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8 Tips on Throwing a Winter Woodland Wedding

Magical ideas for a heartwarming woodland wedding...


This year it’s all about the rustic woodland wedding with a twist for winter

Rustic weddings are as popular as ever and we all love a summer woodland wedding,  so what happens when the temperatures start to dip? Let Wedding Journal Online show you how magical and romantic a winter woodland wedding can be…

woodland wedding inspiration
Image credit- Love my Dress

1 . Colour Scheme

Woodland weddings are all about rich, earthy colours that mirror nature which is why we’ve chosen a colour palate complete with deep reds, purples and greens. To give the wedding a more winter feel we advise bringing in soft accents of gold in the form of metallic sprayed decor such as leaves and feathers, the perfect option for the D.I.Y bride.

woodland wedding colour collage
Photo credits: Centre image- Bridal Musing

2. Venue Decoration

Take inspiration from nature wherever you can and team it with soft lighting, candles or an abundance of twinkling fairy lights. Remember, foliage and greenery makes a stunning yet cost effective alternative to decorative flowers in winter weddings which will suit your theme down to a tee! Summer brides often provide flip-flops for weary feet but to ensure your guests are comfortable baskets of blankets or umbrellas provide a thoughtful touch.

Woodland Wedding venue inspiration collage
Photo credits: Elicia Bryan, Jen Bracks Pinterest, Rustic Wedding Chic, Ruffled Blog

3. Cake

Adorned with fruit and freshly cut flowers, cheese wedding cakes make the perfect accompaniment to any woodland wedding. For winter we suggest decorating with fresh figs and rustic greenery for the ultimate seasonal look. Cheese wedding cakes also have the added bonus of making a tasty alternative to an evening buffet. However, if cheese doesn’t take your fancy then any cake served atop a wooden slab will suit.

woodland wedding cake collage
Photo credits: Liverpool Cheese Company, The Flying Kitchen, Want that Wedding

4. Dress

Woodland weddings were made for ethereal gowns with draped fabrics and lots and lots of lace. We suggest adding sleeves to your wedding dress to not only complete your look but make sure you feel warm and cosy on the day.

woodland wedding dress collage
Photo credits: French Wedding Style, Emily Rose Riggs, Dear Pearl Flowers, Olliver Wedding Photography

5. Place names

Although your chosen theme automatically centres around the natural elements, it is the tiny details which create the wow factor. Tie your name cards to a sprig of lavender, a freshly cut flower, a hand-painted leaf or incorporate metallic tones by spray painting pine cones found on winter walks.

woodland wedding Place name collage
Photo credits: One Wed, The New Home Ec, Stylish Weddings Melbourne

6. Flowers

Hand-tied, loose and unstructured; bouquets for a woodland wedding always look best when they appear to be wild flowers picked on the way to the wedding venue. Play around with bolder colours but don’t be afraid to mix in lots of greenery and white blooms too. Certain flowers are often hard to come by in the winter months so some brides might consider a dried bouquet that can be prepared in the weeks before the wedding but is the epitome of rustic romance.

woodland wedding flower collage]
Photo credits: Equally Wed, Hitched, Stevie Ramos Photography, The Artisan Dried Flower Company

7. Headwear

Nothing says woodland theme like a good, old traditional flower crown. For summer they should be packed with vivid blooms in a plethora of colours but for winter we’re all about thin, dainty wreaths dotted with berries and lush with earthy greenery. Gypsophelia or baby’s breath, as it is more commonly known is also a great option as it gives the impression of snowflakes caught in your hair.

Woodland wedding Hairpiece collage
Photo credits: English Wedding, One Wed, Brides

8. Cover ups

woodland wedding Cover-up Collage
Photo credits: Bridal Musings, Paisley Photography, Love my Wedding

It goes without saying that winter weddings require cover ups, just so you don’t freeze to death while taking those jaw dropping beautiful shots in the middle of the woods. Shrugs and faux fur coats are still as popular as ever but for an even trendier look mix up your bridal style with a vintage leather jacket.

Leading image credit- Simply Jessie Photography