By Cora L. Diekman

Published on October 28, 2016

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Photography by MELISSA KELSEY PHOTOGRAPHY

There’s something truly magical about a winter wedding. Snow sparkles, guests are filled with festive, holiday cheer, and there are countless seasonal snacks and decor ideas to make your event unique. From cocktails to activities, these creative details are sure to inspire you to have a memorable, beautiful wedding—during the coldest months of the year.  

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Photography by BRANDON SCOTT PHOTOGRAPHY VIA MON CHERI BRIDALS

Chic Fur Accessories

Fur accessories are the epitome of winter wedding glam. Fur pillows and throws will keep guests cozy. And fur wraps will ensure your bridesmaids are warm—and look stylish—during your photo session.

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Photography by JESSICA FAIRCHILD PHOTOGRAPHY VIA RUSTIC WEDDING CHIC

Fireside Snacks

Cold weather gatherings call for a fire—and the snacks that go along with it. Whether it’s indoors or outside, guests will love DIY-ing their favorite childhood treat. 

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Photography by LOVERS OF LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY VIA WEDDINGWIRE

Fun Guest Extras

Personalized blankets are a fun and creative way to keep guests comfortable if your winter wedding is happening outdoors. Plus, they double as wedding favors. 

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Photography by BRINTON STUDIOS VIA HUFFINGTON POST

Dramatic Winterscape Photography

A dramatic blanket of fresh snow is the perfect complement to a white wedding gown. Take advantage of the season and create the winter wonderland fantasy of your dreams—if only for the photos.

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Photography by HAWTHORNE AND MAIN

Hot Chocolate Bars

Everyone likes an open bar—especially when it involves chocolate. Include flavored liqueur and peppermint schnapps to ensure this treat is perfect for a party..

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Photography by LISA BERRY PHOTOGRAPHY VIA POPSUGAR

Comfort Food

Cold weather calls for comfort food, so give guests what they want. Think warm, melty, and cheesy—like mugs of tomato soup topped with grilled cheese bites. Yum! 

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Photography by JESSE AND GENA VIA POPSUGAR

Creative Bridesmaid Footwear

We’re loving this bride’s solution to cold, wet winter weather. Wellies make a statement that’s as cute as it is functional.

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Photography by BACIO VIA HARVEST MOON EVENTS BLOG

Lanterns

With shorter days, creative lighting is a must. Lanterns and candles light the way and double as decor.  Consider an arrangement of lanterns on tables as an alternative to flower centerpieces, and opt for flameless for safety’s sake.

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Photography by CLEMENT AND WEST VIA STYLE ME PRETTY

Dramatic Color Schemes

While deep, rich hues are a bit too dark for the summer months, they add the perfect amount of drama come winter. We love the idea of pairing wine-red blooms with faded green succulents in this take on a romantic-modern bridal bouquet.

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Photography by JAMIE CLAYTON PHOTOGRAPHY VIA BRIT + CO

Personalized Mug Favors

Guests will love a favor they’ll actually use, like a personalized mug for sipping their favorite hot beverages. Personalize them with your names, the wedding date, or something to commemorate the location of a destination wedding.

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Photography by SPENCER STUDIOS VIA STORY BOARD WEDDING

Rustic Wedding Cakes

Rustic cakes are having a moment right now—especially the so-called naked cake. Garnish with a touch of evergreen, frosted berries, or a simple arrangement of twigs, and this idea is perfect for a winter wedding.

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Photography by CALGARY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Evergreen Bouquets

While solid white bouquets were popular this summer, simple monochromatic evergreen bouquets are all the rage this winter. Need another reason (or two) to love evergreens? They’re much more durable than a delicate floral arrangement and a lot easier to DIY.  

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Photography by SUZI AT Q WEDDINGS VIA SNIPPET & INK

Pie Buffet Tables

Yes, everyone loves cake, but there are so many more options out there. Try a fabulous pie spread with seasonal flavors like pumpkin, pecan, and apple. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and guests won’t miss the cake for a second.

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Photography by M TODD THIELE PHOTOGRAPHY VIA J SORELLE BLOG

Chic Ski Chalet Themes

Ski-themed weddings are sporty, glamorous, and seriously fun. Even if you can’t bring your guests to an actual ski chalet, a carefully planned theme can bring the chalet to them. And yes, you can rent portable (and affordable) snow machines in a pinch.

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Photography by ROBIN PROCTOR PHOTOGRAPHY VIA THE KNOT

Personalized Coffee Sleeves

Sometimes it’s all in the smallest details, and personalized coffee sleeves are a fun and inexpensive way to add your own touch to cold-weather celebrations.

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Photography by TEALE PHOTOGRAPHY VIA COLIN COWIE WEDDINGS

Rustic Touches

While rustic is popular year-round, this style makes even more sense in the winter. Think crackling fires, exposed wood, bare branches, pinecones, candles, simple greenery, and muted color schemes.

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Photography by A COCKTAIL LIFE VIA BRIDES

Hot Chocolate Martinis

A delicious hot chocolate martini is reason enough to wed in the winter. Signature cocktail, anyone?

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