A winter wedding theme

October 30, 2015

I can’t believe it’s almost two years now since we got married. Last year on our first anniversary we celebrated having Taylor who was ten days old, so it really has been a roller coaster couple of years for us.

We knew that we wanted a winter wedding from the very beginning. I’m a bit of a control freak and couldn’t quite bring myself to plan an outdoorsy summer event (as much as I would’ve loved one) and rely on the British weather. Plus we were quite keen on having our honeymoon in South Africa, so once we found out that January was the best time to go, we started to plan our winter wedding for 28th December.

winter wedding flowersFrom the outset I found it quite difficult to find inspiration. The magazines and Pinterest boards were full of amazing colour schemes and ideas for the perfect summer wedding, but winter wedding theme inspration was not so easy to come by.  I knew that I wanted an ivory and silver ‘winter wonderland’ theme with rustic woodland touches. Wedding planners that I met with were keen to persuade me to choose a distinct accent colour, but I knew that keeping the theme neutral would work once all of the elements came together.

So I thought I would share some of our ideas with you – just in case you’re looking for inspiration for your own winter wedding theme!

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RUSTIC TOUCHES

Taking inspiration from nature (and various Pinterest boards!) I wanted to incorporate some ‘rustic’ elements in amongst the glitz and glamour of the day. We’re also quite outdoorsy, so it was fitting for us to try and incorporate this into our theme. We collected hundreds of pine cones on our dog walks and sprayed them with silver glitter spray to create personal name places. We also had a number of twig centre pieces to continue the woodland theme, and all of our tables were named after local walks and outdoor places that hold special memories for us.

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Cosy favours

I’d read about summer weddings where the guests were given flip flops once the dancing commenced and had the idea of providing slippers. I bought these fluffy cream ones in bulk (from Primark of course!) alongside some silver pashminas that I bought online to make sure that our guests stayed cosy throughout the evening. The slippers were a hit with the ladies who were more than pleased to take off their heels for the dance floor (including myself!)

slippers for winter wedding theme

Magical metallics

Along with silver bridesmaid dresses and matching ties for the groomsmen, we added in plenty of metallics to create a glamorous, wintry feel. The venue was dressed with silver twigs and snowflake lights and we worked silver into our table settings with silver charger plates, tea light holders, candelabras, and menus.

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Festive decorations

Finding finishing touches for our winter wedding theme was super easy since we were able to take advantage of budget-friendly festive buys on the high street. As well as mistletoe hanging from the ceiling, I loved this reindeer on the cake stand and I also used some festive wrapping paper to decorate our initials. We collected jars in the run up to the wedding which I wrapped in lace and used for tea lights to create a romantic feel once it got dark in the afternoon.

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WARMING TIPPLES

As well as champagne to celebrate after the ceremony, guests could also choose to have Winter Pimms – which went down a treat! It really was a nice touch and was great to have something a little different. I for one couldn’t get enough of it!

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Would you consider a winter wedding?

All photography by Darren Gair. Our wedding was held at Redhouse Barn in Bromsgrove.

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47 Comments
    1. Great pics! I had a winter wedding too, I also didn’t want to be weather dependent and realised the best way to have an indoor wedding without regretting a gorgeous day outside was to have it in winter. It was extra lovely with all the tealights and fairy lights in our venue because it got dark out so early. The venue had a massive open fire and served mulled wine instead of champagne for the first round of drinks. Plus we got our choice of vendors because we weren’t competing with any other events. I was really happy with it. Love your fluffy slippers for guests.
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    1. Beautiful pictures and some great inspiration! We’re hoping to have a winter wedding, and we’d already said we’ll have blankets etc for guests but I love the idea of slippers too, that will go down a treat with our family and friends! We’ll be doing mulled wine or hot chocolate for people alongside the usual champers, and a Christmas dinner as the meal! There’s so many benefits to having a winter wedding, I can’t understand why it’s not more popular!

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      1. Aw you will love your wedding, your plans sound great! I agree that there are so many benefits to having a winter wedding – as ours was on 28th too everyone was still in the Christmas spirit and there was no going back to work the next day which was great. You should definitely go for slippers – they were a winner! x

    1. I love this post!! A winter wedding is so magical!! Your decoration is beautiful and you look gorgeous!! I love all the little details that you have chosen!! What a coincidence that we both posted photos of our wedding this week!! 😉 Thanks so much for joining me this week at #KCACOLS. I hope to you join me again on Sunday! 🙂 xx
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      1. Thanks lovely, it made me very nostalgic writing this post – I just want to do it all again! But obviously to the same man 😉 xx

    1. These are great ideas! I love the neutrality with the touch of sparkle, really pretty. And you look gorgeous! Fab dress too. The pine cones are sweet – I went to a wedding a couple of weeks ago and they had collected big autumn leaves and sprayed them goldy bronze then written the names on them for place settings, I thought that was a cracking autumn wedding idea. But back to winter…lovely post! #KCACOLS

      1. Thanks Lucy! I love seasonal inspired weddings – there’s so much you can do! I’ve yet to go to an autumn themed one but those place names sound very cool. I need some more friends to get married so that I can plan another! x

    1. Your winter wedding looks amazing. I bet your guests loved stepping in to your winter wonderland. Love the pashmina & slippers idea too!
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      1. Thanks so much! Hopefully the anniversary will be a different affair this year with a baby that actually lets us sleep and gives us a spare minute to go out and buy cards for one another!

