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Think outside the red, white and green! Classic winter weddings follow that theme, but if you’re looking to make a statement, we have some ideas to make your winter wedding uniquely yours.

Check out these four hot winter wedding trends:

1. Twinkling Décor and Bold Colors

It’s easy to create a magical winter atmosphere with crystals, silver accents and ice. These accents add the “wow” factor and are easy to incorporate into the reception in many different ways. Add an ice sculpture as a gorgeous and eye-catching centerpiece at the bar or an appetizer table. Dangle crystals from table centerpieces for a glittering effect and even incorporate them into bouquets. Use silver ink to inscribe guests’ names onto place cards and escort cards for a fancy flourish. Definitely don’t forget to bring in a bit of color, such as sapphire blue, burgundy or plum as an accent to break up the whites and silvers.

2. Seasonal Start

As your guests enter the reception, offer a miniature signature beverage that represents the season, along with a tasty hors d’oeuvre. A cranberry mule—made with vodka, ginger beer, cranberry juice and lime—is an ideal way to kick off the party. Garnish with cranberries, a lime wedge and a sprig of fresh rosemary for a festive touch. Pair it with a quick bite, such as a braised short rib and mashed potato bites served on a toothpick. Bonus: Hors d’oeuvres served on a toothpick are easy grab-and-go nibbles, so you can quickly move to the next one!

3. Comfort Foods

On a cold winter’s night, even at a wedding reception, classic dishes are sure to warm every guest’s heart. A mini cup of soup with a small sandwich, such as tomato soup and grilled cheese, is sure to be a crowd-pleasing appetizer. At dinner, offer savory sauces or chutneys to complement your protein. Don’t forget the ultimate comfort food—mashed potatoes! For dessert, another duo, such as hot chocolate and biscotti, or Irish coffee and doughnuts, will bring a smile to everyone’s face.

4. Warm Favors

As you send your guests out into the winter wonderland, give them a little treat to warm themselves up later. Purchase or make hot chocolate kits—with mini marshmallows, of course—or get packages of mulling spices to make mulled wine or cider and include a cinnamon stick as a cozy and thoughtful thank you. Another option is to offer mini-pies packaged in personalized boxes. Now those are favors that will be long remembered!

Looking for more winter wedding tips? Click here for more ideas.

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