Although this inspirational wedding photo shoot is based in Israel, the plan was to bring the look of winter to the bridal shoot despite the lack of snow. Mission accomplished!
What to Look for in a Venue for a White Winter Wedding
Who doesn’t love a dreamy white winter wedding? The sparkling snow, party lights, bonfire, and warm meals are a swoon-worthy combination for a memorable big day. But when scouting for a wedding venue, make sure it’s comfortable and cozy so that everyone doesn’t freeze. It should have an efficient heating system and provide a gorgeous indoor photo opportunity in case the weather compels you to shoot indoors.
Even if the temperature rarely drops in your area, you can quickly transform any space into a winter wonderland wedding venue. Add festive accessories, use lots of white tulles, and decorate with glistening twinkle lights to set the winter mood for your nuptials.
Color Palettes for a White Winter Wedding
A white winter wedding is a beautiful opportunity to use your favorite glamorous color schemes. An all-white reception or ceremony space looks simple and crisp yet elegant and sophisticated. It’s absolutely timeless and doesn’t go out of style, no matter the theme of your celebration. That’s why many couples keep coming back to white color palettes.
You can stick to a white wedding but with hints of gray for a classy flair. Or add some sparkling details or silver for a metallic accent and add another element of shimmer to your wedding. White and soft blue wedding colors are also an excellent duo for a cool and airy winter wonderland appeal.
Food for a White Winter Wedding
So you want your wedding food to match your white winter-inspired celebration. Besides your white reception cake, there are delicious menu options you can consider to wow your visitors while staying true to your wedding motif.
You can serve a homemade white bean soup or a creamy soup with potato gnocchi and meatballs to warm your guests on a cold winter day. A savory cheese soufflé is also a yummy delight that will impress everyone but still leaves space for the mains. You can go for a white sauce chicken lasagna for a satisfying meal and white chocolate and cakes for dessert. And don’t forget to serve hot cocoa at your winter affair!
Table Setting Style for a White Winter Wedding
Whether it’s an indoor setting or an outdoor event, a white winter tablescape looks fresh, clean, and luxurious even with minimal decor elements. Pick white blooms of varying sizes and fluffiness for your table setting style, or have a hanging floral display for a romantic and ethereal appeal. A hanging arrangement will bring drama to your monochromatic tablescape.
Add clear classes, layered linens, and textured votives for extra layers and dimensions. If you’re using an off-white table cloth, style the reception table with a white gauze runner for rustic elegance. Then take a step further by putting candles on the table for an exquisite wintry touch.
Budget for a White Winter Wedding
Planning a successful white winter wedding without going over the top is about determining your priorities and wisely allocating your wedding budget. That way, you can save money without sacrificing your style and dream wedding. Fortunately, white ornaments are easy to find, and there are cost-effective options you can use for decorating your venue.
Avoid last-minute shopping and plan your wedding early. You should have a lot of time to create a budget-friendly yet reliable team to help you put together your special day. Consider mixing fresh and faux flowers for your floral arrangements, and watch for deals on jewelry and wedding dresses.
Dresses & Accessories for a White Winter Wedding
It’s your day, so the most important thing is you feel good and confident about what you wear. Don’t be afraid to be playful and experimental with your wedding dress and accessories. You may want to wear something warm if you’re getting hitched in winter, but keep the style in mind.
If you want to dress up your bridesmaids in white, go for it! Let them wear white dresses but in a variety of fabrics, styles, and shades of white to add a character to the collection. Some brides may be reluctant because they may blend in and not stand out. But there’s no way a bride won’t grab everyone’s attention at the wedding.
Menswear for a White Winter Wedding
A white and tan linen outfit for the groom goes well with a white winter-inspired wedding. But if you are getting married in the cold season, it’s best to wear warm fabrics like wool, tweed, or velvet since they are thick and natural. Then create layers by putting on a three-piece suit and covering up with a coat.
However, if it’s not cold or you’re simply recreating a white winter celebration in any season, you may skip the suit and ditch the coat. Instead, wear a white shirt and an ivory necktie or bow tie, and complete the look with a lovely boutonniere.
Wedding Cake Ideas for a White Winter Wedding
No winter wedding would be complete without a stunning all-white wedding cake that looks coherent with your decor. It could be a single-tier statement dessert or a multi-tiered reception cake with cascading flower details. You can pick any flavor, from vanilla and cheese to lemon or white chocolate.
The decoration is all up to you, whether you want an organic arrangement of white orchids and roses or you’d like to add beads and sparkles to grab people’s attention. Opt for a naked wedding cake or ski-inspired reception dessert if you’re feeling more artistic and want to add a bit of your fun personality to the dessert table.
Wedding Photo Shoot Ideas for a White Winter Wedding
Never let Mother Nature stop you from taking spectacular winter wedding photos outdoors. There’s always something magical about white winter celebrations, and you’d want to capture every moment of it. So get out in the cold and take advantage of the enchanting scenery for white-washed fairytale wedding photos.
If you don’t get snow in your area, you don’t need to feel left out. You can still embrace the winter theme by creating a wintry weather setting. Pick a white background and wear your sparkling white dress for a snowy wedding shoot. Choose your favorite props and let your photographer do the rest.
Ceremony Decor for a White Winter Wedding
Decorate your ceremony space with ivory drapery, lots of flowers, and tulles for a magical white winter look. If you’re planning an outdoor winter-inspired ceremony, walk on a white carpet with glorious snow-looking petals along the sides for a magical feel. Then dress up the chairs along the aisle with white ribbons, linens, or flowers to make a statement.
How about brightening the altar with a fancy chandelier made up of small shimmering fairy lights? Perhaps, you can illuminate the entire space with a starlit ceiling to set the romantic mood and ensure your venue is as bright by night as it is by day.
Dreamy White Winter Shoot
Brides who live in places around the world that don’t get snow need not be ‘left out in the cold’ when it comes to beautiful winter wedding inspiration. Lian from Hatunot Wedding Blog is here today to show us all how with an exquisite winter shoot that she planned!
From Lian – “Living in Israel, we don’t get much of a winter. Temperatures rarely drop and snow are a far away dream. Not wanting to miss out on all the beautiful things that winter brings with it, we decided that if winter isn’t going to come to Israel, then we will bring Israel to winter with a snowy bridal shoot.
We teamed up with up and coming photographer Ella Uzan who is known for her dreamy photographs and using lots and lots of tulle turned Ella’s studio into our own dreamy wonderland.”
If you loved the fabulous fashion in this shoot then sure to view Lian’s roundup of Israel’s top bridal designs here.
Credits: Photography: Ella Uzan // Concept: Hatunot // Bridal Gowns: Lihi Hod, Limor Rosen, & Jacob Dok // Styling: Hila Gerbi // Hair & Makeup: Dan Michaeli.