10 ideas for adding warmth to winter wedding decor
With so many feasts, friendly faces, and family gatherings, the winter season is known for being warm and cheerful in spite of the chilly winds outside. However, this holiday magic doesn’t happen on its own – in order to fill your wedding venue with elements that build on the warmth and energy of the holiday atmosphere, you’ll have to look carefully at the types of materials and objects that will add rich textures, soft lines, glowing surfaces, and feelings of abundance to your wedding venue. In this post, Weddingful has put together a list of 10 elements to consider for your winter wedding decor in order to avoid celebrating in an atmosphere that feels drafty or sparse, instead creating a space that’s full of life, warmth, and luminosity!
1. Add Rich Textures. Colder months can bring about images of chilly and drafty spaces – a good way to counter this chilly feeling is to add richly textured materials that bring a cozy, soft feeling to the room. This sleek velvet tablecloth certainly looks more lustrous and soft than a square table with spindly legs! Other fabrics like wools, satins, fleeces, textured laces, and faux furs are all good options for bringing rich texture to your winter wedding!
2. Create the feeling of abundance. With so many family gatherings, treasured holidays, rich scents, and warm cheer filling the winter season, there’s no reason for a winter wedding to feel sparse! This table scape is a great example of an abundant display, with flowers of various shapes and colors and candles of various heights packed into the central area of the table. A white tablecloth underneath helps to create a friendly, soft palette as well. The generous look of this arrangement turns this space into an abundant banquet that’s sure to bring warm smile to all who enjoy the winter feast!
3. Dried leaves add natural warmth. From the warm, textured grain of natural woods to the crisp brightness of fall leaves, nature always has a way of adding warmth to our celebrations. The dead of winter may seem an inopportune time to offer your wedding guests a display of sunny daisies, but you can still offer them a fresh breath of nature with the creative use of some of Autumn’s last leaves. This clever display has transformed ordinary leaves and sticks into an interesting decorative piece that features the names of the bride and groom in a unique way.
4. Use plenty of candles! Aside from the added illumination and physical warmth that a display of lit candlesticks generates, the familiar, age-old scene of glowing candles atop a dinner table calls to mind the cold winter nights when family gathers around the dining room table to share food, gifts, and stories during the holidays.
5. Add pops of red! Many winter wedding couples are looking to incorporate the holiday season’s cheer without transforming their venue into Santa’s workshop. When it comes to decor, there’s a fine line between holiday cheer and holiday cheesy – adding pops of bright red instead of blankets of it will liven up the look of the venue without drowning it in sappy holiday garb. This evergreen sprig tied with a red ribbon is a classy choice, and the antique wooden chair with a burst of red color on the seat also provides a good option. Overall, don’t be afraid to bring out the reds and the greens – just use them in moderation.
6. Create a display of richly coloured fruits. The holidays are all about enriching our lives, celebrating our families, and displaying generosity towards others. One perfect way to capture this warm, fuzzy feeling on your wedding tables is to substitute a floral display with a dish of assorted fruits. Figs, assorted berries, grapes, plums and other bite-sized fruits will encourage your guests to serve themselves a piece or two. Your centerpieces will be edible, allowing your guests to nibble at will, and the deep, rich tones of these fruits will create an abundant display that borders on majestic.
7. Add sparkle and light wherever you can! Add warmth in every nook and cranny by reflecting light throughout your reception venue. The winter wedding cake pictured here goes so far as to incorporate a crystal embellishment, bringing an element of glamour and glitter to this nature-inspired design. Adding sparkles, crystals, and glittered elements will create a wedding scene that speaks to the sparkling snows of the season, while brightening and warming the space with reflected light.
8. Go for golds! This season, weddings everywhere are host to more and more metallic details, whether it’s in the form of an antique picture frame, a bouquet of silver-coated roses, or even applied to the stacked tiers of a wedding cake. For heating up your winter wedding, opting for warm metallic tones of gold (or copper, bronze, etc) will go a long way in instilling a sensation of warmth. You can incorporate golds in the form of dinnerware – golden forks, spoons, and knives – or you can opt for gold-coloured satin ribbons, table runners, antique flower vases (and the list goes on!). You’ll never leave your wedding venue looking chilly and sparse if you opt to deck it out with this royal and luminous color.
9. Create a friendly and familiar dessert table. Nothing says “warmth” like a plate of Mom’s famous cookies. In this example, adding warmth to your wedding is not found in the addition of a certain colour or decorative object, but instead in the warm inner feeling that’s created when we share familiar, much-loved recipes with friends and family. Consider creating a holiday dessert table in which each family brings an example of their famous holiday dessert, or provide an assortment of cookies on plates like the example above. With glasses of milk nearby, this simple and well-known gesture of generosity will create a friendly, familiar feeling that will bring your guests back to their childhoods – the warm and playful atmosphere inherent in this simple dessert idea will work wonders for adding warmth to your winter wedding.
10. Create draping displays with evergreens. You don’t have to use hot reds and yellows to create a feeling of warmth – take advantage of the season and use the soft textures and seasonal abundance of evergreens to create a generous, warm feeling at your winter celebration. When it comes to adding plant life, the more the merrier! This example shows a table and chairs that are practically overflowing with the soft textures of evergreens cascading down from the tops of the furniture. Even in their cool green hues, these evergreens work to drive out any feelings of sparseness with their soft, almost fuzzy textures and the feeling of vibrant winter life that they bring to the table.
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