Winter Weddings: How to Bring the Outdoors Inside

December 31, 2013

Read what our friend Uma wrote about decorations for winter outdoor weddings in Prague that we love so much because of their special atmosphere.

While winters in cities like Prague can be bitterly cold, but that doesn’t mean that you have to discard this season for a wedding. If you are getting married, the winter season can be a truly beautiful backdrop for your wedding. Just imagine how romantic a blanket of crisp white snow will be as a backdrop when you exchange your vows.

Of course, if you are planning on having a winter wedding in a cold climate, like Prague, you are probably going to only want to look at the elements of the season from the warmness of inside. Bringing the beauty of the winter season inside with these simple decorative accents will be sure to create a romantic setting for your wedding.

Pine Cone Seating Cards:
Pinecones are one of the quintessential elements of the winter season and they will certainly add a touch of the outdoors to your indoor winter wedding. A wonderful way to incorporate pinecones is to use them as seating cards. Simply write the names of your guests on decorative slips of paper and insert the paper into the openings of the pinecones.This project is simple, inexpensive and will definitely add a touch of the outdoors of winter to your wedding.

Snowy Tree Centerpieces:
Use the branches of white birch trees to create snowy tree centerpieces. Affix white feathers, crystals and white orchids to the branches and set them into vases to make your guests feel as if they are sitting in a snow-laden forest.

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Icicle Centerpieces:
There is something purely magical about icicles, but you don’t have to stand outside to appreciate their beauty. Create icicle centerpieces and bring their magic indoors. To create these centerpieces, simply string up a collection of dangling glittery beads, sequins or crystals and affix them to tall decorative pillars.

Set them in the center of your tables and surround them with candles to create a glittering effect.

Pinecone and Pine Branches Flower Arrangements:
Use pine and pinecones in your flower arrangements. A bouquet of red roses or poinsettias that has pine branches and pinecones scattered throughout it will certainly bring the beauty of winter’s outdoors into your winter wedding.

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Warmth of a Fireplace:
Having your wedding during the winter time could be very chilly, especially depending on where you have it and the weather that it entails. Instead of investing in big bulky heaters, invest in some fireplaces to heat up your wedding location and add to the ambiance. A fireplace or two could add to your winter wedding theme, as well as keep your guests nice and toasty.

Toss Snowflakes:
Instead of having your guests sprinkle you with flower petals as you leave your wedding, have them shower you with snowflakes. Fill bags with paper or foil snowflakes and have them distributed to your guests. They can then take handfuls of the snowflakes and toss them at you and your new husband as you make your way out of your ceremony or reception.

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Snowflake Cookie Favors:
Thank your guests for attending your big day by sending them off with a sweet treat of snowflake cookies. Use cookie cutters to create snowflake-shaped cookies and embellish them with white, light blue and pale pink icing. Add some details with shimmery white icing.

Set the cookies into small, clear bags or cute containers and set them out on the tables. They’ll add an outdoor winter detail to your décor and serve as a super sweet treat that your guests will thoroughly enjoy.

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With these decorative accents, you will be able to create a truly romantic winter wedding while staying toasty and warm inside.

Uma J. Campbell is a freelance writer who lives in Southern California. She enjoys the outdoors and is also active in the yoga community. To view more of her work check out her blog.

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