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Winter Weddings

Have you ever wondered how the custom of marrying in the month of June became so popular?  The tradition dates back to the Roman times festival celebrating the deity Juno and his wife Jupiter, who was the goddess of marriage and childbirth. June is also a perfect time for fresh flowers. So it should come as no surprise that the most popular month for weddings is June.  Interestingly, September and October weddings have increased in recent years. If you are planning a wedding between June and October, prepare to wrestle for an available venue as you compete with other brides.  But if you are adventurous and considering winter nuptials your choices may be wide open.

“He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter…In winter the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity.” – John Burroughs, “The Snow-Walkers”, 1866.

With that being said, let’s think about some decorating options for those chilly months. If December or January is your chosen month, it is totally appropriate to have a group of decorated fir trees adorning the scene, decked out in nothing more than twinkling white lights.  Of course, you don’t have to stop at lights.  There are simple ways to dress up the trees with items similar to what can be used in the table decorations, sparkly glittered white branches, oversized snowflakes, and icicles. Make use of every glistening, jeweled décor you can rustle up. If the ceiling allows for it, dangling glimmering snowflakes and other ornamentations from the fishing line are in order. Mirrored trays, crystal votive cups and candleholders, white winter patterned table runners, clear glass vases filled with iridescent glass ornaments with tall dazzling branches are just perfect for eliciting “OOHS and AHHHS” at your winter wonderland wedding.


Wedding flowers can be equally as enchanting in the winter.  Draping pine, crystal and pearl picks that shoot out of the flowers, wintery dusty miller and any version of white or off-white flowers will be perfect with the surrounding décor.  But don’t be afraid to shake it up with brilliant reds as well along with the sparkling accents.  Pine sprays can be lavished around the wedding cake and any other place you need a touch of wintergreen.

Just because it’s a winter wedding doesn’t mean you have to go with a glistening snow theme.  Today’s brides have popularized the more rustic/organic looks for their weddings and there is no shortage of decorations available to create this look. Line the walkway up to the church or reception with brown paper bag luminaries filled with sand candles sitting on top of a simple pine spray.

Lanterns are among the most sought-after decoration for guest tables. Choosing the more rustic styles in wood and metal will be perfect surrounded by ponderosa pine cones and fir sprays.  Galvanized cone-shaped trees nestled around the lanterns would be simple and ideal. Not all decorations need to over the top in order to be charming.  If you have access to a huge sleigh or carriage, drape it with pine and use it to create a wonderful showstopper by stacking it with the wedding presents.  You may need to have an attendee handle this detail so each gift gets its proper attention.  Set up a pine tree or two in the backdrop, a tall lamppost lantern nearby and you will have a fantastic landscape for photo ops.  

However, you present your winter wedding it will surely be a welcome diversion from the chill outside.  So whether you go upscale and sparkly or earthy and organic, your guests will be thrilled to have something special to do at a time when we don’t typically frequent the outdoors anyway.

And let’s not forget how much more fun it will be to go on your honeymoon in the middle of winter!

Written by Lisa McManus of April’s on Main

Photos  courtesy of Mike McManus

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