If you're a bride-to-be or simply in the mood to beef up your Pinterest boards, these winter wedding décor tips are going to get you in the mood for some romance. And while many venues, color schemes, and table settings are stylish all year round, there are also some seasonal distinctions to keep in mind as you plan. for instance, a bohemian barefoot beach wedding in the middle of February may not be as dreamy (or healthy) as it would be in August. There are a few more subtle things to keep in mind as well, like seasonal floral options that will help you out financially.
So with wedding trends in constant flux and a desire to help you ensure that your special day is indeed special, we decided to seek insight from the Managing Editor of Style Me Pretty, Stephanie Weers. Unsurprisingly, she had chic ideas on how to embrace the beauty of the season without relying on clichés. To plan a hip yet timeless event, read through her winter wedding décor ideas and advice below.
Get the Glow
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A blanket of snow is romantic and all, but the chilly weather also means your guests will likely be cold and seeking warmth indoors. Editorial Director and Social Media Manager at Style Me Pretty, Gabrielle Hurwitz suggests to "think cozy, warm, and intimate." Her suggestions? "A historic estate with a ceremony in front of a roaring fireplace, a mountain lodge surrounded by snow, a hotel ballroom washed in candlelight." And most importantly, "unless you're planning a destination wedding south of the equator, keep the festivities indoors," Hurwitz jokingly but poignantly notes.
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Play Up Formality
Hurwitz notes that "while there's certainly no official rulebook, winter weddings tend to have a more formal, upscale vibe." While we can't say for certain, we'd bet this is because casual, bohemian themes fair better in warmer weather. So she encourages us to "stay away from overly casual affairs… that feel off for the season." And usually, the cost will speak for itself. In other words, the financial burden of planning a wedding with off-season florals will be obvious. "certain florals work better for summertime weddings like hydrangeas, peonies, lilies, or daisies, and will also cost you a pretty penny to source in the off-season."
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Opt for Subtlety Over Clichés
You know you're headed down a dangerous décor road when your centerpiece consists of seasonal clichés like snowflake motifs, peppermint sticks, and glittery pinecones. Weers says that "when it comes to winter weddings, you need to not go overboard with décor but instead play up the magic of the season." Consider working with a "palette of muted pastels or chic winter whites plus a touch of mixed metallics for a decidedly glamorous look. It's a subtle nod to the season," and Weers reminds us that "when in doubt, less is often more."
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Choose Long Tablescapes
While clusters of candles make for gorgeous tabletop décor regardless of season, they're particularly magical during winter. Weers says to try "long tablescapes with tapered candlesticks all in a row for a cozy dinner party atmosphere." Sprawling tables and elongated candlesticks will establish a sophisticated and elegant atmosphere. She also advises brides to stay within a neutral color palette with metallic accents by opting for "fresh greens in lieu of florals to bring the outdoors in." Regardless of layout, just make sure to "keep the lights twinkling [and] the champagne flowing."
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Embrace the Season
And now for the most important piece of advice to keep in mind while planning a winter wedding: Be extra flexible and prepare for seasonal challenges. Hurwitz says that "this is good advice any time of the year, but winter brings unpredictable weather, causing even the best-laid plans to go awry," she says. "But at the end of the day, your wedding day is about committing yourself to the love of your life—with or without every single detail in place."
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Have you ever attended or planned a winter wedding? Share your insight and décor ideas with us in the comment section below!