Forget fanciful ice sculptures and snow machines; winter wedding decor can be budget-friendly and easy to achieve if you do your research, says wedding tasker and blogger Laura Devine.
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It can be easy for your wedding budget to spiral out of control with little extra details as your wedding approaches; lots of little things can soon become big money, and before you know it you’ve blown a couple of hundred pounds on favours alone.
It all mounts up, so I’ve put together a list of a few easy yet stylish winter wedding decor additions you can find in your local super market, or even forage for!
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Perhaps the most obvious thing that springs to mind for October and November weddings, but pumpkins can last well past Halloween or Bonfire Night and can make lovely focal points for December weddings, too.
Keep it classy and pick up some from your local supermarket in lighter and greener shades for a more wintery vibe, or better yet, spray paint some really big ones to use as entrance décor or styled centrepieces.
Pumpkins are in season until around late December in the UK, but you may have to travel to a larger superstore to get a good selection beyond Halloween. The smaller edible ones will be more readily available in December, and those ones are much more interesting colours and shapes.
For extra winter wedding brownie points, serve some pumpkin pie as dessert or have some pumpkin spiced lattes on reserve for after dinner.
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These are great to scatter inside lanterns, in tea cups, around centrepieces and make lovely flavoursome additions to hot drinks like mulled wine and mulled cider.
Readily available in supermarkets, you don’t need many to emit a lovely evocative Christmassy smell, creating an instant cosy winter atmosphere.
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Think figs, tangerines, clementines, cranberries, and any other dark berries. These work wonderfully across cake and cheese spreads.
Use generously and lavishly scattered on cakes and cheese boards, or else piled up in tall vases as décor.
The mixture of rich and vibrant colours does the talking.
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A trip to the park is all that’s needed for this one! If you are short on décor time, these look amazing scattered – anywhere!
Up and down tables, around fireplaces, strategically positioned on mantel pieces, in baskets, and also stacked up in bell jars.
These also look super cool in candle holders, so use in place of candles if your venue doesn’t allow naked flames.
Pine cones are also great to bulk out floral or wreath arrangements if you have any large spaces to fill.
JEWEL-TONED WILD BERRIES
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Unlike the edible berries in the fruit section above, think wild and foraged. The white ones you see in the woods, the red ones on holly, and also mistletoe (which you can usually find growing near apple trees in the UK).
Mix in with pine or fir tree sprigs in arrangements out of reach so little curious hands can’t get to them. Assorted drapes also look great hanging downwards as pew ends or tied to the alter.
Florist’s twine is discreet and super easy to use if you are doing some wedding DIY here, and you can get a roll really cheap on Amazon.
Use hessian to hide the twine underneath once you’ve set your arrangement in place or to tie it all together. Hessian is quite thick and course so it works great with more harsh winter branches.
My (very) general rule of thumb is that, in summer; less is more, but in winter, more is more! So go mad and don’t be afraid of ‘scatter décor’ in winter!
I hope these ideas gave you some thrifty inspo for your winter wedding, check out my blog for more wedspo and more winter wedding ideas coming soon.
Good luck with the rest of your planning, and if you need any help or any more ideas please don’t hesitate to drop me a line. I’m @devinebride on Instagram and Twitter, or feel free to say hello via email@example.com too! See you next year!
About the author, Laura Devine of Devine Bride
Laura is a wedding tasker and runs the multi award-winning wedding blog Devine Bride. Laura offers pick and mix wedding planning, from stationery to styling, hire a bridesmaid to help on the day, and from wedding planning to wedding websites. Her honest and practical blog covers hen parties to honeymoons and everything in between.
Laura won Best Rising Star at the Wedding Blog Awards 2016, Wedding of the Year 2016 with Your London Wedding Magazine, and was highly commended in the Wedding and Events category at the UK Blog Awards 2017.
Laura is Glasgow born and bred but now splits her time between Scotland and London, where she lives, works and plays. She is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art and the London College of Fashion.
In her words, “Weddings are important because they celebrate life and possibility, and ultimately, it’s all about making people happy – and I love that.”
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