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.
From 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!
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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!
Would you consider a winter wedding?