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Designing a Winter Theme Wedding

Winter, with its gently falling snow, heartwarming holidays and clear, moonlit nights - brings an undeniable magic to winter weddings. The winter season is magical and inviting, and invokes warm memories of holiday celebrations surrounded by friends and family – and is the perfect time to bring to life the magic of the season with a celebration of marriage. If you are planning on a winter wedding, there are many ideas on the market today to add the sparkle of winter to your day, and bring the magic of winter indoors.

The Ceremony

Decorating for your winter wedding can be a magical time in itself, with so many options to choose from, it may be hard to decide just what to select. Pew bows can be made in crisp white, cool ice blue, silver, or even made with sheer, sparkly tulle to add shimmer and shine to your ceremony. Add a snowflake charm to the bottom of each bow

If you are planning on having a flower girl, she can scatter ice blue, silver and white petals to bring the winter season to your walk down the aisle. You can also toss some snowflake confetti in with her flowers to toss. You may even want to prep the aisle runner with silver or iridescent glitter to add shine and sparkle to the aisle. If you don’t want to toss glitter down, check your local craft store for sparkle fabric spray paint and gently spray your aisle runner – it will add shine to the fabric without shifting while you walk.

The altar at the ceremony can be dressed in pretty white winter flowers, wood inspired sprays, even glistening dried silver dollar plants – which are reminiscent of ornaments hanging from a tree. For your unity candle ceremony, select a winter inspired candle. If you can not locate a winter unity candle you love, you can purchase a white pillar candle and adorn it with scattered rhinestones (like falling snow), ribbons and a winter theme charm to make your own winter unity candle.

The Reception

Your reception decorations are where you can really have fun with your winter wedding. The tables can be draped in cool whites, silver or ice blues. Scatter your tables with fluffy snow, or add shimmer with snowflake confetti. Light up the room with tea lights or candles surrounding the centerpieces, or placed strategically around each table.

Place card holders can be sparkly silver, iridescent white or small silver and ice blue balls which look like ornaments. The most multi-tasking place card holder out there though are these beautiful Snowflake Place Card Holder / Ornament Winter Wedding Favors which not only serve as place card holders with stand on back, but they can hold a picture as well, serve as an ornament for your guests, or even be used as a refrigerator magnet.

For centerpieces, purchase small table top sized trees. Decorate the bases in fabric and ribbon to match your color scheme. You can spray the tips with snow, dress them up with mini white or blue battery operated lights, and you can even tie small favors such as ornaments, bookmarks or key chains to the branches. Another idea for a tall centerpiece is to purchase tall vases, fill with crystal gems and place tall lighted spray branches or tall glittered spray branches in each vase. You could also purchase crystal (or crystal like) bowls, and fill with ornaments in your color scheme. Each ornament could then serve as a favor for your guests to take home.

Your wedding cake can be dusted with silver edible glitter, which adds shine and is not overpowering. Your cake can be decorated with icicles and snowflakes – maybe even top it off with a bride and groom snow-couple cake topper. The icing can be in your winter colors. Perhaps even have a tiered snowflake cake; each layer can be a different shape – after all no to snowflakes are alike!

For drinks you can offer white and ice blue martinis. Add snowflake or snowman stirrer sticks!

If you really want to go all out, if your reception hall allows, you can string mini lights over trees, topiaries, banisters, and such. You could also hang from the ceiling snowflakes at different lengths.

Winter Wedding Favors

There is no limit to the beautiful winter wedding favors on the market today. This year edible wedding favors are extremely popular, and there are many candies which could double as winter themed. Hot Cocoa packs personalized with your names and date is also a cute touch.

For sparkle, you can add to each place setting Kate Aspen’s new Snowflake Gel Candle, which with the ice-blue gel, sparkling with silver glitter, uniquely shaped glass container with a dazzling, silver-studded snowflake embedded on the front will wow your guests and instantly add color and shimmer to your reception tables.

For a bit of staying power in your guests’ homes, mini snow globes, snowflake bottle stoppers, or snowflake photo coasters all will leave a lasting impression.

Your winter wedding will be beautiful, memorable and inspiring to your guests. If you love all things the winter season brings, then incorporate the magic of the season into every aspect of your wedding day.

Article Copyright 2007, Erica Tevis, Little Things Wedding Favors

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