16 Festive Winter Wedding Ideas

Read our winter styling ideas below for a romantic wedding with bits of holiday cheer and TONS of personality!

Maybe it's the holidays, but lately we've been dreaming of unique and cozy winter weddings.The gorgeous (possibly snowy) backdrops, whimsical decor, hot signature drinks, and festive wedding favors have us wishing we could do it all over again in winter. Did we mention how much you can save with off­peak rates? Yup, they’re pretty AND budget­ friendly. Seriously, could winter weddings get any cooler?

01. Winter Foliage

Winter Wedding
Sarah Winward

Summer florals may be hard to come by, but have you seen the elegant option of fresh greenery? They are a beautiful choice that don’t cost a fortune. Go wild with pillar candles in varying heights to add to the intimacy of the evening.

02. Jingle Bells

Wedding bells
Jessica Sloane

These gold bells are a creative and festive way to revamp the ol’ rice toss tradition or seating cards.

03. Branching Out

Branch on a plate
Wedding Chicks

Another alternative to summer florals? Decorating the table with elegant (and cost­effective) branches for a subtle wintry touch.

04. Baby It’s Cold Outside

Monika Hibbs

While you might be up for embracing the freezing temps, your guests might not be so well inclined. Offer blankets so guests can stay warm and bundled up into the night.

05. Some Like It Hot

Skip the icy cocktails and opt for aromatic and hot signature drinks like hot apple cider and warm mulled wine. Have a DIY hot cocoa station as a super cozy and tasty activity for guests.

06. Get Cozy

Wedding Chicks

Embrace the oh ­so ­cozy winter setting by dressing up your reception chairs in blankets.

07. Ante Up

Burnetts Boards

Go for a rustic wintry look by incorporating antlers into your wedding, whether it’s part of the ceremony backdrop or escort cards.

08. Mad for Monogram

Monogrammed PJ’s
Lilac Saloon

The usual bridesmaid gifts like beach bags and sunglasses can be swapped for cozy monogrammed PJ’s, sweaters, and throws that your bridesmaids are sure to love and use for years to come.

09. Wood Charger Plates

Winter table setting
Elizabeth Anne

Upgrade your winter table setting with wood chargers that create a natural, rustic feel. The simple (and great smelling) cinnamon sticks add a festive touch!

10. Cookie Cutter Escort Cards

Cookie cutters

Your wedding is no cookie­ cutter celebration, especially when you use these cute and whimsical cookie cutter escort cards!

11. Winter­ themed Desserts

Nothing says winter like a grand selection of pretty desserts. Go for elegant gold or full­on festive wedding desserts that are inspired by the season with greenery, cinnamon sticks, marzipan cut­outs, or snow­like frosting. (via Elizabeth Anne Designs) (via My Name is Yeh) (via Looks Like White) (via Linda Lomelino)

12. White Out

Solange’s white wedding

Yup, we’re still SO in love with Solange’s white wedding (which was in winter BTW!). Take a style cue from the singer who had a daring all ­white dress code and pure white decor at her understated wintry wedding.

13. Birch Paper Straws

Birch Paper Straws
Rylee Hitchner Blog

It’s all in the details with wedding styling. These birch paper straws fit perfectly with the rustic feel of a winter wedding.

14. NYE Bash

Ruffled Blog

If you’ve chosen a December 31st wedding, give your guests plenty of party favors to ring in the new year like gold masks, sparklers, and confetti poppers.

15. Mason Jar Favors

Mason jar of red velvet cake

Give a jar of red velvet cake or s’mores ingredients for guests to take home as wedding favors.

16. Pets Included

Don’t forget to let your pet in on the cold­ weather festivities! Dress your pet in a cozy sweater or a tasteful green wreath for added winter charm.

Hey Wedding Lady
Elizabeth Anne Designs

What winter wedding ideas will you try for your big day? Tell us in the comments below!


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