25 Snowy Wedding Photo Ideas to Steal for Your Winter Wedding

While a chilly, snowy wedding photo session certainly isn't everyone's idea of a fun pre-wedding activity, we're willing to bet that at least most of this year's winter brides love a good snowfall. After all, why pick a winter wedding date if you don't want to take advantage of the unique attributes of your season? Just like we encourage you to snap photos with the best fall foliage, embrace the fresh spring air, or pose in the summer sunshine, we're here to tell you that snowy wedding photos are pretty much the best.

While you might have a few uncomfortably cold minutes, they're well worth it to capture all the beauty your wedding season has to offer. Whether you choose to meet in a snow-covered field for your first look or simply snap a few candid moments with your bridal party in freshly fallen powder, there are tons of creative ways to capture beautiful wedding photos that include the seasonal spirit. Consider throwing on a pretty faux fur or jacket, a cozy scarf or pashmina, or even stepping into a trendy pair of boots to stay cute and comfortable.

You shouldn't worry too much about your wedding dress, either. After all, it is frozen water, and assuming you won't be outside too long, the likelihood of it melting and ruining your bridal ensemble is fairly slim, but certainly something to keep in mind. We suggest shooting your indoor photos first, before heading out for the snowy shots.

Still need convincing to embrace the winter weather? Browse 25 stunning snowy wedding photos below.


New Year’s Eve Wedding Etiquette: Is it Rude to Get Married on New Year’s Eve?

New Year’s Eve and weddings have a lot in common. Both involve dressing up, dancing, celebrating, and, of course, champagne[1]. It’s no surprise, then, that December 31 is a popular choice for a wedding date. Run with the glitz and glam! The downside, though, is that it comes with some major misconceptions, including that your decor will be built-in (hint: it’s not!) and that everyone will be available for the holiday. To help you avoid mistakes, our wedding pros share some top tips for NYE nuptials.

Plan Early

Most weddings involve getting a head start on planning, but for New Year’s Eve this is especially critical. Many hotels and venues host their own NYE parties, and you’ll be competing for space against non-wedding gatherings in many destinations, plus all the other brides and grooms looking for a holiday marriage. “Any city where you host a New Year’s Eve wedding will be more hectic than other times of the year,” explains Jack Kane of Sapphire Events in New Orleans. “Commit to a date as far in advance as possible and secure your top choices for vendors early on.” He also suggests that couples send save-the-dates well in advance so that guests can make appropriate travel plans. Flights and hotels can book up quickly.

Speak to VIPs First

You may think that a holiday weekend means everyone is available to celebrate with you, but not all your guests may want to brave the busy travel time to be there. Talk to family and close friends about their availability for your December 31st date. If it seems that everyone is a go, then continue planning. You wouldn’t want to assume, and then end up with fewer people in attendance or the ones you love the most not on the dance floor with you. One comforting thought: “For the most part, couples should be wary of throwing a wedding over a holiday weekend[2],” Kane says. “New Year’s Eve is the exception to this rule. Most guests will be excited to have fun plans for the holiday.”

Hire a Planner

Planners generally help couples navigate the wedding journey and they can be essential for holiday weddings, especially if it’s a destination affair. The popularity of the holiday for all things party can lead to more hiccups along the way. “Enlist the help of a planner and travel expert who can secure group travel rates and hotel rooms,” advises Andrea Eppolito, a planner and event designer in Las Vegas. “You need a person who is well-versed at troubleshooting and coming up with alternative solutions.” Since many NYE nuptials also tend to be destination weddings, a planner can help you more efficiently (and quickly) wade through the available vendors and advise you on best practices for getting all your guests to the location without overspending.

Host a Countdown to Midnight

A New Year’s Eve wedding would not be complete without midnight cheer! Plan to pass out bubbles and shout out “Happy New Year!” when the clock strikes 12 a.m. You can put a unique spin on this by pouring a champagne tower or toast with your favorite non-sparkling wine beverage to personalize the moment. Consider also having confetti rain down from the ceiling, setting off sparklers, or booking a surprise performer to take the stage. Just be sure your venue knows you want the space until after the new year rings in. Many venues cut off at 10 or 11 p.m.

Be Ready to Pay More

Set a higher budget[3] for most decor, venue, and catering line items. Labor, flowers, transportation, room costs, and more all increase on NYE. “Many vendors double and triple their pricing for the occasion,” says Liz Castelli of Tinsel Experiential Design in Brooklyn. “It's not to be greedy or take advantage of couples, but realistically to compensate the teams working on what is also a big night for them.” This increase also trickles down to your guests; the cost per night at hotels will be more pricey, as will tickets for flights. The sooner you can book your pros and let guests in on the plan, the more likely you and they will save.

