Enchanting, festive, and romantic are key words to use as inspiration when thinking of a winter wedding theme. Winter weddings can be magical but there are a few inevitable issues that go along with weddings held in the colder months. If you’re having a winter wedding there are some preparations beforehand to think about which can avoid these small issues. For you, I’ve gathered 17 super simple tips and tricks to ensure you are prepared for your winter wedding!
Winter Style Tips
1. Invest in Winter Accessories
It will be cold maybe even freezing so accessories will be important to keep warm. A faux fur stole, veil, shall (could be your something blue!) are all great options. Long sleeve wedding dresses are also super popular (thanks to our girl Kate Middleton) and they are a great way to stay warm and chic.
2. Beauty Prep
The cold and dry weather can inevitably bring chapped lips and dry skin. Keep your lips moisturized prior to the wedding and use a good facial moisturizer and have your lip balm in your clutch on the day.
3. Under Your Dress
It can get very cold during our East Coast winters and so if this is the case on your special day consider wearing thick tights under your dress. Nobody will know with your long dress!
4. Consider Your Footwear
Boots can be a stylish and practical option for winter weddings, especially if it rains or snows. If you’re wearing heels, have another shoe option for your outdoor pics. You don’t want to be sinking into mud or snow in your Louboutin’s!
5. Indulge in Some Glitter
I believe in pink and gold but glitter will always be my favorite color. It just doesn’t get more festive than glitter especially when it comes to bridesmaid’s dresses. Sequin or glitter dresses are easy to find come winter and look fabulous in photos.
6. Keep Your Bridesmaids Warm
Don’t forget your girl’s comfort as well. Make sure to have bridesmaids cover ups ready on the day.
Winter Wedding Venue Tips
7. Extra Travel Time
East Coaster’s are no strangers to messy roads in the winter but no matter how near or far you are going on your special day give extra time for travel.
8. Have One Venue
If possible have your ceremony and reception in the one venue or at least venues that are close to one another. This will make transportation for everyone easier in case of bad weather.
9. Extra Venue Considerations
At the entrance to your reception, make sure that a proper mat for guests to wipe their shoes on is available. This is especially important if it’s slushy outside. You also may want to consider choosing a venue that has plenty of space between the door outside and the reception room. That way, you’ll keep the indoor space nice and warm.
10. Add Romance With Candles
It will be dark early so embrace it with lots of romantic candle light in both your ceremony and reception space.
11. Winter Wedding Colors
There are so many beautiful options when it comes to winter weddings and color options. Decorate in rich, warm tones of berry red, burgundy, black and gold. Add lots of natural greenery to add an extra wintry romantic touch.
12. Coat and Boot Check
Make sure someone is in charge of taking coats at your reception and that they’re kept safe.
13. Keep Your Guests Warm
As much as we all would like to think the day is all about you it is also in part about your guests. You’ll want to make sure your guests are as comfortable as you can and this means ensuring they are kept warm and cheery. I love the idea of a hot drink their arrival or a late night hot cocoa bar with warm churros.
14. Winter Wedding Favors
If you choose to have favors for your guests consider having winter wedding favors. Blankets or pashminas, sparklers, cookies, soy candles or little bottles of Baileys are all super cute and easy winter wedding favor options.
15. Winter Cake Toppers
For a subtle winter wedding touch add a cute winter cake topper.
Winter Wedding Photography Tips
16. All About the Timing
It gets dark much earlier in the winter so adjust your photo schedule for more light. This is a topic that you will want to chat with your photographer about. They should be able to discuss with you about your wedding day timeline so that you can plan the right timing for photos.
17. Pick Up Some Umbrellas
They don’t have to be anything fancy but if it’s raining or snowing they will keep everyone dry plus they do make for great photo props!
Are you planning a winter wedding? What tips or tricks for winter weddings have I forgotten? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment below!
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