10 Winter Wedding Trends To Heat Up Your Cold Weather Ceremony

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The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are dropping- winter is on the horizon. If you're planning a wedding during this season, there's so much to look forward to- the beauty of the snow falling, bright lights all around. It's truly a magical time to have a wedding. With every changing of the months and seasons, there are always new and updated trends to inspire your wedding planning and give you ideas to create your picture perfect ceremony. Everything from stationery pieces, to seasonal cocktails, there's always something exciting to look forward to. If you're looking for some ideas or you're curious about what will be all the rage this winter, we've got you covered. We've collected the best trends for the upcoming season to add to your wedding inspiration, and heat things up. Here are the 10 winter wedding trends that you absolutely need to see.

Tis the season for holiday inspired wedding stationery. Whether your wedding is during the holidays, or any of the cold winter months, stationery that matches the time of year will never go unappreciated. Themed and seasonal invitations dedicate themselves to the season, and it can excite guests for your upcoming nuptials. Templates with designs that feature pine trees, holly berries, and gold detailing work well for a Christmas time ceremony and guests will love the attention to detail. Prints that feature pine cones, holiday wreaths, in a delicate watercolor style are elegant and soft, and can brighten up the colder season. We also love styles that feature colorful flowers in shades of red or white, and even snow capped mountain styles work well for a winter wedding. Whatever design you choose, nothing beats a beautiful invitation that matches the theme.

NOEL Collection Wedding Invitation Suite by Unmeasured Events

INGE Collection Wedding Invitation Suite by Unmeasured Events

Long sleeve wedding gowns will be all the rage for the winter season and it's easy to see why. They're classic and glamorous, and will keep you warm if your wedding venue or reception is a little on the cooler side (weather wise, of course). We are obsessed with versions that offer flowing, puffy sleeves that have detailing like lace or a sheer appearance. If you love this trend but want something more form fitting, there are plenty of options to choose from, and you can keep it simple or add some flair like the dress below- the buttons on her sleeves are dainty but stunning. Gowns that fully cover are effortlessly elegant, and they will keep you warm all throughout your special day. They will stand the test of time and when you look back on your wedding photos, you'll smile at how gorgeous you looked.

Photo by Offwhite Bride

Photo by Deliza Bridal

Black stationery pieces are a twist on the classic black and white look, adding a little more tone and edge. Traditional monochromatic color schemes never go out of style, but for a different look, all black designs with white lettering will stand out in the best way possible. Look for stationery pieces that have daring fonts like these versions below. Dramatic cursive fonts in all white on a black background are gorgeous and definitely eye-catching. These also work incredible well if your reception tablescapes are white or neutral- placing a black stationery dinner menu on top adds a wonderful pop of color, and can give a warmer, not colder appearance. When choosing this option for your stationery pieces, we recommend keeping them all similar for a look that's cohesive and conforming.

JOVI Collection Wedding Program by Unmeasured Events

PRIYA Collection Seating Chart by Unmeasured Events

Winter weddings don't mean you have to fully cover up. If you'd rather wear something short sleeve or sleeveless but still want to keep warm, try a faux (never real) fur shawl. If you're the bride, an all white one looks seamless and pretty with your wedding gown. White is also a good choice for your bridal party as well because the color goes with just about everything. You can also go bolder by finding dyed versions to match your wedding colors and keep your look effortless. Not only will they keep you warm, they'll make everyone who wears one feel like an old time movie star or princess. Whichever option you choose, you'll be getting compliments on it all night long.

Photo by Colleen Bies

Photo by Sissily Designs

For a floral bouquet that's striking and elegant, an all white arrangement is perfect for winter. The color goes with everything, and is reminiscent of winter snow and the cold weather season. Don't be fooled by thinking all white is plain- in fact, a monochrome arrangement is actually more eye catching. After all, it's not everyday you see a wedding bouquet sans color. They're also timeless and sophisticated, and fit right into the winter season. For a classic bouquet, all white roses are a good option, or try something different like orchids for a head turning accessory.

