Winter weddings are some of the most beautiful and classic events of them all. This season, although frigid, is my favorite party time of the year. Christmas and New Years are some of the biggest parties of the entire year for some people, and winter weddings are elegant and chic. Some things I think about are tree branches, snow, Christmas lights, hot apple cider, pumpkin pie, and a cozy fire. You can start decorating for Christmas as soon as Thanksgiving is over, and leave it up until right after New Years. Here are some wedding and holiday party decorating tips:
1. Use winter flowers. Flowers that bloom during the winter can be sure to withstand the cold winter air, and they will be cheaper as well since they are in season. These include: roses, acacia, chrysanthemums, evergreens, lilies, orchids, pansies, gerber daisies, holly berries, amaryllis, anemone, gardenia, tulips, irises, freesia and more.
2. Use other natural winter elements in decorating such as tree branches, pine cones, red berries, wood, green apples, and snow (even fake snow)
Ornament and Branches Centerpieces
3. Have warm treats at the reception such as cider, cocoa, coffee, hot apple pie, soup and other traditional holiday warmers.
4. Use winter Colors: cream, white, brown, green, red, gold, silver, light blue, light pink, yellow, and black are all good colors to use for winter weddings.
Winter Wedding Colors
5. Warm accessories. furry round hand warmers, gloves, wool shawls, and scarves are all ways to stay warm on your special day. You don’t have to freeze, and there are classy and elegant ways to cover up and stay warm, while still looking gorgeous. some brides even have their bridesmaids carry
Holiday Parties: Christmas and New Years
1. Colors: You’re not limited to red and green when decorating for Christmas. Using hot pink, lime green, purple, blue, orange, and yellow is totally acceptable! Check out the link for pictures of a Holiday Tablescape I put together for Christmas this year:
Colorful Holiday Tablescape
2. Tradition with a twist: use items such as ornaments, wreaths, candles, Christmas trees, reindeer, snow, branches, holly berries and other traditional Holiday items and spice them up! You can create great centerpieces by filling apothecary jars with ornaments, using smaller decorative Christmas trees, candles and more. Get creative and think outside the traditional box. You can place a wreath in the center of the table with candles in the middle and decorate with flowers, ornaments, red berries, feathers, and more.
Mini Christmas Tree Display
3. Think “winter” instead of “Christmas.” Around our house this year we decorated with a lot of birds, bird nests, and bird houses mixed with winter flowers, “iced” tree branches, pine branches, pine cones, feathers and birch tree candles.
Bird Themed Holiday Tablescape
4. Cupcakes are in. These a great Holiday Party treats, and can be decorated to match your party theme.
5. Entertain. Music and games are a fun way to get your party going. Don’t forget to plan for activities in advance so there is never a dull moment.
I hope these tips help you as you prepare for the upcoming Christmas and New Years festivities, and any winter weddings!
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!