It’s beginning to look a lot like winter wedding season! Subtly spiked hot cocoa. Magically falling snowflakes. Natural wood tables decorated with pine cones and cedar branches. It all sounds so wonderful for a wedding, right?
If you’re planning a winter ceremony, then it’s time to get your creative juices flowing and get to work. Better yet, build your dream breathtaking wedding from these 6 winter wedding trends for 2018.
Silver and gold are everyone’s favorite year-end sheens—so much so that you may feel they are a bit overused. Trust me, that’s not the case. The key is to be creative with your use of metallics. Mixing and matching is a great option. Or, you can use lesser-used metallics such as chrome and rose gold accents in your decor.
Simply adding a piece of rose gold ribbon around each candle-laden centerpiece or purchasing bronze shawls for your bridesmaids will add an instant and easy wintery element.
Dress(es) For the Occasion
Winter wedding dresses tend to be more conservative in nature, solely because we all prefer to be a bit more covered up when the weather gets frightful. Yet, dancing the night away in a trailing mermaid dress or elegant ballgown isn’t for everyone.
If your budget allows, go ahead and splurge on a second dress that’s easier to move in and not quite as formal as your ceremony gown. This way, you can move and shake the night away without drowning in your garb.
Red flowers such as roses and amaryllis are winter staples but they’re a bit overused in weddings from December through February. Plus, you don’t have to choose bold, striking flowers just because that’s what’s expected of you.
This winter, think outside the box and find winter-blooming flowers that break the mold. Mix honeywort with sweet alyssum, violets with calendula, or irises and delicate baby’s breath.
Jewelry is a bride’s best friend, but modern winter weddings demand a little more oomph to your bauble selection.
Ask the women in your life, friends, mothers, grandmothers, and aunts to let you borrow a new or antique brooch for your wedding. Then, use them in your hair and your dress. Crafty brides can put the brooches together with silk flowers to create a wilt-free, unique bouquet you could potentially keep forever.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella knew what was up when she wore a beautiful fur-rimmed ball gown to the ball in the 1965 flick. While it may be difficult to find a faux-fur wedding dress, there’s no shame in using this cozy, whimsical material in shawl, wrap, or shrug form. It’s a classic, timeless look that is rising in popularity this season.
Toned-Down Winter Themes
Are you sick and tired of pinecone-themed weddings? If so, you’re not alone. That’s why your 2018 winter wedding should be less “theme-y” and more “you.” Ignore those stale trends and go with your gut.
Use metallic paper lanterns instead of hanging snowflakes. Toss that Christmas tree centerpiece aside and go with floating candles or a simple flower arrangement.
Do you love Christmas ornaments but don’t want to overdo it? Give them out as wedding favors instead!
There’s not written rule that says you have to decorate for the holidays just because you’re getting married while it’s still cold out. Follow these 6 magical winter wedding trends and you’ll be en vogue this wedding season.
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