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Winter wedding ideas and themes

Get inspiration for winter weddings and ideas for winter themed wedding receptions

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Winter is a magical time of year; a time of wonder, quiet beauty and celebration.  When you have a winter wedding, you can incorporate all of the magical elements of winter into your winter themed wedding reception and ceremony.  Whether you go for a wedding decorated with winter whites or you embrace the holidays with a wedding reminiscent of a Victorian Christmas, there are lots of winter wedding ideas and themes that you can use to create the perfect setting for your nuptials.    

Details that would seem out of place at a spring wedding add warmth and elegance to winter themed wedding receptions.  Rich winter wedding décor can take advantage of materials like metallic glitter, velvet, evergreen boughs, pinecones, lace snowflakes and glass tree ornaments. 

Have fun with these elements and other winter wedding ideas as you plan your winter themed wedding reception.


Winter Wedding Ideas and themes

Even though it’s cold outside, there are lots of ways to bring warmth and creativity into winter weddings.  As start looking for winter wedding ideas, let the season guide you – think snow, festive holidays and glitzy metallics.  Read on for a bunch of winter wedding ideas that you can use for your winter theme wedding reception and ceremony.  Pick and choose from the ideas below or use the entire theme for your winter wedding. 

winter themed wedding reception, winter wedding ideas, winter weddingsWinter Themed Snowfall Wedding

The winter wedding ideas used for this theme are based around the magic of winter snow.  Use snowflakes, snow covered trees and icicles as inspiration.  Colors are cool shades of blue, cream, white and silver.  Invitations are printed on light blue cardstock with silver ink.  Wedding invitations can be further themed with snowflake imprints and by adding a small handful of snowflake confetti to each envelope. 

Centerpieces can be white carnations bound tightly in vases with snowflake confetti and tall cream colored taper candles surrounding each vase.  Wedding favors are snowflake shaped sugar cookies decorated with blue icing and silver dragees or silver Jordan almonds in white lace bags.


Winter White Wedding

Ideas for this winter wedding are cool and dreamy.  Colors for this wedding are white, cream and shades of grey or silver.  Wedding stationery should be crisp white or cream colored with silver ink.  Centerpieces can be silver vases filled with baby’s breath en masse dotted with white stephanotis.  Décor for this winter wedding includes white tulle bows around chairs, baby’s breath wreaths, and tall white tapers in silver candlesticks.  Favors ideas for this wedding are white truffles in silver boxes with white ribbon or mini silver plated photo frames.


Holiday Celebration Wedding

Instead of using both typical holiday colors – green and red, pick just one and then coordinate with white, silver or gold.  Wedding invitations can be deep green or red cardstock printed with silver, gold or white ink.  Décor includes many evergreen wreaths, bows tied around doors and vases filled with red roses.  Centerpieces are low bowls filled with ball ornaments, surrounded by bow-tied candles.  Favors are glass ornaments or wrapped boxes filled with mint ribbon candy.  For a fun take on table numbers, use the themes for the 12 Days of Christmas (like “Two turtle doves”) as table names.


Winter Forest Themed Weddingwinter wedding decorations, winter themed wedding reception, winter wedding

For this winter wedding, ideas are inspired by an enchanted snow covered forest.  Colors of white, silver, green, brown and pink or lavender dominate the palette.  Stationery is forest green or white cardstock with silver ink. Décor includes Evergreen wreaths and garlands accented with white ribbon, pink roses and pinecones. 

Favors ideas are donations to the Arbor Association or miniature pines for guests to take home and plant.  The names of various evergreen trees (like Spruce and Pine) can be used to identify tables in lieu of table numbers. 

Whether you choose to use just a few of these winter wedding ideas or an entire theme for your event, you’re sure to have a magical winter wedding that you’ll remember for many years to come.