Ensure that the green flower foliage and the ivy greens match. With a swatch or two of fabric as a guide, your florist can help.

At the ceremony, decorate the church or site with white bows. Link pews with silver bells on white silk cord, or swathe chairs in white chiffon or organza. For the reception dinner, dress your guests' tables in white with floor length table linens, napkins, all dinnerware, and flower arrangements. Make use of white chair covers, and have your guests enveloped in wintry white everywhere.

Warm up your reception with strings of small white lights wrapped in white chiffon or organza. Add white candles in clear or frosted votives, on clear plates or floating candles placed in elegant water-filled bowls with clear glass beads placed on the bottom. Silver candelabras with white taper candles make an elegant statement.

White poinsettias make an inexpensive table decoration, but be sure to have your flower arrangements and centerpieces match the white of your candles, tableware and linens. Paint bare branches white, place branches in a decorative urn and wind white lights throughout. Consider ordering several ice sculptures for centerpieces, too, and allow the flickering lights and white atmosphere to play off the glistening ice as it slowly melts.

Create a warm, wintry, white meal for your guests. Start with a creamy potato and leek soup with toasted crostini. For the main course, serve a hearts of palm salad with a three-cheese baked capelletti and feta cheese stuffed chicken. End the meal on a sweet note with a light white chocolate mousse and a snowflake shaped shortbread cookie on the side.

Look for an all-white wedding cake: a moist coconut cake wrapped in white rolled fondant and decorated with silver scroll work or a flutter of snowflakes in gum paste or marzipan. For guest favors, a simple silver ornament will compliment your white on white theme best. A miniature bride and groom snow globe, signature white chocolates or shortbread cookies with recipe make great winter wedding favors, too.

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