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5 Ways to Warm Up Your Winter Wedding

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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.

welcoming wedding venue foyer with warm fireplace

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.

1451 Rennaissance Place in Milwaukee with dramatic uplighting and crystal candles

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.

simple elegant wedding centerpieces with silver vases and purple rosesBefore 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.

20+ Holiday Wedding Ideas

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holiday wedding with babys breath centerpieces and cranberry napkinsPlanning a holiday wedding around the Christmas or New Year holiday is a really unique wedding planning process.  Best yet, a holiday wedding can be whatever you want to be: a winter wonderland, a traditional Christmas dinner, an elegant winter festival, a traditional vintage holiday, a festive holiday party with friends and family.

There are a lot of different directions you can take when planning your holiday wedding, and one of the first steps you need to take is to decide what kind of atmosphere you want to set at your wedding.  Once you’ve made that decision, coordinate all the details of your wedding from the invitation to choosing the right wedding that is the perfect back drop for your holiday wedding.  When touring wedding venues, look for building features that complete your atmosphere; for a vintage holiday wedding, look for a venue with historic features.  For an incredibly cozy holiday wedding atmosphere, search for a venue with warm and inviting foyer (perhaps with a fireplace?) and a neutral backdrop for your cozy wedding décor details.

wedding venue with candles, uplighting, and glittery snow back dropThe next step is to choose the right holiday wedding ideas that can tie all the details of your wedding together (or if you can’t, to choose a wedding venue with planners that have the know-how to bring it all together).  To be sure, you have a great list of holiday wedding ideas to choose from, including some of our favorites:

  1. Traditional lanterns
  2. Hot cocoa bar
  3. Cranberries (in vases with floating candles, as décor touches)
  4. Sugared fruit in champagne
  5. Baby’s breath décor (looks like a dusting of snow!)
  6. Red roses (with white for a sharp contrast)
  7. Decorated pine cones
  8. Ornaments (in vases, with candles, as table décor)
  9. Candy cane accents (and for drinks?)
  10. Christmas cookie favors
  11. Decorated Christmas tree
  12. Poinsettias
  13. Christmas wreaths
  14. Boughs (around stair railings, over mantle, down center of long tables, or…)
  15. Sprigs (at place settings, as centerpieces)
  16. Candles
  17. Glittery backdrop (perfect for winter wonderland or backdrop for white wedding décor)
  18. White branches
  19. Shawls
  20. Cocoa or coffee favors (with peppermint or another holiday flavoring)
  21. Ornament favors
  22. Snowflakes (on tables, on branches…)

6 Winter Wedding Ideas

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winter wedding ideasWinter wedding wonderland. Cozy holiday gathering. Nutcracker theme. Your holiday wedding could go in a million different directions with ice bars, crystals, pearls, snowflakes, white roses, red roses…the list could go on and on of winter wedding ideas. You could choose all of the above, but you don’t want your wedding to look like a mishmash affair without a clear direction. How do you choose the right winter wedding touches for your unique winter wedding? Use our list of winter wedding ideas to find the winter wedding touch that you can hang your hat on, and the direction of your winter wedding.

Touches of cranberry

For a warm holiday feel, incorporate touches of cranberry into your wedding decor: in the flowers in the centerpieces, in water with candles, in bouquets. Carry the color into your cake, chair ribbons, dresses—even in the color of your cocktails or champagne. You can use this touch of cranberry as much as you want: as subtle touches in your all white winter wedding, or extensively in your bridesmaid dresses, bouquets, invitations, centerpieces, etc.

Ornaments

Nothing brings a touch of holiday class to a wedding reception than holiday glass balls. Choose the color of your ornament décor—gold, red, blue, purple—and use them in your centerpieces, as accents on your chair wraps, on the tables, in the welcome area.

Hot chocolate/hot cocoa bar

Want to give your guests a warm inviting feel at your wedding? Want to bring back memories of cold winter nights with a cup of hot cocoa? No matter what you call it, a hot chocolate or hot cocoa bar is a wonderful way to warm your guests up after venturing out into the cold to your wedding. Set up a hot cocoa bar as a way of welcome, farewell (as a favor to take home), as a side table at your wedding, or as an individual kit at each place setting.

cookies for wedding guestsWinter/holiday candy table

Candy canes, fudge, peppermint bark, sugar cookies…imagine your favorite holiday candies laid out on a table around a gingerbread house centerpiece surrounded by Christmas lights. Or create a centerpiece out of a vase filled with lights, and jars or vases of your favorite holiday candies. Whatever vision of sugar plums is dancing in your head, it’s the perfect way to sweeten up your guests, and to take home in small personalized boxes or bags.

Pine

If holiday trees are a mainstay of your childhood memories, and you want to incorporate that feel into your wedding, use pine boughs as a subtle part of your décor. A sprig of pine at each place setting, or a decorated pine cone that shimmers in the candle light, or mix them in ornaments, cranberries and other holiday wedding décor….there are a lot of opportunities to bring your favorite holiday tree into your wedding.

winter wedding ideasGlimmer of fallen snow

Obviously you can’t ask for a soft blanket of snow outside, but you can recreate that feeling inside your wedding venue. Think white, sparkly pinecones and beautiful white décor, candles, strategic lighting, crystals—anything that can give your wedding celebration the sparkle that you get after a winter snow fall.

