Friday, December 5, 2014

Your Guide to Planning a ChicagoStyle Winter Wonderland Wedding

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The countdown to the winter holidays begins now and it’s the perfect time to plan a winter wonderland wedding extravaganza. The cold season is ideal to plan ultra stylish weddings because winter can be simply magical. If you can envision sparkles, faux snow and ornamental lights, you can plan a splendid winter wedding. It’s all about letting your imagination run wild to truly plan a cozy, stylish, snowy soiree!

Here are some ideas to get you started as you begin planning your perfect day:

Get creative with your stationery. 
Use crystals, antique lace and paper with a slight sheen to embellish your invitations. These little works of art will make your wedding guests feel special -- they may even keep them as keepsakes! Work with a local invitation artists to create the perfect first impression of your winter wedding. Plus, these creative and personal wedding invitations will entice your wedding guests to attend despite the cold! Thinking outside the box will make your wedding guests excited for your winter wedding -- even before it gets chilly!

Include seasonal meals on your menu.
Serving hot meals at your winter wedding will keep your wedding guests cozy and satisfied. Some popular winter hors d’oeuvres are smoked mozzarella with mushrooms, crab balls, miniature salmon cakes and puree soups. You can also add in pre-dinner snacks such as roasted herb almonds, artisanal cheeses and rosemary crackers. Water with citrus slices complements these easy and affordable pre-dinner snacks perfectly. Or get a little crazy and go with a citrus and rosemary spritzer.

As for the main course, family-style meals like roasted chicken thighs with bacon & parsley will help you set up a communal and delightful experience for your wedding guests. Seasonal pies such as apple, pumpkin and cherry are perfect for dessert. The ideal winter wedding menu will include thin sauces and light meats to keep your guests light on their feet as they socialize during your wedding.

Save some money for the fun stuff.
Many venues have fabulous discounts and sales for couples who are looking to get married during the "off-season," which is generally between November and March. When planning your wedding reception, ask about what is included in your winter package and how the price will differ from summer. There may be some excellent upgrades available! You can always use the money you saved on some excellent extras like fake snow and crystals sprinkled on the tables, or a couple luxurious pashminas for chilly grandmas to borrow during dinner.

Set the right mood with candlelight.
You cannot go wrong with candlelight at any wintertime wedding. Some of the best winter wonderland wedding designs feature lanterns and votives. A beautiful glow outdoors or indoors is perfect for the winter. You can use candlelight displays as your centerpieces, along with some gorgeous winter floral clusters.

When it comes to winter weddings, there are endless possibilities! Let us know your winter wedding ideas in the comments!

Happy wedding planning!

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