Reception Ideas

Winter wedding reception ideas

Hi Ladies!

Our wedding is planned for 12/13/14 and while I know it's over a year away-i get anxious and have to start planning early. Right now my ideas are different shades of blue bm dresses-like ice... but i don't know what to do about an accent colour or decorations. I don't really want a "christmasy" theme.. i'd like to keep my wedding separate from the holiday.

Any ideas of wintery colour combos or decorations?

thanks in advance!
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Re: Winter wedding reception ideas

  • If you're going with blues, gold or silver would complement nicely and offer a wintery feel. Another color combo you could use would be cranberry and gold.  

    As far as decorations go, just decorate the same way you would if you were having a wedding during any other season. If you like Chinese lanterns, for example, use 'em. When I think of winter, I think of baubles, evergreens, holly, and lots of candles!

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  • Jen4948Jen4948 Houston
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    You could have pale blue as your base color, with deeper blue, gold, and/or silver as trim.

    Red and black would also work for winter.
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  • doeydodoeydo Southwestern Ontario
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    I think different shades of blue would look nice with white.  Example/inspiration here: http://www.pinterest.com/slw008/blue-white-winter-wonderland-wedding-ideas/
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  • AddieCakeAddieCake Beyond the Wall
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    For centerpieces, I'm a big fan of bare or iced branches for winter. Google it. 
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  • Do you want a winter theme? Otherwise, decorate your wedding as you would if it were any other season. 

    Blue and silver go really well together. Or blue and white. Especially if you do want a winter theme. You could do an "ice" or snowflake theme. Clear crystals, vases, snowflake decorations on the invitations/ escort cards/ place card holders/ etc.

    Otherwise, blue goes with many colours.

    My wedding is in January. Our colours are navy, plum and lavender. Not winter or Christmas themed, but I feel the colours are still appropriate to the season. 
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  • I think Winter Wonderland weddings are beautiful and romantic.  You could have white twinkling lights without a Christmas feel at all.  A PP mentions bare/iced branches, which are super beautiful and if you can stabilize them, you could hang tea lights in clear glass holders.  For a pop of color, you could see about table linens in the ice blue, a blue hydrangea added to some white flowers, or ice blue candles in clear glass vases.
    Look up Winter Wonderland theme on Pinterest.
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  • Thank you so much ladies!!! I never even thought of Pinterest as inspiration.. but i may dive in there!!
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  • RebeccaB88RebeccaB88 Figment of Your Imagination
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    Another suggestion that I love at winter weddings is a hot beverage bar - coffee, tea, hot chocolate, hot cider with various add-ins - peppermint, flavored syrups, whipped cream, flavored cream, or something to spike it with.
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  • RebeccaB88 said:
    Another suggestion that I love at winter weddings is a hot beverage bar - coffee, tea, hot chocolate, hot cider with various add-ins - peppermint, flavored syrups, whipped cream, flavored cream, or something to spike it with.
    Love this! We're hosting a hot cocoa bar in lieu of a cocktail hour.

    My wedding is in February so we wanted to avoid any color schemes that looked like Christmas or Valentine's, so we're using purples, silver, gray, and white.
  • I like burgandy or forest green, gold and ivory or champagne. I also like navy, ice blue and silver. google those colors with "wedding" and/or "winter wedding" and see if you like what you get.
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  • I'm getting married this January, and I went the blue route.  I think it looks really pretty, but I might be a bit biased!
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  • Wait till after the Christmas season or even do some of your shopping now? The blue, silver & gold decor would be up and about right now. or wait till it all goes on clearance and see what you can scramble up?

    Snowflakes....you can definitely do different decor with those. =)
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  • AprilH81AprilH81 Columbus, OH
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    I'm getting married on January 25th and while I don't have a theme or colors we are using pine cones a lot in our decor (and on our invites).  Our flowers are all white with some greenery and we are using white candles for our daytime wedding.  My MOH is wearing a champagne and black dress and both mothers are wearing blue (one navy and one a dark royal blue).
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    Oh and we are also having a smores bar (done by a professional) with homemade flavored marshmallows.  
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    A friend of mine got married in December. She used a lot of birch wood in her center pieces. I believe she carved/ branded her and her H's initals into the wood and on other pieces she put her wedding date. It didnt seem Christmas-y at all.

    She has had a hot chocolate bar set up by the coat closest, so on your way out you could take some hot choco to stay warm.

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  • Also - I am going to a wedding in two weeks. If there are any cool decor ideas, I'll report back. :)
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  • AprilH81 said:
    I'm getting married on January 25th and while I don't have a theme or colors we are using pine cones a lot in our decor (and on our invites).  Our flowers are all white with some greenery and we are using white candles for our daytime wedding.  My MOH is wearing a champagne and black dress and both mothers are wearing blue (one navy and one a dark royal blue).
    Oh god pine cones!! @.@ Sorry that just brings up my FI's cousin who (because we picked a location in the Adirondacks) kept pushing for an Adirondack themed wedding....>.> She was trying to put pine cones on anything and everything!!!

