Winter is one of the best times of year to have a wedding, but it can also be one of the most difficult. There’s a fine line between creating a stunning winter wedding or ending up looking like a Christmas party! To avoid being too festive – but still embracing the aspects of the season we all love – take a look at these winter wedding trends for 2016/17 to get some inspiration for planning your own wedding.
Neutral Colour Schemes
Avoid the classic Christmas red and green and steer clear of deep jewel tones, and instead opt for a neutral colour palette for a sophisticated winter wedding. Go for white or cream as your main colour, and use accents of grey, fawn, pale blue, lavender or light peach. These muted pastel colours look gorgeous at a winter wedding and instantly create a soft, dreamy romantic vibe – add some gold, copper or silver for an elegant touch.
Winter berries often make an appearance in bouquets or centrepieces, but this winter why not branch out and embrace other fruits for a new winter wedding trend. Whether it’s in your menu or part of your decor, things like figs, pomegranates, acorns, clementines and pears look (and taste!) wonderful at this time of year. Avoid typical things like pumpkins, pine cones and cranberries.
Instead of having a cocktail reception, try a hot chocolate reception instead. Perfect for a winter wedding on a chilly day, treat your guests to a mug of gourmet hot chocolate to kick off the celebrations. Serve the hot chocolates in little espresso cups to make sure they’re not too heavy – and if you fancy an alcoholic version, try spiking your hot chocolate with a splash of Chambord liqueur. There are plenty of other hot drink options, like mulled wine or hot apple cider, which are also high on the list of winter wedding trends this year.
Beautiful modern calligraphy is perfect for a wedding at any time of year, but give it a slight update for winter by using white ink on dark paper. From the save the dates and invitations right through to place cards, favours and signs, calligraphy works wonderfully at a winter wedding. We love the contrast of white (or gold) calligraphy on navy paper – it’s the perfect mix of opulent and simple, and it will really make your wedding stationery and decor stand out.
Hygge is everywhere at the moment, so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the biggest winter wedding trends for this year. This Danish concept – which encourages being cosy, relaxed, comfortable and in the company of your best friends and family – is perfect if you want an understated, chilled out wedding. Make sure there are plenty of candles, lots of natural foliage and wooden decor, cosy blankets, delicious hearty food and the opportunity to spend time with your favourite people.