Don’t let Mother Nature prevent you from planning the ultimate wintery wedding reception. The weather outside may be frightful, but the colder temperatures can work to your advantage.
These merry winter wedding ideas are bound to inspire you and your guests, from holiday music to wintery florals. Here are our favourite ways to decorate for your romantic, rustic, classic, or modern winter wedding that will speak to any style.
From florals and lighting design to colours and textures, we unwrap some of the season’s best in holiday and wintery wedding décor.
1. Sparkly place settings, centrepieces, and fabrics
If you’re going for an elegant style, sequin tablecloths will create a warm glittery glow.
Bring the outside in by decking your winter wedding venue in Vaughan with some sparkling snowflakes. These can be used as wedding centrepieces, placeholders, dessert table decor, and everything in between.
Something as simple as a plaid tablecloth, pinecone place cards, or customized napkins featuring fun wordplay can help spread the winter cheer. Going hand-in-hand with greenery wreaths, artificial snow, and pine cones will lend a rustic-chic vibe to your reception space.
When planning your table setting, twigs can be presented in flower arrangements or vases as an elegant accent. Better yet, go big by incorporating decorative branches into the centrepiece—a nod to nature without having to trek outside in the elements.
Don’t stop at crushed velvet dresses and accessories for your bridesmaids. There’s nothing quite as magical or as cozy as velvet in a seasonal palette.
This lavish fabric is beckoning for a prime spot in your reception table décor. Simple harvest tables can be decorated with velvet runners, antique candlesticks, and vases with figs and pomegranates.
Layer and experiment with a colour palette of green, brown, and auburn in both the décor and floral details. Or bring the sunny shades of the west coast into winter; think jewel tones of citrine, amber fireplaces, and mustard hues from a citrusy orchard.
Colours like goldenrod, ochre, and honey may be a hit for a monochromatic colour scheme. Consider applying this idea to any shade, be it soft greys, winter whites, and neutrals, or darker shades such as burgundy, emerald, or aubergine.
Lastly, add candlelight or bring the outdoors in with the glow of a faux indoor fire pit accompanied by a canopy of greenery or artificial snow.
2. Wintery Florals
Use winter florals to adorn your Vaughn wedding venue or to greet guests as they stroll in. Who could say no to a stunning bouquet of winter blooms?
Consider selecting an arrangement of winter florals such as amaryllis, pomegranates, baby breath, garden roses, and seasonal greenery to match the aesthetic of your nuptials.
Turn up the romance with a candle-lit aisle to a stunning floral arbour made up of hydrangeas, garden roses, and white cherry blossoms.
Consider other elements such as sprawling seasonal greenery, willow, eucalyptus, and spruce for elegant decor that feels inherently holiday, and with the bonus is a beautiful fresh scent reminiscent of the outdoors.
3. Festive Lights and Glowing Lanterns
Have guests admire a glamorous, rustic, or whimsical ceremony and reception by interspersing garlands of greenery with string lights. Natural details can help to create the feeling of a winter woodland forest.
Give your wedding venue in Vaughan an icy aesthetic with white-flowered trees, artificial snow, and modern chairs. There is nothing more inviting for lighting a reception than loads of twinkling lights and mini flames in natural shades of candlelight.
Or try illuminating your venue with some glowing lanterns or luminaires for a look that feels as romantic as it does timeless and brings the spirit of the holiday season.
4. Hot Chocolate Favours
Gift your guests with some DIY hot chocolate or smores kits at the end of your reception.
It is an easy winter wedding idea and the perfect festive treat that all ages can enjoy. Guests will also delight in takeaways such as unique flavours of organic chocolates and a selection of warm teas and ciders.
4. Handmade Paper Escort Cards
Weave evergreen accents into the tablescape with creative escort cards finished in stylish calligraphy and displayed on mini birch logs, interspersed amongst moss, grass, and branches.
Take it further by adding table garland and scented pillar candles for a wintery touch.
6. Festive Wedding Bouquet
Whatever you choose for a gorgeous wedding bouquet will be a pop of colour against a snowy white backdrop. All-white or red and green are classic choices; however, why not try large blooms in dusty pinks and earth tones paired with lots of greenery?
Check with our florist about winter availability and let them help you put together a dreamy bouquet.
7. Festive Cocktails and Chilled Champagne Towers
Perhaps you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve wedding, or maybe you’re channelling a black-tie Gatsby-inspired affair. Either way, keep the bubbly flowing with none other than a champagne tower.
This grandiose display at your reception will elicit an awe-worthy response from guests. Set the tone for your reception with a celebratory drink such as a cranberry champagne cocktail or pink peppermint cocktail.
There’s nothing like adding holiday favourites to your menu and using them as a decorative moment.
Set up a bar stocked with amber-toned spirits and encourage guests to pop in throughout the night for a craft cocktail of their choice.
We suggest serving wintery takes like a classic old-fashioned infused with rosemary and cinnamon sticks for a post-dinner nightcap or at the after-party.
8. A Deck the Halls Dresscode
When determining a dress code for your entire wedding party, be sure to keep style and functionality in mind.
Whether it translates to an added faux fur coat topper for your bridesmaids or a cozy sweater for a special pup (dogs are people, too), coziness never goes out of style.
Velvet tuxedos and accessories are also on the rise. Many grooms even pair traditional suit styles with velvet bow ties to embrace this touch of glamour.
9. Cakes, Compotes, and more…
Just as pumpkin spice is synonymous with fall, there’s no shortage of seasonal cake flavours for your winter nuptials. Think festive gingerbread with pear compote and vanilla buttercream cake.
Other flavour combos include gingerbread and eggnog creme, cranberry-orange, chocolate peppermint, and chai spice.
In addition to a winter wedding cake, add a wintery-themed candy bar and make your dessert table extra festive by adding tiny trees and an icy colour scheme.
Turn up the indulgence with a hot chocolate buffet and add different mixings such as peppermint chips, whipped cream, marshmallows, cinnamon, butterscotch, caramel, and other decadent treats.
Winter Wedding Land
From scenic forest-inspired decor to cozy candle-lit spaces and the cheer of the holiday season, a winter wedding will surely bring a new level of romance to your nuptials.
Remember, you can take any of these winter-themed wedding decor ideas and celebrate in our stunning Vaughan wedding venue.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Chateau Le Jardin. We look forward to helping you create the wedding of your dreams soon!