Easy, Last Minute Winter Wedding Ideas

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As the holidays inch closer, I'm sharing a few of my picks for the winter brides and grooms! I'm talking to those engaged couples who are braving the chilly temperatures to get married in winter! Of course, these easy winter wedding ideas are all centered around a stunning velvet wedding garter full of jewel tones that I handmade.

Velvet and jewel tones on anything is perfect for winter weddings and I'm so glad that velvet is becoming a wedding trend and more and more couples are incorporating into their big day! 

From robes to garters to signature cocktails to hot cocoa and winter wedding bells to jewel tones all of these easy winter wedding inspirations are perfect for an elegant December wedding! Or a wedding in January or February! (Or November and March, depending on where you live!) And, better yet, all of these winter wedding ideas are super simple and easy for the couple to do at the last minute if they are getting married sooner rather than later while the weather is still cold!

Here is a collection of simple ideas for winter weddings...

Winter Wedding Accessories

Velvet and Tulle Wedding Garter for Winter Wedding
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Vows in Velvet - Velvet and Tulle Wedding Garter


I love the vibrant colors in this wedding garter heirloom - the velvet gives it a cozy feel while the deep colors and satin bow keep it elegant and elevated. Cozy and jewel tones are perfect for winter weddings!

It's fun to make such a physically small (but meaningful!) item the center of your wedding day attire, and this sophisticated garter is the perfect place to start!

If velvet is your thing, but you don't love purple, you might like this other elegant wedding garter that I made that has emerald velvet and gold lace - it is gorgeous!  

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Emerald Green Velvet Bridal Robe
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Made by: Ribbon and Rings

For those getting married in the winter, I'd pair a velvet garter with an emerald green velvet robe for the bride or her bridesmaids! Hello, cozy on your wedding morning!

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Velvet and Lace Kimono Bridesmaid Robe

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Made by: Ella Winston 

Your bridesmaids would *love* you if you got them a velvet robe to get ready in for your wedding. Your bridesmaids would wear a velvet robe all year long, not just in the winter and not just on your wedding morning! (Or is that just me, I'd love a velvet robe, hint, hint!)

And, the wedding morning pictures! Oh, you and your bridal party would all look so gorgeous in matching velvet robes! A velvet getting-ready robe for the bride and her bridesmaids is the perfect accessory (and gift!) for winter weddings!

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Velvet Hair Bow Bridesmaid

 
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Velvet Hair Bow Bridesmaid Accessory
Made by: Bardot Bow Gallery

A velvet hair bow adds the perfect texture for brisk winter weddings. This finishing touch can be a beautiful accessory for your bridesmaids' hairstyles and looks amazing in photography. Not to mention, it's an accessory your bridesmaids will actually be able to use again!


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Winter Wedding Hair Vine

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Winter Wedding Hair Vine
Made by: Savchenko Design

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Winter Bridal Hair Comb

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Winter Hair Comb
Made by: Mavka Floral Studio

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Faux Fur Bridal Wrap Winter Wedding Bride

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Faur Fux Bridal Wrap
Made by: Lost In Time Inc

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Winter Brial Bouquet

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Winter Bridal Bouquet
Made by: Songs From the Garden

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 Velvet Cosmetic Bag

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Made by: Love and Luxe Handmade

How cute are these personalized dark navy blue velvet clutches for your bridesmaids?! As I said, velvet is so on trend for winter weddings and in everyday fashion - your bridesmaids will love these velvet clutches!

The dark navy blue of these velvet pouches is so chic and elegant - talk about a stylish something blue for the bride - and her 'maids!

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Personalized Velvet Ring Box Winter Wedding
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Made by: Camellia and Love

Perfect for those wedding day details captured by your photographer and as a safe spot for your ring at home or while traveling, this beautiful velvet ring box is a perfect gift. 

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Winter Themed Signature Cocktails


mocktails for wedding

Photo credit:  Chelsea's Messy Apron

This refreshing winter mocktail, with a splash of something heavier, (if you prefer!) would be perfect for a winter wedding celebration! Signature cocktails are a great way to celebrate a wedding! With a signature cocktail, you can easily have drinks on-the-ready for your wedding guests (Just say "no" to lines at the wedding reception bar!). Signature cocktails are also a great way to save money at your wedding reception on the booze tab.

If you are getting married in the winter, look for a signature cocktail recipe that is winter themed or consider giving it a winter-y name, like this recipe for a Snowflake Martini.

