Most of the wedding attention gets put on spring, summer, and fall weddings, with winter being left out of the spotlight. Ask any wedding expert, though, and they’ll let you in on a little secret – winter weddings are magical! In many ways, winter is the pinnacle season for romance between cozy fireside kisses, ice skating dates, and holiday proposals.
Winter Wedding Ideas You’ll Love
For those of you in the midst of planning a winter wedding, or are considering having one, we’ve got a treat for you. Caroline Hay, Director of Catering + Planning at Doral Arrowwood Resort, has the inside scoop on creative winter wedding ideas.
Winter Wedding Décor
Aesthetics are an essential part of any wedding, and winter affords the chance for extra special details. As far as a color scheme goes, consider hues of silver and white or white with crystal accents for all of your linens, florals, and decor. Those color schemes will set an enchanting tone. Even the dance floor can be a snowy white color. Pinecones can be used as table decor and if you use real ones, will make your wedding reception smell wintry fresh!
Winter Wedding Cuisine Enhancements
Oh, the delights of winter wedding cuisine! Comfort food and cozy drinks pair well to ensure that every guest feels the love of the season and occasion. A major crowd pleaser will be a hot chocolate station with fun toppings – take it up a notch and hire a bartender to add a little Kahlua to the adult drinks, if so desired. Keep everyone warm during dessert with a delectable warm-doughnut station. Consider having a potato bar for an appetizer station pre-dinner. As far as the main meal goes, get extra cozy by serving soup in mini-mugs! Macaroni and cheese can be fancied up and is always a fan favorite.
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Winter Wedding Florals
A major trend right now is sustainability, and with that comes choosing florals seasonally. This is great news because winter florals truly stand out. Trade in roses for pinecones and gardenias for ferns. To infuse rich colors opt for strands of berries and holly leaves. Decorate inside the venue with refreshing pine garlands, hidden mistletoe, and dusty miller leaves.
Winter Wedding After Party Ideas
No one ever wants a wedding reception to end, and with a few careful after party considerations, you can keep the fun going all night long! After a few hours of dancing and cheers-ing, more food might be wise. If fire pits are available at the venue, a S’mores and pizza truck station will do just the trick. Guests can get a dose of fresh air, stay warm, and intake some yummy treats.
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Though we know Caroline could continue to provide us with incredible winter wedding ideas, we think that’s enough to get you started! A winter wedding is like a snowfall in the sunshine – inspiring, memorable, and sweet. Your winter wedding will be exactly that regardless of which details you decide to choose!
If you’re looking for the perfect winter wonderland venue in Westchester County New York, then Doral Arrowwood Resort is just the place. Set on 114 acres of rolling, lush New York acreage, Doral Arrowwood features an array of venue options to suit your needs.