Winter weddings: 21 ideas for the perfect winter wonderland wedding
Roaring log fires, Christmas trees and (if you’re lucky) a blanket of snow on your way to the altar. Who wouldn’t want a winter wedding?
If you’ve chosen a winter wedding for your big day, here are our favourite ideas to turn your nuptials into the perfect wonderland setting.
1. Add a jumper to your wedding outfit, à la Olivia Palermo.
Because a wedding dress doesn’t have to be a dress anymore… Olivia raised a few eyebrows back in June when she tweeted these adorable pics of her wedding get-up: a magical three-piece ensemble by Carolina Herrera.
For her wedding to model/hunk Johannes Huebl, Olivia teamed a cream jumper with white shorts and a full tulle skirt overlay. For footwear (and her something blue) she chose her faithful deep blue Manolo Blahniks. Who says bridalwear can’t be daywear? OP, we salute you.
2. Hand blankets out to your guests for the evening
Practical outfits for a winter wedding are few and far between, so cosy blankets will be a God-send to your guests after a couple of hours freezing their way through the ceremony. Pick throws in your scheme colours and bunch them into a crate for a rustic, welcoming look at the reception.
They can also come in handy for the photos if the weather takes a turn for the worse…
3. Choose ice queen make-up.
Pearly shades and a natural base make your skin gleam and looks stunning against a white dress. Ask your make-up artist to use silver liner in the corner of your eye and pearly shades on your lips and nails. Keep the rest of your make-up neutral.
4. Add snow to your dress.
You can’t guarantee the white stuff on your big day, but you can add some to your dress…
This creation by Zuhair Murad’s fall-winter 2014-2015 Haute Couture fashion colllection in Paris treads the line between princess and ice queen perfectly. The blackest-of-black eye make-up and minimal jewelry (only your engagement ring required) sets off the theme in dramatic style.
5. Give your guests hot chocolate or mulled wine instead of champagne when they get to the reception.
When you’ve just spent hours waiting in the cold, who wants a glass of bubbly to make you even colder? Rich hot chocolate or mulled wine in clear glasses adds an unusual touch, makes it easier for your guests during the wedding photos and lines your stomach, too.
6. Embrace the weather…
A winter wedding means few guarantees from Mother Nature but if the worst does happen, just go with it like Sheffield couple Richard and Katy did when the heavens opened during their ceremony.
Photographer Jon Dennis said: ‘I’m not really sure I have the words to correctly describe Katy and Richard’s wedding.
‘What started as a seemingly normal and lovely wedding, quickly turned into a wedding disaster, and then turned into probably one of the most special and memorable days I’ll ever be part of.
‘Maybe next time when you think a wedding nightmare is the flowers being the wrong colour, or the weather being “too hot”, or hair being not quite so perfect, remember these two and how they embraced a real wedding disaster. People make a wedding, not the weather, the flowers, the photos, the food. The people.’
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