Winter wonderland wedding ceremony with falling snow and blue uplighting | PartySlate
photographer: Nakai Photography | planner: Marquette Avenue Events | design: Kehoe Designs | venue: The Drake Hotel
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17 Breathtaking Winter Wonderland Wedding Ideas

Winter wonderland wedding ceremony with falling snow and blue uplighting | PartySlate

Winter easily gets a bad rap. Sure, there’s blustery weather and endless shoveling. In fact, here in the Midwest, even our eyelashes can freeze. But a winter wonderland wedding reminds us to look beyond the frigid temperatures. If you live in Wisconsin, like I do, each day is more beautiful and austere than the next. The bare treetops glimmer with frost, and endless snowdrifts sparkle iridescent in the sunshine. 

Long after wedding fatigue hits its summer and fall peaks, your winter wedding will stand out as the highlight of the season. Accordingly, PartySlate reached out to two inspiring wedding planners for insight into capturing a winter wedding aesthetic. Kristin Banta, Creative Director of Kristin Banta Events, tells us, “Seasons play a significant role in the design of any event.” Rachael Keyl, Owner of A Fine Fête, confirms, “The season can certainly help guide the direction, especially in terms of color, textures and flowers.” From glittering winter centerpieces to dazzling winter wedding color palettes, winter weddings bring an aura of enchantment to any venue space. 

Short of hibernation, you can forget the wedding stress. PartySlate makes wedding planning simple with curated directories and thoughtful inspiration. We’ve searched through hundreds of real wedding albums to find the best winter wonderland wedding ideas. Discover 17 ways to take your winter wedding to the next level — and remind guests why winter is the most magical season of all. Plus, stay to the end to learn how to bring this unique aesthetic to life.

Winter Wonderland Wedding Invitations

1. Marble Snow Drifts

Winter wonderland wedding invitations with pink and gray marbling | PartySlate
photographer: Kent Drake Photography | LOLA Event Productions See More

Winter Wonderland Wedding Bouquets

2. Dreamy White Blooms

Winter bride and two bridesmaids hold white winter bouquets | PartySlate
photographer: Tara Bielecki Photography | LK Events See More
Winter bouquet with white anemones | PartySlate
photographer: Rowan Wells Photography | St Germain Design + Co. See More
Winter wedding bouquet with pine cones | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Storybook Weddings & Events See More

3. Sugar Plum Pinks

Dreamy pink winter wedding bouquet | PartySlate
photographer: Danielle Harris | Ashland Addison Floral and Event Decor See More

Winter Wonderland Ceremony Arches & Aisles

4. Glimmering Lights

Transparent tented winter wedding with several suspended glimmering gold chandeliers | PartySlate
photographer: Harwell Photography | EastCoast Entertainment See More
Couple exchanges vows under canopy of string lights | PartySlate
photographer: Afrik Armando See More
Couple walks down tree-lit aisle at winter wedding ceremony | PartySlate
photographer: Vesic Photography | Sagamore Pendry Baltimore See More

5. Crystal Details

Winter wonderland wedding ceremony with falling snow and blue uplighting | PartySlate
photographer: Nakai Photography | Michigan Avenue Events See More
Winter wonderland wedding ceremony with purple uplighting and frosted décor | PartySlate
photographer: Stanlo Photography | S. Dulcio Florals & Design See More

6. Bare Winter Branches

Couple poses in aisle at winter wedding without flowers and soft whites, grays and a natural wood palette as well as bare branch trees | PartySlate
photographer: Beautiful Day Photography | Kristin Banta Events See More
Winter wedding ceremony with white flower backdrop and bare branches lining aisle | PartySlate
photographer: The Day by Ira Lippke See More

Winter Wonderland Wedding Centerpieces

7. The First Frost

Couple kiss at winter-themed sweetheart table covered in icy blue and white blooms | PartySlate
photographer: Stanlo Photography | S. Dulcio Florals & Design See More
A Modern Love Story - A White Wedding at Cipriani South Street
photographer: Nathan Smith | LLG Events | Rentastic Party & Event Rental See More
Icy Glam Wedding
photographer: Nate and Jenny Weddings | Pink Monkey Solutions | Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail See More

8. Enchanted Winter Forest

Winter wedding reception with snowy tree-like centerpieces and blue and purple uplighting | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Ziegfeld Ballroom See More
Winter wedding reception with towering white floral centerpieces and blue uplighting | PartySlate
photographer: Bob & Dawn Davis Photography & Design See More
Cozy wedding venue with deep blue walls, purple uplighting, and winter wedding centerpieces of bare branches and delicate pink blooms | PartySlate
photographer: Sullivan & Sullivan Photography | Honey Bee Weddings and Events See More

9. Candlelit Tablescapes

White winter wedding reception with candlelit tablescapes | PartySlate
photographer: The Day by Ira Lippke See More
Winter Wedding at Rainbow Room in New York, New York
photographer: leila brewster photography | Grayhouse Events Atelier | Rainbow Room See More
Winter wedding candle centerpieces with rose and succulents | PartySlate
photographer: Sam Hurd | A Fine Fête See More