Once you’ve chosen the direction of your winter wedding, choose a wedding venue that makes the perfect background. If you need event planning services to make your winter wedding vision come to life, contact a wedding venue that offers event planners on-staff. Together with your event planner, you can choose the touch, or touches, that make your winter wedding your own version of a winter wedding.

6 Ideas for your Winter Wedding

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winter wedding ideasPlanning a winter wedding? Don’t feel left out in the cold. Your winter wedding can be a beautiful, cozy occasion as unique as our Midwestern winters. Embrace your winter wedding, and play it up with winter wedding details on your big day. Every detail of your winter wedding counts, from your seasonal wedding décor to your wedding dress and favors:

  1. Brides, think wraps. Just because you’re having a winter during the coldest part of the year doesn’t mean you have to say no to that strapless dress. Find a unique winter wrap that keeps you warm and makes you look special.
  2. Embrace your inner winter with a sugar cookie or hot cocoa bar. Offer apple cider, or leave small jars of apple cider or cocoa mix as a favor. Don’t be afraid to play up your winter theme even when choosing the design for your cake, with velvet ribbon, silver pinecones, jewels or evergreen accents.
  3. Don’t be afraid of outdoor photos. Pick a venue where you take advantage of winter when capturing shots of your special day, like a shot on the steps with your beautiful wedding venue in the background. You don’t have to be outside for very long to get the ideal winter shots—plan ahead and talk to your photographer for ideas. Then head outside and get a beautiful winter shot together and with your wedding party unlike any other.
  4. Lots and lots of lights. Capture the essence of the holiday season with strand after strand of sparkly lights, or project snowflakes onto the ceiling. Whatever fits your wedding, make your reception glow like a meadow with a fresh layer of white powder.
  5. Use crystals and glass to bring the sparkle of ice into your reception. Or bring ice—a special sculpture that embodies who the two of you are. Snowflakes with a soft white glitter can make your cake, cupcakes or décor a soft winter sparkle.
  6. Velvet. We’re not saying you need to wear velour jogging suits, but capture the warmth of velvet in your seasonal wedding décor. If you’re holding a holiday wedding, make velvet ornaments for your guests with your names and wedding date on them. Have a wedding dress made of velvet (be prepared, they’re very warm!). Use red or a dark blue velvet in your decorations (perhaps for the table cloths or for chair wraps?) to play off the white, and give your wedding a rich, soft look.

With as cold as our Wisconsin winters can be, your winter wedding is obviously going to be held inside, so choose your wedding venue wisely. Consider 1451 Renaissance Place in Milwaukee, a beautiful wedding venue with an elegant feel, and steps perfect for your outdoor winter wedding photo shoot. If you have any questions about our wedding venue, or ideas for your winter wedding, check out our website or ask us on our Facebook page. If you do decide 1451 Renaissance Place is the perfect spot for your venue, we’ll do everything in our power to make sure your winter wedding is a breath-taking day to remember.

5 Details of an Elegant Winter Wedding

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1977211_10152927632106803_8277726764150121339_nWhile you can’t host outside games in the midst of our Wisconsin winter, your winter wedding can be unique with its own special elegance. Once you’ve found the beautiful, elegant reception hall to anchor your winter wedding details, its time to capture the beauty of the towering Milwaukee Christmas tree, and the sparkle of a new blanket of winter snow—intermingled with your unique style as a couple. Here are five elegant details that capture the essence of our elegant Wisconsin winters, and that you as a couple can put your unique stamp on:

  • Brides, think wraps. Just because you’re having a winter during the coldest part of the year doesn’t mean you have to say no to that strapless dress. Find a unique winter wrap that keeps you warm and makes you look special.
  • Don’t be afraid of outdoor photos. Pick a venue where you take advantage of winter when capturing shots of your special day. You don’t have to be outside for very long to get the ideal winter shots—plan ahead and talk to your photographer for ideas. Then head outside and get a beautiful winter shot with your wedding party unlike any other.
  • Lots and lots of lights. Capture the essence of the holiday season with elegant lighting, or project snowflakes onto the ceiling. Whatever fits your wedding, make your reception glow like a meadow with a fresh layer of powder.
  • Use crystals and glass to bring the sparkle of ice into your reception. Or bring ice—a special sculpture that embodies who the two of you are. Snowflakes with a soft white glitter can make your cake, cupcakes or décor a soft winter sparkle.
  • Velvet brings warmth and softness to your special day. We’re not saying you need to wear velour jogging suits, but capture the warmth of velvet in your wedding décor. If you’re holding a holiday wedding, make velvet ornaments for your guests with your names and wedding date on them. Have a wedding dress made of velvet (be prepared, they’re very warm!). Use red or a dark blue velvet in your decorations (perhaps for the table cloths or for chair wraps?) to play off the white, and give your wedding a rich, soft look.

While your winter wedding may be a year(s) away, wedding planning is not something to be left to the last minute. That’s why it’s invaluable to find an elegant wedding venue with event coordinators that can assist with planning the perfect winter wedding—a wedding as elegant and beautiful as you as a couple and our beautiful Wisconsin winters.