10 Tips for Hosting a Memorable Winter Wedding

Shying away from "wedding season" could make your event even more special.

From the venue, to the invitations, to all of the little details along the way, let the season inspire your fairy-tale nuptials.

Photo: Collin Pierson

Winter is a romantic time of year – after all, it is engagement season and a special time to spend with those you love. For couples who can't get enough of the wintertime, hosting a wedding with a wintry theme can be absolutely magical. When executed correctly, the cold weather and snow can add character and personality to your event, instead of hindering your celebration.

Play with cozy attire, rich-hued florals, and festive décor to create a unique wintertide event that will rival all of the spring and summer weddings you've attended over the years. From the venue, to the invitations, to all of the little details along the way, let the season inspire your fairy-tale nuptials.

Take a look at the 10 tips, below, which offer advice for hosting a memorable winter wedding:

1. Find the Perfect Winter Wedding Venue
winter wedding ideas and tips oheka castle wedding venue in winter snow
When looking for a winter wedding venue, remember to select a site that will be easy for guests to get to. Winter travel can be difficult in snowy conditions, so be sure guests of all ages have easy access to the location. Photo by Lauren Fair Photography; Venue: Oheka Castle

2. Set the Tone with Festive Invitations
Festive plaid winter wedding invitation suite
Though invitations for a winter wedding will be sent while the weather may still be warm, get guests excited by mailing festive invitation suites featuring holiday motifs, plaid ribbons, and even additions such as fake snow. Photo by Robyn Rachel Photography; Floral Design by HMR Designs

3. Select Your Dream Wedding Dress
Bride in white wedding dress with fur shawl
Winter weddings are the perfect opportunity to wear glamorous bridal gowns in luxurious, heavy fabrics as well as accessorize with chic faux fur wraps and shawls. Photo by Aaron Delesie Photographer

4. Coordinate Bridesmaids with the Theme
winter wedding ideas and tips bridesmaid dresses in sequin style faux fur shrug wrap
Bridesmaid attire should reflect the festive occasion! Dress your 'maids in sparkling gowns, choose gowns in holiday-inspired hues such as red or green, or add a wintry faux fur wrap. Photo by Studio This Is

5. Choose Wintry Flowers for Bouquets
White wedding bouquet with pinecones
White wedding bouquets are beautiful in any season. Add evergreen foliage, miniature pinecones, or red floral accents for a true wintry look. Photo by Robyn Rachel Photography; Floral Design by HMR Designs

6. Embrace the Chill for Your Ceremony
Winter outdoor snowy wedding ceremony
If you and your beloved are brave enough to have an outdoor winter wedding, your photos will be absolutely breathtaking. Just be sure to equip guests with warm blankets, and note the conditions on your wedding invitation. Photo by Handeland Tesoro Photography

7. Serve Warm Beverages at Cocktail Hour
Hot chocolate at winter wedding ceremony
Keep loved ones warm during the ceremony, at cocktail hour, and throughout the reception by offering hot chocolate or warm apple cider. Photo by Jay Lawrence Goldman Photography; Planning & Design by Levine Fox Events; Event Design by Revelry Event Designers; Invitations & Paper Goods by Lehr and Black

8. Have Fun with Your Décor
winter wedding ideas festive holiday theme for wedding reception red green
If the holidays are your favorite time of year, embrace the festive palette in your reception décor. Design centerpieces in red and green hues, decorate the space with Christmas trees, and fill the room with candlelight. Photo by Harwell Photography; Linens by Nüage Designs

9. Keep Guests Warm During the Reception
White blanket with plaid bow for wedding
Especially if your wedding is outdoors, be sure to offer some element of warmth for guests. Heaters are always a nice touch, but for winter weddings in warm-weather locations, providing blankets and pashminas is acceptable. Photo by Elizabeth Messina

10. Send Loved Ones Home with Tasty Treats
Sugar cookies with Christmas decorations
Nothing says the holidays quite like your favorite sweet treats. Send loved ones home with extra desserts as wedding favors. You can even decorate sugar cookies with festive designs or your wedding monogram. Photo by Robyn Rachel Photography; Floral Design by HMR Designs

For more winter wedding ideas, view some of our favorite real weddings that embraced the cold weather and take a peek at the Winter 2020 issue of Inside Weddings, on newsstands now! If you've recently said "I do," we want to see your wedding events. Submit your engagement party, bridal shower, or wedding here.