black, silver,white winter themed party
Black, Silver, White  Winter Wedding or Cocktial Party - Wedding Paper Divas.  winter party reminds me of sparkling snow on a winter night.
red and white cocktail party ideas
Red and White Winter Wedding or Cocktail Party Ideas by Wedding Paper Divas.  A red cocktail with a candy cane, red sparkle showes, cookies with a candy cane topping.
winter wedding pinecone theme
Rustic winter wedding ideas with pine cone theme.  I created an event for a client that had pine cones as part of  her Country Christmas theme and I wrapped candles in burlap tied with a ribbon and a pinecone was attached to each one. Photo from  Snippet and Ink
red and white winter wedding ideas birds and twigs
Here is an other Red and White Winter Wedding or Winter Cocktail party theme using branches, birds, and berries as decorations.  This woodland winter theme is just another way of using red and white for a winter party. Photo from Snippet and Ink
white and gold winter wedding ideas
A Wedding in the winter or a winter cocktail party
Ideas and Tips for a Magical Winter Wedding Theme

By Nina Callaway, Guide

In the movies, everyone seems to get married in June. But a winter wedding can be terribly glamorous, cinematic and magical. With the right elements, your winter wedding will be a wonderland.

Attire for Your Winter Theme Wedding or cocktail party

Think about you and your sweetie in the elegant look of old Hollywood; the groom in tails, and the bride in a white long silk dress with a white fur or faux fur wrap. Evoke the season with "ice" –diamond or diamond-like jewelry. 90% of wedding dresses are strapless or sleeveless, but that's not so practical for a bride who wants to take pictures outside, or needs to walk any distance. Look for wraps, shrugs, and capes, or dramatic coats. I've always loved the look of a bride in a white dress and a large red shawl, huddled against her groom who has a red boutonnière. And don't forget your bridesmaids! An attractive wrap to wear on the day of your wedding and beyond makes a great bridesmaid present.

Where to Have a Winter Style Wedding or winter theme party

Look for an inn with a fireplace for an intimate winter wedding. For a larger affair, you may be able to use a historic mansion or private club that will still have intimate warmth. Unless you're getting married in a state that will have guaranteed snow during your wedding date, avoid a room that has a large picture window. You may imagine drifts of beautiful snow, and end up with a grey rainy day. Be sure to ask what seasonal decorations they use – you'll save money as many sites are already heavily decorated. Also, check to make sure your site will be adequately heated during the winter months; old churches can be especially drafty.

Planning the Menu for a Winter Themed Wedding or Party

You can have all of your favorite food but add some winter touches like a squash dish, or warm pumpkin soup. Consider serving eggnog, spiced wine, or hot chocolate (alcoholic or non-) as special treats. Look for an all-white cake, decorated with snowflake patterns, silver embellishments, or sugar sculptures. Ask your caterer about using a decorative snow globe as a cake topper

Winter Flowers that are perfect for a wedding or party

Decide whether you want to go for a silver and white elegant look, or celebrate the season with reds and greens. For those who like silver, look for dusty miller, silver-dollar eucalyptus, and baby blue eucalyptus, mixed with white flowers such as roses, football mums, crocus, lilies and stephanotis. If you're looking for a brighter bouquet, consider red roses with holly and pine-tree greenery. In season flowers such as tulips, roses, and ornamental berries generally will be less expensive choices. (Talk to your florist, as your region may have different availability)

The Décor for Your Winter Theme Wedding or cocktail party

Decorate your tables with simple and inexpensive white poinsettias, or fill the room with light by arranging pillar candles on a bed of pine branches At the after-Christmas sales, stock up on strands of small white lights, then string them decoratively around doorways, over tables and on archways. Bright red cranberries in a bowl surrounding floating candles make an easy and inexpensive centerpiece. Look at this article for other simple holiday centerpieces.. Or, decorate a pre-made gingerbread house for each table, and center it on a bed of greenery with candles around it.

If you and most of your guests celebrate Christmas, an ornament makes a perfect favor. An inexpensive homemade favor is a pretty tin of spiced hot chocolate mix or hot cocoa mix with marshmallows. Also consider a snow globe, with a bride and groom inside, or a holiday cookie cutter with a cookie recipe attached that says your names, wedding date, and "truly cut out for each other".

Special touches

   * Have the bride and groom travel by horse and carriage to the reception, complete with a fur throw to keep them warm of course!
   * Decorate the reception with miniature and life-size Christmas trees.
   * Commission an ice sculpture to decorate the reception hall
   * Use a crystal bouquet for that extra wintery feel. As a bonus, you'll get to keep your your bouquet forever.
   * Greet your guests with warm coffee or hot chocolate as soon as they come in the ceremony or reception site. Or how about a chocolate martini?
Here are a few beautiful winter wedding ideas and winter cocktail party ideas.
Off white, cream, and gold winter wedding or winter cocktail party ideas.