8 hot winter wedding trends for 2014
Winter color trend: Greens and whites with dusty pastel accents
Go back to basics and look to natural wintry greens, whites and ivories for your palette. Pair lush white blooms with leafy green accents, then add dusty accents like blush and sage for a subtle twist on an otherwise neutral palette.
Stark contrasts like cherry red and white or black and gold (think dramatic art deco) make a statement, and add serious definition to flowers and décor.
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Winter cake trend: All white cakes with metallic accents
A white wedding cake with clean lines, sugar flowers (like oversized magnolias or a cascade of bright red anemones) and a hint of metallic (like silvery pearl beads or edible shimmery silver sugar) is the go-to look for winter wedding cakes. And colder temperatures mean you can indulge in richer flavors that might seem heavy in the warmer seasons, like caramel spice and even orange chocolate cake.
Styled cake stands and gorgeous presentation are musts for any season. In winter, we’re talking a tree ring cake stand trimmed with fresh evergreen or a Lucite platform filled with sparkly silver ornaments or sequins.
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Winter reception trends: Velvet and sequins
Winter is the season to use lots of layers. This year, the hottest reception styles involve layering luxe textures like velvet table linens or sequin overlays. If that’s too much for your tables, use texture in smaller doses--think a velvet napkin wrap or embroidered velvet chair back.
Woodland motifs like deer, antlers or branches make for an amazing centerpiece, especially when paired with a classic evergreen wreath, or even soft, dusty rose and ivory flower centerpieces.
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Winter flower trends: Greenery and non-floral elements
Full white or ivory flowers accented with lots of greens are hot for winter. For a soft look, go for dusty sage green lamb’s ear (they’re actually leaves that feel velvety) or silvery dusty miller. For a more rustic style, ask your florist to use ferns or evergreen.
Wintertime calls for lots of light and branches. Some branchy ideas: Curly willow, eucalyptus (it smells great) and even pepper berries are all seasonal and will add serious dimension to even the simplest arrangements.
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Winter food trends: Baked comfort foods
Comfort foods are popular year-round, but something about winter makes them taste even better. For your menu, consider your favorites –- like pot pie, mac and cheese or even biscuits and gravy -- and then work with your caterer to come up with a way to serve them to all your guests. You could even add in a warm cheese course served before dinner or with the cake. (Think baked Brie with dried cranberries paired with a citrus mulled wine.)
Hot cocoa bars are popular for a winter wedding. Put a personalized touch on your cocktails with custom calligraphed drink sleeves, and don’t forget the homemade marshmallows. Other seasonal drinks that will warm guests up and get the party started are spiced ale and bourbon-based hot toddies.
Winter invitation trend: Fabric-inspired patterns
Take a hint from ready-to-wear trends with tartan prints and other fun patterns on your invitations. For example, bring in a flannel bellyband or a houndstooth envelope liner to tie all the pieces together from the invitation suite.
A wintry nature-inspired motif, like pinecones and wood grain paper, is a classic choice. Combine it with a gold font or a glitter border for a fresh take.
Winter bridesmaid trends: Jewel tones and lace
Lace mixed with a saturated jewel tone, like eggplant or navy, is sophisticated and perfectly complements the season. Look to lines like Noir by Lazaro, Lauren Gabrielson and Jim Hjelm Occasions for some really pretty lace designs.
Black bridesmaid dresses will make a sultry statement this season. The best part about this hue: Your bridesmaids really can wear it again.
Winter beauty trends: Volume and berry lips
Hairstyles with volume are hot for winter. Try a chignon with lots of volume or a ton of loose curls and a sparkly headband. Hint: A hairstyle like this pairs well with a slinky, body-hugging gown. In makeup, this season it’s all about a bold berry lip color (like a jewel-tone raspberry) paired with a neutral base.
Define your cheekbones (it’s not just for runway models) with bronzer or blush to make your features stand-out amidst all that hair and give you a dewy, just-frolicked-in-the-snow color on your cheeks.