Though many couples choose to say "I do" in the spring, summer, or even fall months, some brides and grooms choose to embrace the cold weather and host a winter wedding! Wintry celebrations often feature white and silver color schemes, evergreen and pinecone accents, or even festive transportation such as a horse-drawn carriage.
If you've always wanted to have a winter wedding, don't let the weather scare you. Your wedding planner will have many ideas on how to make the event a success, regardless of chilly temperatures or snow. Add romantic candlelight to keep guests warm, serve up warm apple cider and hot chocolate, and instead of pashminas, offer faux fur blankets for loved ones to stay cozy. The options are endless!
Take a look at some of our favorite real weddings that took place in the middle of winter, below, and be inspired by snowy outdoor ceremonies, holiday-themed receptions, and celebrations inspired by snowfall. Click the images or titles for more information about these winter weddings!
Outdoor Winter Wedding Ceremony in Deer Valley, Utah
This couple, who met in Miami, Florida and resides in Laguna Beach, California, chose a five-star ski resort as the location of their winter nuptials. The brave duo held their snowy ceremony outdoors and provided warm fur blankets for guests. A horse-drawn sleigh whisked the couple away to the indoor reception, which was decorated with cozy décor in a rich color scheme accented with pinecones. Photos by Handeland Tesoro Photography; Consulting by Alex Events
Wintry Wedding in Chicago with Icy Blue Lighting
This Chicago couple held their wedding reception at an extravagant venue with high ceilings. The bride was inspired to recreate the romance and lightness that comes with the idea of falling snow, so icy blue lighting illuminated the space and a projection of snow flurries added an exquisite ambience to the space. Loved ones left wishes for the bride and groom on pieces of snow white paper in the shape of snowflakes. Photos by Bob & Dawn Davis Photography
Holiday-Inspired Décor at a San Diego Wedding
Since the groom proposed to his beloved on the top of a mountain during a heli-skiing trip in Park City, Utah, the couple recreated a cozy atmosphere for their Southern California wedding. The groom and his groomsmen wore boutonnieres fashioned out of sprigs of evergreen trees and miniature pinecones, which complimented bridesmaids' bouquets. Woodsy accents decorated the reception space, which included a large Christmas tree and plenty of candlelight. Photos by Dalal Photography; Consulting by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants; Rentals by Revelry Event Designers
Classic White Winter Wedding in Napa Valley
Since the bride had always dreamed of having a winter wedding, but the couple didn't want all of their guests to have to travel to Aspen, they created a wintry setting in California's wine country. The indoor ceremony featured arrangements of branches draped with roses and crystals, and as the bride and groom were pronounced husband and wife, loved ones showered them with "snowflakes." A stone fireplace provided a cozy ambience for the reception, and a sparkling cake was decorated with silver snowflakes. Photos by Cooper Carras Photography; Consulting by Levine Fox Events; Aisle runner by The Original Runner Company
Glam New Year's Eve Wedding in Oklahoma
To create wintry décor for their winter wedding, this bride and groom decorated the church with fresh leaf garlands and wreaths, as well as a Christmas tree. A tented reception space was decorated with glistening sequined linens and homey crystal lamps with silk shades. As a holiday gift for each wedding attendee, the couple wrote individual notes to each guest to make sure they knew they appreciated their presence. Photos by Liz Banfield & Adrienne Page
White Winter Wedding with Rich Red Accents
For a sophisticated white wedding in the wintertime, look to this Orthodox Jewish couple who married in Southern California. The bride wore a white long-sleeved wedding dress and carried a holiday-hued crimson bouquet. Décor for the outdoor ceremony and indoor reception featured elegant white and ivory details with plenty of textural elements. Photos by John Solano Photography; Floral design and rentals by The Hidden Garden; Rentals by Revelry Event Designers
Actor Jared Padalecki's Winter Wedding in Sun Valley, Idaho
Following actor Jared Padalecki and actress Genevieve Cortese's engagement, the couple dreamed of having a wedding with an outdoorsy feel in the bride's hometown of Sun Valley, Idaho. Wedding details were based off of the landscape of the location, as well as the winter sports the couple enjoys. Bridesmaids wore Ugg boots with Sun Valley patches, guests found their place settings on "ski lift" tickets, and custom drink coasters were designed to look like vintage ski patches. Photos by Kirsten Schultz; Bridal gown by Monique Lhuillier
Would you host a wedding with a winter theme? Let us know in the comments! To see more real weddings that took place in the winter months, click here. And visit our Winter Wedding Inspiration board on Pinterest for more ideas!