7 Winter Wedding Ideas That’ll Keep Guests Warm

Winter weddings[1] pack plenty of unexpected charm. An unplanned snowfall[2], a chic seasonal ceremony, and a festive menu are just a few of the elements that can turn your celebration into an appealing winter affair. But in the midst of finalizing your day-of design, don’t forget to keep your guests in mind when it comes to supplying a nearby source of heat. For all they have going for them, winter weddings can get cold after all!

For the best advice on cold weather necessities, we asked the experts for winter wedding ideas[3] guaranteed to keep your guests warm. From cozy seat covers and fireside dinners to warm, custom cocktails[4], these ideas are both charming and will keep everyone comfortable on you big day.

Here's how to create a warm welcome for guests[5] at your winter wedding.

Embellish Your Seats

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Sometimes the most innovative designs can be disguised as decor. “For this outdoor event, heaters were used in a very discreet way,” says Meredith Waga Perez, co-founder and creative director of Belle Fleur[6], adding, “In this case, we took warmth one step further and added Mongolian Lamb seat cushions which of course matched the tablescape of feathery Astilbe.”

Get Creative With Cozy Details

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“For our early spring wedding in Santa Barbara, there was a chill in the air even in the afternoon,” says Jill Remy, owner of Jill & Co. Events[7]. Rather than having heaters at the ceremony that would show up in photos, pashminas were rolled up around the site for guests. “We placed pashminas in baskets around all the lounge areas so if guests needed an extra layer while they weren't on the dance floor they were easily accessible,” Remy adds.

Provide Chic Blankets

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Nothing says "cozy" like a blanket and soft pillow to curl up with, even if it's for watching a beautiful wedding ceremony—but don’t disregard your wedding aesthetic when finalizing textiles for your warm accessories. “Not only will blankets draped across seating keep your guests warm, but they'll add texture and softness to your design as well,” adds Vanessa Vierra, owner of Vanessa Noel Events[8].

Allocate Necessary Rentals

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If you’re having an outdoor ceremony or cocktail hour, confirm that your wedding venue has outdoor gas flame heaters. “If not, consider renting them for your big day,” suggests Demi Meeker, senior event sales manager at Cannon Green[9]. “These heaters are as stylish as they are effective, and both you and guests will be thankful for the additional warmth,” Meeker adds.

Opt for a Fireside Dinner

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Nothing says cozy like a fireside dinner! “Wherever possible, make a roaring fire and provide radiant mushroom heaters for 100% warmth,” suggests Calder Clark, owner of Calder Clark[10]. Indoors next to a cozy hearth, or outdoors near a bonfire, set up events throughout your evening that follow the warmth and charm of a real fire.

Adorn Your Bridal Party

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To add a festive element to both your wedding photos and your bridal party’s day-of look, consider cold weather accessories for your bridal party to don. “Don't forget your wedding party while they're standing outside in the cold taking photos,” says Lindsey Nickel, owner of Lovely Day Events[11]. “A warm faux fur wrap[12] is the perfect accessory to keep them warm, stylish, and smiling,” Nickel adds.

See more: 7 Common Winter Wedding Mistakes Brides Always Make[13]

Serve Warm Drinks

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Consider greeting guests with a hot chocolate or spiced cider bar. “We love including housemade marshmallows, peppermint sticks, and a variety of other mixers when serving warm beverages for a winter wedding,” says Virginia Edelson, founder of Bluebird Productions[14]. “Guests enjoy having something warm to hold during a ceremony or pre-ceremony gathering time,” Edelson adds.


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Winter Wedding Cake Ideas

Your wedding cake[1] might just be the most talked about confection of your entire life—better make it good! Luckily, if you're getting married in the winter season[2], there are so many elegant ideas for winter wedding cakes.

We tapped the minds of some of the industry's top wedding planners[3], photographers[4], caterers, and everything in-between on the show-stopping seasonal wedding cakes they've seen at wintertime nuptials over the years. Whether you go with an array of additional embellishments, like seasonal greenery[5] and berries, or showcase a design fully encompassed in winter white, there are a plethora of ideas to consider.

Read on for wedding cake ideas[6] that will add the perfect winter mix to your cold-weathered reception.


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Our Favorite Winter Engagement Photos That Will Melt Your Heart

There’s nothing more magical than a photo shoot in the snow, so why not embrace a winter wonderland with winter engagement photos[1]? Festive[2], seasonal, and even holiday-inspired, a wintery engagement session is the perfect option for couples seeking an added touch of enchantment to their photos.

So you can take snowy snapshots[3] of your very own, we’ve consulted some of the wedding industry’s top photographers to provide tips on bracing the cold, layering up[4], and scouting out your city’s best holiday decor[5]. Impromptu photos in your favorite coffee shop or taking a cozy snapshot in your home are just a few tips to consider while keeping warm.

For more tips and tricks on executing flawless winter engagement photos, warm up to these ideas that will inspire you to embrace the most wonderful time of the year.


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22 Festive Winter Wedding Ideas to Inspire Your Own Seasonal Soirée

Is there anything quite as magical as a winter wedding[1]? From holiday music to wintery florals[2], these seasonal wedding details can add warmth and charm to even the frostiest of days. If you're about to deck the halls of your wedding venue[3] for winter nuptials of your own, these festive winter wedding ideas are bound to inspire you.

