Having a sparkly and romantic winter wedding is such a dream! But that would mean it’s right around the holiday season—with all the partying and gift-giving going on. So to help you keep costs down, we gathered these 20 practical ideas for decorating and hosting a winter wedding that’s both beautiful and budget-friendly!
We’re proud to say that the first 10 suggestions are from our own Winter Wedding sets—each with an easy how-to.. And the other 10 are tips we know will help you stretch those wedding dollars, while still having that sparkly and romantic ceremony and reception you’re dreaming of!
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- Make Glitzy DIY Candle Holders – Make your own candle holders using sparkly “rhinestone” sticker sheets on clear class vases.
- Craft Icicle Escort Cards on a Wishing Tree – Cut out paper icicles to hang as escort cards on a tree that will then double as a display for wedding wishes.
- Set Up a Hot Chocolate Bar, Instead of Cocktails – Everyone loves hot cocoa on wintry days anyway! So no one will miss the fancy drinks.
- Use Classic White Dinner Ware, Plus Winter Accents – White china is perfect for the snowy season, and so easy to glitz up with glass and crystal accents.
- Go for a Minimalist Table Setting Style – Consider a Japanese ‘zen’ look or clean Scandinavian styling.
- Opt for a Small “Sips & Sweets” Table – In place of a full dessert buffet, present a smaller station for pastries and drinks.
- Use Snowflake Decals to Decorate Chairs – Create a mod fairytale feel with snowflakes frosting up the guest chairs.
- Think Practical Gifts for the Bridal Party – Choose chic winter accessories like gloves, scarves, and bonnets.
- Have a ‘Wine and Cheese Tasting’ Theme – Set up an elegant wine and cheese display to save on a formal cocktail hour.
- Make Eco-Friendly Coasters From Corks – Transform your wine cork collection into rustic table elements. Then package sets of 4 to give as favors.
- Use mirrors for making signage, like your reception welcome sign, your table seating chart, and your menu and drinks list.
- Use a single flower as your bouquet or opt for less expensive blooms for your bridal party, as well as the table centerpieces. Consider mums, peonies, baby’s breath, and carnations.
- Instead of a tiered-cake, consider a bundt cake, a cupcake or donut tower, or a selection of pies or single layer cakes.
- Rent your wedding dress. See our post here for the fabulous options available at amazingly affordable prices.
- Have you bridesmaids wear their own fave dresses, as long as these are within your color palette.
- Find a ceremony and reception venue that already has holiday decor in the style and colors to suit your wedding.
- Set up a s’mores station for an outdoor winter wedding. The ingredients are very affordable and guests will enjoy the fun!
- Have a small Christmas tree with hanging ornaments for guests to take as favors—and replace them with plain tinsel balls with a wish they’ve written for you.
- For centerpieces, craft simple wreaths out of wintertime leaves and place a pillar candle in the center of each one.
- Set up an apple cider bar for guests to serve themselves before heading home from your reception.
Don’t forget the Infographic below for you to share and keep!