How To Plan a Holiday Time Wedding That's Not Holiday Themed

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Are you having a holiday time wedding and trying to avoid a holiday theme? Choosing a wedding date during the holiday season can have so many advantages but that doesn't mean you are tied to having a holiday themed wedding.

Today, we're here to dish out some wedding planning advice on how to plan a non-holiday themed winter wedding. For a lovely winter wedding we're thinking cozy and chic!

Winter Wedding Bridal Shawl
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Made by: MODA Crochet

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Choosing a Holiday Season Wedding Date

First up, you're choosing a wedding date and there are benefits to choosing within the holiday season. Wedding venues and locations often have more available dates during the winter holiday season since fall and spring are their busiest times of year.

Plus, their rates are often discounted during the winter - who ever hated a lower venue cost, no one! It can also be a great time of year for your family to gather and celebrate your nuptials since they're often already traveling for the holidays.


Winter Wedding Decor Without the Holiday Theme

Have you been searching high and low on Pinterest for wedding decor and planning ideas for your winter wedding and only coming up with Christmas-y type inspiration? We've got you covered! Let's design a winter wedding without the overloaded Christmas theming.

Perhaps some festive winter wedding details without those holiday touches. A non-holiday themed winter wedding can happen. After reading through this post's wedding ideas, check out our other winter wedding posts for Winter White Wedding Ideas & Easy Last Minute Winter Wedding Ideas.

Here are some top tips on how to avoid holiday decor for your winter wedding.

Tips For Planning a Non-Holiday Themed Holiday Time Wedding 


1 - Choose A Winter Color Palette That's Anything But Red and Green

Another easy winter wedding color is white! All white, everything makes a winter wedding feel snow filled and bright. But, if you're not into the monochromatic look of just white, white and more white, here are some other winter wedding color palettes to consider.

Check out our post on Winter White Wedding Ideas!

Consider grey and white for a snow inspired winter wonderland or grey and moody tones for an indoor affair that feels all aglow against the right lighting.  For a glam packed wedding, opt for white and gold or white and silver.

Last but not least try a different shade of green, like a soft fern green, mixed with white and grey.

2 - Use Seasonal Flowers But Avoid Evergreens, Wreaths and Poinsettias

What types of flowers are in season during the winter months and don't scream 'holiday'? We love this list of winter floral options: sweet peas, anemones, roses, hellebores, tulips, calla lilies and orchids.

Eucalyptus is another popular winter floral to use throughout your wedding. Sometimes this flower can look holiday-ish when paired with other holiday decor but paired with rustic or modern decor can make for the perfect winter design.

3 - Try a Woodland Wedding Theme

Rustic weddings aren't just for fall or spring. Think raw woods and snowflakes! Birch trees, snow covered mountaintops, and pinecones galore lend way to a winter woodland wonderland.

Wood design details like wood chargers, wood wedding cake toppers or wood signs help support a winter wedding theme. 

4 - Go All Out Modern

A winter wedding doesn't have to feel seasonal. Clean lines lend way to a crisp wedding design that pairs perfectly against a chilly winter day. For this we envision a classic black and white color palette, clear acrylic wedding decor details and a formal dress code. There's no holiday feeling here...just pure sophistication.

5 - Using All The Right Textures

Using textures to create a cozy feel is just right for a winter wedding. Velvet is a popular texture to use for winter weddings. We love to see velvet used in bridesmaids dresses and tablecloths. Faux furs and crochet knits can also help add to a cozy feel.

If you need more, don't forget that we have this amazing post on our favorite Easy, Last Minute Wedding Ideas!

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Ok, so there you have our top tips for planning a holiday season wedding that is not holiday themed! Now, we get to show you some of these wedding ideas to inspire you...


Champagne Luxury Tablecloth for Winter Wedding
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Made by: Magpie Linens

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Winter Wedding Invitation Template
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Made by: NiKo Paper

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Winter Wedding Bouquet for Bride
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Made by: Mavka Floral Studio

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Frosted Acrylic Wedding Welcome Sign
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Made by: Monique Paper Art

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Rustic Wood Wedding Cake Topper
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Made by: Yippee Daisy

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Snowflake Earrings and Necklace for Bride
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Made by: Crystal Corridor

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Grey Velvet Tablecloths for Winter Wedding
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Made by: Magpie Linens

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White Wedding Backdrop Curtains
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Made by: Kelly Shop 8

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Cozy Winter Nights Candle Winter Wedding Favor
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Made by: Baitx Made

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Winter Wedding Wood Guest Book
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Made by: Copper Cloud Creative

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Modern Black and Gold Flatware for Wedding
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Made by: Efavormart Boutique

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Black Lace and Tulle Wedding Dress
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Made by: Evolve UA

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Acrylic Wedding Table Number
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Made by: Mulberry Market Design

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Wooden Candle Centerpiece
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Made by: Wilhite Customs

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Black and White Modern Wedding Invitation Suite
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Made by: Ink and Aisle

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His and Hers Enamel Mug
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Made by: Mint and Jolie

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Gold Geometric Cake and Cupcake Stand
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Made by: Efavormart Boutique

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Birch Vase Wedding Decor
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Made by: Charlie Chalk Designs

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Winter Wonderland Wedding Placecards
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Made by: Dandelion Prints DIY

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Bridal Ivory Coat for Winter Wedding
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Made by: BAZHANE

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Custom Neon Wedding Sign
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Made by: TASHONDA Crafts

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Winter Wedding Champagne Flutes
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Made by: Ivory Pearls Craft

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Hot Cocoa Wedding Favor
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Made by: Natural Honey Bee

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White Bridal Booties
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Made by: House of Bride

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Glass Wedding Centerpiece
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Made by: Queen Design Studios

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Ski Wedding Cake Topper
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Made by: Morgan The Creator

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Velvet Bridesmaid Dress
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Made by: Isabelle Maurice Shop

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Charcoal Grey Wedding Table Runner
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Made by: Snug Babii

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Eco Friendly Snow Confetti
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Made by: Saharas Supplies

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There you have it! Our top tips and favorite ideas for a holiday wedding that's anything but holiday-ish. Remember, if you're looking for more winter wedding inspiration and ideas be sure to check out our other winter wedding posts, Winter White Wedding Ideas & Easy Last Minute Winter Wedding Ideas.

Don't forget, we have so much helpful and practical wedding planning advice on our blog. Whether it's with our our tips or our wedding heirlooms, our main goal in life is to share our expertise and help you have a joyful and stress-free wedding planning experience. You can shop our wedding garters and bridal accessories anytime.

For more of my wedding ideas and inspirations, be sure to check out my Garter Girl Loves blog series and you can see all of my wedding garter designs right here.


With love,

The Garter Girl



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