While winter isn’t the most popular time to get married, the holiday season is one of the most beautiful and romantic times of the year. Winter weddings are becoming more and more heard of, but still are not seen as often as during the other seasons, so why not take a chance and step out of the crowd. Below are some ideas for the perfect winter wedding, everything from invitations to the favors taken home at the end of the night, that will have your guests hoping they will get to attend another warm and cozy winter wedding.
Let your guests know how excited you are for your big day with these festive wedding invitations.
Combining white and dark red or purple flowers provide the perfect contrast to incorporate into your wedding, or you can go the unconventional route and create a unique bouquet of pine cones and baby’s breath.
Adding candles and lights to your centerpieces will give a cozy and romantic feel to your wedding.
Everyone loves cake! These ideas are absolutely gorgeous while still looking delicious.
You can’t have a winter wedding without everybody’s favorite warm treat, hot chocolate. As for a signature drink, cranberry sangria and mulled wine are popular among guests.
Send your guest’s home with something that they will actually love and use. Smores and coffee beans are always good options, but what about an evergreen? This fun idea will have guests remembering your big day long after it is over.
As the weather really starts to warm up and more of the season’s weddings move outdoors, we’ve turned our attention to the best trends in bridesmaids outfits for warm-weather celebrations.
These mix and match sundresses are a wonderful way to allow each of your bridesmaids to choose a dress they love. The variation on the theme of your colors keeps things looking cohesive—with shades across the spectrum, very different textures, and even some fun pattern, each bridesmaid gets to look uniquely themselves and a part of your wedding theme and colors. And we love the wedges for more casual outdoor spring weddings!
Is your style a bit more glamorous? You don’t have to go super light and flowy to do an outdoor wedding—choose luxe fabrics and details in a lighter color, and have bridesmaids opt for relaxed hairstyles. This way, you don’t have to sacrifice any of the glam because of the heat. And how sweet are the parasols?
Light flowy fabric. Super bold print. Pretty maxi style dress. These tropical bridesmaids dresses are so fun and so cool. A really gutsy pattern like this is a great way to add some visual interest to your wedding party’s attire, while the style and fabric of these allows your bridesmaids to stay cool in the sun.
The chilly fall weather is the perfect excuse to add a seasonal twist to your signature cocktails for your wedding. But, don’t think you need to save these just for your special day; they will delight your guests whether served at your shower, rehearsal dinner, or bachelor or bachelorette party. Shaken, stirred, or mulled, these fall drinks are sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
Take a seasonal spin on the classic Cosmopolitan by incorporating red and white cranberry juice.
- 1 bottle (750 ml) vodka
- 5 ounces Cointreau
- 5 ounces red cranberry-juice cocktail
- 5 ounces white cranberry-juice cocktail
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- Fresh cranberries, for garnish
- Pour all ingredients except cranberries into a large pitcher with ice; stir vigorously. Strain into glasses, discarding ice. Garnish with festive berries!
Is a guaranteed crowd-favorite, especially during the colder months! Plus, you can prepare it days in advance and reheat it when it’s time to celebrate. (Pre packaged mulled spices can also be purchased if you don’t want to make it from scratch)
- 1 bottle red wine
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup brandy
- 1 large orange
- 2 cardamom pods
- 4 star anise
- 6 whole cloves
- 6 allspice berries
- 6 whole black peppercorns
- 1 cinnamon stick, plus 4 for garnish (optional)
Holiday Mulled Wine
- Switch out the orange for ½ cup cranberry juice and ½ cup whole cranberries
- First, zest then juice the orange
- With the flat side of a knife, press firmly on the cardamom pods to open them a bit. In a large pot combine zest, cardamom, cloves, allspice, star anise peppercorns, cinnamon, juice, wine, water, sugar, and brandy. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves.
- Once sugar has dissolved reduce heat to low; simmer for about 30 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve; serve immediately.
Give this classic cocktail a fall shake up by adding blood orange, apples and maple syrup.
- 1 ½ ounces applejack
- 1 ½ ounces rye whiskey
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- A few dashes of orange bitters
- 2 ounces Champagne
- Blood orange rind for garnish
- Combine applejack, whiskey, maple syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker; shake over ice. Strain into 6 ounce martini glass, top with champagne, garnish, and serve.