    It sounds like it will look beautiful =)
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  • I am getting married this january and went with a winter theme. All different shades of blue, white, and silver. I didn't want it to be cheesy, and I also didnt want it to scream CHRISTMAS because it will be past Christmas. We are filling the venue with different pine trees but no ornaments or anything. our centerpieces are cylinder vases filled with epsom salt and different silver bulb ornaments on a navy table cloth with silver sequence table runners. we have small white tea light lanterns surrounding the vase as well. I went with some small cube vases filled with marbles and iced bare branches for the pub tables around the dance floor. Be careful while planning I had a tough time getting through a lot of the "cheese" lots of chincy "snowflake" items all in the name of keeping my wedding classy not trashy.
  • Did your florist help supply you with the iced bare branches.. that seems like a must for me!
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  • cupcait927cupcait927 Western NY wine country
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    My best friend did different shades of blue for her bridesmaids dresses and it looked very pretty. She had a May wedding and the colors were shades of blue but I think it would definitely work very well for a winter wedding, along with maybe silver or white and then definitely bring in some outdoorsy type elements that PPs have suggested.
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    CLI242009 said:
    AprilH81 said:
    I'm getting married on January 25th and while I don't have a theme or colors we are using pine cones a lot in our decor (and on our invites).  Our flowers are all white with some greenery and we are using white candles for our daytime wedding.  My MOH is wearing a champagne and black dress and both mothers are wearing blue (one navy and one a dark royal blue).
    Oh god pine cones!! @.@ Sorry that just brings up my FI's cousin who (because we picked a location in the Adirondacks) kept pushing for an Adirondack themed wedding....>.> She was trying to put pine cones on anything and everything!!!

    It sounds like it will look beautiful =)

    @CLI242009 I'm being very careful to not put pine cones EVERYWHERE.  :)  Once you get inside the reception the pine cones will only be the escort cards, surrounding the base of the cake and in my bouquet. The centerpieces will be white tulips, closed white roses and pussy willow branches.  No pine cones there.  :)

     


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  • AprilH81 said:
    CLI242009 said:
    AprilH81 said:
    I'm getting married on January 25th and while I don't have a theme or colors we are using pine cones a lot in our decor (and on our invites).  Our flowers are all white with some greenery and we are using white candles for our daytime wedding.  My MOH is wearing a champagne and black dress and both mothers are wearing blue (one navy and one a dark royal blue).
    Oh god pine cones!! @.@ Sorry that just brings up my FI's cousin who (because we picked a location in the Adirondacks) kept pushing for an Adirondack themed wedding....>.> She was trying to put pine cones on anything and everything!!!

    It sounds like it will look beautiful =)

    @CLI242009 I'm being very careful to not put pine cones EVERYWHERE.  :)  Once you get inside the reception the pine cones will only be the escort cards, surrounding the base of the cake and in my bouquet. The centerpieces will be white tulips, closed white roses and pussy willow branches.  No pine cones there.  :)

     


    This is just my pervy mind but is there REALLY something called pussy willow branches....?!?!??!

    The reception decor sounds very quaint and lovely. If my FI's cousin hadn't pushed for an Adirondack theme so badly and so much I might of been able to see the beauty for our own wedding to do something like you are describing. >.> She was just so pushy I HAD to keep saying no lol
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  • @CLI242009 You've never heard of a pussy willow tree?  What part of the world are you from, out of curiosity?  I have one growing in my backyard in Canada, and they were all over Europe when I was there, so they seem to be quite common.  
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  • kerbohl said:
    @CLI242009 You've never heard of a pussy willow tree?  What part of the world are you from, out of curiosity?  I have one growing in my backyard in Canada, and they were all over Europe when I was there, so they seem to be quite common.  
    I was born and raised in California (right smack in the middle, Sacramento area) and now I live in upper state New York by the Albany area. I have never heard of a pussy willow tree o.O! My FI's mother and cousin are really into plants and I have never heard them mention anything by that name hahaha I really thought it was an auto correct fail or something xD 
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  • I'm getting married in a couple weeks (eek!) and we went with eggplant, silver and black. We bought a ton of candles (probably 6 candles/table) and then bought glass serving dishes to attach to glass cups to add height to the tables and will put cupcakes on top. I decide I didn't want to deal with the mess of the branches but the photos of that do look beautiful. For favors we did small ornaments and wrote our names and date on it, then put in favor box and wrapped like a present. Might not be everyones cup of tea but that's what we decided on, good luck!! (:
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  • Did your florist help supply you with the iced bare branches.. that seems like a must for me!

    I actually used some that I liked at Hobby Lobby.
  • The winter wedding I went to this weekend had very simple decorations. their colors were ivory and sort of a sagey hunter green (not a christmasy dark green, but a little "dustier"). They used roses, lilies and other white flowers - I don't know what they were. Then for their green filler, they used cedar and evergreen boughs. Literally, that was it. The arrangements were beautiful. It wasn't hit-you-over-the-head winter, but it was obvious that they worked in winter elements. Their linens were ivory and the BM dresses were green and long. 

    Their venue was already decorated for Christmas so there was a giant Christmas tree in the corner of the ballroom. People put gifts under it - it was cheesy, but kinda cute.
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