Photo by Gourioti Flowers

Photo by Ceremonies by Bernadette

Velvet is a top fabric choice for grooms and groomsmen for the upcoming winter wedding season. Not only is the material thicker to keep them warm, it also feels great to the touch. We love this look because it's more unique than a regular suit jacket, and gives off a slight mysterious vibe. Look for dark and rich colors for a cold weather ceremony- lighter colors will show everything, and no one wants that. For the stylish groom, bold velvet jackets can level up your suit game, creating an unexpectedly chic appearance. We love these green versions- they remind us of the holidays and they're a fun color for a fashion forward styling choice.

Photo by Hive and Colony

Photo by Suits Valley

The gown color of the winter season, red wine burgundy, is a truly gorgeous option. Don't be surprised to see this color pop up all over for winter weddings, especially for a Christmas or new years ceremony. There's just something about the color red that makes it feel like the holidays or winter. This darker shade of red- a deep burgundy wine is color that reminds us of the holidays and it's darker tone looks beautiful during colder months. It's looks good on everyone, and is not only bold, it's beautiful. Dresses that have a more cranberry undertone work well, or you can ever go darker with a deep wine shade. To really keep with the season, find styles that have long sleeves, or are made of heavier material like velvet to keep your girls warm and help them look glamorous.

Photo by Leave Her Wilder

Photo by Desir Couture

Everyone loves confetti thrown at a wedding, but what about snowfetti? This fun alternative to wedding confetti can make you feel like you're walking in a snow globe! Made from biodegradable and non-toxic materials, this type of confetti looks and feels like the real deal. Pieces are cut into snowflake like shapes and are heavier and thicker than regular confetti, to give the appearance of falling snow. It's guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser, and guests will have a blast throwing around fake snow. You get to feel the magic of the season without the extra cold sensation, and won't have to worry about harming the earth. That's a win win for everyone.

Photo by Dollz Confetti

Photo by Adam Apple Co UK

Winter wedding venues can feel a bit drab during the season. Buildings with high ceilings or concrete interiors can appear plain, and can often create a space that's a bit airy, which isn't appealing for winter. Add some warmth, and style with hanging white drapes. They can create a cosy illusion and will make any boring space instantly brighter. The light fabric and pretty design look beautiful when hung from a ceiling- try a ripple pattern or a fun design rather than just stringing them along. Twinkle lights or a chandelier are lovely when used alongside them, and will look beautiful during the evening. They're also an inexpensive wedding decor option, so you can dress up a space without breaking your budget.

Photo by Home Stylish

Photo by Efavormart Boutique

Turn your cocktail hour into a winter wonderland happy hour. Cocktails with festive ingredients like berries and cinnamon can really take things up a notch. Eggnog martinis, mulled wine, even hot toddy's are a great option! Not only are they pretty, they'll make your event look more festive, and they smell delicious. You can even add pine tree pieces or sparkling garnishes to drinks to make it feel just like Christmas. For the children, and guests who aren't drinking, non-alcoholic offerings like hot chocolate, coffee, or something fancy like a peppermint mocha are sure to be well received. Guests will warm up, and get into the holiday spirit all in one go.

Photo Sur La Table

Photo by Fairemont Empress

These winter wedding trends would be really great to try- how did we do on our list? Which upcoming winter wedding season trend is your favorite or which one could you skip? We'd love to hear your thoughts- tell us in the comments below or send us a message via Etsy or Instagram!


Stationery | @unmeasuredevents
Wedding Gowns | @offwhitebride | @delizabridal
Faux Fur Shawls | @colleenbias | @sissilydesigns
Florals | @gouriotiflowers | @ceremoniesbybernadette
Men's Blazers | @hiveandcolony | @suitsvalley
Bridesmaid Gowns | @leaveherwilder | @desircouture
Snowfetti | @dollzconfetti | @adamapplecouk
White Drapes | @homestylish | @efavormartboutique
Cocktail Photo Credits | @surlatable | @fairmontexpress

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