Winter weddings are glamorous and dramatic and different from the traditional June wedding. Planning a winter wedding takes creativity and patience, since it isn’t as common and the weather becomes a large issue. Follow the steps to learn how to plan your own romantic winter wedding.
Plan Your Look and Choose Colors
Choose jewel and ice tones for great winter wedding colors-sapphire blue, ice blue, purple, silver and white-along with traditional red, green and navy.
Wear diamond or pearl jewelry, classic for winter because of the resemblance to ice and snow.
Look for an elegant and fun wrap or shawl to keep you warm for outdoor photos since most wedding dresses are sleeveless or strapless. This is also a great way to add some color.
Give bridesmaids similar wraps or shawls in white or muted color. Add white fur accents to dresses to give a traditional winter touch.
Use flowers that are in season, such as roses, lilies and holly branches, or be willing to pay a lot more to ship in other flowers. Think about adding ornamental berries or silver accents to your bouquet.
Plan Your Wedding and Reception
Send winter/ice/snow themed invitations. You can pay to have a company print them for you or make your own using store-bought stationary. If your wedding is a theme wedding, such as Christmas or Valentine’s Day, use that as your invitation theme to tie everything together.
Have the wedding and reception, if not in a church, in an inn with a fireplace or a historic cottage or bed and breakfast. Make sure heat is available.
Keep decorations simple. Many places will already be decorated for the holiday season, so you may be able to save some money by using those decorations in your wedding. Consider poinsettias, candles or cranberries as centerpieces. Think about hiring an artisan to create an ice sculpture.
Serve cake with icicles or snowflakes or use a snow globe cake topper. Consider serving apple cider, hot chocolate or eggnog at the reception.
Give holiday ornaments, snow globes or cookie cutters with cookie recipes attached as wedding favors. Also think about giving coffee mugs and candles in scents such as Cinnamon Apple, Pumpkin Pie and Vanilla.
Hand out mini bells to ring as the bride and groom leave the wedding or reception. Have a horse and carriage waiting for another traditional addition.
Many people choose to have their weddings in spring or early summer and the most popular month to tie the knot is June. That being said, many people do choose to marry in winter despite the weather. However, sometimes it can be harder to look your best during the winter months. The chances are you won’t have much of a tan anymore and for some of us the cold weather and central heating can cause skin and hair to become dry. Therefore, if you are planning a winter wedding you need to start your hair and beauty regime now.
Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. Extra moisturisation can keep hair and skin looking good during the winter months and ensure that you look radiant on your big day. If you are planning a winter wedding and looking for the perfect hairstyle, here are some ideas and inspiration.
If you have fine, short hair, the cold winter air can cause static for fine hair. In order to keep your hair neat try a sleek wedding hairstyle. This is achieved by parting the hair on the side and using a little styling gel on slightly damp hair to lock it in place. Use your fingers to gently style hair away from the face. If needed, gently spray with hairspray. To make this look a little more interesting try adding a pretty flower comb or a sparkly barrette to compliment your gown.
Long hair can also suffer from dryness and static in the winter chill. The best way to avoid any hair disasters is to opt for a coifed, wavy winter wedding hairstyle. Make sure your hair is freshly washed and divide it into sections, curling each section gently with a curling iron. Use your fingers to separate the curls and finish with hair spray to keep your style in place. If your hair is really straight then try using a curling mousse before drying.
A winter wedding is a great occasion to do something unique with your hair style. The winter weather means that you can opt for more elaborate wedding fashions and experiment with rich and different colours. Try accessorising with feathers or an intricately designed barrette to really lift your wedding style.
Shiny accessories such as crystals or pearls go perfectly with a wintry setting, especially if you are looking to create a winter wonderland effect. Adorn your hair with delicate crystals or pearl hair accessories that will look beautiful sparkling in the light. Simply attach pearl beads to ordinary grips for a beautiful winter wedding hair style. This can work with an updo or a loose style.
Whatever wedding hairstyle you opt for, make sure you are completely happy with it and you are sure to dazzle at your winter wedding day!