The trend of weddings happening only between May and September is a thing of the past. In fact, October was the most popular month for weddings in 2019. Although winter weddings are less common (January was the least popular.), that’s good news for you: You’ll have more options for venues and discounts from vendors. Plus, current winter wedding colors are anything but cold.
Our favorite winter wedding color palettes feature warm undertones. Forget the barren trees; you can have rich hues, lush greenery, and glam style any time of year. Here are some of the top winter wedding colors as you plan for your big day.
You can never go wrong with a rich red, especially in colder months. But that doesn’t have to mean Valentine’s Day hearts or wool tartan. Opt for soft reds and keep the rest of the palette neutral with warm beige colors and timeless silver and gold.
For your bridesmaids dresses, choose a red with wine undertones instead of a bright crimson. It’s less jarring and more universally flattering. Let each bridesmaid choose a rouge lipstick to complement their complexion. Consider simple baby’s breath bouquets and metallic accessories.
The great thing about red is there are endless options for unique flowers. Red roses are a classic option and one of the more affordable blooms on the market. You can also choose a white base, like baby’s breath or white roses, and accent with winter berries. Try a simple bouquet of white roses and red foliage wrapped in twine for a soft look.
You don’t have to opt for flowers that are “in season,” but sourcing out-of-season flowers will be more expensive. In the winter, in-season flowers include amaryllis, anemone, camellias, casablanca lilies, forget-me-nots, French tulips, gardenias, holly, jasmine, orchids, mini gerberas, paperwhites, poinsettias, and roses.
Red and black tends to have a very formal, sophisticated look. Consider the statement you want to make before choosing suits for the groomsmen. A dark gray is a softer complement than a classic black tux. Choose a tie that matches the bridesmaid dresses and finish with a super simple red boutonniere.
Blush and Peach
You might assume that blushy hues are reserved for spring affairs, but that’s not the case. Soft blush and peach can add warmth to your winter wedding. Make it seasonally appropriate with your choice of materials. These velvet blush bridesmaids gowns, for example, have a wintry weight and shimmer to heat things up. We also love the single calla lily bouquets for an understated yet beautiful touch.
There are plenty of blush and peach flowers available in the winter, including roses, amaryllis, and ranunculus. You can add baby’s breath and eucalyptus for a fuller bouquet. Use white flowers as a base and accent with a mix of soft blush tones and punches of brighter peach. Seasonal berries are a great addition to winterize this summery hue.
For your cake, a clean winter white is a great option. Sophisticated pearl beading and a smooth fondant finish create a beautiful blank slate. Add color with peach roses that complement your color palette.
Winter White With Glam Gold
In the winter, you can get away with a lot more glitz and glam, especially if your wedding is around the New Year. Choose sequins and shimmery gold to accent a crisp white background. The bride in this photo embraces a glam vibe with a sequined wedding dress.
If you’re going the classic white route, dress up your bridesmaids in silver, gold, or sequin gowns for extra sparkle. Have the guys wear timeless black tuxes to round out this formal wedding theme. Lots of shimmer doesn’t feel overstated in a neutral color palette.
The Flowers and Decor
With lots of silver and gold accents, keep linens and flowers a crisp white. Create monochromatic floral arrangements with hydrangeas, white roses, baby’s breath, paper whites, and gardenias. From there, create a full-on winter wonderland with faux fur accents, crystal glassware, and lots of sparkle.
Rich Berry Winter Wedding Colors
You might think wine and burgundy are fall wedding colors, but a palette of rich berry shades is perfect for any winter month. Mix a depth of colors in the same theme for an eye-catching assortment. Include burgundy, plum, mauve, raspberry, and rose for a warm look.
Choose your favorite hue for bridesmaid dresses, or have them each pick their own within these range of shades. The result will be a gorgeous ombre effect. For bouquets, create a neutral palette with white roses, greenery, and foliage. Then, add a few pops of color to match your wedding party.
If you’re opting for berry colors, why not a berry cake? Opt for a naked cake, and top it with lots of richly-saturated fruits. Have your bakery use simple white icing to frost the top and layer in blueberries, figs, blackberries, and pomegranate seeds. It’s bound to look as good as it tastes.
The Flowers and Decor
Round out the woodland theme with moss and birch accents on the table. For flowers, choose seasonal favorites like ranunculus, roses, and amaryllis. We love the glass globes on this wintry tablescape that create a fairytale aesthetic combined with polished silver vessels and candlestick holders.
Embrace all of the foliage that colder months have to offer with a mixed green color palette. Include a range of shades including emerald, sage, and teal. Sprigs of evergreen, pine cones, and flat leaves combine to make a seasonal boutonniere.
This winter foliage also makes great wedding decor. Combine with fur and velvet accents. Or, for a Christmas wedding, adorn greenery with red bows.
The Bridesmaids Dresses
A deep emerald is a universally flattering color for bridesmaid dresses, and a dark teal works for winter, as well. We love this subdued look combined with bouquets of eucalyptus and baby’s breath flower crowns. Mix your shades of green for a tone-on-tone color combo.
On your big day, greenery doesn’t have to be limited to the bouquets. Sprigs of evergreen make for gorgeous wedding cake decoration along with brightly-colored berries. This naked cake is very lightly frosted to put the focus on its delicious accents. Plus, the base layer peeking through fits perfectly with the natural woodland look.
Winter Wonderland Wedding
If you’re planning a winter wedding, you’re already an unconventional bride or groom. So why not think outside of the box for your winter wedding colors? You don’t need to opt for the expected icy blue in January or red and green in December… unless you want to, that is.
Jewel tones and berry hues are perfect for embracing seasonal fruits and flowers. Or, the ever-popular shades of red and blush represent love any time of year. Winterize traditional spring colors by choosing cool-weather materials like velvet or fur. Greenery is another smart choice for the holiday season and beyond, with evergreens and eucalyptus in season.
Perhaps the best part about winter weddings is that you can’t overdo the glitz and glam. These winter wedding colors are deep but not loud, so they work great with lots of silver, gold, and sparkle. After all, when else can you go a little over the top except on your wedding day?