Winter Weddings and their Memorable Motifs

Winter Weddings and their Memorable Motifs

Winter wedding motifsSummer and fall are the most popular seasons associated with weddings, but winter weddings can have their own special magic to them. Instead of adopting floral shades like those who wed in warmer seasons, brides can bask in a winter wonderland of colors in what is often a more formal affair. Using white, silver or blue, and crystal in a snowy climate can add a majestic look to any wedding. Red can also be used as a tantalizing contrast in color alongside white, silver and crystal, but be careful — if you don’t want your wedding to come across as holiday themed, red and gold may be colors you want to stay away from or at least use cautiously. Winter decor often takes a less-is-more approach, but this doesn’t rule out ice sculptures and gorgeous centerpieces. A popular trend for winter weddings right now is making the event a black-tie affair. The cold weather lends itself to more formality (and more layers of clothing), matching the snow white atmosphere perfectly. You may even consider looking at wedding dresses with sleeves if your big day is going to be cold. Not all winter weddings take place in the snow, but the color themes mentioned above would work well in other cold atmospheres. Candlelight is especially prevalent in winter weddings and receptions, adding more ambience than during other months of the year. Winter wedding gowns can also have accessories you wouldn’t consider at other times, such as fur-lined gloves and scarves. As for flowers, popular winter wedding choices include red roses, amaryllis, white hydrangeas, and calla lilies. There are a variety of winter flowers to choose from, but these four often add the aesthetic a bride is looking for. One aspect you won’t want to overlook is the comfort of your guests. Since it is winter and much colder, keeping the wedding and reception warm but ventilated is key. The more people you have, the stuffier it is likely to become, so talk this over with the venue coordinator to ensure it is an enjoyable experience. Winter is often not the favorite choice for brides because the weather can be so unpredictable, so create contingency plans for however the weather might turn — rain, snow, wind, etc. — so your guests will be comfortable and not ruin their attire. When are winter weddings not a great idea? If many of your guests are traveling from out of state, their travel plans may be delayed or canceled if the weather gets too nasty. Older members of your family may have trouble getting there and back as well. So, consider your guest list and location before settling on what you want. Wedding insurance is an option if you are afraid the weather might cancel the event, but it’s best not to have to worry.
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