Turn Up the Cozy
Winter weddings are well underway though most of the country has endured below-freezing temps for weeks now. For some parts of the country, the wedding season may seem limited to spring, summer, and fall, but an indoor winter wedding can be an ultra-cozy option for those willing to brave the cold and think creatively about how to create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere for their guests. Below are my top ten favorite ways to bring the outdoors in and really make a winter wedding feel like a warm fireside your guest won't want to leave.
1. Colorful citrus
Consider incorporating citrus (whole oranges, dried slices, lemons, etc) into both your paper design and your decor and tablescape. What a great way to add some bright color to a more muted color palette.
2. Romantic candlelight
There's no such thing as too many candles. Winter weddings are all about the hygge, so don't be afraid to really turn up the romance with drippy (or dripless, for the sake of your table cloths) taper candles, votives, and pillars. There's nothing like the warm glow of a flame to add ambiance to your gathering.
3. Cabin or lodge-like decor
There's a classy way to do woodland/woods, and the above wedding nailed it. (I was just so fortunate to be able to attend this in person for my friend, Jane, and her vision for this day was unparalleled.) Just channel Ralph Lauren decorating a hunting lodge and you'll nail it, too.
4. Mood-setting fireplaces
Say your vows in front of a roaring fire and not a single heart in the room will remain cold to the love and beauty they will witness.
5. Seasonal nods
This December wedding was the perfect opportunity to subtly play up some Christmas details like with these gold jingle bells for the couple's send off. Ah, a table peppered with holly and vintage peppermint sticks. Though Christmas is past, the thought of it rekindles the festive.
6. A pop of plaid
Envelope liners are a great place to bring in pattern. I've always been a big plaid fan, and a winter wedding just seems like the perfect home for it.
7. Velvet embellishment
Velvet just oozes with elegance, and adding it to the details of a winter wedding just seems right. Use velvet ribbon in a paper suite, as a napkin holder, to tie up favors. Or consider a velvet table runner to set the stage for your refined style.
8. Soft cozy accessories
I've posted this before, but I just can't get over how thoughtful it is to provide blankets to keep your guests warm during the ceremony (either indoors or out). I love the idea of tying them up beautifully with a ribbon and tag, encouraging your guests to settle in and be comfortable.
9. Navy accents
Classic navy is a perfect choice for the darkest season. A little warmer than black, but still oh-so-tasteful. I love the above paper suite, using it both as a liner and a custom stamp option.
Evergreen trees are quintessential symbols of winter. Use gathered pinecones as place card holders or table decor. They're like nature's confetti this time of year, so also budget-friendly.