Brides are sometimes concerned about having a winter wedding. And with the lingering threat of snow, ice and crazy-cold temps, we get it. But there are plenty of ways to embrace—and celebrate—the season, no matter the weather. From cocoa to cake, here are six great ideas for your winter wedding. (And for the record: We here at RiverCrest adore winter weddings! Just remember to plan ahead. Keep an eye on the weather forecast, bring an extra set of shoes if you plan to get outdoor photos, and bring a warm coat—vintage fur capelet, dramatic cape, etc.—and gloves to throw on in between pics!)
1. A hot chocolate bar.
Stock it with steaming hot chocolate and add-ins like marshmallows, whipped cream, peppermint sticks … and maybesome Baileys for good measure.
2. Cable-knit sweater cake.
One of our favorite ways to nod to the season is with a
cozy-looking confection, specifically a wedding cake designed to look like a
cable-knit sweater. (Check out this
jaw-dropping one!) The trick: Show your baker exactly what you’re
looking for, ask them to play up the textures, and keep it white so it looks
Pinecones still feel wintry and festive long after the holidays have ended. Consider incorporating a few into your bridal bouquet. (We love this one!) Or top cupcakes with small acrylic versions, like these.
The opulent fabric is having a major moment right now—and it’s the perfect touch to a winter wedding. Use velvet ribbon in your bouquets for an added dose of texture. And go bold! This year, rich, saturated colors are taking center stage.
5. Blankets. And more blankets.
If you’re tempting fate and having an outdoor ceremony, make sure your guests will stay warm by putting out baskets of cozy wool blankets (bonus points for rolling them up and tying with ribbon), serving hot drinks like mulled wine while they sit, putting out a few outdoor heaters, and keeping the ceremony short. (And do the same for an outdoor cocktail hour!) Staying inside? Arrange a few cozy throws in the color of your wedding (or a classic wintry flannel) around the lounge area—tucked over a sofa, for example—so guests can chill out and cozy up with hot chocolate. (See #1.)
6. Cozy favors.
Pinecone bouquet: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/286400857541260619/