Winter, despite the bite it brings holds a special and magical spot in many of our hearts. There is something about frosty lawns, visible breath and the dramatic change in season that is comparable to magic in everyday life and that lends itself perfectly to a wedding theme.
Weddings after all, are all about bringing the magic in, so embracing and harnessing the beauty of winter can deliver dramatic results.
Winter begins at the first note
Start it off right and set the tone of what’s to come with your stationery. How you approach the look is dependent on your own sense of style – all out or decidedly subtle.
Paper with a sheen can echo the look of a freshly blanketed snow, jagged edge paper can provide a nod to mountain ranges. Embellishments from the simple to the divine can often provide the final touch, consider self-adhesive crystals, antique lace, plaid or nature-inspired accents like small twigs or faux snowflakes and raindrops.
Warm your guests with delicious food
Keeping warm at a winter wedding is essential and as wedding host you need to ensure your guests are cosy during the ceremony and reception.
If there is lag time in-between, you will need to account for it and ideally opt for a venue that can accommodate both, thus eliminating the wait and travel time. A perfect winter menu should consist mostly of hot dishes and seasonal vegetables. Think of a hearty, puréed soup, perfectly garnished, a warming starter to set the tone for the remaining courses.
Dress to impress
Sleeves are a strong fashion statement and even, better, are functional. Thicker, crisper satin fabrics are a great look, but so too are sheer, lacy and ethereal dresses.
Don’t think your options are limited or constrained simply because of the weather, if anything it opens up new possibilities particularly when it comes to accessories which can set the tone and fully cement your winter wonderland theme.
Consider a chic faux-fur or vintage stole, a sweeping cape (a la Sansa Stark). There is also the option to embellish your reception look with crystals galore in stacked bangles or a great wintry-fabric headband in plush wool or velvet – icy chic all the way.
Winter themed weddings
No matter what look you’re going for firelight brings in the most warming and naturalistic tone you could ever wish to find, so candles are essential: in lanterns, votives, mason jars or tiered candleholders to add height, drama and the all important glow to your decor.
Winter is all about the elements and natural textures and tones. Simply allow the natural beauty of wooden tables to shine through with a touch of contrast – table runners that are thoughtfully decorated, pops of winter colour, branches, floral cluster, hanging crystals. Embrace nature, use what you can find, be creative and channel your inner ice queen. Turkish Delight anyone?
Have your cake and eat it too
Traditional white icing lends itself perfectly to a winter wonderland theme. A simple approach with crystalised sugar and sparkle or keep it simple with natural references and delicate flower detail.
For a decadent and dramatic touch, how about drizzling white chocolate across each slice before serving. A side bar serving of hot chocolate would also go down a treat, add to that epic dessert options with the likes of hot apple pie or rhubard crumble served hot with custard and cream – simply delicious and screams winter treat.
Winter Wedding wrap up
Accessories are your best friend so use them – wraps, shawls and jackets can enhance your theme and importantly keep you and your bridesmaids warm.
If there’s potential for rain (or snow dependent on location) aim to have your ceremony and reception in one venue like Markovina Vineyard Estate. It reduces travel time and delivers, quite simply, a better experience for all your guests
Keep things seasonal from food through to flowers. Embrace winter by using the flora and fauna that thrive during this time of year.
Markovina Vineyard Estate is one of Auckland’s finest wedding venues perfectly equipped for winter themes. With five stunning outdoor locations to choose from you will be spoilt for choice if you are looking to infuse your ceremony and reception with the perfect winter theme. Feel free to drop by and see the venue options for yourself, in its full winter glory, you won’t be disappointed, or simply give us call to discuss your wedding needs.