While many brides dream of having a breezy, spring wedding on a perfect day in April, others pursue after a wintry, wonderland wedding a few weeks before Christmas! While outdoor and spring weddings seem to be more popular these days in terms of their nice, outdoor weather and availability from guests, this does not mean winter weddings should be put on the back burner!
There are the pros and cons of summer and spring weddings, just like there are pros and cons with winter weddings. Winter weddings can be complicated when it comes to appropriate weather for taking pictures outside, snowy conditions that can cause problems, and some guests not having off of work as they would in the summer. Another problem that arises is how cold it can be outside.
But the great thing about winter weddings is the ability to snuggle up next to your loved ones and enjoy the chilly weather together as you celebrate love! If you are a bride that is concerned about having a cold wedding, there are many unique ways to warm up your special day! Take some of these suggestions into consideration when planning out your winter wonderland wedding.
1. Hot chocolate and tea at the reception!
When your guests arrive at your reception, have hot tea and hot chocolate prepared for the cocktail hour to warm up your guests’ spirits! For the hot chocolate, have different kinds of hot chocolate available for brewing, different toppings like marshmallows and chocolate shavings, and whipped cream to top it off! For tea, have several different types of tea with hot water, as well as honey and creamer to add!
2. Have blankets ready for your guests!
Blankets are not only great for outdoor fall weddings, but are awesome for winter weddings as well! Whether it be for the guests to use when driving to the reception venue, inside during the ceremony, or for the bridal party in between pictures, blankets make for a great keepsake and favor!
3. If Christmas is around the corner, incorporate mistletoe!
While mistletoe does not provide physical warmth, this Christmas accent is great for any wedding close to the holiday! Raise your guests’ spirits and passion by having a hanging mistletoe, either at the ceremony or at the reception entrance. This small element will truly make guests smile, and kiss!
4. A fire for true warmth.
What better way to warm up your wedding than with a fireplace? Whether it be in the reception hall to warm up your guests or behind you and your honey at your sweetheart table, having a fire in a fireplace will make anyone want to snuggle up next to their significant other on this special day.
5. Shawls and fur wraps for the bride.
Winter weddings can be brutal when it comes to taking pictures outside with your spouse, bridal party, and family. So whether it be just for you as the bride or for all of your bridesmaids as well, having a fur wrap, shawl, or colored cardigan is a great way to warm you up in between shots, as well as warm up and enhance your photos!
6. Soup for the supper!
When it comes to looking at dinner options for you and your guests, there is a widespread of options available for you! But one thing that could hit just the spot for your guests is soup. Whether you have one flavor of soup as a soup and salad ordeal before the meal, or you have a buffet style soup bar with many different flavors of soup, this hot treat could be just what your friends and family need to warm them up on a cold, snowy day!
7. S’mores Bar for dessert? I think yes!
While roasting s’mores over a campfire is definitely a summer thing, a s’mores bar is the perfect alternative to cake! Besides, if you are looking for a way to incorporate a little summer into your wedding, this is the perfect way to do so! Allow your guests to roast, create, and build their own perfect s’more! This is also a great way to please the little ones at your wedding that want some yummy marshmallows and chocolate!