Winter Wedding Signature Drink Menu Sign

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Signature Drink Menu Sign
Made by: Sincerely by Nicole

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Acrylic Snowflake Drink Tag 

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Acrylic Snowflake Drink Tag
Made by: Layla Belle Design

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hot coca diy bar for wedding

Photo credit: White Rabbit Studios via Brides

What better way to warm up for a wedding that a hot cocoa bar for you and your guests?! There are so many great ideas to put together a simple hot cocoa bar!

You could talk to your caterer about adding a hot cocoa bar during the dessert instead of (or in addition to!) coffee, have them put out marshmallows, chocolate shavings and whip cream, of course!

Your wedding guests will love a hot cocoa warm up at your winter wedding!

Custom Hot Cocoa Bar Sign Printable

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Made by: Min Mac

The easiest last minute addition to your wedding is complete with this easy printable from Etsy. Simply purchase and print out this Hot Chocolate Bar sign to let your guests know about this special treat.

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Custom Coffee Cups for Wedding

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Personalized Coffee Cups
Made by: GB Design House


Order these cute custom stamps to adorn coffee cup sleeves for your hot cocoa and coffee bar. Guests will enjoy warming up with your wedding hot cocoa bar while holding a customized cup for the special occasion.


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Winter Wedding Decor

Wedding Welcome Sign Template Winter


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Made by: Studio Plus One

Wedding guests love signage - it tells them where to go and what to do! Plus wedding signs make for great (and simple!) decor! This beautiful wedding sign is perfect for a winter wedding with its red flowers and evergreen boughs.

What is even better, this is a download printable, so you can purchase it and then have it printed yourself - easy wedding signage! 

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Winter Wedding Bells Idea

Photo Credit: Tec Petaja via Martha Stewart

How cute would these DIY winter wedding bells be!? Once your wedding ceremony is complete, you two could walk out of the church or exit your reception while your guests ring bells! Ahhh, I love it!

You could use bells in place of rice, petals, bubbles or a sparkler exit at your winter wedding!

A simple wedding DIY project, you could wrap a few inexpensive bells together and put the bell bundles in a basket for your wedding guests with a cute sign that says "ring for love" or "wedding bells are ringing" - there are so many cute ideas for the DIY wedding bells!

Burgundy Velvet Tablecloth Winter Wedding

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Made by: Magpie Linens

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Wood Hexagon Wedding Arbor
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Made by: 303 Woods

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Winter Wedding Cake Topper
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Made by: Birch Bar and Co

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Winter Wedding Date Sign
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Made by: Cypress and Whim

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Snow Flocked Garland for Winter Wedding

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Made by: Arch Way Store

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Velvet Table Runner Winter Wedding

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Made by: Premier Linens

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White Fur Chiavari Chair Caps Winter Wedding

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Made by: Tang Design

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Wedding Drapery Fabric Winter Wedding
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Made by: Home Cart Fabrics

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Winter Wedding Escort Cards

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Made by: Shop Jandy

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Birch Candle Holders for Winter Wedding
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Made by: Arch Way Store

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Mini Wreath Placecards
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Made by: Justice Designs Events

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Winter Wedding Favor Ideas

diy pepermint bark wedding favor

Photo Credit: Lotus Blossom Photography via Brit & Co.

Looking to gift your wedding guests with a small favor - every wedding guest loves an edible favor! Something delicious that your guests can enjoy after the wedding celebration makes for the best favors!

DIY wedding favors, aka making the wedding favors all by yourself for your guests, can be tough because it is a lot of work, especially at the end of the wedding planning journey, Think 200+ perfect cookies or 200+ cupcakes! There are many steps to make a perfect cookie or cupcake, but a simple recipe like bark would be ideal as a wedding favor. Bark is easy to make and can be made for a large crowd quickly! Add some peppermint into your bark and you have the perfect DIY favor for any winter wedding!

Here are some really great recipes for peppermint bark. Maybe you'll find a great recipe here for your winter wedding!

Put your bark in a clear bag, wrap with a ribbon and some evergreen and you are done - the best and easiest favor of a winter wedding!  

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Wedding Favor Tags

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Made by: Viola Mirabilis Design

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Donut Wedding Favor Boxes

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Made by: H Harper Co

Serving warm donuts as a wedding favor on your big day?  Be sure to package them up beautifully to impress your guests and provide a picture worthy send-off! Your friends and family will surely be posting these on their instagram.

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Baby It's Cold Outside Favor Bag
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Made by: Details on Demand

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Hot Cocoa Bomb Favor for Winter Wedding
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Made by: Chocolates Unlimited

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Never be afraid to start small when thinking about how to keep your wedding day cohesive - sometimes the most intimate detail, like your wedding garter, can become the cornerstone of your big day!

For more of my wedding ideas and inspirations, be sure to check out my blog and you can shop all of my wedding garter designs.

With love,

The Garter Girl

 

 

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