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How to Plan a Winter Wedding

Some challenges may arise when tying the knot in the colder months of the year. Follow this advice for turning your special day into a winter wonderland.


  • Step 1: Include the same winter theme colors and flowers into the design of the cake. Dangle snowflakes from the tiers or replicate snow with shaved white chocolate.
  • Step 2: Incorporate a horse-drawn carriage into your plans. Nothing will make more of an impression on your guests than arriving to your reception like Cinderella and Prince Charming.
  • FACT: In January 1954, Marilyn Monroe carried white cymbidium orchids during her winter wedding to baseball player Joe DiMaggio.
  • Step 3: Pick flowers that are available in the winter, they will be considerably cheaper than imported ones. Add touches of pine cones, imitation holly berries, or fur branches.
  • TIP: Consider holding your reception and your ceremony at the same site so guests won't have a commute between events.
  • Step 4: Wear a wedding gown designed for the cold weather. Add fur to a jacket or wrap, or to the top of opera length gloves. Spice up your dress with a snowflake-shaped pendant in silver or platinum.
  • TIP: Add the same accents to your bridesmaids' dresses.
  • Step 5: Think about weather challenges. Have out of town guests arrive a few days early and reserve a reception site that is prepared for snow.
  • Step 6: Set a winter theme. Incorporate snowflakes into your decorations and invitations. Choose winter colors of blue, silver, and snowy white to adorn the reception site, turning it into a winter wonderland.

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