Planning an end-of-year wedding in North America requires special considerations to the seasonal aspects of a winter wedding. Sure, you may have to plan to potentially accommodate a couple of extra guests – named rain or snow. But the range of menu choices and décor options you can work with also affords a stylish alternative to the traditional “June bride” experience. Here are some winter wedding ideas to consider when planning your big day.


Classic themes or color palettes offer guests a timeless escape from the winter blahs. While reds, greens, and blues are par for the course throughout the holiday season, it’s important to ensure that a winter wedding venue’s décor (or sweet table!) doesn’t overdo it with the seasonal vibe. Luxe details like white velvet, satin, and faux fur can help to add a splash sophistication, with crystal accents inspired by a little bit of shimmering frost.

Hosting your winter wedding indoors also offers an opportunity to embrace the glamour of a ballroom or manor setting. While venues may often offer reduced or off-season pricing for the winter, the appeal of a grand ball is intriguing to guests all year round and will surely inspire everyone to come out in their finery. Black-tie optional or black-tie required dress codes are utter perfection in this case (and guests can avoid fretting about rumpled linen suits!).

Decadent Dining

When it comes to winter wedding ideas, choosing your menu truly has endless opportunities that can draw on tradition and seasonality. Creamy soups, foie gras, charcuterie, and caviar are among our personal favorites during this season, but they are also perfectly appropriate for a winter wedding.

Cozy Favors

While a package of sweet treats is traditional for a take-home favor (such as macarons or fancy cookies), you could also consider pulling inspiration from the winter season by putting together a hot chocolate goody bag. Petrossian’s hot chocolate on a stick is a convenient, individual portion of decadence in a mug – stirred into steamed milk and topped with gourmet marshmallows, your guests will be sipping joyfully into the night.

There is also great fun to be had with the packaging and customization of your wedding favors – be sure to stay true to your theme and inspiration!

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