Sticking to a true winter theme in Florida is always possible and truly delightful!
Winter weddings in Florida are always the rage! And why not? Particularly with this winter’s cold, cold blasts of northern air, sun & fun is just what should be in store for you and your friends! And what state could possibly be a better destination for warm weather yet frosty fun? Especially if you live in colder climates, Florida is the perfect getaway for shells, sand, and tropical flowers which are far, far away from snow, ice and dreary gray clouds.
For some brides, skipping a winter theme altogether, and instead embracing the Floribbean feel means creative concepts that will warm the hearts of your wedding guests. This could be in the form of an outdoor tropical style pig roast enhanced with calypso dancers, steel drum songs, limbo, Key West inspired fire eaters, and even synchronized swimmers if the party is near a pool!
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Another idea would be a traditional beach wedding complete with the following: shells, beach buckets, sunglasses as favors, plenty of sunscreen for these clear ocean shores, and even a Jimmy Buffett guitarist/singer. Palm trees with their bases buried in the sand make uniquely theme oriented altar flower arrangements on the beach. Have the groom and groomsmen wear leis as a twist on traditional boutonnieres.
Color Inspirations to wow the guests should embrace a variety of the following: winter whites and ivories, rose toned reds, champagnes, forest greens, dark navy or ice blues, shimmering silver and glittering gold.
Décor can include pine tree lined reception walls, ice carvings of polar bears, Rudolf or even sleighs to “ride” " White ostrich feathers and hanging crystal beads bring an automatic wintry design into floral arrangements of any hue or palette. Layers and layers of lace for linens and tablecloth overlays immediately bring a simultaneous vintage and artic feel to the dinner tables. White poinsettias can make winter themes absolute perfection.
For bridal attire, think opera-length white satin gloves and a faux fur shrug. Wearing a snowflake inspired crystal or silver necklace is a charming touch. A sparkling crystal tiara is a perfect touch at a winter wedding. All the bridesmaids will look especially cool in all white dresses.
Think lighting! Illuminating the reception can create a wintry mood, sans the cold. Glittering streamer lights can define the theme while imparting a refined ambiance for guests to admire. Glass and metal ornaments can reflect the lighting to add an even more impactful glow. Take a vintage chandelier, paint it white or silver and hang it from a tent. If you drape it with crystals and twinkle lights, all the better. The lighting can be continued into lighted bars and tables throughout the reception space. These are amazing sights for all to see set the tone for wintry fun.
And speaking of fun, these extras will always be a huge hit at a winter wedding:
Rent a fake snow machine. This could work well in one of the area’s popular outdoor venues. If not an entire space of snow, one can at least line the ceremony aisle with mock snow.
Have a white dove release to celebrate the beginning of the marriage.
Instead of a photobooth, hire an actor to play Santa during the cocktail hour where guests can get their photos taken with the jolly ol’ elf. Rent a wonderful throne chair for him to sit in and have the photos printed immediately to place in a scrap book for the bride and groom that all the guests can sign. Then this book can be taken out each holiday season to remember the special day.
At the ceremony, have your musicians or DJ play holiday songs during the prelude music.
When the bride and groom depart, have the guests shake sleigh bells and all will adore this holiday sound.
Use rosemary bushes shaped like Christmas trees as dinner table centerpieces. Not only are they a delight to look at, their aroma is a true holiday joy that will permeate the wedding atmosphere.
Serve hot chocolate and mini marshmallows at the bar. Include amusing extras like cinnamon sticks and dark chocolate shavings.
But whatever you decide to do for a winter wedding, we hope you truly enjoy planning your special day! We also hope these ideas from real weddings are a true inspiration for you.