Ideas For an Elegant Rustic Winter Wedding
During the throes of the summer wedding season with all of the garden ceremonies and fresh picked flowers, it may be difficult to envision a winter wedding. After all, the cold unpredictable weather is not exactly something you want to have to worry about when planning your special day. Just because it can be somewhat nippy does not mean it cannot aksi be a gorgeous affair. A warm and cozy rustic wonderland can be the ultimate winter wedding setting. Here are five planning ideas that can help make your wedding day sparkle.
Think Wood, White and Neutral
When you think of a having a rustic wedding in the middle of winter, exposed wood, white accents and a neutral color palette are your best bets. Choose in season flowers that will last through and beyond your event. An antique or rustic white effect full of warm and inviting cream, ivory, and silver colors will transform your event space into a magical winter wonderland. White roses, gardenias, and pine cones are all great choices for wedding bouquets, decorations, and centerpieces.
Let There Be Light
Lighting will be the ultimate decoration that sets the mood for your wedding. Achieve a warm, romantic ambiance by adding soft white lighting in a variety of ways. Twinkling string lights along with lanterns make for a rustic yet elegant setting. Keep overhead lighting low and let the decorative lighting take center stage.
Don’t Go Too Holiday
It is easy to get caught up in the holiday season during the winter months, but unless you’re specifically planning a holiday-themed wedding, stick to warm, neutral colors and decoration. You can leave the mistletoe and cranberries for the family Christmas get-together. A rustic winter wedding should feel natural and elegant, not kitschy.
Match Your Menu
Barring an unusual heat wave, your wedding day is likely to be a cold one. Warm your guests up with fun menu items like a hot chocolate bar or coffee bar (alcoholic or non-alcoholic, your preference – though be mindful of the roads!). Hearty soups and comfort foods are also perfect additions to a winter menu. Think tomato soup shooters and fancy grilled cheese appetizers, a dinner of meat and potatoes, and rich velvety desserts. Add a signature drink like a spiced cider or Moscow Mule to pull it all together.
Get Outside If You Can
Take advantage of the natural beauty of winter if the weather permits it. A few outdoor pictures with a scenic backdrop and light snowflakes will make for gorgeous photos. Make sure to keep your dress safe from the elements, but otherwise use the outdoor landscape to enhance your wedding experience.
A rustic winter wedding can be the ultimate warm, romantic, and elegant affair you’ve been dreaming of with just a little bit of planning. Just remember to keep it light, neutral, and enjoy the cozy embrace of family and friends on your special day!