Hints & Tips for a Montreal Winter Wedding!!
Posted on 22 January 2017
Now here in Quebec we tend not to see many “winter weddings” which I think is a real shame as there are so much great options and ideas for creating a winter wonderland wedding in Montreal or the surrounding areas, not forgetting prices may be more competitive at this time of year but more importantly how romantic is a wedding in the snow!! So what are the key elements to creating that perfect winter wedding? Don’t worry, here we are going to give you a few tips and tricks to get you started!
Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean that you have to reflect that during your ceremony and reception. Why not stick to warmer colors such as reds & browns and even bring in some popular metallic colors, such as silver, gold or bronze). Colors such as forest green and navy blue can also look stunning at this time or year or alternatively be used to contrast your primary colors. However whatever colours you do use, like any wedding, make sure these colors are reflected throughout your wedding by incorporating them into your stationary, table scaping and any other touches you are adding.
It’s important to make sure that your invitations don’t reflect a holiday greeting card but yet still bring out the theme of your wedding. A great way to do this would be to avoid folding cards and chose a thick card with a border. Snowflakes act as a great way to reflect the theme of your wedding as well and nowadays with pinterest there are many great ideas out there….. just remember for a wedding at this time of year it’s crucial to send your “save the date” cards early so guests can make their travel plans and avoid hiked up prices over the holiday season and also plan for our lovely “snow”.
For those of you who love snow and maybe for a more intimate wedding you could brave an outdoor ceremony, but a winter wedding doesn’t necessarily mean cold. Ski lodges and cabins are perfect for a winter themed wedding, but also check out some historic buildings and private clubs too especially if they have a large roaring fireplace for more ambiance!! Remember that traveling is not as easy in the winter so think about the possibility of having the ceremony and location in the same location, this will save guests having to move cars and re-park….. also think about the fact that your guests will be coming in with coats, boots, hats, and scarves, so a good storage area for all of these things is also very important.
Use the cold weather as an excuse for sleeves! Now is the time where you can wear those beautiful lace-sleeved dresses! If you prefer wearing the strapless dress then you can opt for a faux-fur wrap, a cape or a colorful shawl to keep you warm. Crystals and sequins are also very popular (always…) but at this time of year they can reflect the snow outside too. The winter season is also the time to wear heavier and rich fabrics…. Think ‘velvets’ and gorgeous furry boots, especially for walking in the snow or slippery surfaces.
Flowers can be expensive this time of the year as they have to be imported, so allow your flowers to reflect the season! Use seasonal flowers such as Poinsettia, Holly, and Mistletoe to decorate your venue. As for the bridal bouquet – what about Amaryllis, Anemone, Jasmine and Stars of Bethlehem’s are great winter flowers that can be added to your bouquet. Why not add crystals, Fir, Pine, Twigs, or Berries to bring the feel of winter into your ceremony.
The most important part of the décor is to make sure that the room reflects the season but still feels warm. Take advantage of the decorations already in place because of the winter season! You can warm up the atmosphere by placing candles throughout your venue (can never have too many candles) and branches can add a great wintery feel to your room as well. Evergreen trees, Holiday / Fairy lights, Crystals and Mirrors are other ways to make the room feel more seasonal.
Food and Cake:
Regardless of the time of year I always say pick all your favourite foods for your wedding day, you can of course stick with traditional meals but then add a festive twist to it. How about having Eggnog or a Hot Toddy for your Cocktail Hour or even Hot Chocolate with Baileys or a Hot Cider!!….. Use great fall/winter vegetables like a Butternut Squash for a soup or even have a tasty stuffing or cabernet cranberry sauce to your main course. As for your wedding cake, some classic winter wedding cake ideas can include snowflakes, sugar sculptures, or crystal icicles hanging from your cake and for cake toppers you think about snow globes, a skating couple, a ski-ing couple or even a hockey couple – whatever you love doing in the winter!
Above all, remember to have fun and be creative – don’t forget to add your own special touches as, as I said at the very beginning winter weddings can be so romantic, and of course if you need help planning this magical snowy wedding, then do “Contact Us” for more information!