No matter how hard you try to make it easy for guests to get to your winter wedding (i.e. choosing a venue with convenient parking, taxis, etc.), you can’t deny that winter is cold with a capital C. It’s your job to help your wedding guests thaw and feel the warmth of winter (think warm winter evenings around the fire). Here are some ways you can warm up your guests and make them feel cozy and appreciated.
Give them a warm welcome.
Your first chance to warm your guests comes the moment they walk in the door. Make the foyer of your wedding venue feel cozy and warm. Choose a venue with a fireplace with a warm glow. Give your guests the chance to gather and mingle around the fire before they head into your reception hall.
Warm up their hands with a hot drink.
Make your guests feel warm inside and out. Include a coffee bar in your wedding reception plans, or serve hot apple cider at the bar (don’t forget to offer cinnamon sticks!). For a sweeter touch, include a hot cocoa bar with all the garnishes: peppermints, cream, chocolate chips, mint, sprinkles, and any other favorite cocoa extras.
Create a warm glow.
You don’t want your guests to stay huddled around the fireplace all night. Recreate the glow of a warm evening fire with candles, lanterns, and soft lighting. Use candles on the tables, metallic vases, and crystals to make the light from the candles into a soft glow. Your guests’ll feel warmer the moment they walk in and start to experience your warm atmosphere.
Finish your meal with a warm dessert.
Instead of the usual wedding cake, opt for a warm dessert that your guests’ll love. S’mores can be perfect for a rustic or more elegant wedding; just ask your caterer to make a warm s’more dessert with a stylish (and yummy) aesthetic. For a cozy touch, opt for pies, fruit tarts, or warm donuts.
End the night with a favor that warms them all the way to the core.
Before your guests go, give them something that’ll keep them warm on their way home. Mittens or muffs (think of the old covers that you see in the paintings of ice skaters) can be perfect for a vintage wedding. Hot packs that your guests can snap and heat are very appreciated when the night temperatures hit frigid. If you want your guests to keep warm at home, send them sweet wishes with a packet of hot chocolate or s’mores. For a very cozy touch, give them a personalized throw to cuddle up with on a cold night—just like you and your new spouse will be after your winter wedding is over.