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How to Have the Perfect Winter Wedding (Even When You Hate the Cold)

Photo credit: Getty Images/AlekZotoff

Photo credit: Getty Images/AlekZotoff

Winter gets a bad rep in the wedding world. Sure, spring and fall are the most popular seasons to tie the knot, but with the right event group, any season can serve as the perfect backdrop for your big day.

That explains why the team at Cescaphe Event Group is seeing a growing trend in more brides-to-be planning winter weddings. In addition to special pricing, winter weddings tend to give couples a more exclusive feel to their event. Not only are vendors slower and able to devote more time to their clients in winter, but guests are also more excited to attend when personal schedules are less jam packed.

If you think a winter wedding needs to include fur shrugs or winter whites, think again. As long as you choose the right flowers, lighting, and details your winter wedding will have all the same vibrancy of a June evening. Here’s how you make it happen:

Start with your look.

One of the biggest fears of a winter wedding is keeping yourself and your bridal party warm. There are several sleek options that do not include even a hint of faux-fur. Channel your inner Kate Middleton with a long sleeve dress. Gowns can have permanent sleeves, or come as a removable option to transform your look from ceremony to reception. You can also consider adding a fashionable cape to your gown to give you an “Old Hollywood” moment on your big day.

For bridesmaids, add a sleek blazer to their ensembles. This on-trend look takes inspiration from fashionistas like Sarah Jessica Parker and Gisele Bundchen who have been seen rocking the style on the red carpet.

Dazzle with the decor.  

According to the experts at Beautiful Blooms, there is no reason your winter wedding has to exclusively feature white décor. Jewel tones like magenta and deep orange with gold accents can add pops of color throughout the space. Kermit and magenta hydrangea, dark purple and burgundy snapdragons with touches of Nina roses and gold orchids will add a lively display of brightness during the dark winter months. Add branches with painted gold for a pop of color that also brings some height and glam to your centerpieces on the cheap.

A brooch bouquet for the glam winter bride is a fun way to tie the jewel toned theme together. Whether it is a collection of brooches from the women in your life or strategically picked jewels to go with your wedding theme- this bouquet will surely bring the sparkle.

For the more reserved natural winter bride, non-flowering plants make an eclectic bouquet that is still a show stopper. With mint green being so popular these days, it is no wonder that a bouquet made of succulents even exists. Bouquets made of pine cones are a thing, too!

A hanging structure of boxwood greenery and seeded eucalyptus with striking pheasant feathers or bright jewel-toned peacock feathers will be an unexpected exciting touch for the winter bride who is not looking for the traditional snow and sparkle.

Bring the brightness!

It’s called the season of light for a reason. Complete your winter wonderland with strings of white market lights that bring an unexpected feature to your venue. Add complimenting gold and amber uplights to for warmer tones even on the chilliest days.

Lift your spirits.

Transport your guests’ taste buds to warmer climates through your signature cocktail. A refreshing cucumber-infused cocktail or pineapple mixer will get everyone thinking of the sun.

For a unique experience, that matches the glory of spring and fall, bring on the winter plans! Regardless of the details you choose for your winter nuptials, remember it’s always warm on the dance floor!

For more information on how Cescaphe Event Group can make your dream wedding a reality call 215-238-5750 or email [email protected].