Whether you’re planning a winter wedding or simply in need of some bridal inspiration, we’ve got your fix. From unique and unexpected florals to decor complete with cascading velvet drapery, pops of rich red and romantic candlelight, these popular winter wedding trends will dazzle and inspire. Birmingham’s bridal experts offer up their insight on what makes a winter wedding truly magical — and we’re sharing their secrets! Tie the knot in style with these winter wedding floral, decor, food and dress trends!

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 Trends

This bouquet, by Wild Things, combines rich autumnal shades with unique greenery to create an original and romantic piece. Image: Kelsey Justice

Winter Wedding Trends

How magical are these bridesmaids’ bouquets complete with rosy-hued trailing ribbons?! Image: Magnolia Vine Events

Winter Wedding Trends

“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,” explains Holly Carlisle of Rosegolden. We are obsessing over this one-of-a-kind wintry bouquet! Image: Holly Carlisle

Winter Wedding Trends

All winter wedding bouquets have one thing in common this year: their design is unexpected! Here are some sweet peach, pink and white blooms ideal for a bohemian winter bride. Image: Holly Carlisle of Rosegolden

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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 Trends

Romantic candlelight and unique textural elements create a cozy and warm atmosphere even in the dead of winter. Wedding Planner: Mariée Ami and Decor: Wildflower Designs | Image: A. Bryan Photo

A little fella takes audience with this crackling outdoor fireplace as the adults savor their dinner inside. Image: Clark Brewer

A little fella takes audience with this crackling outdoor fireplace as the adults savor their dinner inside. Image: Clark Brewer

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.

This vanilla and strawberry naked cake is equal parts timeless and bohemian — and delicious! A simple gold initial topper and floral accents by BKWed complete the look. Image: Rock Sandretto

This vanilla and strawberry naked cake is equal parts timeless and bohemian — and delicious! A simple gold initial topper and floral accents by BKwed complete the look. Image: Rock Sandretto

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This beautiful, three-tiered cake by Barb’s Cakes, with its soft, textured buttercream and understated florals, is simple and elegant. Image: W&E Photographie

This beautiful, three-tiered cake by Barb’s Cakes, with its soft, textured buttercream and understated florals, is simple and elegant. Image: W&E Photographie

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.

Winter Wedding Trends

This gown, at the Heidi Elnora Atelier, is a perfect example of the open-back detailing winter brides love. Accessorize this with a bolero or shawl, and you’ve pulled together the chicest bridal look! Image: Heidi Elnora

This beautiful Leanne Marshall wedding gown with gorgeous open back is from The Sentimentalist in Atlanta, GA. Image: W&E Photographie

This beautiful Leanne Marshall wedding gown with gorgeous open back is from The Sentimentalist in Atlanta, GA. Image: W&E Photographie

Winter Wedding Trends

Long sleeves, lace and an off-the-shoulder neckline make this dress, available at Ivory & White, a uniquely romantic choice for a winter wedding. Image: Ivory & White

Winter Wedding Trends

Many winter brides are opting for a taupe underlay to give their lace dress some winter flare. This stunning gown, along with a plethora of other options to fit any style, is available at Ivory & White.

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