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At first blush, winter weddings may elicit thoughts of everything that can go absolutely wrong with a formal affair. Cathedral-length trains dragged through gray snow; barren, indoors-only portrait sessions; and guests whose teeth chatter as they travel in the cold between your wedding ceremony and reception. But winter weddings have a way of winning you and everybody’s over. Because though the weather outside may be calamitous, brides and grooms make their celebrations utterly delightful with warming fires, fur stoles, white flowers, and even seasonal treats like s'mores and piping hot cocoa.
There is something utterly romantic and charming about winter weddings and maybe that’s one of the reasons that dozens of celebrities had their wedding during the November, December, January, and February fetes. Before we go any further, let’s take a look at some of the famous weddings that occurred in winter, so that there isn’t any reason for you to leave to say no to winter weddings. Remember when snow-capped mountains served as the glorious backdrop for Kate Hudson and Chris Robinson’s winter wedding held in Aspen, Colorado, where this lovely and completely in love couple kept their wedding guests warm (and alive, haha!) with a romantic outdoor fire.
Maybe it’s the gleaming snow-capped mountains, panoramic woodland scenery, and lovely springs of holly nested in bridal buns, but they are just a few other reasons to fall completely in love with winter weddings. No wonder winters come along with many treats and one of them is the long holiday. And that’s what Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise and Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter weddings had in common. Both these couples decided to get hitched during the winter holidays, from New Year’s Eve to Valentine’s Day, as they know how to make the best of the winter holidays.
With the change in everything, our modern and classic brides have a new definition for winter weddings. For them, the winter season is all about the romance of snuggling with their romantic partner in front of the cozy fire, and it is also hella beautiful and charismatic. No wonder whether you are three or thirteen or thirty, every time you see a snowflake, we are sure you will tear up a little (because that is what we also feel!). They are magical. The gleamy and tiny crystals that naturally fall from the sky makes everyone fall head over heels in love with the moment! It’s just like the angelic and marvelous glitter and white sparkle confetti sprinkling the earth in the celebration of your vows-exchange moments! In short, winter is enchanting and mesmerizing. It’s more the time when the mother earth takes out some time for her and goes into hibernation under a totally unreal sparkling, and sugar-like landscape. It’s that time of the year when affection and love are truly revered and cherished and savored. When dressing like a magical queen in a beautiful princess wedding gown out of a fantasy book is completely acceptable. (See: Crowns and headpieces galore, bonus if encrusted with crystals and other sparkly bits.) And wearing a warm-weather attire- nothing says chic like adding a faux fur coat to add more glamor to your bridal look becomes trendy and influencing. When cookie culture is a real, actual, wonderfully huge thing. The end and the beginning of the year and something incredibly romantic.
So, in short, the winter season has everything that a bride needs to have a perfect wedding planned. From long holidays to soothing holiday music to wintry florals, the winter wedding details can easily and effortlessly add warmth and a packet full of elegant charm to even the frostiest of days. So, go ahead and embrace it all! Go full-on HAM with your winter wedding ideas and inspirations and wonderment. From shining silvery doughnuts to hot cocoa bars to long-sleeved sexy wedding dresses, go get them all! Here are some of the amazing merry winter wedding inspirations that are surely bound to inspire you and all your wedding guests!
No doubt winter is the only season throughout the year that gives you the chance to go the extra with your textures. How about amazing and shining velvets, metallics, satin, fur, and lastly snowflake-like laces that are always perfect for elegant and classic wedding dresses? Well, we are pretty sure, all these fantastic textures will rock your winter wedding in every way and will make it an unforgettable experience for everyone. So, channel your inner snow queen just like Phoebe (from FRIENDS, did and went for a classy winter wedding adorned with white snow), and go for some splendid embellishments like beading, brocade, or embroidery. For winter weddings, crystals are not a yes, they are a big yass! Especially when they are a lavish and stately masterpiece of a cake, or when they are chunky raw, organic-looking, edgy little things in a tiara that is more boho goddess than a lovely Disney Princess!
Here are some pro tips that if you want can induce in your winter wedding or can add to your checklist and have a flawless and breathtaking impact on all your wedding guests! Try eye-catching and beguiling velvet ribbons on your wedding invitations or you can add them on anything as they complement everything they are adorned with. Try going for the intricate and white lace detailed wedding dress like the dress decked out with so many little and lovely snowflakes. Even you can also opt for the glittery gold lace for your winter wedding dress as winter warmly welcomes all these trends! If you are not a fur person, you have other options to accessorize your bridal look, as you can always go for the unbearably elegant, soft, white stoles over your perfect wedding gown. Crystals aren’t just for earrings that enhance the overall beauty of your wedding dress. You can also consider crystal cakes in cool shades with glitter details. That said, one should never miss an excuse for chunky crowns studded with ice-like crystals. Want to skip fuzzy and go sleek? How about white capes and cloaks that would feel perfectly at home in a sleigh.
