There is something truly magical about the holiday season. Whether it be the closeness that the cold weather brings, or the happy buzz that shines around your decorated town, you simply cannot deny the effect that the season has on love. So, what better time than to bring all of your loved ones together to celebrate the magic of love?
If you’ve been considering the idea of having a winter wedding, but are unsure of how to capture that luxurious, magical feeling without… well, breaking the bank, I have some exciting news for you. Between the power of strategic planning and the variety of DIY tutorials available in every corner of the Internet? I’d say you could do just about anything. Here are several stunning ways to awe your loved ones while maintaining your budget.
Baby, It’s Cold Out There!
There’s quite a few things to consider when it comes to a winter wedding, and just about all of them have to do with the weather. These weddings always look enchanting, but just how is it accomplished without giving your guests a runny nose and chattering teeth?
The Venue, The Ceremony, and The Reception: Where will they be? Outside, or inside? If you picked outside, prepare to be able to ensure your guests comfort and warmth. Using personalized blankets as party favors could double as protection from the chill during the ceremony. Keep in mind that the reception takes up a majority of the day, and if you plan on getting married in a different location than the after-party, you should prioritize planning for those traveling accommodations.
Attire: For those in the wedding party, you’ll need to plan how they’ll look lavish and how they’ll stay warm. One way to keep your bridesmaids happy could be some furry footwear; paired with long maxi dresses and even faux fur shawls. There really are so many ways to keep your ladies looking chic, but to also keep them warm and toasty.
Travel: The holiday season is rough for all of us. Prices shoot up, gifts need to be given, and absolutely everyone is making travel plans. Try to do some research about the best time of the season to arrange for cheaper flights, lodging, and honestly… Don’t make the mistake of setting the date too close to a holiday. Half of your guests will be left to make tough decisions and expensive planning, while the other half may just skip the day altogether! It’s a tricky balancing act, but it is entirely possible.
Capturing the Magic in Portraits
You and I both know that the most thrilling part of planning a wedding to shock & awe is the evidence that it actually took place! Facebook, Instagram hashtags, and most importantly, documenting the wedding from start to finish. Of course, you simply cannot stop there. You need someone to capture the magic, yes indeed, but arrange for your photographer to plan a portrait session for the ages. Are you not looking like a stunning princess in your very own winter wonderland? It’s so important to discuss your ideas before the big day. Be clear and straightforward with your photographer. What kind of shots are you looking for? Candid moments? Posed and themed? More of the scenery and venue, or more of the behind the scenes?
It’s more important than you think. And they know more than you think. Trust me, you’ll thank me after you look back on your big day wondering how in the hell you didn’t make it into a magazine!
Colors, Themes, Aesthetics, Oh My!
But really, is there a more difficult decision when it comes to planning a wedding? I know, I know. The guest list is dramatic, the prices are traumatizing… But without a vision and a foundation to build from, how do you chose anything at all? The decorations, the attire, the venue… It all comes back to the theme, the color pallette, or that fancy word…. Aesthetic. And, ladies, please make sure that you don’t forget your mister during the process. It’s easy to get carried away, and they say they don’t care, but I’m sure if he showed up to Teddy Bears and Gumdrops, he may regret giving you full reign.
Some great themes to consider for winter weddings are the rustic and dark, glamorous themes. In addition, implementing things like adding wood elements, crackling fires, pinecones and evergreen… What better way to feel the season? If you are just a big ol’ holiday fanatic and chose this entirely for that reason? Do. It. Big! This is your day, and I’m sure a true holiday party would make everyone feel right at home.
Did Somebody Say Party?
Food & Drink: Consider adding comfort foods to your reception, such as mini-grilled cheese and tomato soup cups. Incorporating festive finger-foods is an inexpensive way to keep guests jolly (and full!). Setting up themed tables + bars around the venue will only add to the fun and warmth to the night; and a s'mores bar is a sure fire way to treat guests of all ages. As for the legal guests, no winter wedding is complete without a spread of holiday-themed cocktails! You don't have to break the bank here, either. Add a little something extra to some of the traditional goodies, like hot cocoa and eggnog, and you've got a spread that will make the kids and parents happy.
Fun & Favors: Yes, we are all here because we love you. But we are also here with the understanding that we are going to eat, drink, and be merry! Especially at a winter wedding. And sometimes, friends and family travel a long way to be a part of the big day. So, how can you thank your guests and ensure the party comes to life? First, you need to consider the guest list... Who knows your friends and family better than you? Are they the open-bar and dance all night type? Are they artistic, or athletic? Most importantly, how many children will be in attendance? Because parents want to have fun, too. Organizing things to entertain the children will be a gift in and of itself! Party favors that are simply perfect for the holidays are personalized coffee mugs or blankets, or mason jars filled with sweet ingredients. No matter how you choose to create a jolly night, when you design it with the holidays in mind, you cannot go wrong.
“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” ― Edith Sitwell