How To Decorate A Romantic Winter Wedding

If you’re planning a winter wedding, we have plenty of hints and tips to help get you started. There’s plenty of scope for you to play around with themes and ideas, plus the colder months lend themselves perfectly to elegant and romantic weddings.

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Decorate Your Winter Wedding With these Decorative Ideas

Start with candlelight for a simple way to create a warm and romantic atmosphere. When teamed with gilded mirrors and gold hurricane vases[1] you’ll achieve a beautiful glistening and glamorous effect for each tabletop.

festive table setting with tapered candles and leaf green runner winter wedding decorations lindseyocker.com

Rich and luxurious colours and textures also work well this season. Try plush velvet serviettes, sequin table runners (get one in rose gold right here[2]) and deep burgundy and navy accents. For subtler supporting colours, try shades of taupe, antique white and natural linen.

Buy some tapered green candles here. [3]

If your venue has a selection of tables and chairs available to use, or you’ll be hiring them in yourselves, the warm tones of dark woods will enhance the rest of your decorations to best effect at this time of year.

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You might associate the sweet fragrance and pretty colours of flowers with summer weddings, but they are absolutely as essential in the colder months, too. Again, keeping to a colour scheme of opulent, jewel-like tones will add the warmth and grandeur that makes a winter wedding feel truly magical.

Add Some Greenery

Garlands of greenery add natural texture and look especially good in the wintery half-light when paired with the silvery blue shades of eucalyptus. You’ll spend more time indoors, so use garlands to highlight your venue’s amazing features, like a sweeping staircase or a fireplace.

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Buy some cylinder vases like these here[4].

Sparklers

With early nightfall, a winter wedding is the perfect call for sparklers. Hand these to your guests to use when you and your new husband make your big entrance. When it comes to wedding sparklers, bigger is always better, you don’t want your guests standing around with a small dead sparkler. Buy some giant wedding sparklers here.[5]

Wedding sparklers

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  1. ^ gold hurricane vases (weddingideasmag.com)
  2. ^ one in rose gold right here (weddingideasmag.com)
  3. ^ Buy some tapered green candles here.  (www.amazon.co.uk)
  4. ^ Buy some cylinder vases like these here (www.amazon.co.uk)
  5. ^ here. (www.amazon.co.uk)
  6. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  7. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  8. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

Winter Wedding DIY Decor Ideas With Poinsettia

A fiery, foraged woodland wreath

This wild and textured wreath design is easy to recreate and really suits that other-worldly, woodland feel that’s been all over Instagram this year.

You will need:

A selection of festive foliages – either forage for yourself or ask your florist to source some for you. Think blue pine, spruce, Nordmann fir, juniper twigs, eucalyptus, twigs. You will also need a selection of poinsettias in varied sizes and colours, pillar candles, twine or green florist string. And finally a round tray.

Simply arrange your plants and foliages on your tray in a wreath shape. Placing sprigs on top of one another in a circular motion will create an effective, rounded shape.

Loosely tie sprigs together to hold the shape. Then add your four Christmas candles to finish off the arrangement.

wreath table setting for Christmas wedding DIY decor ideas with Poinsettia

Fairytale festive hanging details

Christmas decorations for Christmas wedding DIY decor ideas

Simple and effective, these festive hangings play along the lines of a Christmas take on boho bunting. They are made all the more special by personal touches and special details like teeny tiny jars holding cut poinsettia bracts.

You will need:

Some red string, wooden clothes pegs, sprigs of festive foliage (spruce, fir, pine etc.), personal additions like photos, postcards or hand-made paper snowflakes too. You’ll also need some miniature glass bottles, gold leaf or stickers and mini poinsettia plants.

You will need to attach your red string so it hangs across the room, or the area you’d like decorated. Use wooden clothes pegs, or more string, to attach your decorative bits like photos and foliage.

Decorate your glass bottles with gold leaf or stickers. Cut bracts from your mini poinsettia plants and seal the ends of the stem by dipping in boiling water for 20 seconds. Finally, tie the glass bottles firmly to your line, carefully pour in water and insert a poinsettia bract in each.

Poinsettia & Cactus Arrangements

It’s told that a little girl named Pepita was too poor to buy a real present for baby Jesus on Christmas Eve. Alternatively, she picked green twigs from a shrub on her way to church and tied them into a bouquet. When she placed her gift at the foot of the altar, suddenly the twigs bloomed in a magnificent red. From this day forward it became the country’s official Christmas flower.

potted plants for Christmas wedding DIY decor ideas

Wild Winter Poinsettia 

This is an alternative bridal bouquet idea if you’re looking for something seasonal and a little less cliche. This one was created by award-winning wedding florist based in Hampshire using winter foliage. These included spirea, roses, viburnum, convolvulus, delphinium, reindeer moss, feathers and cream Poinsettia too.

wild flower bouquet for Christmas wedding DIY decor ideas

Sparkling Christmas Decor Cones

You will need:

Stiff craft paper, gold pipe cleaners, mini-poinsettias, decorative tape, a stapler.

