Decorating for your wedding is never a simple task, not even for winter weddings where there's so much natural inspiration from glittering snow and icicles (even if you're not in an area with snow).
You may already have lots of elements you're looking at, like winter wedding venues or dresses, but many times these choices depend on how you're going to decorate. You can't have an elegant, 1920s-style dress if you were hoping to have rustic wedding decorations, for example.
So to help you figure out what decorations you can purchase, we've given you a step-by-step guide to researching, finding, and selecting all the pieces that will make your special day unforgettable. Your winter wedding decorations search awaits...
Determine Your Style & Budget
Probably the most important aspect of picking winter wedding decorations, your style and budget will lay the path for all your other decisions.
Are you a grand, opulent bride who wants icicle-like chandeliers all over, or are you a simpler bride who would prefer a touch of that "homey" feel like some plaid touches in a barn setting? Choosing the style of your wedding will help you immediately eliminate choices you would otherwise waste time looking at (however cool they may be).
As you start your winter wedding decorations search, always keep your style in mind and ask yourself if the pieces you're looking at would match it. If not, put those decorations out of your mind and move on.
You'll of course also need to pay attention to your budget. What will you be able to afford? If you want to focus on making a good impression with decorations, set aside a significant portion of your finances and make sure you don't stray from this set amount.
Pick Your Colors and Theme
As mentioned in previous blog posts about these topics, your winter wedding colors and theme go hand-in-hand. It's very difficult to pick one without the other, and both are also determined by the style of your wedding.
Your best bet is to sit and browse wedding websites or image sites like Pinterest for inspiration. You'll be able to see what other brides have done and can quickly scroll through tons of pages. There are, of course, lots of ideas in the wedding archives here, too!
When you're picking your colors and theme, make sure you're not going with the current trend just because it's "in"; if you like it, that's why you should pick it. If a current theme or color simply doesn't describe you and your significant other, don't feel you must incorporate it. Choose what's best for you and your day.
Consider Your Venue
If you haven't already picked your venue, now's the time to do so. Finding one that fits your style and theme is vital to helping your winter wedding decorations feel like a natural part of your entire wedding vision.
Once you've picked a venue, analyze the space and decide where events are going to take place. Make sure you look at all tables you plan to use, and start envisioning where you're going to want decorations and how big (or small) they should be to make the areas look filled, but not overflowing and busy.
And don't avoid a venue if you think the colors won't work. Remember that venue colors can be changed, which may involve your winter wedding decorations like drapes or chair covers to help create your overall effect.
Figure Out Lighting
One of the easiest ways to decorate is through lighting, whether you bring in outside help for this or do most of it yourself.
The fun part about winter wedding lighting is that you can use it to mimic the sparkle of snow and ice, or you can use it to project images of trees or branches onto the walls (if that matches your theme, of course). It also can give you colors where you otherwise might not have had any. And there's always the good ol' reliable string lighting to use almost anywhere for that extra bit of twinkle.
Winter wedding decorations can really benefit from quality light design, and sometimes the lighting can be most of your decor in and of itself. So it's vital you plan this out before you start buying too many individual decoration pieces!
Choose Your Decor
Yes, all of that stuff was just planning before you actually started to look for winter wedding decorations! Told you it wasn't a simple task.
You should now have a very solid grasp of your entire wedding concept to know exactly what kind of decorations you want. Decorations can include all of these items and more:
- aisle runner & decor
- ceremony seating
- ceremony decor
- cake table embellishments
- chair covers
- room enhancements
- signs, escort cards, table numbers
Think about where and how you're going to get all these items. If you want something like unique centerpieces, many brides opt for making these all themselves and with the help of friends. Others go to craft stores and buy pre-made items, and still others leave everything up to their vendors/wedding planner to obtain. You can even purchase decorations online.
However you choose to get your decorations, you want to stay away from anything that feels kitschy and cheap (like Oriental Trading Company). Never buy items you might regret looking at in pictures 20 years down the road. One way to remedy this (if you're not DIY-ing or leaving the decorations up to your vendors) is to buy from creators and crafters through a site like Etsy, where vendors can often personalize their items according to your wedding needs.
The choice is yours, but either way, make sure you communicate with all your vendors as you're picking and buying winter wedding decorations. You don't want to end up with mismatching styles or colors on your wedding day!
Obviously, there's quite a lot that goes into picking out your winter wedding decorations. But remember the key concept is to always keep your winter wedding style, theme, and colors in mind. If you do this, you'll be sure to have spectacular ceremony and reception sites that everyone remembers for years to come.
What winter wedding decorations are you determined to have at your wedding? Which do you think you will do without?