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Here's How to Plan a Perfect Winter Wonderland-themed Wedding

How to Plan a Winter Wonderland-themed Wedding
A winter wonderland wedding sounds so dramatic and mesmerizing. From deciding the venue to giving out invitations, to dresses and decorations, Wedessence guides you on planning this heavenly themed wedding.
Wedessence Staff
Last Updated: Jun 7, 2017
A Treat to Your Guests
For Escort Cards,
✦ Convert your cards into ornaments and hang them on a white pine tree. Let the guests hunt for their own.
✦ Make an icy seating guide. Place one snowflake on each table, with the guests' names printed in silver or gold.
While many people gripe about winter weddings, we believe that a winter wedding can be extremely dramatic and glamorous. Imagine snowfalls and icy hills, trees covered in snow jackets, or faux snow sprinkled here and there, and you standing amidst all this saying those magical words "I do!". But if we look at the other side, you may endure the freezing cold and tremble to utter any words outta your mouth in this wintry climate. No worries, we have a lot of options to adorn your wedding.

A winter wonderland theme can have many approaches. It can be chillingly mesmerizing, or it can be warm and intimate. Whichever approach you choose, winter wonderland weddings are just magical!
Color Palette
Winter wedding themes go best with cool color contrasts. You can opt for monochromatic palettes like the turquoise color palette or a lavender palette. The colors that you can incorporate are hues of purple, blue, and white. You can make it regal by opting for colors like royal blue and burgundy, sparkled with silver and gold stuff. Or you can prefer the theme to be pristine white, with an icy silver touch and crystal decorations.
'Save-the-date' Card
save the date card idea 1
save the date card idea 2
Weddings around holidays or destination weddings demand sending "save-the-date" cards. Make the announcements, or even better, send them cards at least six months before the wedding day. The design of the card should be theme-centric, so here it can be snowy; opt for whites and blues with a nice dose of snowflakes and ice.
Wedding Invitations
invitation card
invitation card coffee theme
You can create winter-themed invitation cards. Include holiday themes, snowy scenes, or warm fireside designs using coffee mugs, candles, or campfire stuff, and accordingly add details like the dress code for the ceremony in your card. Send out the invites at least two months from the date, for them to plan and make travel and lodging arrangements. Don't forget to include the date, time, and venue details.
Bridal Bouquets
bridal bouquets
Choose flowers that would go with the theme. Include orchids and roses, tulips and carnations, or the much winter-surviving flowers like ivy and dogwood. You can use crystals and pearls to get in sync with the theme. The perfect size of a bridal bouquet is one inch in from the hip.
Event Décor
event decor
You can create the frosty theme, showcase snowmen, reindeer, sleighs, and sledges. If the wedding is around or on Christmas, then you can create a Christmas theme too, using candles, fir trees, and bells.

Recreate the reception space into a snow-covered forest. Use a lot of satins and laces to decorate chairs and other seating options. You can use violet or blue lights for uplifting, and hang snowflakes on the dance floor, creating a frosty feel.
other decor
Well, for a rustic winter wonderland wedding, the ceremony will be indoors. Decorate the venue with wedding trees, crystal snowflakes, candles, or lamps to give warmth. Nothing can beat the joy of enjoying a hot mug of cocoa with snow piling up outside.
Table Décor
other decor
From sparkling tablecloths to dangling accessories, the table show should be a winter dream. You can use everything from roses to orchids, all to decorate tables. Use satins and linens, or laced and textured tablecloths that are probably white in color to add warmth. The cutlery has to be in silver and white, enhanced with snowflake-like coasters. Go beyond glowing candles to bring warmth and romance. Fill the vases with wintry branches and hanging crystals. All-white centerpieces would be great. You can add miniature versions of polar bear, reindeer, and penguins.
table card
table card
Plug in frost-covered table numbers, or accessorize table cards with paper snowflakes.
The Bride
bride
They say that a woman looks her prettiest in her wedding. And just because it's a winter wedding, doesn't mean you have less options. Choose the fabric wisely; the one that will keep you warm. Following the snowy theme, we suggest you to go for white hair accessories. A sexy updo or a half updo tied with white floral clip, or any stylish hairstyle with pearl embellishments will absolutely adorn your look. Accessorize yourself with silver-diamond jewelry, or you can even get snowflake-inspired jewelry designed especially for winter weddings, accompanied with a bedazzled clutch.
Jackets and Gloves
jackets and gloves
Wedding gowns with jackets are so much in vogue. Pick anything in white from boleros and stoles to fur coats. For those who don't want to compromise on their statement by wearing wraps, we have gloves for you! It's a stylish accessory to keep your hands warm. The traditional white-laced gloves fit in with this themed wedding, but we advise you to keep them full or elbow-length.
Footwear
bridal footwear
We can understand your temptation to wear peep-toes and open sandals, but it's advisable that you opt for closed footwear in this chilly winter. You can go for a white pair of closed sandals, crystal-embellished shoes, or winter boots that will go with your dress, plus help you to be warm.
The Groom
groom
Yes, it's a big day for the groom too! So let's groom the groom. Suspenders and a hat can accessorize his look. He may wear white tuxedos as well. The tie and vest can be synced with the theme by designing them in hues of blue and silver. Get him a winter-inspired boutonnière.
Wedding Cake
winter wedding cake
The wedding cake is one of the most crucial components of a wedding. For a winter wonderland theme, snowflake wedding cakes―a silver-white cake graced with snowflakes―are very popular, flavored in vanilla or peppermint. You can also have a turquoise cake accented with orchids (flowers) or airbrush snowflakes over it, or you can go with the snowball-covered cake. Pick a topper that narrates your story. Glittery balls made of chocolate, garnished with sugar, or poinsettia and sugar snowberries can be added. Consult bakers or caterers to help you with other ideas.
Cocktail Hour
The cocktail hour for a winter wedding should be comforting and warming. Serve hot cocoa in espresso cups and eggnog to welcome your guests. To further warm your guests, you can keep mulled wines and hot toddies.
Dessert Time
wedding dessert
While arranging a theme party, it's the little details that matter. Let's showcase this in our desserts. Serve cupcakes accented with sugar snowflakes and icing for dessert. You can have snowflake-shaped gingerbread or sweet breads, cookies or simply decorating the dessert plate with fake flakes will add up to their savor. The dessert items should have a lot of cream and custard.
Bridesmaid and Groomsmen
It's a winter wedding, and you don't want the bridesmaid and groomsmen to shiver with cold. Keep your bridesmaid warm and cozy, in elbow-length gloves and fur stoles. They can dress up in blue, violets, or white, but all in sync. Ask your groom-to-be to talk to groomsmen about following the theme. The best man and groomsmen should be wrapped in overcoats and gloves. Winter boots or fur jackets are yes for all.
Guest Book
guest book
With a twist to traditional guest books, you can have each guest give a piece of advice or wishes for the newlyweds on paper snowflakes, or ask them to put photos taken in the wedding. These will prove out to be amazing keepsakes.
The Newlyweds
newlyweds
All it needs is the perfect music! You can hire a cappella quartet or a band to sing your favorite pop or jazz, like that romantic number from Cinderella or soulful tracks like I finally found someone. Play tunes that are welcoming and festive.