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Dear Celebrity Bride Guide Readers,
Don’t let the chill of winter rain – or snow – on your wedding day parade. Instead, leverage the innate beauty, romance and fantasy of the season to your advantage. Opt for warmer hues or metallics, plan a luscious menu of comfort foods and hot signature drinks, and treat guests to favors they can snuggle in for extra heat. Not convinced a winter wedding is for you? I tracked down six noted planners and wedding experts to get their take on planning winter-inspired nuptials. Whether you’re looking for ways to keep warm or imbue your special day with winter and holiday theme touches, these pros have got you covered. As for me, bring on the slopes and good cheer, I RSVP yes!
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Melissa Phillips, Simply Perfect by Melissa “Brides who are accepting of some creative indoor shots, snowy backgrounds, and chilly temperatures will be the happiest with weddings this time of year. Add faux wraps for the ladies, a warm signature drink, and a savory soup course. My favorite: Use the beautiful decorations that the city, hotels, and public squares have put in place for the holidays in your pictures!
Liz Coopersmith, Silver Charm Events “Stay in touch with the season. Use low, soft lights and candles, lush greens, and rich creams against deep wood walls and tables. I coordinated one wedding a few years ago in an ice skating rink. They served hot chocolate and hot toddys and they had an ice sculpture of an angel in the middle of the rink. Winter weddings can really bring the ‘wow’ factor, when you let them.”
Sarah Lowy and Jodi Cohen, Jowy Productions “Picture getting married in the mountains of Park City or Vail, in an elegant lodge with a cozy, warm feel; i.e., fireplace on, beautiful pashminas handed out to the ladies, cashmere throws throughout the lounge vignettes, tray passed s’mores, spiked hot chocolate and peppermint schnapps at the end of the night with a to-go bag of fresh, hot donuts with the wedding logo. It’s all in the details.”
EMP Studios, Courtesy of Liz Coopersmith
Brian Worley, YourBASH! ”Having a winter wedding does not mean that you have to have an all white wedding with snowflakes and hints of silver. I suggest choosing colors that evoke warmth. If the venue is already decorated for the holidays, compliment what is already there rather than competing with their decor. This is a great way to help with your budget as well.”
Harmony Walton, The Bridal Bar “Find a style that fits you, not just your wedding season. However, if you want to fully embrace the season and your wedding is in a snowy locale, then I love a venue with windows, windows, windows, a heated and insulated clear tent, or anything that can allow guests to experience the beauty of Mother Nature while celebrating in a snuggly warm environment. If the wedding is incorporating the look of snow, then lighting is key. Just the right lighting with a white backdrop of snow can really make for a spectacular mood. Keep a more neutral color palette (think whites and metallics) to complement the setting.”
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Cindy Shanholtz, Effortless Events “When opting for a winter wedding, begin the ceremony earlier in the day. In the winter months, sunlight fades and temperatures drop quickly. For an enchanted winter forest wedding, use white roses and decorative branches such as pussy willows in your centerpieces. Hire a lighting company to wash the walls with a tree branch motif. Use chandeliers and an abundance of candles to create an ethereal look. To add an extra hint of enchantment to your ceremony, have your bridesmaids wear elbow-length gloves.”
Keep in mind that winter weddings lend themselves to creativity and charm despite crisp temps outside, so have fun with the details.
Besides, the love you share with your fiancé will telegraph instant warmth! Your guests will have no choice but to swoon.
Allison Kornberg Walch can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.