Check out my latest interview with brides.com for tips on designing a venue space that brings the outdoor in at your cold weather nuptials.
Some highlights on winter wedding design:
Book an event space with a lot of natural light
The more windows, the better! "Having an event space with beautiful natural light pouring in during the daytime will enhance photos and help feature the beauty of winter for an early ceremony and cocktail hour," notes destination wedding planner and designer Kyla Gold.
Eat by candlelight
Um, swoon! Gold recommends transitioning into a romantic evening dinner and dancing reception surrounded by lots of natural candlelight to set the mood. "Group a bunch of candles in different sizes, shapes and heights together to create an intimate winter wedding wonderland environment."
Go foraging a few days before the wedding
Round up your bridesmaids, and take a little nature walk. "Gather pinecones, greenery, branches, berries, nuts and other local winter outdoors elements to incorporate in your décor," advises Gold. Prefer to stay indoors? You can always check out Etsy for other woodsy finds like birch tree chargers and dessert display stands, she says.
Keep the color palette cool
Focus on an icy cool winter color palette of greens, whites and ivories, instructs Gold. Living winter bulbs with beautiful blooms like paperwhites, amaryllis and hyacinth look stunning, particularly when paired with cut crystal, mirrored, silver and gold decorative pieces, which are a beautiful accent to natural wedding palettes, she notes. Mix in comforting textures like faux furs, wools and fleeces in festive patterns and colors to complete the look.