21 Romantic Ways to Decorate for Your Winter Wedding

’Tis the season for wedding wreaths and reindeer cake toppers.
by Parker Butler & Emily Platt

Cozying up by a fire, ice skating and intimate walks after the first snow—winter is filled with memorable moments, and a winter wonderland wedding is the perfect excuse to add a few dreamy, romantic touches to your ceremony and reception décor. Incorporate evergreen branches and pine cones into your centerpieces and place settings for a rustic affair, or opt for elegant chandeliers and candles for an inviting glow. Here are a few of our favorite winter wedding decorations for a celebration during the chilly months.

  1. 1. Illuminated Limbs

    Romantic wedding string lights wrapped around tree
    Emily Wren Photography

    String market lights around low, twisting limbs to add a wintery twinkle to nature.

    From: A Christmas-Themed Wedding at Aldie Mansion in Doylestown, Pennsylvania

  2. 2. Room With a View

    Elegant wedding reception décor with blue string lights outside
    Erin Nicastro Photography

    Your winter wedding decorations don't have to stay indoors. Provide your guests with a view of a winter wonderland with illuminated trees outside your reception windows.

    From: A Winter Ballroom Wedding at the Estate at Florentine Gardens in River Vale, New Jersey

  3. 3. Snowy Gazebo

    A rustic gazebo for winter wedding
    Emily Joanne Wedding Films and Photography

    Rich green garlands and lots of twinkle lights will add color and warmth to your winter wonderland wedding.

    From: A Rustic New Year's Eve Wedding at Sanctuary on the River in Ruidoso, New Mexico

  4. 4. Candlelit Ceremony

    Romantic ceremony candles for rustic wedding
    Kate Preftakes Photography

    Scattered candles (like these simple floating ones) will give your ceremony space a romantic feel without looking too over-the-top.

    From:A Rustic, Chic Winter Wedding at High Mowing School in Wilton, New Hampshire

  5. 5. Wedding Wreaths

    Elegant wedding wreath with wisteria
    Sarah Pudlo & Co. Photography

    Decorate your ceremony and reception space with lush wreaths made of cascading vines and cream-colored wisteria for a whimsical touch to your winter affair.

    From: A DIY Vintage Wedding at Providence Public Library in Providence, Rhode Island

  6. 6. Seasonal Toppers

    Gold deer cake toppers for winter wedding
    Steve Stanton Photography

    A pair of gold reindeer and carefully placed petals are a sweet, wintery addition to a white buttercream cake. Serve it on top of a woodcut charger cake stand to complete the setup.

    From: A Gold Winter Wedding at Trappers Cabin in Beaver Creek, Colorado

  7. 7. Peppermint Twist

    Elegant table setting with candy cane and pine needles
    Emily Wren Photography

    No winter wedding is complete without a peppermint treat. Place candy canes on top of your napkin settings and wrap them in pine garlands for a holiday-themed surprise.

    From: A Christmas-Themed Wedding at Aldie Mansion in Doylestown, Pennsylvania

  8. 8. Aisle of Candles

    Elegant pillar candles for wedding ceremony
    Brinton Studios

    Instead of lining your aisle with flowers, try pillar candles to offer a warm and inviting setting at your winter wedding ceremony.

    From: A Romantic, Winter-Inspired Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado

  9. 9. Elegance in the Rafters

    Elegant chandeliers for a rustic winter wedding
    Brinton Studios

    If you're saying your "I dos" in a rustic venue like a barn or cabin, highlight the raw space with elegant chandeliers. The contrasting elements will add an eclectic, romantic feel to the setting.

    From: A Romantic, Winter-Inspired Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado

  10. 10. Statement Florals

    Elegant tall centerpieces for winter wedding
    Ellen Kohn

    Winter weddings always feel a little more formal. Want your centerpieces to turn heads? Go all out and place dome-shaped bouquets in towering vases on your reception tables. 

