Why I Love Winter Weddings...

    Winter Wedding Bliss....

  • Create a dramatic feel from the earlier sunset with candle light and rumbling fireplaces.  

  • Be swept away with your groom in a horse-drawn sleigh.

  • Country Clubs and Halls are beautifully decorated for the season, usually by professional florists. So your decor budget can be kept at a minimum while still having the look of extravagance. I recommend finding out who will be doing the seasonal decor for the Club and using that florist. This way the designs and use of flowers are consistent.

  • Ice! Use ice sculptures inside and out. Enhance them with LED lighting. They can be used as luminaries in the snow as guests arrive, as a bar to serve guests their drinks, and even as vases to hold your centerpieces. Your cake can also be placed on an ice-sculpted stand.

  • Accessorize! Add a fur or a faux fur wrap to your gown. And same goes for the 'maids and moms. Gift giving is easy with pashmina wraps, hand muffs and stylish leather gloves.

  • Serve warm cocktails as guests arrive to take the chill out and heighten their mood for celebration. Try spiced cider or hot chocolate with Bailey's.

  • Add a hot soup to your dinner course. It can take the place of the salad or be served in additionally. Thick soups are best and many bring out the flavors of the season.

  • Roast chestnuts and have a server crack and prepare them for guests to enjoy.

  • Give ornaments as favors. Find small silver frames and put a picture of you and your groom in them. Hang them on a tree at your ceremony for guests to take as they leave.

  • Have guests write well wishes and messages on small flat ornaments to hang on a white-feathered tree. Put the ornaments up each year as a reminder of your special day.

  • And finally... a warm, tropical honeymoon far away from the chilly Ohio weather!

Here are a few tips to insure Winter Wedding Bliss:
  • Reserve your ceremony and reception locations early. The calendar fills up quickly with holiday celebrations.
  • Consider a Friday evening wedding or a Saturday afternoon.
  • Send guests Save-the-Dates well in advance so they can plan accordingly with a busy holiday season and make travel reservations if needed.
  • Make room blocks and transportation arrangements well in advance for out of town guests.
  • Check the date of your company's holiday party to make sure they don't conflict. If it hasn't been set, and you plan to invite many people from work, ask to put it on the calendar.
  • Stock-up on decorations during post-holiday sales.
  • Make a plan and stick to it. Weddings during the holiday season are joyful. But they can be extra stressful on top of the usual. Try and get as many details complete ahead of time. Delegate whenever possible.

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