While you may not be able to summon snow at your cold weather wedding, you can create a winter wonderland of your own with the right planning. Whether you’re going for glitzy glamor or classic charm, these tips and techniques can help you pull off the perfect winter weather wedding.

Let There Be Light

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful….Warm things up inside by asking your venue to light all fireplaces or stoves. This not only helps keep the temperature comfortable, but also adds an element of festive flair to your seasonal soiree.

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Spray-painted wind-bent branches bedecked with tiny lanterns and twinkle lights. Photo courtesy: Lauren West

And be sure to glisten up your space with twinkle lights — both as tree decor in a nod to tradition and in creative applications. For example, ask your florist to fill vases with battery-operated white twinkle lights, or call on your inner Martha Stewart and do it yourself. Spray a glass frosting finish onto large, clear vases and fill them with battery-operated white twinkle lights. Hint: for a more polished final result, look for ones on white cord, not green.

Of course, candles are a “must have” at any evening affair. From tea lights to tapers and everything in between, candles add elegant appeal to any winter wedding and can be used to add warmth to entrances, pathways and table settings.

Embrace Nature’s Bounty

When Jack Frost is on your guest list, he brings an abundance of seasonal items perfect for dressing up your venue.

Begin by choosing a color scheme which takes inspiration from the elements. If you’re having a Christmas wedding, think seasonal swag. Berries and boughs can be used to bedeck tables, mantles and displays. Your florist can incorporate fresh evergreen into centerpieces, bouquets and boutonniere, and nothing says welcome quite like a wreath on the door.

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Snowflakes and red accents make a winsome winter wedding cake. Photo Courtesy: Linda Marklund

For non-Yuletide gatherings, plenty of other options abound. Pine cones, succulents and feathers can be incorporated into everything from table decorations to floral arrangements to place cards.

Traditionalists may choose to stick with a color palette of greens or reds (or a balance of the two), while others may enjoy a more modern mix of winter white and sparkling silver or glistening gold. Look for fabrics in lustrous satin and silk or go for a more rustic look with burlap, cotton wool, and even tartan!

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Feathers and winter whites make a festive bouquet. Photo courtesy: John Hope.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

‘It’s the season to get cozy. Help your guests get in the spirit by serving up hot drinks, such as mulled wine. Or, set up a hot chocolate bar with toppings including whipped cream, sprinkles, marshmallows and candy canes. Amaretto or peppermint schnapps are perfect for spiking.

If you’re having a photo booth at your wedding, stock up on winter-themed props, such as pom pom hats and reindeer antlers.

Brides with large budgets may choose to set up a skating rink or sleigh rides for their guests.

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It’s a wrap! Layouts from the album of our client Lauren T.

Mittens make a fun and functional party favor as you send happy guests off into the wintry night. And speaking of happy endings, don’t neglect your own. Consider handing out sparklers for guests to light your way.

While winter weddings may call for some extra planning (bridal snow boots, anyone?) the magical results are well worth the effort. Start planning your winter wonderland wedding today!