Carefully Organize Logistics

“Traffic and delays are almost a guarantee,” Eppolito says of getting around on NYE. She advises that you allot extra time[4] for vendors to set up and for guests to arrive at the venue. If you can, keep the festivities to a single venue, and bonus points if the same venue, such as a hotel, includes your accommodations and those of your guests. “Booking a ceremony in one location followed by a reception in another will create delays, confusion, and stress for your guests,” she adds. “Keep things easy and convenient.”

The same goes for the younger attendees. Many guests will likely want to bring their kiddos along, especially given the holiday, so be prepared to keep the smaller guests comfortable. “Little people love weddings, but inevitably cannot make it to midnight,” Eppolito says. She adds that you can satisfy the needs of the children and keep their parents on the dance floor by creating a kids' club in an adjacent space. Stock it with art supplies, snacks, games, pajamas, and sleeping bags. The little ones will love their own secret sleepover, and you can even host a mock-countdown at 9 p.m. so they feel included in the action before they knock out.

Decor is Not Built In

One common misconception about NYE weddings is that decor will come with the venue. That’s false, says Eppolito. While entryways to hotels or venues may still be festively outfitted, the event spaces themselves are often blank canvases. You’re still on the hook for bringing in the decor you want. The positive to that is you can personalize the look of your NYE wedding. Stick to traditional NYE elements, such as sequin linens and jewel-toned colors, or opt to avoid them in exchange for something that feels more like you. Either way, you can always add a pop of NYE at the photo booth with funny hats and 2019 sunglasses.

Honor the Holiday

One benefit of matching your wedding to such a glitzy holiday is that everyone will be in the mood to get glam! Consider hosting a black tie affair[5] or designate your dress code as something sparkly. Eppolito says that she likes when brides change into something with sequins or a flapper-style cocktail dress during the reception to keep the vibe festive. Kane also loves when couples play off the more chic aspects of the holiday rather than the cheesy ones. Get creative with twists on NYE traditions. “Fireworks are such a fun part of New Year’s Eve, but they can be challenging to coordinate,” Kane says, noting a NYE wedding where the couple wanted fireworks but had an indoor venue. “We projected a countdown on a large wall of the ballroom once midnight was approaching. As it hit zero, an amazing projection of an over-the-top firework show played from the floor to the ceiling. The guests were blown away.”

See more: How to Enjoy the Holidays While Wedding Planning[6]

Say Thank You to Your Vendors

“Remember that the professionals working your NYE wedding would rather be celebrating too,” Castelli says. She suggests adding good karma points for your new year and showing your vendors how much you appreciate their effort[7] on a holiday: Request they cheer at midnight with your guests. “Inviting the entire room, including staff and performers, to enjoy a toast and dance at midnight will mean a lot,” she adds.

References

  1. ^ champagne (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ holiday weekend (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ Set a higher budget (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ allot extra time (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ black tie affair (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ How to Enjoy the Holidays While Wedding Planning (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ showing your vendors how much you appreciate their effort (www.brides.com)

How to Decide Between Paper or Digital RSVPs

A few years back, my friend from college told me that she was was forgoing RSVP cards[1] altogether and having her wedding guests[2] do it all online. Suffice it to say, my mind was fully blown. How many trees was she saving? Was she worried about her grandma’s ability to navigate the online form? What if no one responded and she had to chase everyone down? Since her wedding, I’ve seen a surge in online RSVPs—and then, upon popular demand, Zola[3] started offering FREE online RSVP (as well as traditional print RSVP cards) as part of our new Invites + Paper[4] business. When it comes to digital versus print RSVPs, there’s honestly no right or wrong answer—just different things to consider. Here’s what I recommend keeping in mind when deciding between paper or digital RSVP cards.

Take note of ALL your wedding events

Remember that RSVPs aren’t limited to just your wedding day, but are crucial to showers, bachelorette parties[5], rehearsal dinners, even morning-after brunches[6]. The faster you get head counts, the easier it is to share info with vendors. If you’re getting RSVPs for many events, digital tends to be the faster, easier way to get details you need.

And consider the formality of those events

While online RSVP is more common than ever, maybe consider going with print if your wedding reception[7] is of the black tie ballroom variety. Until the royals go digital, I think I’d follow in their footsteps for any event that’s equally fancy.

Are your guests tech-savvy? And are you good on the phone?

