32 *Dreamy* Winter Wedding Ideas

No matter where you fall on the season-allegiance spectrum, there’ssomething undeniably romantic aboutwinter,making it an extra-special time of year to tie the knot. Weporedthrough dozens of winter weddings to round up 32 stunning winter wedding ideas for your“season of light”nuptials—from decor anddressesto blooms and beauty.

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1. Add Winter Berries To Boutonierres

We love viburnum. These berries come in a variety of colors, which means you can go full-on Christmas with a deep red or embrace a subtler icy winter vibe with blue. 

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2. Consider An Icy Blue Wedding Gown

Paging Elsa. You might even want to consider shopping non-wedding wedding dresses—more variety and a much more affordable price range. 

3. Dress Up Place Settings With Winter Fruits

Use in-season fruit like oranges, grapefruit and pomegranate for deep pops of color. Plus, who doesn’t like a little edible decor? 

4. ...or Sprinkle Them Down Your Tablescape

We repeat: No one delivers #mood quite like Mother Nature. 

5. Opt For Dark, Moody-toned Candlesticks

Who would’ve thought that swapping white candlesticks for midnight blue would make this such a cozy nighttime affair? 

6. Rock A Deep Plum Lip Color

We are living for this Margot Robbie moment. Oh, and while we’re talking plum, how about for the bridesmaid dresses too?

7. Incorporate Wintry Motifs In Your Wedding Stationery

Think snowflakes, starlight or seasonal greenery—the more, the merrier (get it?). Your invite design will help get your wedding guests into the right mindset for whatever type of winter soiree you have in mind. 

8. Pick A Tableware Palette Of Green, White And Gold

A festive and foolproof winter color story. 

9. Accent Your Bouquet With Winter Berries

For a jolt of warm color. Plus, it will be a lovely complement to your groom’s boutonniere. 

10. Top Your Invitation With Wintry Sprigs

It’s the details, people. Or at least bring some rosemary and holly for when your photographer snaps a photo of your invites. 

11. Wear A Crown Of Pinecones And Evergreens

If you’re going for more “winter woodland chic” than “Santa’s bride,” take the red berries out of the equation and just stick to the evergreen. 

12. Decorate Candleholders With Red Berry Bunches

’Tis the season, right? Hear us out: There can never be enough red winter berries at a winter wedding. After all, don’t we see enough white in winter?

13. Use Dried Flowers As A Seasonal Bloom Alternative

A lovely, delicate and sustainable option. Think about it: How are all those flowers blooming in the middle of winter? If you want to decrease your carbon footprint, start here. 

14. Use Festive Cupcakes As Napkin Toppers

Once again, we are here for edible decor. This is also a genius way to keep your guests sated between cocktails and meal time. 

15. Craft A Runner Of Candlelight

Not only does this design trick add drama, but it adds warmth and intimacy, as if your entire wedding is sitting next to a cozy hearth.

16. Carry A Poinsettia As Your Bouquet

Calling all Christmas-obsessed brides.

17. Use A Trimmed Mantel As Your Altar

Fill it with hurricane lanterns for a cozy focal point and then repurpose it as decor—or a cupcake bar?—during the reception.

18. Finish Your Look With (faux) Fur

Come on now, this one’s a must. It makes your photos that much more wintry. Borrow an antique cape from your great-aunt or buy a faux piece from a department store. 

19. Give Your Favors Wintry Trimmings

We swoon for a baby pinecone. And if you’re lucky, you can just collect them from the front yard. 

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Isabella Zhou

20. Set Up A Cozy Hot Cocoa Bar

A crowd-pleaser, for sure. Add some Baileys if you really want to win over everyone, including Uncle Roger. 

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21. Choose A Red Velvet Naked Cake

It doesn’t get more “holiday wedding” than this. Make sure the red shows though by opting for a naked cake.

22. Pop A Pinecone Into Your Bouquet

For an interesting pop of texture. 

23. Use Flat-laid Evergreens Instead Of Centerpieces

Silver dollar eucalyptus is always a good idea—and probably a real nice budget saver. 

24. Garnish Your Cake With Minimalist Evergreens

Less is more sometimes. 

25. Consider Bridesmaid Hoop Bouquets

Fewer flowers could save your budget, plus it’s a nice homage to the most wintry flower arrangement off all time: the wreath. 

