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Sunday, January 9, 2011

A White Winter Wedding (And Blue, and Silver)

Living in Minnesota, I have a lot of experience with the winter. Although winter weddings are not the most popular here, they definitely should be. We have a wedding season where most brides get married May - October (early November) and then the weddings slow to a trickle.

I've often pondered why, especially since it really is beautiful here in the winter. Cold but beautiful. I wish that more brides would consider a winter wedding here but I totally get the spring, summer and fall weddings too. We have such a majestic landscape during those seasons that it would be tempting to pass up winter nuptials. However, I think that a winter wedding would be just as fantabulous!

I think a Chalet type setting or North woods lodge would be a great setting for a winter wedding. However, there are so many other venues just fighting for your attention during the winter you really could do a great hotel or landmark wedding.

Not only do you get killer deals here during the winter, but this easy event schematic would be so effortlessly beautiful. I would ditch the traditional reds and greens, unless you want a Christmas wedding. For a January or February wedding I would absolutely use whites, icy blues and silver to express the cold yet delicately beautiful setting of nature.

There are so many fun details that could be incorporated into a white winter wedding! A snowflake cake, silver bridesmaids dresses and icy blue ties for the gentlemen! Of course, the bride could wear a white fur shrug over her dress. I imagine fun details like fur boots and glittering broaches.

The flowers and centerpieces would pay homage to the white and silver color scheme of the wedding since blue is not traditionally found in flowers unless they are dyed. I think that white branches with a dusting of glitter and surrounded by candle votives would be just heavenly! This could be a DIY project or something you get from a florist.

Favors could be snowflake cookies or white, embellished cupcakes! I love the idea of using a snowflake ornament as an escort card holder and as a favor. Double duty is always a cost effective way to save money and still have elegance and style at your wedding.

For me, winter is all about comfort food so I would incorporate hot hors d'oeuvres such as Swedish meatballs and bacon wrapped shrimp. YUMM-O! The main course could be our native Walleye instead of Salmon or a hearty steak meal. Of course, a mashed potato bar with all the fixins would be a perfect late night snack for all the guests partying the night away. A Frostini signature cocktail would be perfect drink to serve using your ice luge. This is made with peppermint schnapps, and cold Starbucks Vanilla Latte coffee.

If your winter wedding is during the holidays, it would be fun to incorporate some Christmas tunes. However, it is after the holidays a festive big band feel to your entertainment would be divine. Finally, for the send off, have guests light Chinese lanterns and float them into the sky before you exit on your horse drawn sleigh to the nearest hotel or Bed n' Breakfast.

Happy Planning!


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