Post # 1
I got engaged on 1/5 and we have decided to have the wedding on 1/5/15 to follow the anniversary tradition. So, for the past few days I’ve been scouring pinterest, google, you name it looking for decoration ideas, color schemes, etc etc and it seems like no matter what I put in or where I look, winter wedding=christmas. Our favorite color is red and deep reds are a great winter color, but I look around and there’s christmas ornaments and christmas trees and red and green everything and I just want a beautiful winter wedding WITHOUT christmas junk in it because it will be AFTER christmas! Apparently that is too much to ask! Does anyone have any good places to find ideas for this, or did you have a wedding that was held in the winter that WASN’T christmas themed? I’d love some help, I’m feeling completely overwhelmed at how much there is to go into a wedding and I have a baby on the way too, so I will be extra busy this year!
Post # 3
@quierajen: best thing to do is just look up red coloured weddings…never mind the winter…you can add that later…
Post # 4
My wedding wasn’t technically in winter (it was October), but it ended up snowing and LOOKING like a winter wedding to all of pinterest. Obviously, we had nothing Christmas related. So, if it helps any…here’s a link to our “winter” wedding.
Post # 5
@quierajen: Ughh, I feel you. I personally am not the biggest fan either.. it seems cheesy or something? But yeah, winter tends to = christmas OR like ice blue snowflake themed? Which is also weird. i think you can definitely pull off a beautiful winter wedding without any of that stuff. If I were doing a winter wedding I’d probably want sort of a woodsy glam.. but that’s partially because of where I live, and I associate winter with the mountains..
here’s a couple of pics I found real quick:
ETA: if you guys love deep red, try searching for “jewel toned weddings” or something similar.. just forget the winter part entirely!
Post # 6
Our wedding was December 8th and we had our colors as red (burgandy) and gold. There was nothing christmas-y about it. As long as you don’t use “Christmas” things you should be fine. I’ll try to post some pics tomorrow. They need to be resized.
Post # 7
When you visit venues, make sure you ask about whether the Christmas decorations will still be up for your wedding. I was recently reading about another bee with this issue.
Post # 8
Ooh thanks for the tips ladies!
@MrsBG: I would LOVE to see pics, as red and gold are the colors I’m leaning towards using. Possibly red gold and burlap or red gold and brown. 🙂
Post # 9
@quierajen: Oh, you mean all winter weddings AREN’T Christmas themed? Darn. My world is shattered! Next you’ll be telling me that all July weddings aren’t 4th of July themed (yup even the non-US ones!). I don’t think I could view my world the same!
Post # 10
If you do a google search for winter weddings and limit yourself to websites from the southern hemisphere (for example .nz or .au) then you’ll see non-Christmas winter weddings, as for us winter is July/August.
Post # 11
@quierajen: I’m having a winter wedding. Very close to Christmas but not Christmas themed. We are doing navy, ivory and metallics for our colors. With lots of candles and fairy lights dotted around.
Post # 12
@quierajen: Here is a pic. The center pic got cut off, but on the edges we had our two ushers. We had them wear their own suits and told them our colors were red and gold. They both wore red ties and looked just fine with the group. My ring bearer was so excited, but my flower girl couldn’t have been any less interested. She had a rough day. It was pretty funny.
The top left is my maid of honor and best man. (going clockwise) our boutineers, our cake, our chuppah (ceremony canopy which we moved to go over the sweetheart table for dinner), our centerpieces (not the best pic, but it was three containers, one had burgandy gladiolas, one had a white candle with a gold ribbon, and the smallest had gobi berries sprayed gold), our best man/fathers and groom’s vests, the centerpiece on our sweetheart table. My bouquet was white flowers with berries sprayed gold and my maid of honor and cake topper had red/burgandy flowers with berries sprayed gold.
The chuppah was equalyptus sprayed gold with gold ribbon and some red flower bunches.
I think as long as you don’t put red and green next to eachother then it won’t look xmas at all.
Post # 13
We are also getting married January 2015! I go back and forth between neutrals and metallics but I’ve found lots of those types of weddings! Metallics is more new-years (black and gold weddings are really popular for new years eve weddings). Try just searching for colour combos you like? Or search January or February wedding?
Post # 14
@quierajen: Also, I think it is super cute that you are getting married on your engagement anniversay. We started dating on 12/8/04, got engaged 12/8/11, and married on 12/8/12.
Also, look on instagram #winterwedding. There are tons of good pics on there.
Post # 15
@MrsBG: thanks for the pics!! Beautiful wedding! Fh and I started dating 1/5/12, got engaged 1/5/14 and will be married 1/5/15! Love it!
Post # 16
Try wine country or napa weddings.