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Keeping Warm at Your Winter Wedding

There’s a chill in the air, the leaves have mostly fallen, and at least for those of us here in Minnesota, there’s snow on the ground. Even as I sit here writing this intro from the comfort of my heated office, I'm wearing a beanie and warm slippers. Winter may not technically begin for two more months, but the season is practically upon us. And with it, one of Woodland Events’ favorite things: winter weddings!!

There’s so much to love about winter weddings! Snow makes for beautiful backdrops and excellent natural lighting for your photos, venues and vendors tend to be cheaper as they sell off-season packages, and so many amazing color palettes really pop and just become more beautiful against the snow.

Of course, if you're getting married in the winter, it's probably going to be a cold day. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing! Woodland Events intern Alyssa is here to share with you some helpful tips for keeping you and your guests warm. And honestly? Her insights make me wish I had a winter wedding (can you say 10-year snowy vow renewal?)

Whether your winter wedding is indoors, outdoors, or a mixture of both, these tips are sure to help you and your guests stay warm and cozy all day long!

two winter brides sipping hot chocolate the fire
Cameron and Tia

Hot Chocolate Bar

Inside or out, a hot chocolate bar is an excellent addition to any winter wedding! Set up a table with urns full of different cocoa flavors. Favorites include mint, hazelnut, and white chocolate. Of course, you can never go wrong with a good old fashioned milk chocolate.

Then add a variety of toppings and mix-ins, like marshmallows, whipped cream, cinnamon sticks, mini chocolate chips, sprinkles, and flavored syrups. For the 21+ crowd, you can even include things like Bailey’s Irish Cream, your favorite bourbon, or flavored liqueurs!

Not a chocolate fan? Mulled cider or mulled wine are excellent hot drink alternatives and will create an incredible spicy aroma throughout your venue.


Instead of gift bags or favors for your guests, give everyone a blanket! You can have your ushers hand them out to guests as they arrive or have them preset on each seat at the ceremony.

As an added bonus, if the blankets are in your wedding colors, your guests will sort of become like extra decor pieces and help to improve the aesthetic of your wedding.

Your guests will so appreciate this gesture on the day of the wedding. Plus, they can reuse it again and again! Who doesn’t want another blanket?

Warm Desserts

What better way to end your winter wedding reception than with a warm dessert? A sweet treat to keep your guests warm will surely keep them smiling!

You could serve hot pies, fresh soufflés, molten chocolate cakes, bread puddings, the list goes on! While it can sometimes be difficult to serve all these desserts warm at a large wedding, we think they’re perfect for smaller gatherings (read: COVID weddings).

Fire Pit

two winter brides laughing by fire pit with hot cocoa
Cameron and Tia

If any part of your wedding day is outside, even if it's just an option during social hour, consider seeing if your venue has the option or space for a fire pit. It's a good way to make sure your guests stay warm if they want some fresh air. 

If a fire pit simply isn’t an option, think about electric space heaters or propane gas heaters! Just a little heat can go a long way.

Dress for the Cold

winter bride twirls in faux fir shawl
K Schulz Photograpy

While many suit jackets may already be warm enough, most dresses are not. If you are wearing a dress that doesn’t quite keep out the chill, try seeing if you can incorporate faux fur accents into your wedding look! You could even try finding a simple, elegant white jacket that holds your look together, while keeping you warm at the same time!

Also, if you‘ve got long hair, consider wearing it down. You've heard of wearing your hair up in the summer to keep cool; well, the opposite is true for the winter! That extra length over your neck and shoulders will provide an extra layer of natural protection from the cold and wind.

Winter weddings may seem cold, but if you’re prepared, they really can be warm, cozy, elegant, and breathtakingly beautiful. If you’d like help planning your winter wedding, reach out to Woodland Events today!

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