Whether you’re planning to walk down the aisle this coming winter season or planning ahead for next year, we know you want your ceremony and reception to be the trendiest of the season. When people think ‘winter wedding,’ they envision a Christmas ceremony and reception that are doused in all red poinsettias and green Christmas trees. However, Santa Clause doesn’t have to make an appearance just because the time of year. Most brides choose summer months because of the warmer weather for outdoor ceremonies. However, we believe that the winter gives couples the chance to mix-up the traditional trends used in weddings. Here are the top winter wedding trends that you’ll want to know about before anyone else.
Faux Fur Accents
No animals need to be harmed in the name of fashion. Just because the air is chilly, doesn’t mean you can’t have the rustic, outdoor wedding you’ve been dreaming of. Faux fur accents are the perfect way to keep you and your guests warm, as well as giving a rustic, woodsy feel to the ceremony and reception. We see many brides in the winter months walk down the aisle with a faux fur shawl to cover their shoulders.
Faux fur also makes great accent pieces to decorate the ceremony and reception with. Use it as a runner for the tables or put touches of it in your centerpieces and flowers. Whatever you decide, you’re guaranteed to stay cozy while sticking to your overall theme.
Hot Chocolate Bar
Did someone say, “open bar?” You don’t want your guests to be frozen in their seats by the, “I dos.” The summer months provide natural warm, but when you plan your wedding for the winter, you may have to improvise. We’ve got just the thing. A hot chocolate and coffee bar is the perfect interactive experience to keep your guests warm and cozy during the ceremony and reception.
Set out different toppings and mix-ins, like marshmallows, creamers, sprinkles and whipped cream, to allow your guests to customize their liquid blanket to their own liking. Add in a bartender to serve the drinks with spirits, and everyone will be ready to dance in no time. Luckily for you, Bradford Catered Events can provide bar services for any type or size of event.
The Groom’s Attire
Brides, we already know what you’re wearing. While a winter wedding is a great time to shake things up, brides are more than likely to stick with a white dress on their big day. That doesn’t mean we can’t play dress up with the groom. Winter weddings are an excellent time for grooms to wear heavier materials and play around with their attire.
To really pump up the festiveness of the colder months, grooms can wear heavier materials like velvet or corduroy. Suit jackets in these fabrics will keep the groom warm throughout the night. It also gives room to play with different colors and patterns that will match a shade of the color palette. With a look like this, your groom will look almost as stylish as you at the wedding.
The Bradford Blue
Just because you’ve picked a date around the holiday season, doesn’t mean it has to be red and green on your big day. A winter wedding gives you the chance to play around with the cold colors of the season. This season, we’ve started to see a trend in colors that we’re quite familiar with; something we call the Bradford Blue.
A quick look at our website, and you’ll see what we mean. The Bradford Blue is a unique color of indigo and makes the perfect accent to any event! The deepness of the blue really expresses the chill of the season, while having a feeling of warmth. Your ceremony will feel like a winter wonderland, not Santa’s workshop. Paint your nails the color or wear a sapphire necklace, and you’ve covered “something blue.” Check out other ways to rock the Bradford Blue here.
A Cocktail Reception
Since you’ve already shaken everything up about your wedding, why should you stop with dinner? While a sit-down dinner gives the guests a chance to enjoy and experience the food, it often slows down the pace of the reception. With the popularity of small bites increasing, we suggest doing a cocktail party with heavy hors d’oeuvres to satisfy your friends and family’s hunger while the party keeps going.
This way, your guests are mingling and enjoying the whole reception while servers pass out small, yet filling and delicious bites. Hors d’oeuvres are the perfect opportunity to give your guests a bunch of different flavors. It also allows you to cater to every type of eater. On our Hors d’oeuvres Menu, the whole tenderloin and potato rolls are a crowd favorite and will fill your guests up in one bite.
No matter what direction you go with your wedding, remember that the most important trend you need is love… and good catering. At, Bradford Catered Events we know how important it is to evolve with current and future trends. That’s why we are the only Knoxville catering company to win five straight WeddingWire ‘Couples’ Choice Awards®.’ To book Bradford Catered Events to be your winter wedding caterer, visit us online here or give us a call at (865) 522-5552.