Winter Wedding Floral Trends
This season’s floral wedding trends are unique and unexpected. Holly Carlisle of Rosegolden explains that her winter brides have been “more interested in moving away from the traditional look of mounded arrangements of tight white roses and tulips.” Says Holly, “This season’s brides are opting to create their own ‘unique winter wonderlands’ complete with unexpected materials, perhaps painted, dried or even dusted in glitter.”
With regard to bouquets, Holly tells us that bouquets of massed lilac for bridesmaids have grown popularity. Additionally, brides are drawn to petite round bridal bouquets with a soft, subtle cascade in the front. For non-traditional brides, rich autumnal and wintry shades with lush accents are the go-to.
Winter Wedding Venue & Decor Trends
With regard to venues, Neillie Butler, Owner and Executive Planner of Mariée Ami, explains that she is seeing more destination weddings for winter. Unsurprisingly, brides are seeking warmer climates that allow for outdoor ceremony spaces. If destination is not an option, Neillie explains, venues are being warmed up with velvet drapery in rich colors and textures lit by romantic candlelight that enhances the design. Kendal Perry, Owner of Kendal Perry: A Wedding Planning Studio echoes Neillie, stating that she has seen a major rise in velvet decor at winter weddings, especially velvet linen on the cake table. “Adding that deep pop of color with velvet is a must!” says Kendal.
For the winter brides choosing to host their big day indoors, Ashley Stork of Magnolia Vine Events tells us that cozy vignettes are at the top of her trend forecast. “Roaring fireplaces surrounded by a beautiful lounge area or even outdoor fire pits create a warm environment not only in temperature but also in feeling,” says Ashley. In decor, Ashley is seeing lots of neutrals mixed with metallic accents and pattern mixing for a multi-dimensional design.
Winter Wedding Food Trends
For many guests, the most polarizing aspect of the wedding is the meal. This winter, Neillie Butler has noticed brides are nodding to the season by opting for a crowd-pleasing seated dinner complete with “rich flavors, seasonal vegetables and comfort food with a gourmet twist.”
Another fun food trend Ashley Stork excitedly told us about is small plate food options with a wine or cocktail pairing at each station. “This will allow chefs to pair the perfect wine with their amazing food while making it easy for guests and allowing for an exceptional eating experience,” says Ashley.
Rather than going for the traditional dessert table, Kendal Perry has noticed her winter brides are adding a hot cocoa bar to the reception. “It’s a great touch to the wedding reception to help warm up your guests.” We think it also adds a cozy, sweet and festive touch to the atmosphere. If opting for a classic cake, though, simple and minimal is the trend of the season. Our bridal experts are seeing plenty of simple cakes made magical by just a few specifically placed blooms.
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Winter Wedding Dress Trends
Similar to the rest of this season’s wedding trends, winter brides are choosing to go the non-traditional route. Neillie Butler tells us that she, along with her brides, “loves any opportunity to pull a contrasting fabric or color with a sash or belt.” Her brides are steering away from the classic white lace dress and opting for a nude or taupe underlay to give the ivory lace more of a winter flare. Additionally, deep v-necks, long sleeves and a dramatic open back are the winter bride’s desired aesthetic. Heidi Elnora of Heidi Elnora Atelier, Caroline Eades of Carriage House Weddings and the bridal experts at Ivory & White agree, noting that brides are accessorizing long sleeve laced gowns with capes and feminine florals.
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