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Turn up the winter wedding style quotient by playing with the traditional palettes and creating your own. Take forest green and make it a crisp apple green – then use it everywhere as your signature color – from linens to napkins to glassware to food.
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Winter weddings are magical. From snowglobe-like photo sessions to candlelit dinners -- here are some of our favorite winter wedding ideas to get you inspired.


Guests who are unsure what to wear to a winter wedding can won't go wrong with rich colors, like navy blue and plum, and textures, like velvet. Avoid pale, neutral colors, like nude or blush, unless you have a base color. Men can wear tweed, or a classic black suit or tux with a velvet bowtie for a touch of old fashioned elegance.

Don't stress too much over long vs. short -- both can be appropriate. Just be sure to follow the dress code as written on the invitation. Accessorize with oversized crystal baubles, metallic heels, or -- for the bold -- sparkle pumps.

For the bride: Over the last couple of years,winter wedding dresses have been having a moment. Long, lace sleeves have made a major comeback. Go for a fitted, lace sleeve for a timeless, elegant look that will still hold up 50 years from now. Cap and cascading sleeves provide coverage without hindering your dance moves, and illusion sleeves are the perfect balance between modest and modern.

Brides who want to forgo tradition and think outside the box can opt for a wedding skirt and wrap an ivory cashmere sweater around them -- or go with a bold accent color, like red, to make a statement.

For outdoor shots, wrap yourself in a vintage-looking fur, or -- in inclement weather -- pull on a pair of fun boots, like these glam Hunter rain boots, for photos in the snow.


When it comes to design, winter weddings provide the perfect opportunity to play with deep colors and rich textures. Burgundy, plum, and magenta blooms, with red berry accents and hearty ferns create a dramatic winter look for a bohemian bride.

Create a winter woodland vibe with lush, soft textures -- like velvet or tweed -- and garland overhead, fern accents, and a cinnamon stick alongside a cluster of winter berries for each napkin. Pine cones also make good, woodsy accents.

Alternatively, a dusty palette -- think silver brunia, white hydrangeas, and dusty miller -- like at this dreamy winter wedding, create a vintage, romantic feel.

Counter the cold outside by creating a cozy vibe inside. Candles and lanterns make great centerpieces or accents down the aisle, and a fire pit, if your venue has one, will set an intimate mood. Hang icicle-like crystals over your dance floor or cake table, or incorporate pinecones.

Food & Drink

Channel the spirit of the season in your menu for the evening. For instance, select soup shooters for a warming passed hors d'oeuvre; hearty mains, like braised short rib, for for dinner; and serve holiday favorites, like gingerbread cookies and spiced cider, for dessert.

Set up an adorable hot chocolate bar where guests can add their own marshmallows, candy canes, cinnamon; or hand out eggnog in espresso cups to warm your guests when they arrive. Give your wedding cake a winter touch with edible glitter, sprigs of fir, or winter berries. We love this romantic, two-tiered winter wedding cake with rustic details.


Set out cozy blankets or pashminas to keep your guests warm throughout the evening.

If you're tying the knot near the holidays, affix your escort cards to Christmas decorations, and hang them from a small tree. Ornaments also make great favors. Inscribe them with your wedding date and a love quote.

At the end of the night, give out small packages of chocolate-covered cranberries or roasted chestnuts.