23 Winter Wedding Ideas That Are Classy And Romantic

From color palettes to decoration ideas, we have got it covered for you.

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Winter is the most wonderful time of the year to get hitched. This magical season has a lot to offer, from cold weather and glamorous color schemes to festive entertainment and more. Planning your nuptials in the cold weather brings unique opportunities, ranging from snow-filled photoshoots and themed details to glittering decor. In addition, the light holiday music and wintry florals add charm and warmth to even the frostiest of days.

If you are planning to get married this winter, we have rounded off several winter wedding ideas to get you inspired. Discover all the trends and find the best inspiration for your D-Day. Just scroll down and get ready for your guests to admire the rustic and whimsical spectacle that will be your wedding!

6 Winter Wedding Ideas On A Budget

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There are several winter wedding ideas that will help you marry in style without burning a hole in your pocket. Below is a list of some ideas for an economical affair:

1. Go Small

The easiest way to minimize the cost is to cut down the guest list. Invite your near and dear ones and take vows with your better half while pampering your guests in gourmet style.

2. Decorate With Pine Cones

A pretty pine cone looks elegant as a cardholder. You can also opt for garlands for the tables and wedding cake decorations. Don’t forget to sprinkle some glitters to add a festive appeal.

Other inexpensive yet classic decoration ideas include gold-sprayed leaves, natural greenery, and cinnamon. Instead of spending on individual centerpieces, drape vines of greenery across the dinner tables. Pair it up with the tea lights to add some cozy and romantic effects.

3. Take Pictures In The Snow

Free of charge, magical portraits in the snow are the biggest perk of winter weddings. Schedule the photoshoot for after the ceremony to preserve your makeup and hairstyle for your grand debut.

4. Serve Mulled Wine

It is no wonder that batch cocktails and punches are more pocket-friendly than preparing every drink fresh from scratch. If you are looking forward to saving a few bucks, serve mulled wine and wow your guests on the go. This wine is served warm with lip-smacking spices and can be the ultimate way to kick off the cocktail hour.

5. Take Advantage Of Holiday Decor

If you are planning to get hitched around the holidays, chances are there will be a wreath or evergreen tree already adorning your event space. Leaning into the decor is the easiest way to fit into the festive mood without spending extra bucks.

6. Embellish Your Cake With Natural Ascents

There is no secret that sugar flower makes for a beautiful wedding cake embellishment, but it is a costly addition. To keep things in budget yet pretty, include some natural elements of winter, such as pine cones, tree branches, etc.

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You can opt for such as blue and white, or beige and green as your wedding cake’s color.

Décor opportunities for the winter months are endless. The next section lists some of our favorite ways to decorate a rustic, vintage, classic, or modern winter wedding that speaks to any style.

7 Winter Wedding Decoration Ideas

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1. Go For Blue Velvet

Shades of blue lend themselves to weddings at any time of the year but wrapping them in rich, luxe velvet multiples their beauty manifold. This tone works double duty — as a pop of color in its deeper tones and as a neutral shade when it goes softer. Don’t forget to mix them with metallics to make the vibe more hibernal.

2. Simplify Your Color Palette

Winter weddings usually translate to an intimate, gourmet dinner. For a fresh take, focus on the monochromatic color scheme. You can opt for the bright shades of the West Coast or think jewel tones of fireplaces, citrine, etc. Consider applying these ideas with your favorite shades: winter whites, soft blues, neutrals, or deep shades like emerald, eggplant, and burgundy.

3. Embrace Fireplaces

Fireplaces can add warmth and cozy vibes to any winter wedding venue. You can also use the mantlepieces as the base for the romantic floral display intertwined with candles. Deep red flowers add a gothic vibe to your wedding venue. You can also opt for pure white flowers to keep things elegant.

4. Decorate With Fairy Lights

A fairy light wall makes a romantic backdrop for wedding pictures. Light up the room with fairy lights, market lights, and taper candles to make the space look classic. You can wrap these lights around banisters and beams. Put them inside lantern centerpieces or use them to highlight paths.

5. Winter-Inspired Arch

Don’t forget to add an arch to your wedding ceremony and click some beautiful photographs to cherish for a lifetime. With flowers, leaves, and fabric drapes, it is a perfect addition to any winter wedding and can serve as a DIY photo booth.

6. Use Warm Jewel Tones

While the pure-white color scheme looks chic and royal, warming jewel tones are ideal if you want something more intimate, snug, and relaxed. These jewel tones add warmth, richness, and coziness to the space. Try looking for jewel-colored glassware, velvet table runners, candles, and tissues to spark up the table settings.

7. Hang A Neon Sign

With dark and frosty weather outside, you should focus on keeping your interiors as warm and intimate as possible. A custom neon sign is a perfect way to add some warming tone to the overall décor. It also looks fascinating.

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Incorporating winter elements like snowflakes, evergreens, and cozy blankets into the wedding decor adds a unique and charming touch to the celebration

Once you have sorted the wedding decorations, head to the next section to unwrap some of the best reception ideas to inspire your seasonal soiree.

5 Winter Wedding Reception Ideas

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1. Embrace The Weather

Find a picture-perfect snowy landscape to host a memorable wedding reception. Skip the humidity and sweltering heat, and trust us, your hairdo and makeup will thank you.

2. Bring On The Branches

Use fallen leaves and branches as the primary source of floral inspiration rather than getting discouraged. Stay seasonal when it comes to decor, and keep in mind that winter wedding reception should feel festive, not overly flowery.

