A winter wedding has its own unique charm and special qualities that set it apart from weddings held in other seasons.
What makes a winter wedding special, you may ask?
For one, winter weddings often evoke a magical and romantic atmosphere. The crisp air, early sunsets, and the coziness of indoor venue spaces contribute to a fairy-tale ambiance.
This allows for distinctive decor choices. You can incorporate seasonal elements like evergreen branches, pinecones, candles, and twinkle lights (yes, all of the lights!) to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Unique flowers are in season during the winter, such as amaryllis, anemones, and holly berries. These can be incorporated into bouquets, centerpieces, and other floral arrangements, adding a seasonal and distinctive touch.
And the food! Winter weddings have the unique ability to feature comfort foods and hot beverages. Some couples opt for hot cocoa stations or mulled wine, soups, roasts, and warm desserts. It can even be fun to add a s’more roasting fire pit site!
From a practical perspective, winter is considered the ‘off-season’ for weddings, which may result in more availability for venues and vendors. Couples might find it easier to secure their desired location and services during this time.
If you are one of the brides looking to plan a magical winter wedding, you have come to the right place! Here are our tips for planning the ultimate winter wedding.
1. Choose the Right Venue:
Opt for a venue with indoor and outdoor options in case the weather is too cold. Diamond A Ranch is the perfect venue, given the four wedding ceremony locations available, and our flexibility in moving locations indoors if weather becomes limiting.
Additionally, our indoor reception space, The Saloon, is breathtaking and cozy for those cold winter evenings.
2. Set the Date:
Pick a date that aligns with the winter season but avoids major holidays. Be mindful of guests who may be traveling in with potential weather challenges or prior holiday obligations.
3. Invitation Notes:
Include a note on your invitation about the weather and dress code, especially if the ceremony or any part of the celebration will be outdoors.
It is also a good idea to send your save-the-dates particularly early, as your guests’ calendars will fill up quickly during the holiday season.
4. Dress for the Season:
Choose a wedding dress with long sleeves or consider a stylish cover-up (so many fun options in the winter!). The groom can opt for a suit with heavier fabrics, and you can both consider warm accessories like shawls, gloves, or more.
You can also set up a coat check for your guests, so they are not lugging heavy coats around all evening. After all, your winter wedding should still have a rockin’ dance floor!
5. Cozy Decor:
If it fits your vibe, embrace winter-themed decor with elements like pinecones, evergreen branches, candles, and fairy lights. Some fun colors to incorporate include deep reds, emerald greens, or navy blues.
6. Winter Flowers:
Select flowers that are in season, such as amaryllis, anemones, or winter berries. Add touches of greenery to create a natural and seasonal look.
7. Warm Beverages:
Set up a hot cocoa or mulled wine station for guests to enjoy. Consider a signature winter cocktail for a festive touch. Spiked eggnog, anyone?
8. Comfortable Seating:
If you have an outdoor ceremony, you can provide blankets or shawls for guests and may even invest in, or rent, portable heaters.
Take advantage of the early sunset with romantic lighting. Consider string lights, lanterns, or candles to create a warm ambiance. Illuminate pathways for safety, especially if there's potential for ice.
10. Seasonal Menu:
Plan a menu featuring hearty and warm dishes, such as soups, roasts, and seasonal vegetables. Consider a winter-themed wedding cake or dessert bar.
Embrace the winter landscape for stunning photo opportunities. Coordinate with your photographer for creative shots (there’s plenty of creative opportunity at Diamond A Ranch!). Depending on the time of your ceremony, you may opt to start photos earlier in the day to make use of natural lighting.
Consider winter-themed favors like personalized ornaments, hot cocoa mixes, or cozy blankets. Hot chocolate “bombs” can also be a unique idea.
Arrange transportation with winter conditions in mind. Provide guests with clear directions and information about any potential weather-related delays.
14. Plan for the Weather:
Have a backup plan for outdoor activities in case of inclement weather. Keep guests informed about any changes due to weather conditions.
15. Honeymoon Planning:
Perhaps one of the most fun planning elements! Choose a honeymoon destination that complements the winter season, such as a snowy mountain retreat or a cozy cabin. OR, if you are a beach babe, then a honeymoon in the Southern Hemisphere can be even more satisfying after a winter wedding.
Remember to enjoy the planning process, and embrace the unique charm that a winter wedding can offer. Diamond A Ranch is here to help you navigate the season so that you can enjoy the magic.
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