Weddings are magical in all styles and themes, but winter weddings seem to bring the magical feeling up a few notches. There are hundreds of elements associated with winter ranging from snowflakes and glittery snow to thoughts of Christmas. When planning a wedding during this season, before making or purchasing winter wedding reception centerpieces, it is important to determine which atmosphere you are going for. The centerpieces are typically one of the first things noticed at the reception, so they will set the mood.
For an overall white winter theme, have small white lights strung throughout the reception area or use several white candles to provide a warm glow. Scatter “snow” on the tables for a glittering effect and use colors such as red and white or blue and silver. If you prefer to have a Christmas effect use reds and greens, however, it is best to use these colors in combination with cream or white to break them up.
Poinsettias are gorgeous centerpieces for Christmas weddings and they are available in other colors besides red. For a great centerpiece using a poinsettia, place it on a mirror with pine cones, holly leaves and small bells surrounding the potted plant. Snow globes look great when used with poinsettias and can be placed on either side of the flowers, or purchase miniature snow globes to give the guests as wedding favors and place one beside each place setting.
Using a gingerbread house for the centerpieces is a charming way to incorporate the wedding colors into the decorations. Use icing that is in the primary wedding colors to add snow to the roofs and outline the doors and windows. Place them in the center of the tables with lots of “snow” around the house. For wedding favors, make gingerbread men cookies, tie a ribbon in the wedding colors around the cookie and place at each place setting.