While I usually deem online RSVP easier than snail mail, digital won’t mean easier if everyone is having IT drama. Take stock of how many guests are of a different generation, and mentally prepare to (a) get phone numbers of everyone who doesn’t respond, and (b) call them to get their official answers.

See more: How to Handle an Upsetting, Unexpected "No" RSVP Response[8]

The environment. Period.

The higher number of printed cards, the larger your carbon footprint (aka the amount of CO2 generated). Digital reduces that footprint by a whole lot. If you DO decide to go the printed route, you may find that cotton tree-free paper costs a lot more than your typical eggshell or satin-finish paper. To mitigate the amount of paper used for any wedding, I love the idea of sending video thank you notes, keepsake table numbers (ie: a fun keychain or flask), and a charity fund to the environmental org of choice. All for Mother Earth[9]!

References

  1. ^ RSVP cards (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ wedding guests (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ Zola (www.zola.com)
  4. ^ Invites + Paper (www.zola.com)
  5. ^ bachelorette parties (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ morning-after brunches (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ wedding reception (www.brides.com)
  8. ^ How to Handle an Upsetting, Unexpected "No" RSVP Response (www.brides.com)
  9. ^ All for Mother Earth (www.brides.com)

Why Destination Wedding Planning Can Be Less Stressful Than Planning a Local Wedding

My fiancé and I are getting married in New Delhi, India, and we’re having one of those traditional Indian weddings[1]—there will be henna, sparkles, sarees, lehengas, Bollywood dancing, and, yes, he will come in on a horse. I know what you are probably thinking:

“An Indian wedding in India, wow! You must be sooo stressed out. I’ll bet you are going crazy with all of the planning. I can’t even imagine how overwhelmed you must be right now.”

Are you ready for some surprising, potentially shocking news? I am actually not that stressed out about my wedding. Sure, I’ve gotten riled up a couple times here and there. And to be fair, my fiancé grew up in New Delhi, and we’ve gone to visit his family four times since we’ve been together, so we know the city well. We also have a wonderful team of wedding planners[2] on the ground there who have made this process significantly easier. But even when we tell people this crucial set of facts, the common response is still, “True, but it’s still India. You’re still planning a wedding halfway across the world, still herding a bunch of Americans all the way to India. That must be seriously stressful no matter what!”

Really, I swear to you, it is not. But recently, everyone’s, “I’m sure you must be bugging out” comments finally started to get to me, and I began to wonder why I wasn’t stressing. India is undeniably far away, after all, and we are bringing 65 Americans over for the celebration—so why wasn’t I more overwhelmed? To get some answers, I called one of the ultimate authorities in wedding psychology, New York City–based relationship psychologist Jocelyn Charnas, Ph.D., who has been dubbed “the wedding doctor” by outlets like The New York Times and the Washington Post.

Her analysis was, I must say, a little surprising. Contrary to what many people may think about international weddings, she told me, the number of miles between you and your venue is actually not proportional to your level of stress at all. And that’s because wedding stress[3] has little to do with the various logistics, and almost everything to do with the people involved.

“A lot of people think that destination weddings are more stressful than weddings that are closer to home, but the reality is that the experience of wedding stress is less related to the circumstances of the celebration and more related to the individuals themselves,” Charnas explains. “So if you handle stress well in other areas of your life—which I’m guessing you do—then you’re probably just experiencing your wedding in relatively the same way.”

To help me determine just how well I handle other stressors in my life, Chandras suggested I ask myself some questions: How big of a support system do I have? What is my relationship to the idea of control and micromanaging? What is my relationship with money? What about my family? And how communicative and self-reflective am I?

“The answers to those questions are a lot more primary in how you experience the process of planning a wedding than the details of the wedding itself,” she explains.

There I was, wondering why I wasn’t as stressed as people thought I may be, when the truth was right in front of my face all along: I actually don’t get all that stressed about most things in life. My “life plan,” if you can even call it that, has always been to simply come up with a plan, and that plan has worked out pretty well for me so far—so it makes sense that it would work during the wedding planning process, too.

That said, while some other brides I spoke with agree that their easygoing personalities[4] definitely helped their destination wedding planning process go smoothly, they also cited some other logistical reasons that contributed to their calm vibes.

“What I loved about having my wedding at a hotel in Mexico is that there weren’t that many options to choose from,” says 33-year-old Megan Taylor, who lives in Miami. “The hotel does destination weddings all the time, so it was very cut and dry—they have it down to a science. They mailed us a brochure with about three options for each thing, and told us to just pick one. I didn’t have to tell anyone what my vision was, or anything like that—it was all just so easy.” And while that lack of choice may not be for everyone, for Taylor, it was perfect. “We got to keep the focus on just hanging out with everyone. We had 65 people there for four days, and on the day after our wedding, we all just hung out on the beach and in the swim-up bar in the pool. It was so relaxed.”

