Planning your Winter Wedding Part 1

There is something especially romantic about a winter wedding. The crisp edge of the weather can be balanced out with muted, pastel tones that have a subtle darkness of charcoal and light grey tones weaved through.  A winter wedding can transport guests to a far away destination in their mind just like a summer wedding can make guests feel like they are on a seaside vacation.

There are many ways you can create a feeling of warmth when the weather is anything but.

Think log fires, charcoal, smokers cooking a banquet feast, scents of cinnamon and spice, warm, textured rugs to warm guests as well as cushions and soft, layered fabrics on the floors and draped over lounge chairs.

An abundance of candles and light from coals burning can create a sense of warmth and homeliness that makes guests feel comfortable and relaxed.

For outdoor weddings under a marquee consider using turf or layering large Persian rugs to prevent the ground feeling damp and to create a feeling of warmth under guest’s feet.

More so than probably any other season, styling winter weddings can require serious consideration of weather changes and how the dropping temperature and potential wind and rain can affect elements of your day.

Branches that have lost their leaves can create an ethereal centre piece with the negative space becoming a key feature whilst incorporating the winter theme.

 

Branch table arrangement. Photography by Deborah Zoe Photography via Pinterest.
Branch table arrangement. Photography by Deborah Zoe Photography via Pinterest.

 

Anything that is relatively light has the potential to blow over or out. Consider heavy stones to keep vases sturdy on tables, put candles in high glassed vessels and ensure anything that is likely to flap around (table cloths) are pinned down.

I asked Catherine, Floral Designer and owner of Woods and Bloom, her thoughts and tips on hosting a winter wedding and she has some fantastic pointers as well as sharing her favourite winter flowers and foliage.

1. Do you have any tips for wedding flowers/greenery and wet and wild weather?

I usually advise people wanting outdoor wedding sites to have a back up plan indoors. When they’re choosing floral decor make sure it can adapt to both spaces. For instance if you’re having an arch make sure it’s not dependent on being pushed into the dirt and can free stand indoors.

Greenery needs to be chosen considering the location, time of day amount of light and wind. Sunshine in the middle of the day is probably harder to deal with than gentle rain.
Another hint is when picking a photographer check if they’ve done weddings in the rain before. I’ve seen some really special shots taken where raindrops look like crystal confetti because of the lighting used.
I’d consider jungle greens or sculptural strong leaves like magnolias or cymbidium orchids and proteas as  probably holding the best in rain.
Woods and Bloom. Photography by Carla Busk, Elkie and Fox
Woods and Bloom. Photography by Carla Busk, Elkie and Fox
2. What are your favourite winter flowers/greenery to use in wedding arrangements?
Winter greenery. I love cypress, especially grey green cypress mixed with mossy branches and twigs. I like keeping the textures interesting so I try to contrast it with ivy and fern and brezilla.
As a winter flower I love Cymbidium orchids, especially. They’re so sleek and sculptural. They go really well with Blushing Bride Protea. They play well together!
Photography @chestertonsmithphotography Florals @woodsandbloom Gowns and Accessories @erinclarecouture Hair @bysarahjane Makeup @tfmakeup Venue The Woombye Chapel Models - Lauren Wheately Monique Turner Concept, styling & coordination Joelle Guillard @bridestree
Image from The Brides Tree Winter Shoot courtesy of Woods and Bloom – Photography @chestertonsmithphotography,
Florals @woodsandbloom, Gowns and Accessories @erinclarecouture,
Hair @bysarahjane, Makeup @tfmakeup, Venue The Woombye Chapel,
Models – Lauren Wheately, Monique Turner, Concept, styling & coordination Joelle Guillard @bridestree

Next week I have some more winter wedding tips this time from the Creative Director/Founder of The I Do Crew and Director of Education at The Australian Academy of Wedding and Event Planning, Christine Ligthart.

For more winter wedding inspiration check out my other blog posts here , here and here.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Planning your Winter Wedding Part 1

  1. What a beautiful read. There is something very special about winter weddings! The flower arrangements featured are stunning.

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