When you Google image search “winter weddings,” there are two main themes that pop up:
1. The Christmas Wedding
Reds and Greens (Inspiration board via The Plunge Project / Individual image credits at source)
2. Winter Wonderland
Silver, lots of glitter, blue, and snowflakes. (Inspiration board via Here Comes the Blog / Individual credits at source)
We want to avoid both of these. No offense meant—there’s elements of both I like—but we chose winter because we honestly like the season, not as a theme.
We’re avoiding the Christmas wedding simply by choosing a date in February. I didn’t necessarily want to wait that long, and thought that early December would be great—but a lot of the venues we looked at decorate for the entire month. Lots of poinsettias, Christmas trees, and wreaths. Sure, we could have taken them down but, honestly, I feel like no matter what we did, our wedding would feel Christmasy.
We’re hoping to avoid the “winter wonderland” by instead focusing on a much more muted palate—lots of gray, faux fur (naturally, for the Gray Wolf wedding), greens, a pop or two of coral. Bare branches, warm lighting, lots of candles. Here’s my stab at the Gray Wolf wedding inspiration board:
(Photos, assembled in PowerPoint, clockwise from top left: Color swatches via Creature Comforts Blog; Door via Design Seeds; Gray and coral invitation via Oh So Beautiful Paper / Design by Kate Gabriel at Wit & Delight / Printing by Evolution Press; Bride and ‘maids via Ruffled Blog / Photo by Christina Szczupak; Outdoor bride via Style Me Pretty / Photo by Sloan Photographers; Place settings via Martha Stewart Weddings; George Washington stamp via USPS; Earrings via Kendra Scott; Watercolor invitation via Swiss Cottage Designs)
What do you think? I think these colors/elements—mixed with generous amounts of candlelight and the intimate feel of our venue—will be unique. I’m excited to keep building on this!