So you’ve decided on tying the knot in winter and you’re contemplating themes. Here at Wedding Ideas, we love a winter wedding, and we think that nothing beats a classic all-white theme – so, if you can’t guarantee snow, why not have a beautiful white winter wedding day? Here are a couple of ideas to get you started!
An all-white wedding
One of the easiest, least expensive and most effective wedding themes is all white. It doesn’t have to be dazzling white – you could use ivory or creams – but basically you’re looking for an absence of colour. The overall effect is classic, simple and beautiful, and you won’t have to struggle to match everything to one particular shade!
As well as your big white dress, you can put your bridesmaids in white too – hey, it worked for Pippa Middleton! Carry an all-white bouquet and give your flowergirls and bridesmaids winter white posies.
You could also get white confetti for the flowergirls and scatter it on your wedding tables as decoration. Keep your stationery simple and monochromatic, and get your groom and his best men to wear white waistcoats, cravats and buttonholes.
At the reception, decorate your tables with white tablecloths and for a really stunning effect have white chairbacks too. Of course any candles and table centres need to be white, cream or ivory – we don’t want any pops of colour here.
Sticking to a one colour palette can be very effective, but maybe draw the line at the buffet – we can’t imagine all white food would be very interesting!
A ski lodge theme
If the pair of you are keen skiers, then why not incorporate this into your wedding theme? We’re thinking of a traditional ski-lodge high in the Alps. You could serve warming gluhwein to everybody on arrival, decorate your wedding invitations with retro images of skiers and, if you can, prop old-fashioned wooden skis and sledges up outside your venue.
This wedding by photographed by Mark Tattersall used a ski lodge theme, with cozy blankets on the chairs for guests and snow globe table numbers. As it was a New Year’s Eve wedding, everybody wrapped up at midnight to go outside and sing Auld Lang Syne.
Another theme we like is Scandinavian style. Think red and white checked or striped tablecloths, tea lights in little glass vases, cut-out heart details, and table centres in hollowed out wooden containers. These wooden birch bark heart containers would be perfect as flower holders or lanterns.
Your invitations can introduce this theme right from the beginning – we’re loving these Scandinavian folk art invitations from Etsy.
For a true Scandinavian feel, remember to keep things cozy, but also bring a touch of the outdoors inside by hanging branches painted white with tea light lanterns as decoration.
You could give DIY wedding favours like these heart decorations, which are red and white are in true Scandi winter style.
Let it snow
If you’re lucky, you may have a snowy wedding day, but you can still turn your reception into a winter wonderland even if it doesn’t snow.
Kate Middleton had green trees lining the aisle when she walked down Westminster Abbey. For a similar feel, you could spray bare branches white and use them to frame doorways to recreate the feeling of a snowy forest.
You’ll find plenty of inspiration for decorating your tables in the Wedding Ideas Shop. Sprinkle silver snowflakes and table crystals over white tablecloths to make the room shimmer with welcome as your guests arrive. You could write people’s names on pretty white and silver snowflake place cards, and put tea lights in special snowflake candle bags.
Try and keep your lighting low around the room. Hire some outside lanterns to decorate the exterior of your venue and put large white church candles inside for a gorgeous, cozy feel.
For a look with impact, hang giant white snowflakes from the ceiling. Ikea has some wonderful ‘Strala’ snowflake lights which you could use to create a curtain of illuminated snowflakes around the walls.
If your budget stretches to it, have an ice carving on the main table, and as for wedding favours – how about all white homemade coconut ice?
For more inspiration, chat to other brides on our Forum about winter wedding themes and see what ideas you can share with one another. There’s nothing like talking through your ideas with friends who are going through the same wedding planning highs and lows as you!