Getting hitched in winter will give you enough possibilities to experiment with your bridal dress. You have the chance to take the complete advantage of all the long-sleeved wedding dresses that you have kept in your cart while shopping for your ideal wedding dress. From sexy and chic illusion sleeves to high-collared lace necklines, there is a dress silhouette for every bridal style at Borrowing Magnolia! A pro tip that will elevate your complete bridal look- try to top your look off with a chic sweater or add a fur stole for maximum warmth (unless you want yourself to get all blue!).
Getting married in winters comes with endless benefits and one of them is being able to experiment with a bold lip. All those brides who have a great inclination towards the various shades of red can freely experiment with it while planning their winter bridal look. While light pinks, peachy corals, and nude shades are often in heavy rotation during the summertime, a vampy red lip color (ideal for a holiday wedding) or a deep plum will surely lend a pop of tantalizing color to your entire bridal look!
Just a tip, before your wedding day, be sure to schedule a makeup trial with your artist just to ensure that it's exactly the look you envisioned. If you have made your mind to experimenting with different lipsticks (matte vs. shimmer), be sure to bring photos as inspiration so that your makeup artist can help recreate that same exact look and make you look like a feast for the eyes on your wedding day!
Without any question, all the brides who are looking for options for winter weddings are always provided to go extra. But if you are not a bride who wants everything extra and wants to keep minimal, then trust us your wedding during the winter season is a better opportunity to get minimal and moody (after all, it’s your wedding, style it the way you want)! So, just imagine this- a beautiful palette of snowy white framing all your lovely bridesmaids in deep crimson cloaks. Or the beautiful squad of your wedding party carrying deep-green, fir-centric bouquets. Bouquets made entirely of layered greenery. Silvery-gray linens embellished with sparkling silvery gray eucalyptus and bleached wooden branches. Spare copper-colored leaves stretched over a stark, statement-making arch in an industrial loft (something best suited for all the non-traditional brides). If minimal and moody is your always and forever bride vibe, let’s hit it with these winter wedding ideas and inspiration.
If you really push hard towards minimal, then how about a crew of your bridesmaids in grays or muted blues (completely letting go of the sparkles and fur)? Talking about some elegant and sophisticated decor, how about having a white-centric wedding decor with no reds and green in sight, only involvement of organic and natural elements of winter? Undoubtedly, these tips will surely make your winter wedding a one-of-a-kind experience for all your wedding guests! But in case the fanning aroma of evergreen is your jam, you must consider a simple yet elegant centerpiece of greenery with a minimal color scheme that majorly highlights you in the glowing wedding gown that you have opted for your dreamy winter wedding. Definitely winter season means a plethora of snow and ice, and blue and white. So go with organic-feeling, rustic linens in the softest blue that soothes the eye and soul. Spray paint never goes amiss as one of our favorite DIY tools. So consider sparse, wintry branches spray painted in metallic hues as a minimal (and affordable) alternative to flowers.
For all those couples who have saved their dates for the month of January of February (because they don’t want their wedding day to look like Santa Clause), here are so many winter wedding inspirations that will definitely turn your part into a scintillating winter wonderland (with nary, an elf in sight, hahaha!). For your stunning and classic winter wedding decor, you can always make the best use of pinecones, painted grayish or you can also give it an organic earthy touch. As pine cones add a touch of whimsy to your wedding setting!
Winter weddings mean candles galore! (if by any chance your wedding venue bans flames, you have an alternate option to use twinkly LED candles or string lights to have a very authentic and real essence of fire-safe effect! If candles are okay with your wedding venue, how about stocking up the place with tapered and aromatic candles in beautiful and chic wooden or matte metal candlesticks! Don’t forget to have mulled wine!
For your glamorous bridal look, consider adding some stars in your hair to give it more of a classy hairdo apart from the decorations. You can also try wintery fir springs decorating desserts, and can top them with snow-like frosting or sweet and mouth-watering powdered sugar!
For a classic winter wedding, hot cocoa bars and s’ mores favors will surely make everybody right at home. Those ‘fingerlicious’ silvery glitter doughnut buffet with hot coffee or hot chocolate are always a good idea, but when it's winter, voila, they are a super-duper fantastic idea! Does sleigh ride out of a fairytale? Perfect. How about passing out blankets at the ceremony? Comfort central. The thing about winter is it brings people together—literally! It’s cold out there, folks. Snuggle up and go ahead and rock those sweaters, wraps, long-sleeved dresses (So elegant), and stoles. Yes: STOLES. Here are some winter wedding ideas for all those brides who want themselves along with their wedding guests to get all cozy and curl up!
Personalized hot cocoa breaks up a bone-chilling interlude. Donuts are always a good idea but sparkly donuts are a totally magical one and everyone’s desire. Long-sleeved gowns make you look elegant and of course, warm. Consider everyone’s favorite fireside dessert, as a DIY bar, or favor, or both. Ultra-minimal, long-sleeved gowns are as sweet (or edgy) as can be. Pick your vibe for your grand winter wedding. If you have a chance for a carriage (or sleigh!) ride through a snowy landscape, take it. And always: blankets for huddling, snuggling, and cuddling under, will always work in your favor!
So, all the chic brides out there, unwrap some of the season’s best in holiday and winter wedding decor by following these amazing and incredible winter wedding inspirations! Happy Wedding!!
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