In the meadow we can build a snowman,
Then pretend that he is Parson Brown
He’ll say: Are you married?
We’ll say: No man
But you can do the job
When you’re in town
Winter Wonderland Lyrics Richard B Smith
At this time of year as soon as I see the colour red I think of Christmas, well who doesn’t? This is also the first song that comes to mind as my dad used to walk around the house singing it from the 1 December onwards. Then when I was thirteen and went to my first grown up kind of party my mum made me a red velvet dress, I loved that red velvet dress, it had a Peter Pan collar in cream lace, velvet just says warm, luxurious, winter celebrations to me.
I’ve collected a few ideas together here that celebrate Christmas and weddings all rolled into one which I hope give you a flavour of the season to come and if you are planning a winter wedding a little inspiration perhaps.
Image credits, ideas and inspirations from top left to bottom right:
- The aroma, the colour and the glow from a glass of mulled wine heralds the start of Christmas celebrations. This would be a lovely drink to serve at your winter wedding on a crisp cold day. You might also think about mini mulled wine kits in little bags as favours that could double up as place tags. Image and recipe from Bridea
- Red and gold votives with soft candlelight bring a warm glow to dark winter evenings, the beauty of a winter wedding is that this type of accessory are really inexpensive and can be picked up for pennies in discount stores in the Christmas section. Plus these are super easy to make yourself with cheap glasses, the stained glass tutorial and a little gold spray paint. Find the tutorial here, image from Wedding Spot
- Make the most of seasonal finds like this red berry garland from Bloom UK red berries, holly, pine, pine cones there are endless supplies for venue decor either fresh from the woods and fields and local florists or check out the supermarkets for inexpensive garland decorations.
- Fairy lights add that magical touch that we love. I went to a winter wedding one year in a really traditional hotel with lots of wooden beams and roaring fires and the most enormous real tree, it truly was a case of deck the halls. Fairy lights now come battery powered too so they are great for adding twinkle at your table too. Image found on Favim
- Who says the bride has to wear white? Or cover up in maribou or faux fur, I love the retro feel that this bride captures with a bright red cardi over her dress, picking up the red in her fascinator and bouquet, bet she was toasty too Image from a magical winter wedding on Green Wedding Shoes
- I mentioned my red velvet dress before and I love the idea of bridesmaids in deep rich red, just looks so rich and sumptious. Image from a Winter Wonderland wedding photographed by Lucky Girl Photography
- Red, green and white – play around with these colours for your table decor. Look out for red or gold metallic plate chargers to put under your venue’s white crockery, add candy striped ribbon and napkins in blocks of colours and use seasonal greenery to decorate the table. Image found on Tumblr
- Puddings and dessert tables, oh this is one area where you can really let rip. It’s winter so hot pies and pastries fit the bill perfectly, love these strawberry tarts just oozing with red lusciousness, I found them on Weddingomania and they have another 34 winter wedding dessert ideas to pick from although none hit the spot quite like these for me
- Finally, red velvet slipper ballet flats, silky soft velvet uppers, beautiful bow, leather soles and handmade in France, why what more could a girl ask for? I’ve actually put these on my Christmas list, well I don’t have the red velvet dress anymore and these will do nicely thank you very much! From BHLDN
So are you planning a winter wedding or tempted to choose this season for a magnificently, decadent and joyous celebration?
Not sure? Then perhaps Mr Dean Martin can get the Christmas spirit going, oh and there’s no video as such just a Christmas card scene that is sooo reminiscent of the kind of card we used to get from family and friends