My fiancé and I have always loved the winter months. We are huge outdoorsy people and love skiing, hiking and all the fun outdoor things that winter brings. With that being said, we really want to have a winter wedding. Is this a good idea? Would you be able to help us with some ideas for the day? Any advice would be appreciated.
– Wendy Winterlover
Winter weddings in Saskatchewan used to be a taboo happening. They are now becoming the trend. It’s a great time for a wedding for a few reasons. Since the season is a little slower, you are guaranteed to book all of the venues and vendors that are first on your list. Also, you know that your friends and family are excited to attend a wedding that won’t take up one of the coveted summer weekends. Your winter wedding will be a whole lot cooler (see what we did there?) with the help of a few of our ideas.
Velvet: Things in the winter months get cozy, and the coziest of fabrics is velvet. It can be incorporated in the groom’s attire in the form of his jacket or shoes. The bride can also have a touch of this luxurious fabric in the ribbon that wraps around her bouquet.
Guests: There are so many fun things that you can do with your guests in the winter. Set up a hot chocolate table for everyone to enjoy during cocktail hour or after supper. Create an outdoor fire pit for people to gather around. Organize some of those winter activities that you and your fiancé like to do and set them up for your guests – tobogganing and skating are two that come to mind. You could also have your guests take a sleigh ride (like in the movies, with the horses and hay bales and hot chocolate).
Colors: Everything in the winter gets very ‘rich’. Jewel tones and golds are very present at this time of year. These colors will look great everywhere, from your bridesmaids straight through to your table runners.
Greenery: Something very easy to use in decorating, centerpieces or your bouquet are cedar and evergreen branches. They are both fragrant and pleasing to the eye.
Decor: Ice sculptures might be a cool idea, or consider creating some large blocks of ice with flowers or greenery in them. Use them instead of floral arrangements outside to greet your guests at your reception or ceremony. You can even place them on the bar.
Ceremony: Embrace the season and get married in the elements. Find a beautiful outdoor location, surrounded by evergreens and your closest friends and family, and say your I do’s.
Wendy, this list should make you just as excited about winter weddings as we are. We also hope that we have helped jump start your planning process.
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