    Flowers: Hydrangeas, roses and greenery

    From: A Formal, Winter Wedding at Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, DC

  11. 11. Hot Chocolate Bar

    Hot chocolate bar for winter wedding
    Brinton Studios

    Forget the ice cream bar (or add to it!)—your guests will love a warm pick-me-up after dinner. Set up a hot chocolate bar with marshmallows, candy cane spoons and extra chocolate toppings that'll keep your guests cozy all night.

    From: A Rustic, Whimsical Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch Tabernash, Colorado

  12. 12. Dipped in Gold

    Gold mismatched vases for wedding reception table
    Onelove Photography

    Gold bud vases are an elegant addition to your greenery floral arrangements and satin linens.  

    From: A Glam, Whimsical Wedding at Union Hill Inn in Sonora, California

  13. 13. Evergreen Elegance

    Elegant place setting with evergreen branches
    Steve Stanton Photography

    Incorporate fresh evergreen sprigs into your place settings for a little seasonal texture and a subtle whiff of everybody's favorite crisp, pine scent.

    From: A Gold Winter Wedding at Trappers Cabin in Beaver Creek, Colorado

  14. 14. Pine Cones and Berries

    Low, rustic centerpieces with pine cones
    Visual Poetry

    Add pine cones and an assortment of berries to bring your low centerpieces to life—even in the depths of winter.

    Flowers: Roses, pinecones, mums, silver brunia and evergreen

    From: A Winter Mountain Wedding at Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, Colorado

  15. 15. Mixed Textures

    Rustic floral wedding centerpieces
    Jennifer Lindberg Weddings

    Offer a mixture of shapes and textures in your centerpieces. If you're working with long, banquet tables, incorporate different blooms (like roses and tulips) that vary in style but still complement each other.

    From: A Rustic Garden Wedding at The Argyle in San Antonio, Texas


  16. 16. Dessert With a Bow

    A winter holiday-themed wedding cake
    Emily Wren Photography

    Top off your white wedding cake with a big green bow for the ultimate holiday gift-themed confection.

    From: A Christmas-Themed Wedding at Aldie Mansion in Doylestown, Pennsylvania

  17. 17. Cozy Ceremony

    Rustic winter wedding ceremony chairs with blankets
    Mary Dougherty

    Throws are a practical way to keep winter wedding guests warm, but they can also be just for show. Knit blankets draped over wooden seating will upgrade any rustic ceremony.

    From: A Rustic Winter Wedding at Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, New York

  18. 18. Festive Aisle

    Outdoor winter wedding ceremony with garland aisle decor
    Sunglow Photography

    Festive garlands are an easy way to decorate your ceremony aisle, whether you lay them on the ground or elevate them using shepherd hooks.

    From: An Elegant, Holiday-Themed Wedding at Black Dolphin Inn in New Smyrna Beach, Florida

  19. 19. Thematic Escort Cards

    Pine cone escort cards for winter wedding
    Person + Killian Photography

    Let your seating display serve double duty by ensuring it's pretty (and seasonal) enough to double as décor. We love the look of wintery escort cards attached to pine cones.

    From: A Vintage Winter Wedding at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston, Massachusett

  20. 20. Snowflake Accents

    Winter wedding cake with snowflake cake topper
    Cindy Lee Photography

    There are plenty of classy ways to incorporate snowflake motifs into your winter wedding, but a stylish cake topper is always a safe bet.

    From: A Glamorous Winter Wedding at Knights of Columbus Hall in House Springs, Missouri

  21. 21. Bare Branches

    Elegant winter wedding centerpiece with branches and crystals
    Jordan Brian Photography

    Who says bare branches aren't beautiful? Nod to the winter landscape with elegant tree centerpieces strung with thematic adornments like tinsel or hanging crystals.

    From: An Art-Deco-Inspired Winter Wedding at the Stone Terrace by John Henry's in Hamilton, New Jersey


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