Summer might be the most popular time to tie the knot but the colder time of year is when things really shine. From opulent colours, roaring fires and — with any luck — a sprinkling of snow on already-blanketed ground, your winter nuptials will be absolutely magical.
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Become an ice queen
You'll already have the spotlight on you but find a dress that teeters between ice queen and whimsical princess. Make it sparkly and pouffy and dramatic — but keep the jewelry to a minimum.
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Let your face sparkle
Go for a shimmery look, like silver eyeliner, frosty lips or metallic nails. But balance your choices with neutral shades. You don't want to look like a robot.
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Channel royalty for added warmth
Be like Queen Elizabeth or the Duchess of Cambridge and wear a coat dress to cover up your gorgeous gown. Add an elegant hat or fascinator or a floral crown instead of a typical tiara and you've slayed it.
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Faux-fur it up
If a coat dress isn't your thing, throw on a fuzzy shrug or capelet over your dress that you can incorporate with your bridesmaids' and flower girl dresses. Think a rich chocolate brown, smoky greys, even stark whites and and you'll all stun.
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If you don't want to cover up your gorgeous dress, longer sleeves add extra warmth — and an elegant extra layer.
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No cold feet here
Instead of impractical heels, wear snowproof, shearling-lined boots with laces that match your theme or, even better, blue!
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Warm wedding gifts
For the groomsmen, a flask makes for a perfect surprise, while your bridesmaids might love a cozy robe or Uggs in their closet.
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Keep ’em warm
Have blankets handy for your guests who might be freezing their formal butts off during the ceremony. They'll also come in handy if the weather takes a stormy turn.
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Maintain the theme all the way through
Sure, the ceremony and reception and drinks and attire hammer it home but start early, with your save the date cards, invitations and RSVP cards. Oooh, and your place cards. Don't forget those!
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Centre(pieces) of attention
Flickering candles, evergreen sprigs, pine cones and slabs of wood strike the perfect seasonal tone.
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Let it snow
If you can use the white stuff, why wouldn't you? Where else can you get a beautiful backdrop for free?
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While you’re at it…
Embrace the season and incorporate pine cones, foliage, cranberries and chestnuts into your decor.
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Colour is good
If red, green and white isn't your thing and deemed "too Christmasy," try other colours like deep greens, burnt oranges, navy blues and vibrant purples.
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Fire and lights
Everything looks better by candlelight.
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Sleek and stark
While the colour possibilities are endless, you can also go completely the other way and stun your guests with a stylish plain white colour scheme. A winter-white bouquet makes such an impact.
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Trade in traditional flowers and try a bouquet filled with fir, cedar, pine, aspen twigs and berries or mini pine cones.
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Wedding cake style
Putting deep red, velvety looking roses atop your cake will make it look that much more lush and luscious, but how cool is this outdoorsy-inspired one?
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Forget the champagne. Give your guests hot chocolate, mulled wine, apple cider or hot toddies to warm up to at the reception.
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Instead of the usual favours, try personalized cookies and ready-to-make cocoa, mini mincemeat pies, or pairs of cozy socks.
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Instead of a sweet table, why not set up a s'mores station? Also, doughnuts and spiked coffee will provide guests with a sugary, caffeinated boost.