Who says you have to get married during the summer? Winter has plenty to offer as well, as more and more couples are discovering. So many are now considering winter because the season tends to be easier to book prime locations – as long as you avoid the holiday rush, of course. Winter also tends to be less expensive in terms of arranging catering, getting flowers, and so forth.
The key to a memorable winter wedding is to embrace the winter weather rather than simply tolerating it. We have put together a list of five hot ideas that make it possible to do just that. All of these things are trending right now in the winter wedding arena.
1. Bring the Outdoors In
Bringing the outdoors into your reception says you are thrilled to be embracing winter for your wedding. Now, we are by no means suggesting that you open all the windows and doors and turn off the heat. We are suggesting an elegant ice sculpture as the centrepiece of the wedding party table. The guest tables can be accented with smaller sculptures or less expensive crystal or glass replicas.
Consider decorating the reception hall with strings of white lights and hanging icicles. If the venue will allow it, frosting the windows with decorative snow is also very nice.
2. Pre-Reception Drinks
That point when all of your guests are waiting in the reception hall while you take pictures is the time that most couples spend a lot of money on the open bar. You may still choose to offer a bar, but why not consider adding appropriate winter drinks? For example, a mug of hot chocolate spiced with a bit of rum is perfect for cold winter evenings. Straight hot chocolate for the kids also works well, along with hot toddies, hot and spiced cider, and even a designer eggnog or two. Hot drinks are a perfect way to keep your guests warm and relaxed.
3. A Black Tie Affair
Few people ever have the experience of attending a genuine black tie affair complete with tuxedos and formal gowns. But given that winter is the season when people wear heavier, darker clothing to stay warm, a winter wedding is more than suitable as a black-tie event. You can even use a very formal and elegant invitation design to seal the deal. Your guests will feel part of an exclusive gathering that could very well be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Complete the black-tie wedding with a cocktail hour prior to the reception, the formal announcement of guests as they arrive, and perhaps even a red carpet leading the way into the reception hall.
4. Make the Music Different
Any wedding reception can include a DJ or a wedding party band; why not do something different to set your winter wedding apart? If you choose a black-tie affair, a string quartet or soloist can set the mood for a memorable evening. Create a livelier ambiance by hiring an acapella group that can combine both winter music and the latest pop or jazz favourites.
The idea of the winter wedding is to make it something people truly enjoy rather than just another event that forces them to leave the comfort of their homes during the cold winter weather. Make it special. Make it unique. Make it all yours.
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