There is approximately a month and a half more of winter before we trade in the chilly mornings and warm sweaters for sun dresses and umbrellas. Don’t celebrate the coming of spring just yet. Why not revel in the wonders of winter first? No matter if you’re planning a winter wedding or having a seasonal get-together before the flowers start blooming, Victoria has some fantastic inspiration for you.
Sparkle and Shine
Metallic colors are a great way to bring a little glamour, elegance, and sparkle to any winter themed celebration. For a DIY touch, spray-paint some branches with metallic paint and use them throughout the reception: in your centerpieces, to hold place-cards, in the floral arrangements, in tall vases mixed with white lights, etc. This effect would be wonderfully accented with VG Invite’s winter forest themed invitations and place-cards.
You don’t want to overdo the glitter and metallic accents but a few items that pop can help add a bit of shine without making everyone go blind. You can also add some sparkle with a couple of accented tables that have sequin tablecloths. So dramatic!
Sequined table runners can also do the trick. Some glitter-encrusted paper crafts can add a subtler metallic tone as well. If you want to downplay it a little, consider using a matte-finish metallic color like gold matte or silver matte. If you want a bold statement that won’t overshadow the décor, consider covering the ceiling with helium-filled, white balloons and some gold ribbon. Make sure to curl that ribbon for a more decorative touch.
Cozy and Warm
If you’re not much for all that flashy and outgoing décor, don’t be afraid to go with a theme that’s a little more comfortable. Try a winter wedding with a more rustic feel. Remember that it’s going to be cold so throw a fur – or faux fur – shoal over your shoulders.
Use some woodsy accents like frosted pine cones, and boughs. Combine some floating candles and cranberries in water-filled vases as centerpieces.
Baby’s breath is a great way to add in some soft white to emulate snow, while also adding a touch of femininity.
Giving and Receiving
My favorite part of planning a DIY wedding? The favors. While some people go with a normal candy favor for their guests – who doesn’t love candy? – I suggest something that truly embraces winter. Giving your guests ornaments for winter wedding favors is a great way to encompass season and stay festive. Since not everyone celebrates Christmas, I would suggest staying away from Christmas- themed ornaments. Use your wedding colors. Personalize them. Fill clear ornaments with syrups or powders for making hot chocolate at home.
If you want to give them something that they can use on a regular basis, try a small winter survival kit with personalized lip balm, lotion, and/or tea packets.
Comfort and Earnest
A hot chocolate, coffee, or s’mores bar is a whimsical and fun edition to any reception or party. Bring in matching basins, pails, barrels, or other types of containers and fill them with various accoutrements for your guests to choose from: marshmallows, wafer rolls, single serving wrapped caramels, cookies, mints, candies, and syrups. Since it is winter, you could create a self-serve bar for almost any comfort food:
When it comes to winter weddings, make sure that you’re sending the message of love, friendship, and family out to all of your guests. Think of why you wanted a winter wedding in the first place. Was it the scenery? The idea of staying warm in front of the fireplace? The colors? The feeling of togetherness? Embrace those ideas as you decide on your DIY projects. For more stunning winter wedding inspiration, follow VG Invites on Pinterest.
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