8 Hot Winter Wedding Trends for 2015

This winter, it’s all about mixing unexpected seasonal elements with elegant neutral details and a hint of sparkle and sequins. Take a look.
by Simone Hill
  1. Winter Color Trend: Ivory and White With a Natural Green Contrast

    Winter wedding color trends
    Clockwise from right: Emily Wren Photography; Jenny Haas Photography; Amanda K Photography

    A clean color palette of wintry whites and soft ivories looks sophisticated and glamorous when contrasted with natural elements. Eucalyptus garlands, full foliage arrangements and lush blooms create a refined feel.

    Also big?
    Including a jewel-toned contrast color (think: sapphire or violet). The deep hue will make a statement and add serious definition to flowers and décor.

  2. Winter Cake Trend: All-White Cakes With Gold Accents

    Winter wedding cake trends
    Clockwise from right: CLY Creation; Rene Tate Photography; Amy Shuman Photography; Abby Jiu Photography

    White wedding cakes with clean lines and minimalist designs are elevated with floral accents (like an oversize topper or middle-tier arrangement) and glamorous gold embellishments (a foil applique or hand-painted metallic color). Colder temperatures mean you can indulge in richer flavors that might seem too heavy in the warmer months, like caramel spice or chocolate ganache.

    Also big?
    Styled cake stands and gorgeous presentations are musts for any season. In winter, we're talking a tree ring cake stand finished with fresh evergreen branches or a Lucite platform filled with sparkly silver ornaments.

  3. Winter Reception Trends: Cozy Spaces Softened With Fabric

    Winter wedding reception decor trends
    Clockwise from right: Emily Wren Photography; (Once Like a Spark) Photography; K. Corea Photography

    Winter is the season for layering. Billowing table linens soften hard lines and add visual interest to a landscape of tables and chairs. The combination of floor-to-ceiling fabrics can transform a plain venue into a totally cozy, customized space.
    Also big?
    Make the space even more inviting with mood lighting—a few strands of bistro lights or a spread of tall taper candles go a long way in creating a charming ambience.

  4. Winter Flower Trends: Greenery and Non-Floral Elements

    Winter wedding flower trends
    Clockwise from right: Carrie Patterson Photography; Caroline Frost; Molly Jo Collection

    Full white or ivory flowers accented with lots of greens are hot for winter. For a soft look, go for dusty sage lamb's ear (the leaves feel velvety) or silvery dusty miller. For a more rustic style, ask your florist to use ferns or evergreen.

    Also big?
    Wintertime calls for branches. Some of our favorites include curly willow, eucalyptus (it smells great) and pepper berries. They're all seasonal and will add dimension to even the simplest arrangements.

  5. Winter Invitation Trend: Eclectic Calligraphy and Nature-Inspired Design

    Winter wedding stationery and invitation trends
    This Love of Yours Photo

    Nature is the big inspiration for wedding invitations this season. From garland motifs to rugged-looking, totally mesmerizing strokes of calligraphy.

    Also big?
    Stand-out stamps. Whether it's adding a picture, custom illustration or finding vintage postage within your wedding color palette, stamps are another opportunity to add personalized style to your suite.

  6. Winter Food Trends: Baked Comfort Foods

    Winter wedding food trends
    Clockwise from right: Kristen Gardner Photography; Onelove Photography; Magnolia Photography

    Comfort foods are popular year-round, but something about winter makes them taste even better. For your menu, consider your favorites—like grilled cheese and tomato soup, chicken and waffles (a Southern staple) or a sweet bite like individual pies. You could even serve a warm cheese course before dinner or with the cake. (Think: baked Brie with dried cranberries paired with a citrus mulled wine.)

    Also big?
    Hot cocoa bars are popular for winter weddings. Put a personalized touch on your cocktails with calligraphed drink sleeves, and don't forget the gourmet marshmallows and peppermint-stick stirrers. Or, warm guests up with a warm cocktail like bourbon-based hot toddies or a spiced apple cider.

  7. Winter Bridesmaid Trends: Bead and Sequin Embellishments

    Winter wedding bridesmaid dress trends
    Ashley Seawell Photography

    'Tis the season for shimmer and shine, and bridesmaid dresses are no exception. If you're going the mismatched dress route, a subtle sparkle in each dress will help add a sense of coordination.

    Also big?
    Keep the shine going strong with metallic and neutral hues like champagne or pewter. These colors allow the sequins and beading to take center stage, plus, they're flattering on multiple skin tones.

  8. Winter Beauty Trends: Braids, Braids, Braids

    Winter wedding beauty and hair trends
    From left: Sara Wight Photography; Rebekah J. Murray Photography

    Whether you want your hair pulled up and out of the way, or a relaxed half-up, half-down look, braiding is the way to go for winter. Get creative with hair accessories like a glitzy headband, haircomb or flower crown.

    Also big?
    Wine-colored beauty products are inspiring dark, moody looks (think: matte nail polish, velvety lipstick or berry-kissed cheeks).

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