Proving these stubborn fall wedding myths wrong is the perfect way to show off your personal style, and to incorporate this amazing fall weather!
You must hold your Wedding Inside
If you think that you can’t have your dream outdoor wedding and fall date coexist, think again. By incorporating pashmina-style wraps as favors, fire pits, and strategically placed heat lamps you can hold your ceremony, cocktail hour, and maybe even reception outdoors. With the unpredictable fall weather, especially in Wisconsin, it would be smart to have an indoor option for your guests. Finally, suggest to bring jackets or wraps in your invitations or on your personalized website in case it ends up being unseasonably cold on your special day.
You must incorporate Pumpkins into your décor
Pumpkin can be a festive treat to add to your dessert table, but don’t feel the need to incorporate it into your décor. To express the fall season in a pumpkin free way, try incorporating fruits like pears, apples, figs and pomegranates instead. Another popular trend is incorporating leaves, grains, and wood elements that reflect the season in a more subtle way
Create a cohesive, autumn-inspired event by incorporating fall touches throughout your menu and table settings. Add your favorite fall components such as apples, pumpkins or rustic finishes to create a seasonal affair.
Incorporate a signature drink such as apple cider, a local craft brew or a pumpkin spice cocktail to add a subtle hint of fall flair at your bar. Adding drink ingredients, dark wood and florals can add to both the ambience and atmosphere at the bar.
Tablescapes are a great way to incorporate subtle or dramatic touches of fall throughout your reception. If you’re looking to add a few small touches of autumn, consider incorporating jewel tones, touches of gold or candlelight. If autumn is your focus, add dramatic accents with pumpkins or wood.
Top off your wedding with a delectable, seasonal treat. Caramel apples take us back to childhood trips to the apple orchard while a naked cake embodies the rustic, fall atmosphere.
Photos via: http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/10/28/chic-fall-wedding-decor-flowers-contributor-biana-perez/ & http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-photos/reception/sizzling-signature-cocktails/i/e3d3a84d60e00bc8-74e09161aae1a211/dbb0940f4d401a6b & http://www.colincowieweddings.com/articles/ideas-how-tos/10-fall-wedding-ideas-youll-fall-in-love-with & http://www.deerpearlflowers.com/tree-stumps-wedding-ideas-for-rustic-country-weddings/ & http://www.ranker.com/list/quirky-wedding-ideas/dani-porter?var=3&utm_expid=16418821-157.DXXWBOq5QKuEmYNm8uKOqw.2&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinterest.com%2F & http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-nashville-fall-wedding/ & http://www.weddingchicks.com/100-wedding-cakes-wow/
As the leaves change and temperatures drop, consider adding some of your favorite elements of fall to your upcoming wedding. Rustic wood decor combined with romantic lighting and fall-inspired colors will create a timeless, seasonal affair. Today, we’re focusing on integrating autumn into various aspects of your ceremony, but check back on Thursday for fall reception inspiration!
Inspired by the changing colors of autumn, incorporate deep jewel tones to create the perfect fall-inspired bouquet. Combine deep bordeaux, a rich magenta or burnt orange with pastels and leafy greens to create a seasonal and stand-out floral arrangement.
Rustic Aisle Adornments
Line your aisle with various sized lanterns to create romance and warmth in your ceremony space. For a more country feel, combine flowers and wood accents to create an outdoorsy yet chic aisle. Finally, if you’re hosting an outdoor ceremony, consider offering guests blankets for the duration of the ceremony. They’re cute yet practical during the unpredictable Wisconsin weather.
Check back on Thursday for more fall inspired decor and make sure you follow along on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with Cherry Blossom Events!
Photos via http://bridalmusings.com/2014/11/rustic-vineyard-wedding-packed-gorgeous-ideas/ & http://www.storymixmedia.com/weddingmix/blog/2013/11/wedding-inspiration-outdoor-wedding-ideas/ & http://www.popsugar.com/home/Wedding-Ceremony-Flower-Ideas-29832091#photo-29832126 & http://www.deerpearlflowers.com/36-fall-wedding-arch-ideas-for-rustic-wedding/ & http://www.stylemepretty.com/vault/image/2469381 & http://bridalmusings.com/2014/11/25-stunningly-gorgeous-fall-bouquets/ & http://www.deerpearlflowers.com/steal-worthy-fall-wedding-bouquets/