3. Opt For Low-Lying Centerpieces

Carry that family-oriented and communal vibe throughout your wedding reception. Opting for a low-lying centerpiece creates a more intimate dining experience where everyone can interact without any hassle.

4. Create Seasonal Tablescapes

Add a festive feel to your winter wonderland reception by adding creative and seasonal tablescapes, including cinnamon sticks, log slices, fir foliage, pine cones, and more. These items create a jaw-dropping woodland ambiance.

5. Add Festive Accessories

While your wedding attire might be a major attraction, the accessories amplify its overall appeal. You can dazzle your bridal look with a sparkling patchwork cape or a faux fur stole if you plan an outdoor reception.

An outdoor winter wedding might seem like a challenge, but it brings many opportunities to add seasonal touches to the décor. Read on to find out how you can make an outdoor winter wedding a thumping success.

5 Outdoor Winter Wedding Ideas

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1. Tented Wedding With Checkerboard Dance Floor

If you envision an outdoor winter wedding but want to save yourself and the guests from a sudden snowfall, a tent is your best bet. Makeshift ceilings blend the beauty of indoors and outdoors.

2. Illuminated Tent Legs

Wrap fairy lights around the tent legs to add a wintery twinkle to the setup. Lights add grace to any venue and provide your guests with a view to behold.

3. Wedding Wreaths

Decorate your outdoor winter wedding space with lush wreaths made of cascading wines and cream-colored foliage to add a whimsical touch to your winter affair.

4. Aisle Of Candles

Since the winter season is all about cozy and snug vibes, try decorating the aisle with candles instead of flowers. Use pillar candles to offer a warm and inviting setting at your outdoor winter wedding ceremony.

5. Statement Foliage Displays

A hanging foliage display looks theatrical and adds a regal touch to your wedding. However, remember that you need to make a virtual ceiling or makeshift ceiling to hang foliage. It will make the space feel much cozier and intimate.

While decor is one important factor, food happens to be another. The section below mentions some food ideas to incorporate into your fairytale winter wedding.

Winter Wedding Food Menu Ideas

Embrace the charm of winter on your wedding day with a culinary journey that mirrors the enchantment of the season. Here are some ideas:

  • Rustic Winter Feast

You may include dishes like roast turkey with cranberry-orange glaze, butternut squash risotto, rosemary roasted potatoes, sautéed brussels sprouts with pecans, warm apple crisp, and spiced pumpkin pie.

  • Snowfall Celebration

This menu includes filet mignon with red wine reduction, lobster tail with garlic butter, truffle whipped potatoes, asparagus almondine white chocolate raspberry cheesecake, and dark chocolate peppermint truffles.

  • Winter Wonderland

This feast includes slow-cooked beef stew, vegetarian winter squash lasagna, cheesy garlic bread, maple-glazed carrots, cinnamon sugar donut holes, and a hot chocolate bar with marshmallow toppings.

The winter weather outside may be frightful, but it is still possible for you to host a delightful wedding. Although everything in the atmosphere is dull, dry, cold, and lifeless during winters, you can work it up to your advantage and experiment with themes and colors that will bring more brightness, color, warmth, and life to your celebrations. You can play around with lighting arrangements, popping tones, florals, and textures that make the venue feel cozy. These winter wedding ideas will fast-track your preparations and take the festivities up a notch. So, grab yourself a piping hot mug of cocoa and take charge of the wedding of your dreams!

Frequently Asked Questions

At what time should a winter wedding start?

If you want sunlight in your winter wedding, begin the ceremonies 2 hours before sunset as the sun goes down pretty quickly during the season. But if the night sky is in your mind, you can start at around 4 pm.

Are winter weddings cheaper?

Winter weddings may be cheaper. However, the location and month will play a key role in determining the wedding budget. For example, planning a wedding in December in places where the holiday season celebrations are grand may cause you to spend a lot in booking the venue, choosing your menu, and sorting out the decorations.

Key Takeaways

  • Winter is the perfect time for weddings. Think of using colors that work with the wintery theme and add decorations that bring warmth to the room.
  • Enhance the wintery theme for your reception by recreating the natural snowy wonderland landscape.
  • Having a winter wedding outdoors lets you use creative ideas like fairy lights and a dance floor.

With candlelit venues, cozy textures, and a touch of sparkle for a classy celebration amid the season’s charm, winter weddings can be gorgeous. Explore the intricacies of a winter wedding by watching the video below.

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Roberta Torresan
Roberta TorresanWedding Planner & Designer
Roberta Torresan is an award-winning international wedding planner and designer with over 13 years of experience. As someone who specializes in organizing unforgettable events in stunning locations, she deeply understands the significance of weddings and the importance of entrusting their celebration to a seasoned professional.

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Shivani Chandel
Shivani ChandelBeauty & Lifestyle Writer
Shivani Chandel is a postgraduate in English literature from Panjab University, Chandigarh and a certified relationship coach. She has four years of experience in copy editing and writing about entertainment, health, lifestyle, and beauty.

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Subhrojyoti is an associate editor at StyleCraze with four years of experience. He has a master’s degree in English from Presidency University, Kolkata, and has also done a post-graduate certificate course in Editing and Publishing from Jadavpur University, Kolkata.

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Sneha Tete
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Sneha has a master's degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Hyderabad, a professional Relationship Coach diploma, and over four years of experience in writing. She writes about relationships and lifestyle.Sneha began her career as an instructional designer, shifted to freelance technical and research writing, and self-published a novella on the theme of adolescent mental health.

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