For Margie Sernik, 26, who lives in New York, it wasn’t as much about the limited options as it was about the diversity of them. She just had her 380-person (!) wedding in Bogota, Colombia, where she lived until she was nine years old, and loved exposing her guests to her Colombian roots. “I consider myself a pretty chill person, and I’m definitely not a perfectionist[5], which helped a lot during the planning process,” she says. “But I think my biggest reason to not stress came from the fact that guests’ expectations are often different with destination weddings. It’s different music, different food, a whole different regimen from what they’re used to—so I knew that most of my guests were pleased simply because it was such an experience.”

And it was an experience they likely had a fair amount of time to plan for, a fact that Shalah McDonough, 36, who lives in Massachusetts, says helped calm her nerves while planning her 50-person wedding in Ireland. “Time is typically on your side with planning a destination wedding, because most people give their guests lots of advance notice about the trip. That means that while you may have more events to plan, you also have more time to plan them[6], so it’s not as stressful,” she reasons.

See more: Top Tips from a Professional Planner for a Far-Flung Destination Wedding[7]

My fiancé and I have been planning our wedding for a year and a half, so it’s been sort of a slow build—and we’re certainly ready to celebrate more than ever. But before we do, I want to leave you with this: If you’re thinking about getting married in a faraway place, don’t let FOL (fear of logistics) hold you back! As you now know, your wedding will be what it will be regardless of where you have it—so if you’re down with that travel life, you may as well do it up.


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.

References

  1. ^ Abigail Kirsch (abigailkirsch.com)

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.

References

  1. ^ wedding bouquet (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ pop of color (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ alternative wedding vibe (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ greenery (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ planning (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ 2019 nuptials (www.brides.com)

10 Creative Ideas of Your 2019 Wedding

Here at BRIDES, we like to dedicate the month of December (hello, engagement season!) to brainstorming creative wedding ideas for the year ahead. What will the dress trends[1] be? Is baby's breath[2] still back? Is there a new food truck[3]? But here's the secret: We're not inventing these ideas out of nothing! Instead, we look to real couples who are throwing real parties, and planners who are doing the same for inspiration. (That is, after all, the whole point of the real weddings[4] on our site.) So while we could easily tell you to scroll through pretty pics from now until 2019 for all the best inspo, we thought we would instead do you a favor by highlighting some of our favorite ideas right here.

Below, you'll find 10 trends/things/thoughts that we're excited for in 2019. And we're revealing all of our best secrets! You'll find decor moments we're obsessed with, practices we want to steal (um, we mean politely borrow), and concepts we can't wait to see couples execute. Basically, these are the ideas that could take your wedding from "cool wedding" to "wedding of the year." And not to brag, but we kinda know our stuff: We look at wedding pictures All! Year! Long!

Keep reading to see exactly what we're talking about, but we hope you take these ideas and create some of your own as well. We'll be right here ready to swoon over your wedding pics when you do!

References

  1. ^ dress trends (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ baby's breath (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ food truck (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ real weddings (www.brides.com)

9 Wedding Cake Trends That Will Be Huge In 2019

When looking ahead to the next year (we can't believe it's almost December!) there are lots of trend[1] forecasts we're interested in. From wedding dress trends[2] we saw during New York Bridal Fashion Week to the latest in interiors (to help beef up those registry lists[3]!) to the prettiest new flower ideas[4] , there's so much to look forward to in 2019.

And one trend we're always excited about is all the newest creative options for wedding cakes[5]! Long gone are the days that the ubiquitous all-white[6] cake reigned supreme; these days, cake designers are having fun reinventing the wheel and incorporating all kinds of new shapes, colors, patterns, and materials that would have never been dreamt of in wedding cake trends past.

Ready to get inspired with our favorite wedding cake trends for 2019? Read on!

See More: 8 Square Wedding Cakes Perfect For A Modern Couple[7]

References

  1. ^ trend (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ dress trends (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ registry lists (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ flower ideas (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ wedding cakes (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ all-white (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ 8 Square Wedding Cakes Perfect For A Modern Couple (www.brides.com)

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]

References

  1. ^ current (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ contemporary design (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ modern retreat (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ stationery (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ 6 Modern Signage Installations for a Contemporary Wedding (www.brides.com)

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.