We've recruited industry experts who have seen every snow-covered scenario to show you how you can make your big day a real life winter wonderland. From wearing warm-weather attire[4]—nothing says chic like adding a faux-fur coat[5] to your bridal style—to crafting an outdoor bar[6] to capture the spirit of the season (or should we say spirits!), here's everything you need to know to throw a festive fête worthy of the most magical time of the year.

Unwrap some of the season’s best in holiday and winter wedding décor[7]! Here are 22 of our favorite festive winter wedding ideas.


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The 2019 Wedding Food Trends Everyone Will Be Eating Up in the New Year

Opt for Substitutes

“Addressing dietary lifestyles have become increasingly more common,” says Alison Awerbuch, chef & partner at Abigail Kirsch[1]. “Whether it’s gluten-free, vegan, nut- free, keto, or paleo, we are always getting requests by our brides to include some of these types of food at their wedding,” Awerbuch adds. It’s important to create menu items that are seamlessly modified since they are so delicious and are presented so creatively. “Some favorites include our vegan and gluten-free Artisan Vegetable Sushi made with brown rice, quinoa & pickled beets, squash and cucumbers,” notes Awerbuch.


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These Wedding Bouquet Trends Will Be Huge in 2019

Influenced by the seasons, design styles, and personal preferences, wedding bouquet[1] trends are ever-changing—and we're expecting another shift in florals come 2019. We asked the experts in all things budding blooms to foresee the wedding flower trends that on the horizon in the coming year. 2019 brides, listen up!

A defining element to your bridal style, your bouquet can add a pop of color[2] to a traditional getup or complement an alternative wedding vibe[3]. Whether overflowing with greenery[4], highlighting a single stem, or full of local blooms, your bouquet is an arrangement unique to you and your day—but of course, you'll want to stay on top of the current floral trends, too. Luckily, we've brought you a forecast of 2019's biggest bouquet trends.

If you’re currently planning[5] your 2019 nuptials[6], we suggest you take a look at this list of wedding flower trends that are sure to blossom in the coming year.


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22 Modern Wedding Ideas For A Super Chic Affair

For couples with a knack for all things current[1], a modern wedding theme is a great way to showcase your love for contemporary design[2]. You're a lover of all things fresh and trending, and your wedding should reflect that! So how do you host a modern wedding? We turned to the experts for modern wedding ideas for everything from invitation suites to chairs and tablescapes.

Clean lines, Lucite décor, and an overflow of fresh greenery are just a few tricks that can turn any event into a modern retreat[3]. Design your stationery[4] to feature bold text and a monochromatic color scheme, plan for a ceremony backdrop that’s minimal and elegant, and curate a cocktail menu that features the latest in custom creations. From there, consider keywords that will be vital to your planning experience (we like simple, geometric, and avant garde).

For more modern wedding ideas, we gathered our best tips from wedding planning experts on how to make your nuptials chic and contemporary.

See more: 6 Modern Signage Installations for a Contemporary Wedding[5]


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How to Throw a Wedding at a Vineyard

Rolling fields, saturated colors, and plenty of natural light are just a few of the perks of hosting your wedding at a vineyard. If you and your soon-to-be spouse are thinking of tying the knot in wine country, make sure you consider some of the non-negotiables that are often accompanied by vineyard venues. A restricted bar list, noise obligations, and other regulations are things to consider before booking your wine-adorned site (but don’t let these discourage you from a day of romanticism, delicious food, and total serenity!).

To guarantee a seamless day of wine and food pairings, stunning barrel-adorned decor, and other elegant elements fit for a vineyard wedding, we tapped the minds of industry experts who are experienced in pulling off a wedding at a vineyard.

2019 Wedding Reception Trends Straight From the Experts

With 2019[1] quickly approaching, some of the best in the wedding industry are already taking notes for next year’s hottest trends[2]. Some standout favorites for a modern tablescape[3]? Lots of layering, clean lines, and loads of varying texture. Pastel colors are also making a strong comeback (yay, blush pink!) accompanied by the stark contrast of black accent colors.

For more on how you can start planning your reception tablescape[4] for your 2019 wedding, we asked wedding planners to dish on what will be hot next year, from linens and decor to gorgeous color palettes for an unforgettable display.

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9 Italian Inspired Wedding Ideas That Will Transport You To the Amalfi Coast

What do lemons, old-world elements, intricate stonework, and olive oil have in common? All can be used to create an authentic Italian setting, even if you're marrying in a ballroom in Connecticut. With the Amalfi Coast becoming an increasingly popular destination wedding setting (but cost prohibitive for most), it’s only natural that the trendiest wedding decor would take a cue from Italy's seaside locales. Whether your walk down the aisle will take place on the Italian Riviera or you simply want evoke a feeling of an authentic Sicilian destination, we’ve asked industry professionals for their ideas on how to transform any wedding venue into an Italian celebration.

If you choose to integrate lemons into your tablescape to resemble the citrus-lined streets of Capri or let Italian cuisine take center-stage, these elegant ideas will take your event to the next level in Italian design.