Enchanted Winter Dance Floors & Stages

10. Winter Snowfall

Wedding winter wonderland dance floor with suspended white floral ceiling décor and snowflake lighting projections on wall and dance floor | PartySlate
photographer: The Day by Ira Lippke See More
Winter Wedding at The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California
photographer: Dmitry Shumanev | The Lighter Side See More

11. Ice and Fog

Couple dances through swirling purple fog at wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Anée Atelier | The Crystal Plaza See More
First dance in pink-uplit ballroom with ice fractal lighting projections and swirling fog | PartySlate
photographer: Jenny Martell Photography | See More

12. Twinkling Lights

Stunning Winter Wedding at Nemacolin Woodland Resort in Farmington, PA
photographer: Rachel Rowland Photography | Starlight Music See More

 Winter Bar Areas

13. On the Rocks

Wedding bar made from ice in room with blue uplighting | PartySlate
photographer: John Cain Photography See More
Wedding bar with purple LED lighting and snowflake projection | PartySlate
photographer: Scott Jones Photography | Nisa Lee Events See More

Winter Wonderland Wedding Cake

14. Silvery Glimmer

Bride and groom cut into white cake with blue and silver geode design at winter wonderland wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Stanlo Photography | S. Dulcio Florals & Design See More
White winter wedding cake with silver glittery snowflake designs | PartySlate
photographer: Cooper Carras | Alyson Fox, Levine Fox Events See More
photographer: Regal Palette Studio | Tum Hi Ho Events See More

15. Crowned With Illumination

Towering white cake surrounded by purple uplit drapery with suspended chandelier | PartySlate
photographer: f8studio | As You Wish Events See More

Winter Wonderland Wedding Favors

16. Take-Home Snow Globes

snow globe place cars and party favors for winter wedding | PartySlate
photographer: f8studio | As You Wish Events See More

17. Reasons to Toast

NYE Wedding
photo courtesy of: Say I Do to Details, LLC See More

People Also Ask…

How does season play a role in a wedding’s design?

“When selecting a time of year to get married,” Banta of Kristin Banta Events, says, “a couple often looks to align their décor, to some degree, with the existing season. This way there doesn’t feel like there is a disconnect between the surrounding environment and the guest experience.” She goes on to say, “Décor does not need to be a literal interpretation of the weather outside, but should at least harmonize with it — unless making a dramatic statement by designing something with intentional polarity, like a frosty winter scene during the height of summer.” 

How can you capture a winter aesthetic in an indoor venue such as a ballroom or industrial space?

“Capturing a season in any indoor venue is best communicated with lighting and inspired décor,” Banta shares. “Don’t feel beholden to the overly obvious use of snowflakes and blue lighting — winter can also be interpreted using texture and elementals. Seek authenticity in achieving the theatrical — from winter birch trees projected on the walls, quartz crystal encrusted branch accents, and gilded antlers to perimeter pine trees, luxe plaid textiles, stacked logs, and vintage snowshoes.” 

Keyl of A Fine Fête, adds, “What I love most about winter weddings is playing with textures and patterns that can instantly warm up a space. Food and drinks are also fun ways to create a cozy vibe, especially drinks. Who wouldn’t want to be greeted with a Hot Toddy walking into a reception space with warm lighting! To top it off, you can integrate a yummy scent to complete the vibe!”

Is it bad to have a winter wedding?

Traditionally, “wedding season” spans from late spring to early fall — with June and September being the most popular months to get married. Winter weddings, while less popular, have always offered many perks. Couples can expect increased venue and vendor availability, as well as more flexible price points. Moreover, friends and family are less likely to experience wedding fatigue — with your wedding standing out as a much-anticipated celebration.

Of course, the pandemic has altered traditional wedding trends for the foreseeable future. With so many couples forced to delay their nuptials, wedding season has easily become wedding year with 2022 and 2023 booking up fast. Thursday and Sunday weddings are no longer unheard of, and all months have officially joined the wedding season roster. 

Luckily, winter weddings are finally getting their chance to shine. Turn your wedding venue into a winter wonderland with the help of a skilled planner and décor team. The weather may be cold and austere, but there’s no shortage of beauty and inspiration from this much overlooked season.

What are winter wedding colors?

Winter wedding color palettes range from classic blues and neutral champagnes to deep cherry reds and bright jewel tones. For a winter wonderland wedding, we recommend icy blues, glimmering silvers, crisp whites, and dramatic jewel tones. For an in-depth look at how colors set the mood and tone of your celebration, check out the following: Best Wedding Colors [Guide].

Where can I find a venue and vendors for my winter wonderland wedding?

Use PartySlate’s curated venue directory to find an available venue for your winter wedding. Make sure to filter by location, venue type, guest count, and more. See a venue you like? Contact the venue directly or head to their profile page to see how real weddings utilized the space. 

Finding the right vendors is just as easy. Use PartySlate’s curated vendor directory to discover everything from the best local wedding planners to premier entertainment companies. Use the filters to narrow your search by vendor category, services, and more. You can also contact vendors directly or go to their profile pages for more examples of their work.

Meet the Panel

Kristin Banta, Creative Director of Kristin Banta Events

Kristin Banta
Creative Director
Kristin Banta Events

Rachael Keyl, Owner of A Fine Fête,

Rachael Keyl
A Fine Fête