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Winter venue advice:
1) Unless your wedding is in a location with guaranteed winter-like ambiance, you may want to avoid a ballroom with a large picture window. Instead of overlooking serene banks of snow, you may wind up with a panoramic view of a dreary gray day.
2) Make sure your site will be adequately heated, some older buildings can be drafty.
3) Be sure to ask what seasonal decorations your venue may use; you may be able to save on décor costs if your venue is already suitably decorated.

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You can view wedding pictures and get advice from successfully planned winter weddings in our real weddings guide:

Maria and Christopher - Washington, DC

Plan a Winter Wedding

Winter theme weddings can be uber chic and ethereal - an absolute wonderland, if you will.  Read on for inspiration. 

Winter Theme Weddings - Things To Consider

Inclement Weather - Depending on your wedding location, winter weather can be particularly hairy.  If so, don’t force your guests to walk too far or spend considerable time outside.  Dress the wedding party (including yourself) in seasonably warm attire.

Holidays - Remember that the action-packed holiday season and higher travel costs make it potentially inconvenient for guests to attend a December or early January wedding.  Book your date and spread the word early.

All in the Details – Winter Wedding Ideas

Invitations & Stationery

  • Add a wintery motif – such as a snowflake or holly branch – to your stationery suite
  • Go white on white – and create a snowy first impression. 
  • Add metallics - jazz it up with a hint of silver or gold.


  • Think intimate and cozy – bed and breakfasts or inns complete with roaring fires and plush décor create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Bonus points if you can score a view overlooking a scenic winterscape.
  • Think elegant and grand – a formal hotel ballroom overlooking the city evokes a celebratory mood to match the holiday spirit.
  • Think seasonal activities – a ski lodge or mountain chalet guarantees a true winter experience and a nice getaway for your guests

Décor elements

  • Color palette –
  • - new-fallen snow - use whites and creams accented with silver or gold.  - winter sparkle – ice blue or navy accented with silver - black tie - black is especially suited for a winter wedding when paired with white, silver or gold. 
  • Go glam – deck your halls with crystal detailing for a sparkling winter effect– adorning linens and chair covers or sprinkled over table tops.  The result is deliciously glam and oh so fab. 
  • Liberal use of candle light – the glow will add warmth and elegance. 
  • Holiday theme – decorate with potted evergreens, pine branches, wreathes, poinsettias, ornaments, bells, or twinkling white lights.


  • Seasonal blooms - white stephanotis, poinsettia, holly, amaryllis, camellias, roses. Consult our complete list of winter wedding flowers.
  • Added interest and texture – incorporate holiday greenery or tiny crystals into your arrangements
  • Creative bouquets – instead of flowers, carry tea lights, votive candles or cascading bells
  • Tossing alternative - have your flower girl throw silver glitter or sprinkle fake snow.


  • Hearty dishes – serve heartier fare in sophisticated, creative ways – such as colorful butternut squash puree or warm pumpkin soup in ramekins or shot glasses.
  • Wintery beverages – warm guests with eggnog, spiced wine or mixed coffee drinks. 


  • White on white – adorn an all white cake with marzipan snowflakes or swiss dots, or top with fresh white poinsettias or stephanotis
  • Get rich – serve a decadent chocolate cake or cheese cake with raspberry sauce/filling, and decorate with chocolate covered cherries or strawberries.
  • Top it off - use a decorative snow globe or snowflake as a seasonal topper


  • Rich fabrics – warm up to velvet, satin, brocade, and heavy silk
  • Add a layer – if your wedding dress is sleeveless or strapless, add a wrap, shrug or cape in white or in one of your wedding colors
  • Winter white - dress the wedding party, flower girl and ring bearer in winter white for a chic, clean look.
  • Black tie – formal attire at an elegant winter wedding is always a classic


  • Sip it – give decorative tins or packets of hot cocoa mix
  • Let it snow – inside mini snow globes
  • Celebrate – with splits of champagne
  • Indulge a sweet tooth – decorate sugar cookies as snowflakes, bells, or another seasonal emblem

The Getaway

  • Horse drawn sleigh – the quintessential wintertime mode of travel. For an added touch, give guests mini bells to ring as you make your exit. 
  • A sled or skis – for the adventurous - be sure to dress appropriately
  • A snowmobile – another rugged, winter possibility - again, for the adventurous.