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Snow glistening in the sun like tiny diamonds.
Warm and cozy flames blazing in the fireplace. Warm cider scenting
the air. If these images evoke feelings in you, then you realize
that winter can be a truly magical time, and a winter themed
wedding may be the perfect choice for you.
Save A Buck
The pun was intended, but it's definitely a
valid concern during the holiday season. With careful planning and
some forethought, a winter wedding can be planned without breaking
the holiday budget. My first suggestion would be to start planning
one to two years ahead of time. This will give you a chance to
take advantage of sales after the holidays.
It seems that the stores start to sell holiday
merchandise earlier and earlier each year. In many cases, they
will run special promotions and sales. If you are planning a
winter theme wedding this year, you can take advantage of the
sales now. If you are planning one next year, I suggest waiting
until the after Christmas sales. This will insure that you get the
maximum use out of your allocated wedding dollars as merchandise
often gets marked down drastically after the holidays.
It's not always possible to take advantage of
the sales though. If you are not able to, this year is a great
time to wait for the sales that will occur after New Year's is
over. If your winter wedding happens to fall in the year 2004, you
have a great opportunity to give out memorable favors or create
memorable centerpieces. I've noticed that much of the New Year's
merchandise is simply marked with 2004 rather than 1-1-2004 or
Jan. 1, 2004. Take advantage of it, and save some cash!
All Dressed Up
Though it's certainly not true everywhere, the
most common association with wintertime is snow. With its white
color and sparkling essence, white and silver would be a perfect
color choice for a winter wedding. This can be reflected in the
attire of the wedding party as well. Many brides opt for a white
gown, but a groom can also choose to wear white. The bridesmaids
can be dressed in silver gowns and the groomsmen in white tuxes
with silver (or gray) bowties and vests.
Of course, there are other options as well.
Platinum is a very similar color to silver, and has become a
popular choice. The bride can opt for a gown with platinum or
silver threads throughout. She can also opt for faux fur lined
gowns complete with muffs in place of a bouquet. Bridesmaids can
wear holiday dresses featuring snowflake or star motifs. As
mentioned in the saving money section of this article, this is a
great year to be planning a winter wedding as the merchandise is
varied and will be available for a longer period of time.
All the trimmings
Perhaps one of the nicest aspects of planning a
winter wedding is that many of your vendors (depending on who you
use) may already have decorated for the season. Many use the
colors of red and green, but silver and white are also common
colors for the season. When looking for vendors, search a year in
advance if possible to see if their decorating fits your needs. If
it does, be sure to ask if they use the same decorating year after
year. If so, you may be able to save some money on decorating
costs. This advice applies to different vendors and services, but
the most common are: hotel rooms (banquet, reception, etc.),
churches, halls and restaurants.
If it's not possible to have the decorating
already done for you, then this theme is one of the simplest to
decorate for. Pew bows can be as simple as white ribbon with an
ornament hanging from them. Snowflakes or stars are great and easy
to find during the holiday season. Simple flower arrangements can
include all white flowers in a silver-tone container.
candles can be white in regular silver candlesticks with white
Petals) surrounding the
Candles. Instead of throwing just flower petals, the
flower girl can throw petals mixed with a small amount of glitter.
This adds sparkle to the
runner, but I should caution that the
flower girl should wear a sparkly dress if you want to do this.
Glitter gets everywhere!
After the ceremony is over, it's time for the
reception. White tablecloths would be perfect for a winter theme
wedding. If you are planning on using your own linens, you can
dress them up easily using stamps. I recently purchased a large
snowflake stamp and silver ink for under $15.00, and can
definitely envision it stamped on a tablecloth! Small amounts of
bells could be tossed on the tables for
sparkle. Small Yule logs could be used as centerpieces or you
could incorporate 2000 merchandise in your centerpieces. One
example is wine glasses filled with floating white flowers or
streamers and Christmas ornaments. Favors could range
wine glasses (depending on the price you can purchase them for
during the after New Year's sales) holding
candles to ornaments marked with "Happy
Holidays" and the year. Traditional favors (such as potpourri
almonds) could add to theme if wrapped
ribbon or streamers. Silver ribbons
would accent any choice wonderfully.
As for general decorating, there are many
choices. One suggestion is to use miniature Christmas trees with
snow (faux, of course) laden branches. You can decorate with
and silver ribbon or you could place
on the branches. One idea takes a bit of planning as it could be
rather expensive. It would be absolutely stunning to have a
miniature Christmas or holiday village on the cake table or on
it's own table. If planning to do this, you might ask for a
"mini-house" or "Christmas village" shower, and surprise shower
guests with your use of the village at the wedding. Another option
is to purchase one house or village piece per month until the
wedding to try and keep costs manageable. When the wedding is
over, you can use the village every Christmas as decoration.
Inexpensive snowflake or star ornaments can be used on walls or
hanging from simple white fabric swags. Another option is to place
them around the cake table or hanging from tablecloths. Finally,
the same suggestion I give for many theme weddings. White
Christmas bulbs wrapped in
would look wonderful. The same warning as usual too: please
make sure to buy "cool-to-the touch" bulbs. I hope that these
ideas give you inspiration to create your perfect Winter