26. ...and Velvet Suiting

A deep blue or green color in a lush textile. Velvet is an innately wintry fabric choice.

27. Or A Tweed Suit

Who says you have to wear black? Colder temps mean so many more materials are up for grabs when it comes to suits. Not into velvet? Try tweed or wool for a warmer, more textured suit. 

28. Trim Your Cake In Sugared Winter Berries

Hey, we never said we were done with berries. And this pretty execution gets extra points for its simplicity.

29. Add Baby’s Breath To Your Hair

Like snowflakes landed just so on your updo and decided to stay awhile.  

30. Pick Burgundy Bridesmaid Dresses

This way, when your MOH spills her merlot, no one will notice. Oh, and don’t they just look rich and luxe next to the bride’s white?  

31. Plan A Snowy Confetti Toss

Let is snow, let it snow, let it snow—or at least pretend it’s snowing for a fabulous photo op with some sparkling white confetti.  

32. And Lastly, Don’t Forget To Go Outside

Fact: Snow makes photos. 

Additional Vendor Credits

C/O Persuasion Photography: Dress store: The Barefoot Bride; Bakery: Emmy Sprinkles Bake Shop; Calligrapher: Lucky 13 Lettering; Hair: Anna Fortner; Makeup: Theresa Little Makeup Artistry; Venue: Hedge Farm; Florals: EH Blooms; Cake: RM Petit Cakes; Makeup: Kasey Acuff; Decor: Stockroom Vintage 
C/O Beulah Photography: Event Designer: Cutting Covenants; Invitations: Kalos Designs; Jewelry: LB Charming Surcees; Dresses: New York Bride & Groom; Florals: Tulepo Grove Events; Beauty: Nicole Phillips; Hair: Emily Thornton; Venue: Thomas House & Garden 
C/O Britt & Bean Photography: Venue: Washington Oaks State Park; Makeup: Simply Stunning You beauty; Design: Stag & Doe Vintage; Florals: Elysee Bouquet; Calligraphy: Simply Put By Megan
C/O Monique Dao Photography: Rentals: Cherished Rentals and Sundrop Vintage; Invitations: Kinsie Michelle Design Co; Tux: Ryder's Tuxedo Shop; Shoes: House of Elliot Collection; Dress: Trish Peng Couture; Hair: Heartz Beauty Co.; Models: Jared Phillips and Jasmine Medina; Planner: Diana Sabb Events & Design; Venue: Thomas Riley Wilderness Park 
C/O Elements of Light Photography: Event Planner: Time of Your Life Events; Beauty: Red Leaf Henna and Beauty and the Belief; Florals: Budget Bouquet and More; Caterer: Just a Taste; Dress: Eskay Bridal; Jewelry: Marina Kessler Jewelry; Venue: Gallatin River Hideaway 
C/O ADOR Photography: Music: Spectrum Entertainment; Location: Chase on the Lake Resort
C/O All Good Things Photography: Venue: Cordiano Winery; Florals and design: Sisti & Co.
C/O Isabella Zhou: Dresses: Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique; Decor: The Prissy Plate Company; Bakery: Not As Famous Cookie Company; Jewelry: Sparkle La Vie; Beauty: Evergreen Beauty Studios; Bakery: CakeDacious; Planner: The Charming Details; Professional: David Huntington; Designer: Sarah Miller; Venue: Carmichael House
C/O Nikobella Photography LLC: Specialty Foods: It's All Sugar 2 Me; Rentals: Classy Event Rentals; Etsy Designer: Lietofiore; Headpieces: Over the Moon Bridal; Apparel: YadiMercier; Jewelry: Petite Margaux Bridal Jewelry; Ring: Penellibelle Inc.; Calligrapher: Sincerely Dearest; Invitations: Willow Hope Designs; Cake: Cindy's Cakery LLC; Florals: Fleur du Fou; Beauty: Simply Elegant by Audra; Hair: Enchanted Styles; Dress: Truly Yours Bridal and Formal; Venue: Wintergreen Resort; Planner: Ryan Winn Photography

C/O Courtney Simpson Photography LLC: Invitations: Santina Amendola Design; Rentals: The Vintage Table Company; Dress: Nicole Bridal & Formal Shoppe; Tux: Chazmatazz Formal Wear; Florals: Tame Florals; Venue: Beyond Organic Growers

Additional reporting by Dara Katz


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