With Christmas around the corner, and the official start of winter, I’m in the mood to chat about winter wedding inspiration!
Winter weddings hold a special place in my heart because as a Tahoe Wedding Photographer, a majority of my weddings are in the summer – so a winter wedding offers unique weather, landscapes, color palettes and interesting textures that differ from the summer looks.
5 Must Haves for a winter wedding
1) Textures and Layers
A variety of textiles works well with winter weddings – from flowy layers to thick textures. Think velvet, corduroy, plaid, lace and chiffon. It also makes perfect sense to incorporate layers of different textiles because you need to keep warm outdoors, and comfy indoors.
For the grooms, I adore this velvet jacket tux from The Black Tux. It’s the perfect texture for a winter wedding. And especially in Lake Tahoe, a velvet jacket can keep a groom comfortably warm throughout the day and evening. The Black Tux Tuxedos and Suits page even offers plaid suits, which I think is absolutely amazing.
And for the brides, I am such a sucker for a long, sleek winter gown with long sleeves and swooping or deep V neckline, like the Vania gown by Provonias, or the Arcelia gown by Watters. And to make sure you stay warm as a winter bride, a fur shawl or shrug is the perfect addition to your winter wedding ensemble. You can also incorporate fur into your ceremony or reception decor, to dress up seating and more!
Another great use of textiles is in ribbon, for your bouquet for example. I love the look of long, flowing, draping ribbon. This cream bouquet of roses is also beautiful for a winter wedding because it’s classic, elegant and neutral.
Truly, don’t be afraid to mix and match textures!
2) Deep & Bold Colors
The thing I love most about winter weddings is the ability to incorporate deep, moody colors. I love dark emerald green, and deep burgundy, or navy and royal blues. Especially when used with muted colors, deep and bold colors can add an amazing pop to your winter wedding color scheme.
3) Cozy Warm Ambiance
When it’s cold outside, a winter wedding should be warm and inviting. Candles, and Edison bulbs are the perfect way to create a warmly lit ambiance at your reception. Don’t be afraid to get crazy with candles, by the way. It makes for an amazingly romantic ambiance, especially for your indoor winter wedding reception.
4) Winter Foliage
A winter wedding doesn’t look quite right when forcing your florist to use summer blooms. Allow your florist the freedom of selecting winter blooms and foliage that work alongside your winter wedding look. This incredible cascading wedding bouquet by A Floral Affair features differing green foliage and lovely white blooms for a neutral, yet dramatic, statement piece.
Another winter wedding favorite of mine is the addition of fruit or vegetables to your winter foliage! Think pears and asparagus (like in the centerpiece above by A Floral Affair) berries or artichokes!
5) Pops of Glitz & Glamour
Your winter wedding will be complete with pops of glitz and glamour. Whether it’s your jewelry, or reception centerpieces that feature metallic decor, sequins or other shiny additions, your wedding will feel elegant and glamorous with these small touches, especially when combined with the elements above. Go subtle, like with the boutonniere below, or go bold!
Thanks for checking out my 5 Winter Wedding Must Haves (2016 / 2017 Edition)! If you found this post helpful, or if you want to share some fun winter wedding ideas, please comment!
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