Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Natural Winter Wedding Decorations

The winter season has some of the most beautiful natural decorations of any time of the year. Going well beyond flowers, these seasonal accents can be the perfect choice to decorate a wedding ceremony or reception. Learn more about how to use pinecones, cranberries, greenery, and much more to create a naturally beautiful winter wedding.

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There are many beautiful things you can use to decorate your winter wedding. A great place to start is with seasonal greenery, such as boxwood, pine boughs, and holly. These can be used in numerous ways to beautify your wedding. Create a crisp and clean look with tidy square boxwood wreaths adorning the church doors. Hang them with wide silver ribbon for an elegant touch. Boxwood also works wonderfully to create a custom set of the bride and groom's first initials to decorate the doors to the venue, hang on their dinner chairs, or on a wall in the reception site. Pine boughs with long needles would be lovely around the bases of vases or hurricane lanterns, down staircase banisters, or as runners down the centers of long dinner tables. Twine holly around candelabras or on the backs of gold chiavari chairs.

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Pinecones are a festive and inexpensive winter wedding decoration. They can be used in countless ways, and are great for the diy bride. Create a pinecone wreath to hang behind the head table at the wedding reception using a basic wire wreath frame, pinecones gathered from outdoors, wire, and ribbons. Wire in tiny round ornaments or faux berries to add some color and dimension to the pinecone wreath. Pinecones also make a wonderful addition to a winter bouquet. Dip the edges in glitter for a bit of sparkle, and wire the pinecones in among red and white winter blossoms. A small bouquet can even be created entirely out of pinecones for a unique wintery detail. It would be lovely for a bride who is wearing a silk dupioni gown with handmade wedding jewelry getting married in a woodsy setting. Other great uses for pinecones include using them to fill clear vases, hanging them on trees (paint them gold first), or tying around napkins with a red tartan ribbon for a charming addition to the table settings.

Fragrant oranges are another versatile natural material to use to decorate a winter wedding. They add a nice pop of color to winter decor. Arrange an assortment of oranges, pinecones, cinnamon sticks, and greenery in a low footed bowl for a quick yet festive way to dress up the guest book table, escort card table, or bar at the cocktail hour. To add a rich holiday fragrance to a winter wedding, create old-fashioned orange pomanders by studding oranges with cloves and hanging from ribbons. An orange pomander and a spray of pine greenery would make a marvelous pew decoration for the wedding ceremony.

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Another colorful winter decoration is cranberries. Their bright red hue is a great contrast to the subdued colors of the season. Use fresh red cranberries as a filler for clear vases topped with white flowers as centerpieces. Garnish drinks with cranberries on cocktail picks for the cocktail hour. If you are trying to create a cozy winter wedding with red and white details in everything from the wedding cake to the handmade wedding jewelry, cranberries will really help to you pull it off. String fresh cranberries (or save yourself a lot of time and buy wooden strings of faux cranberries) to drape on chandeliers, intertwine with greenery around doorways, or to hang in groups for a modern take on a classic holiday decoration. By this point, your guests are going to be in a cranberry frame of mind, so treat them to cranberry-pear tartlets and cranberry martinis on the menu.

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 Natural decorations are such a wonderful way to celebrate the season, while also making your wedding festive and beautiful. Dress them up with crystals for a more formal winter wedding, or give them a homespun flair with lots of rustic accents. The colors, fragrances, and style of the natural elements are sure to make your wedding warm and inviting.


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