There are pro's and con's to planning a wedding during any time of the year, but planning a winter wedding reception gives you many options for decorating that aren't available during other times of the year.
Winter Wedding Colors
When deciding on colors for a winter wedding, there are many popular color combinations from which to choose. Some color combinations might include: red and white, red and green, red and gold, silver and white, pink and silver, silver and black, ice blue and white.
Winter Wedding Flowers
If you are trying to stay on a budget, then it is best to choose flowers that are easily available during the holiday season. Poinsettas are very inexpensive and would make a beautiful addition to any winter wedding reception. Poinsettas come in both red and white, giving you more choices for working them into your color scheme. Holly and ivy can also be used to decorate (just keep in mind that holly berries are poisonous if there will be young children in attendance).
Another easy way to give your wedding reception a holiday feel would be to have a variety of different sized lighted Christmas trees placed around the room.
Inexpensive Table Centerpieces
Pine branches make a great winter wedding accent and will give your wedding reception a wonderful holiday scent. Place them on tables with tall pillar candles.
Take advantage of the holiday season and buy a variety of Christmas tree ornaments that complement your color scheme. Place ornaments together in crystal bowls or individually on serving tables for added decoration.
Candles and Lighting
In dark winter months, candles make a beautiful accent to tables at a wedding reception. They also make great centerpieces. You can order a variety of votive candle holders online decorated with stars, snowflakes, and other winter themes.
For an attractive candle centerpiece, place cranberries in a bowl or vase full of water and place floating candles on top.
You can also make your own inexpensive candle holders by "floating" plastic beads in tall cylindrical shaped vases. All you need are some vases, inexpensive plastic beads, and transparent "water gels" that allow the beads to look like they are floating in a vase full of water. Finish the candle holder by placing a floating candle in the water. You can create these candle holders in any glass vase or bowl in any shape or size. You can customize them to complement your wedding colors by buying beads of your color choice.
Christmas lights can be used in a variety of ways to create a beautiful effect in any winter wedding reception. Icicle lights can be hung behind curtains to give an elegant holiday glow, or they can also be hung from the edge of tables, underneath a white tablecloth to give off a beautiful, subdued glow. These look best on round tables, but would work on any size table.
Winter Wedding Favors
For an easy, inexpensive wedding favor idea, why not purchase clear Christmas ornaments and place a copy of your wedding invitation inside? Cut a copy of the invitation into strips so that you can still read your names, wedding date, etc. Curl the strips around a pencil and then place them inside of a clear ornament.
The best part is that you can find these ornaments very inexpensively during the holidays and you can also buy them in bulk online. Place the ornaments on a Christmas tree at the reception so that everyone can take one. Not only will the tree and ornaments make a fabulous decoration at your reception, but the ornaments will make a great keepsake for family and friends.
If you are planning a winter wedding reception and you are trying to stay within a budget, then take full advantage of the opportunities that traditional holiday decorations have to offer. For hundreds of dollars, rather than thousands, you can have the beautiful winter wedding reception of your dreams.
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