    1. Ohhh wow what an absolutely stunning wedding. I’m really loving the idea of a winter wedding more and more now. We’re planning on getting married in the not too distant future but I am such a perfectionist I think I would spend so long planning it. I love everything above, it’s so beautiful. You look really stunning and I love the idea of the rustic winter theme. Mmmm winter pimms sounds amazing! xx #twinklytuesday
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      1. Thanks Chloe! I would definitely get married in winter all over again – there’s something really magical about it. Plus when it gets dark in the afternoon everywhere feels so romantic with candles etc. I did get completely obsessed in the planning of it – Pinterest was my obsession! I felt a little lost when it was all over! xx

      1. I really don’t think you can go wrong with a winter wedding – provided you prepare for the weather of course! As it turned out we were so lucky with the weather but it wouldn’t have mattered either way. x

    1. What a beautiful wedding. Ii love the idea of a winter wedding. I was bridesmaid at one once, in January, it was freezing but so beautiful. The reception was in a castle and it even snowed! It was perfectly wintry! I would definitely consider my own winter wedding (if we ever get round to getting married!). Your photos are just stunning 🙂 Happy anniversary! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday
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      1. Thank you! That wedding sounds amazing – we would’ve loved snow, but then not too much I suppose! I would definitely recommend a winter wedding – it was so nice to get married around Christmas time too as everyone was in the party spirit. Hopefully you’ll get around to marriage soon – at least you still have it all to look forward to! 🙂

    1. Your wedding looks amazing, so magical. I love the pine cones, silver theme and slippers, and your dress was gorgeous. I agree with your thoughts on winter being more controllable, we had a September wedding for the same reason (with family scattered over the country we couldn’t risk snow delaying guests!) #thelist
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      1. Your wedding sounds fab! There’s something very magical about getting married at Christmas time isn’t there? I also loved having the Christmas holidays to get everything planned beforehand. And going on honeymoon in January and escaping the British weather was perfect!

    1. Natalie, you were such a beautiful bride. I had a Fall wedding so I guess it would not bother me when it was, as long as you are marrying your soul mate that is all that matters. It was a beautiful wedding, and i just love all of those rustic touches. Congratulations and many more.
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      1. Thanks so much! You are so right – at the end of the day when all of the guests have left all that matters is that you’ve married your best friend and soul mate. But it was soooo much fun!! I’m yet to go to a fall wedding but I’ve seen some great theme ideas.

    1. Wow Natalie you did an incredible job – your wedding looks stunning! Love all the accessories you chose and the slippers and pashminas was an inspired touch. And can I just say how STUNNING you look too! x

      P.S. I run a happy post linky called #ShareTheJoy over at my other site – TheJoyChaser.com – and I’d love you to link up this lovely post over there on Monday if you’d like to!
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      1. Thanks Michelle! Glad you like it, it was so much fun to plan – I really missed it once it was all over! But now I have my lovely hubby of course. I will definitely check out your linky it sounds great, thanks for letting me know x

      1. Thanks! Last year’s anniversary came and went with a 10 day old newborn, so I’m hoping that we’ll be ab;e to celebrate it a little more this year! Thanks for commenting x

    1. You my friend do not only make an absolutely stunning bride, you are an incredible event planner and decorator. So talented. I had a summer wedding, it just worked that way. But I love how stunning your winter wedding was. The rustic, silver, “snow”, white! Love it. I’m glad you did not give in to the wishes of others and choose a main color. I love it just the way it is. Striking! The crystals and glass! Love it. And the stairway with the pine garland and your pictures, really cool and unique. Perhaps you should help other brides? You are very talented!!!
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      1. Thanks Nikki! So glad you like the theme, it really did all come together just as I imagined it would on the day. I would love to be a wedding planner – I’ve looked into it a couple of times actually. Who knows? Maybe one day! 🙂

      1. Thanks so much! You’re going to have such an amazing day, I wouldn’t have changed anything about ours it was just perfect in winter x

      1. Thanks so much! It was nice to have ample time to plan it – but sometimes I think you can have too much time and can get a little obsessed! I cannot imagine planning a wedding with a 3 month old – you did well to get down the aisle! xx

    1. it looks so gorgeous! we had a winter wedding too (2nd Jan) and although cold, it was clear blue sky – more sun than I’ve seen at summer weddings I’ve been to #coolmumclub
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      1. Thanks so much – we were exactly the same with the weather, so lucky. On the photos you would actually think it was a summer’s day (apart from the coats!)

    1. What a beautiful wedding. I love the slippers – I could have done with those at my wedding! We got married in August and had a Navy theme – not very original as Mr TB is in the Royak Navy. There was so much uniform everywhere that it seemed right to bring in other nautical details #coolmunclub
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    1. You had a beautiful wedding! I actually had my wedding in early December so I understand the struggles. We only had 3 months to plan and an exceptionally tight budget so we ended up relying on a lot of items from my mother-in-law’s storage and donations from friends and the church. It turned out quite beautiful, all things considered. Your ideas were gorgeous, though! If I could do it again, I would take some tips from you.

      1. Thanks so much, your wedding sounds like it all came together beautifully. I don’t think you can go wrong with adding plenty of personal touches 🙂

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