A Winter Wedding-A Photographers Wonderland

Ideas and Tips for a Magical Winter Wedding Theme

Holiday weddings. Winter weddings can be snowy, elegant affairs!  In the movies, everyone seems to get married in June. But a winter wedding can be glamorous, cinematic and magical. With the right elements, your winter wedding will be a wonderland.

No, winter isn’t the most popular time to get married, but it has several things going for it. It’s less expensive. It’s oh-so-romantic to get married under snowy skies and done well, will be truly memorable. The decor can be natural and rustic or holiday-style and festive! Here are some of my favorite winter-wedding tips, from cakes to gowns to decor. We love this time of year! How can anyone be in a bad mood when they’re surrounded by snowflakes and twinkly lights?  This can all ad up to unique wedding photographs you will cherish forever.


Attire for Your Winter Wedding

Think about you and your sweetie in the elegant look of old Hollywood; the groom in tails, and the bride in a white long silk dress with a white fur or faux fur wrap. Evoke the season with “ice” –diamond or diamond-like jewelry. 90% of wedding dresses are strapless or sleeveless, but that’s not so practical for a bride who wants to take pictures outside, or needs to walk any distance. Look for wraps, shrugs, and capes, or dramatic coats. I’ve always loved the look of a bride in a white dress and a large red shawl, huddled against her groom who has a red boutonnière. And don’t forget your bridesmaids! An attractive wrap to wear on the day of your wedding and beyond makes a great bridesmaid present.


Where to Have a Winter Wedding

Look for an inn with a fireplace for an intimate winter wedding. For a larger affair, you may be able to use a historic mansion or private club that will still have intimate warmth. Feel free to contact us for some great suggestions. Unless you’re getting married in a state that will have guaranteed snow during your wedding date, avoid a room that has a large picture window. You may imagine drifts of beautiful snow, and end up with a grey rainy day. Be sure to ask what seasonal decorations they use – you’ll save money as many sites are already heavily decorated. Also, check to make sure your site will be adequately heated during the winter months; old churches can be especially drafty.


Planning the Menu

You can have all of your favorite food but add some winter touches like a squash dish, or warm pumpkin soup. Consider serving eggnog, spiced wine, or hot chocolate (alcoholic or non-) as special treats. Look for an all-white cake, decorated with snowflake patterns, silver embellishments, or sugar sculptures. Ask your caterer about using a decorative snow globe as a cake topper


Winter Wedding Flowers

Decide whether you want to go for a silver and white elegant look, or celebrate the season with reds and greens. For those who like silver, look for dusty miller, silver-dollar eucalyptus, and baby blue eucalyptus, mixed with white flowers such as roses, football mums, crocus, lilies and stephanotis. If you’re looking for a brighter bouquet, consider red roses with holly and pine-tree greenery. In season flowers such as tulips, roses, and ornamental berries generally will be less expensive choices. (Talk to your florist, as your region may have different availability)


The Décor for Your Winter Wedding

Decorate your tables with simple and inexpensive white poinsettias, or fill the room with light by arranging pillar candles on a bed of pine branches At the after-Christmas sales, stock up on strands of small white lights, then string them decoratively around doorways, over tables and on archways. Bright red cranberries in a bowl surrounding floating candles make an easy and inexpensive centerpiece.

Or, decorate a pre-made gingerbread house for each table, and center it on a bed of greenery with candles around it.



If you and most of your guests celebrate Christmas, an ornament makes a perfect favor. An inexpensive homemade favor is a pretty tin of spiced hot chocolate mix or hot cocoa mix with marshmallows. Also consider a snow globe, with a bride and groom inside, or a holiday cookie cutter with a cookie recipe attached that says your names, wedding date, and “truly cut out for each other”.


Special touches

  • Have the bride and groom travel by horse and carriage to the reception, complete with a fur throw to keep them warm of course!
  • Decorate the reception with miniature and life-size Christmas trees.
  • Commission an ice sculpture to decorate the reception hall
  • Use a crystal bouquet for that extra wintery feel. As a bonus, you’ll get to keep your bouquet forever.

Greet your guests with warm coffee or hot chocolate as soon as they come in the ceremony or reception site.


I hope this has been helpful for those considering a Winter Wonderland Wedding.

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John has been photographing weddings for over 20 years. His style is that of a photojournalist, which is a candid, spontaneous and unobtrusive approach. "This is the best way to achieve natural images, by capturing the unexpected fleeting moments that cannot be planned and will disappear in a heartbeat. It is a joy to preserve such monumental moments in a couple’s life while maintaining a low profile. " Because of this approach, John's photographs, more than any other style, become cherished memories. Balanced with his commercial work, John limits the number of weddings each year. This allows him to give greater attention to each wedding, resulting in a more efficient and enjoyable day and higher quality memories. John consults and works with each couple beforehand, getting to know them personally, so he can understand their vision before their big day. "This pre-planning tunes me into every client’s personality, the extra effort alway show in the work." Most clients prefer a combination of candid and posed images, and in both you will enjoy dynamic and unique images that capture the spirit and joy of the most important day of your life.