11 Jan Top Tips for Planning Your Perfect Winter Wedding
There is something inherently romantic about getting married in winter. Though it may be cold outside, a winter wedding invites you to use bold, bright colors, rich fabrics, candles galore and all sorts of warm drinks and foods to create a welcoming event. This is the time of year when you can go all out with glitz and glamour. Another benefit to the winter season is that it can be easier on the wallet, too—many venues and vendors offer deals during this time of year. Your top choices are also more likely to be available on the dates and times you prefer.
What to Wear
Yes, it’s wintertime, but that doesn’t mean you have to pick a dress in a heavy fabric or one that has to accommodate thermals! It’s more likely than not that you’ll spend more time indoors than out, so choose your dream dress and accessorize. You can even go strapless. A faux fur stole, a stylish jacket, a satin wrap or a glittering cover-up can give you the fashionable warmth that you need outside, which you can then shed when you get indoors. Keep in mind that you may need two pairs of shoes for the day, perhaps stylish boots for outside and heels for inside. You don’t want to be traipsing around in the snow or cold in inappropriate footwear.
Attention to Attendants
The same goes for your wedding party. Don’t overdress them and don’t be afraid to go bold with your colors. There really isn’t a better season for over-the-top looks than in the colder months. Metallics and bright colors that pop will brighten up a winter’s day. For men, adding a nice vest under their jackets is a simple way to keep them warm without baking them.
Winter is a blank canvas. You can choose any color palette. Rich jewel colors, sparkly sequin table linens, twinkling candles and fairy lights all make for a romantic setting. Out-of-season blooms command top dollar in winter, so instead use garlands, berries and pine cones, which embrace the season without breaking the bank.
To warm up your guests as they arrive, a signature cocktail such as warm apple cider with rum or a hot toddy will certainly make them feel toasty and welcome. Dinner offers the chance to serve comfort food such as hearty soups, winter vegetables and roasts. As the night winds down, a hot dessert action station with fresh doughnuts with hot chocolate and coffee might be the perfect ending. With the chef behind the station, guests can choose their own toppings. Give them the option to enjoy it before they leave or to take them to go. Custom to-go containers can double as a guest favor!
Skin So Soft
Cold weather can be very unkind to our bodies, and no one wants dry skin and chapped lips on her wedding day. The key is to drink lots of water leading up to your big day. If you don’t already have a regular moisturizing routine, start at least a week before the wedding. Itchy, dry skin under your perfectly fitted wedding dress will be very uncomfortable and makeup doesn’t like dry skin. Since everyone has varying skin types, it’s best to talk to your makeup artist or a skin care professional about the right products. A tip for chapped lips is to massage a dab of honey into your lips using a washcloth. This will help stimulate blood flow, making your lips look fuller, and remove those little flakes that lip balm leaves behind.
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