When you were little, you dreamed of having the perfect wedding. Now that you’re all grown up, there’s no reason that you can’t have it, no matter the season.
If you’ve chosen a winter date for your wedding ceremony, you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll show you how to plan the perfect winter wedding. Keep reading to get our top ten tips.
Tip #1 – Consider the Weather
Winter weather can be unpredictable no matter where you live. Here in the Midwest, we have a history of sometimes unpredictable snow and ice during the winter months , so an outdoor wedding may not be the best idea. However, an indoor venue can offer a warm and cozy atmosphere in which to share your nuptials.
Tip #2 – Don’t Ignore the Winter Holidays
There are so many holidays between November and February, it may be difficult to find a date that is completely separate from holiday festivities. Instead of ignoring the holidays, you may find it best to incorporate some of the festivities into your wedding celebration.
A harvest theme would be ideal in November, red and green or even buffalo plaid would make for a gorgeous December wedding, and shades of blue and lavender would add to the winter wonderland feel of January. If you push your wedding into February, Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras lend inspiration to your color scheme.
Tip #3 – Embrace a Winter Color Palette
While you may choose traditional red and green for a December wedding or even a “Winter White” color palette, there are much more exciting winter wedding ideas from which to choose.
Icy blues and silver or a combination of pale lavender shades give an elegant, icy feel. Shades of beige, gold, and green give off a warm, sophisticated vibe. Jewel tones like emerald, sapphire, plum, and ruby set the perfect mood for an intimate ceremony while earthy berry tones bring out the natural beauty of the season.
Tip #4 – Choose Weather-Appropriate Bridesmaids & Groomsmen Attire
Even when choosing an indoor venue, you want to make sure that your bridesmaids and groomsmen are dressed appropriately for the season. You don’t want them shivering while trying to take outdoor pictures. Long-sleeves, three-quarter sleeves, or appropriate accessories like a faux fur wrap will have your ladies looking lovely while keeping them warm.
For the guys, a nice wool suit is a classic choice. Or be bold with a sweater vest or winter scarf in a coordinating color.
Tip #5 – Choose Your Dress Wisely
Consider wearing a full-length, long-sleeve dress for your winter wedding. There are styles to fit every silhouette including illusion and lace sleeves as well as high lace necklines. Make a statement by adding a trendy accessory like a fur stole, a statement coat, or a white cape.
Tip #6 – Make the Most of Your Makeup
Whether you utilize a professional makeup artist or not, there are a few things to keep in mind about your makeup. Great makeup starts with a great skin care regimen.
Be sure that you’re using quality skin care products focused on hydration. This step shouldn’t be overlooked as it will give you a flawless palette to begin your makeup.
With a hydrated palette, winter wedding makeup begs for a smokey eye. Use a shimmer eye shadow for an even more dramatic flair. And to top it off, consider a bold lip color like a bright red or a deep burgundy.
Tip #7 – Use In-Season Florals
Conserve your budget by choosing florals that are in season. While you may think there is nothing blooming in the winter, that’s not true at all. Use poinsettias for a pop of bold color or stick to traditional whites using roses, gardenia, and Queen Anne’s lace.
Evergreens are abundant in the winter and make a gorgeous accent to your floral decor. Pine, cedar, fir are readily available, but boxwood, rosemary, ivy, and scented geranium are more unique options. Add a pop of color with hypericum berries, pink pepper berries, or tallow berries.
Tip #8 – Consider a Seasonal Cake Flavor
The wedding cake is the focal point of the wedding reception spread. Consider surprising your guests with something other than the traditional almond cake. Flavors like gingerbread, chocolate peppermint, or eggnog creme would make for an unforgettable dessert.
Tip #9 – Professional Photography is Worth the Investment
Many brides have regretted their attempt at being budget savvy by allowing Uncle Bob to be their wedding photography when Uncle Bob’s only qualification is that he has an expensive camera. This is not the area to cut corners.
When the day is done, you’ll only have your memories and photographs. You don’t have to hire the most expensive photographer, but make sure you choose an experienced professional with great customer reviews. Our website includes a list of some of our favorite photographers.
Tip #10 – Get the Most From Your Venue
Okay, so this tip probably should’ve been number one since it really is the most important tip we can give you. The venue matters and you should book it as soon as you begin your wedding planning, or you may be disappointed to find your date isn’t available.
When choosing a venue, look for the one that fits your style as well as your budget. For a winter wedding, consider an indoor location so that the weather isn’t an issue. An all-inclusive location that offers a wedding coordinator, ceremony location, and ballroom for your reception will save you much stress as your big day approaches.
We Know How to Plan the Perfect Winter Wedding
With more than 10,000 nuptial celebrations to our credit, our friendly and experienced staff here at The Madison Event Center know how to plan the perfect winter wedding. Our three ceremony room options and six indoor ballrooms for your reception are sure to satisfy your budget and style while providing everything you need for a memorable celebration.
Let us help you plan the perfect winter wedding. Contact us today to schedule a private tour.