Winter Wedding Inspiration

10 Magical Ideas for a Wonderful Winter Wedding

Weddings at any time of the year are magical; but a winter wedding has a touch of magic that you just can't find at any other time of the year. It may be the crispness in the air; the twinkling of stars against a clear night sky; maybe it's the glitter of a light snowfall. The beauty and magic of winter are everywhere; incorporate any one of our ideas for a wonderful winter wedding to bring a bit of that winter magic indoors.

1. Have a spectacular New Year's wedding! Invite your loved ones to a fabulous New Year's bash and encourage guests to dress up in their finest. Decorate in silver, white and black, use holiday crackers for place cards and favors, provide noise makers and sparklers. Dance the night away, then toast the New Year and the new couple with Champagne at midnight. What better way to kick off the New Year than with all of your friends and family under one roof.

2. When planning a winter or holiday season wedding, make sure to send your wedding invitations at least 14 weeks before the event. Plenty of warning will allow guests to plan family gatherings and winter holidays around your nuptials. Set your R.S.V.P date early, and include "save the date" cards in your invitations, this will ensure that your most important guests will be able to attend.

3. Choose a reception site with a fire place. Winter weddings conjure up images of country inns and crackling fireplaces. A glowing fire and a mantle covered in evergreen boughs and flickering candles is a fantastic way to make your winter wedding reception memorable for you and your guests.

4. Arrive at your reception in a horse-drawn sleigh. Yes, you and your gorgeous groom can jingle up to your reception in a horse drawn carriage or sleigh. Cover up with a cozy fur or faux throw and dash through the snow to your reception. Imagine the photos and memories you and your guests will share.

5. Use winter themed invitations, place cards and thank you notes. Shimmery snowflakes, silver bells and snowman shaped invitations or place cards add a gorgeous, wintry touch to winter weddings. Use faux snow inside the invitation envelopes to give your guests a taste of the winter wedding wonderland yet to come.

6. Wrap the wedding party in warmth! Keep yourself and your bridal party cozy in fur or faux trimmed stoles, velvet cloaks, or cashmere wraps in your wedding accent color. Try a principal wedding color for the bride's cover up, or make your cloak a dramatic statement in red. Surprise your bridal party with luxurious, yet versatile cover ups in an accent color - these comfy cover ups will make a great item for your bridesmaid's gifts.

7. Eat, drink, and be merry! Consider a festive seasonal menu with heart warming comfort foods such as hearty soups, a selection of roast meats and fresh, warm breads. Greet your guests at the reception with warm winter-themed beverages like mulled wine, gourmet hot chocolate, and egg nog lattes. Create celebratory cocktails and garnish with seasonal cranberries and candy canes.

8. Make your wedding cake the centre of attention. Invite your guests to eat a truly "iced" cake - use a blue-grey frosting to give your cake a snowy feel and decorate with pearly white snowflakes and edible silver dots. Or, make each tier of your wedding cake a gift wrapped package, like a stack of Christmas presents. Decorate your choice of cake with cascading holly in marzipan and gum paste.

9. Instead of singing the traditional "Twelve Days of Christmas", rewrite the song to reflect the twelve reasons you fell in love with your groom, or the twelve best moments of your courtship. Sing it with your wedding party as a surprise, and present him with a copy of the song as a wedding gift.

10. Invite Santa to make an appearance at your wedding. A wedding with many children in attendance is a perfect opportunity for Santa to make a stop. Have Santa hand out your guests' wedding favors from his sack, and sing a few carols. Not into a singing Saint Nick? Have a group of costumed carolers entertain your guests and lead them in song while you're having photos taken.

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