Firstly, roll your craft paper into cones and stick together with tape. Staple the gold pipe cleaners to create little handles for your cones.

Without removing your mini-poinsettias from the plastic pots you bought them in, insert them into the cones. It’s best to keep them in their planters so that they can be removed and watered without soaking the paper.

Finally, hang your poinsettia cones on a tree, from the ceiling of your venue or to dress each place at your wedding tables.

Poinsettia hanging cones for Xhristmas wedding DIY decor ideas

Poinsettia plant care fast facts

From November, poinsettias are available in stores everywhere. Dense foliage and yellow-green budding flowers in-between the coloured bracts are a sure sign of quality. Protect your poinsettia from the wind and transport it quickly to its warm new home. Keep it in a bright, warm spot (around 20° C). It can be close to a radiator, but not in direct sunlight or near draughts – so keep away from open doors, windows and fireplaces. Only water it when the soil is almost completely dry.

To use poinsettia leaves as fresh flowers in a vase, cut the bracts, dip the cut end in boiling water for 20 seconds, then immediately in cold water. You are then ready to arrange.

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The dos and Don’ts of DIY Wedding Flowers

If you’re a creative, hands-on kind of a bride, you’re probably considering putting together a lot of your wedding day yourself. Whilst being creative means you can be more thrifty, you may not have the right experience when it comes to flower arrangements. Follow our guide on DIY wedding flowers and all will be fine.

The dos and Don'ts of DIY Wedding Flowers

The dos and Don’ts of DIY Wedding Flowers

Firstly, you need to consider the time of year that you’re getting married. Look around you and think about what’s going to be in bloom. Not only will you be able to source your flowers more easily and inexpensively, you’ll also be keeping your green credentials if you don’t require exotic blooms to be shipped in from overseas out of season. Remember, if you’re getting married around Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day then you’ll pay a premium for your flowers.

So if you’re getting married in the spring, it’s going to be flowers like narcissi, hyacinths and tulips. In the autumn, you’re going to be opting for colourful brights like dahlias, hydrangeas and maybe branches of fruits and berries to decorate your venue too.

DIY Wedding Flower dos

Think about your theme

Give yourself plenty of time to think about your flowers and decide what you want. Have a theme. This could be seasonal, colour-led or a style such as vintage or country garden. Maybe take an evening class in flower arranging, which will also show you how to keep flowers looking their best.

Rustic charm

Country-style wedding lends itself best to a handmade wedding with DIY flowers. You can have simple jam jars crammed with wildflowers, cornflowers and roses as centrepieces on your reception tables. These will look charming and rustic and moreover, they will look handmade, which is a nice touch.

Do know your limits

Don’t decide you’re going to create elaborate formal flower arrangements if you have little to no experience. Use the time in the lead up to your wedding to practice, watch tutorials and understand what flowers go aesthetically but also what smell good together.

Easy pew ends

If you’re getting married in a church, decorate the ends of the pews with a hand-tied garland of blossoms or even just different coloured greenery. If you’re planning a winter wedding, holly and trailing ivy will be very festive too.

Scattering petals

There’s nothing to say your flower girls have to hold a bouquet of flowers. You could give them a simple basket filled with rose petals, which they can scatter as they walk down the aisle behind you. However, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you could make flower pomanders for them to carry, just make sure you practise first.

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DIY wedding flower don’ts

A professional job

If you’re not overly confident, don’t create your wedding bouquet yourself. It’s a whole lot of pressure for you and your bouquet is going to take centre stage on your big day too. Creating a dazzling posy or bunch of flowers for the bride to carry is a real art form. Give yourself a break and hand that job over to somebody who’s really experienced. We’re sure you won’t regret it.

Last-minute rush

Don’t forget to give yourself plenty of time to source your flowers. If your dad has a beautiful garden of roses, and he’s happy for you to pick them, then, by all means, use them. However, you’ll also need to source some blooms from a flower market. Make sure you visit a few times so you can make friends with the stall holders and find what they’re going to have when. Don’t be afraid to ask that about what they’d recommend for the time of year, after all they’re experts that you can also rely on.

Keep practising

Finally, don’t forget to practise, practise and practise. When it comes to DIY wedding flowers, practice is precious. Time yourself on how long it takes to make a table centrepiece and decorations for the ceremony or venue. Enlist the help of your favourite girls if they’re reasonably artistic! Just don’t leave everything until the last week and then panic because you’ve run out of time. A stressed bride is not a happy one!

From pansies to roses, if you’re looking for more handy floral hints, our Wedding Flowers section[1] has got it covered.

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References

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  2. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  3. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)