From centerpieces to colors, cocktails to skincare, here are some things to keep in mind as you plan a fabulous winter celebration:
Winter colors naturally lend themselves to weddings. What says “wedding” better than a frosty silver, crisp white, pale blue, or sparkling tone of gray? The excellent thing about winter wedding colors is that they are naturally complementary to each other, leaving a softness mixed with subtle contrast and depth: the epitome of elegance. If your wedding falls closer to the Christmas season, you can take advantage of the bolder winter wedding colors, such as cranberries, greens, deep blues, and even dark purples. Winter wedding ideas and colors should revolve around the warm and intimate atmosphere of the season. (Note: Be careful with the bolder colors, however, as you still want your wedding to feel like a wedding and not another Christmas party. Mixing deeper colors—such as midnight blue—with shades of silver can give you the elegance you are looking for). Or, you could go with an earthier approach, like using a deep chocolate brown and mixing it with a sparkling shade of lavender. The possibilities for fabulous winter winter colors are endless.
During a season that is not in bloom, finding winter wedding centerpieces is surprisingly easy. In fact, it can also be a great deal less expensive than displaying large flower arrangements. For example, bare branches make wonderful centerpieces for numerous reasons. For one thing, they reflect the winter season, when trees and plants are barren and leafless. Second, they add a lot of height, yet they do not block guests’ view as they converse during the meal. Third, you can display the kind that sparkle, the way trees and branches reflect light after a snowy afternoon. (Another great winter centerpiece idea is candles. Candles can be arranged in many different ways and come in many shapes, sizes and colors, They add warmth and romance, the essence of winter wedding themes).
Winter weddings also present many possibilities for favors. White chocolate, wrapped in silvery paper, and tied with a sparkling ribbon, makes an excellent wedding favor. You could also give out things like candles, miniature snow globes, packets of gourmet cider or hot cocoa, Christmas ornaments (if you are getting married in December), sparkling snowflakes, or even customized lip balm with your own message or text on it.
One of the best things about winter is comfort food! Imagine: Puff pastry stuffed with caramelized onion and goat cheese, macaroni and cheese bites, creamy tomato soup with crunchy croutons, mushrooms stuffed with pesto, and miniature hamburgers. Whether or not it’s cold outside, the food will set the tone for the winter season!
You could have a “coffee” bar with wintery drinks such as hot toddies, rich liqueurs such as kalhua and baileys to spice up some decaf coffee, hot caramel apple cider, peppermint hot chocolate, Russian hot chocolate (with vodka) and of course, mulled wine. Believe it or not: one really fabulous drink can leave an excellent impression on guests.
Winter wedding cakes are some of the most beautiful seen in the wedding world. Layers of crisp white cake, with sparkling icing designs in silver or pale grey, are absolutely striking. With winter wedding ideas, less is more. A striking, statuesque white cake says it all.
Beauty and Skincare.
After you have chosen your wedding dress and your overall winter wedding look, one thing you will need to pay special attention to (especially in the weeks leading up to your wedding) is your skin. Skin can sometimes lose its luster in the winter, getting dry and flaky. You want your skin to be dewy, luminous, and healthy on your big day, so make sure you invest in a good moisturizer early on, and use it diligently. Also, take it easy on the sugar and alcohol, as nothing is worse for taking the glow out of your skin.