8 Festive Winter Wedding Ideas

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It may not be a frosty winter here in Southern California, but you might be looking to capture the spirit of the season for your winter wedding nuptials. The bonus of having your winter wedding at Wayfarers? There’s no weather warning of snow. However, there are ways to channel the magical time of year in your attire, decor and overall aesthetic that will have your guests feeling as though they are in a real-life winter wonderland! Check out our favorite inspiration below!




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1. Seasonal Blooms

Take advantage of the unique winter florals available this time of year and use them as the focus of your centerpieces, bouquets and arrangements. Mix textural winter greenery and fluffy white florals with merry pops of color such as holly or berries.





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2. Cozy Couture

Consider adding a light furry shawl or glittering cape to your wedding day ensemble for an added layer of warmth and striking winter look. Sparkly accessories and a bold lip will complement the glamorous and dramatic look.





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3. Coastal California Color Scheme

Use the scenic California coast as inspiration for your winter wedding color scheme. Go for a sophisticated palette combining soft grey, creamy white, burgundy and metallic elements for a tasteful wintry look that isn’t in your face.





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4. Leverage Your Venue’s Decor

When tying the knot at a historical or popular venue, it is often decorated with seasonal details to reflect the holiday season. Use this to your advantage when coordinating decor for your wedding day. At Wayfarers, seasonal greenery and festive pops of red are used inside the chapel to ring in the holiday season. This gives a gorgeous vibrancy to photos, and adds to the overall winter theme.





Candle lit ceremony

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5. Ample Candlelight

Make your setting utterly romantic with varying candles around the room and reception tables. Mix tall dinner candles with small votives for an elegantly playful effect that will create a softness and cozy warmth reminiscent of the season.





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6. California Snow

We might not have snow here in SoCal, but that doesn’t mean you can’t attain the magical fluffy look on your own. Try using voluminous plumes of pampas grass intermixed with twinkle lights for a chic decor piece.





Modern DIY farm wedding with greenery and copper elements

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7. Hanging Greenery

Instead of your traditional pine and winter greenery, consider hanging tropical greens such as palm fronds for a wintry look true to California. The warm wooden seating creates a cozy, rustic feel perfect for this time of year.





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8. Hot Cocktails

Get your guests in the holiday spirit with drinks that aim to warm the soul. Spiked hot cocoa, mulled wine and Hot Toddies are just a few cocktails everyone will love sipping all night long.


Which winter wedding idea was your favorite? Be sure to tag us in your wedding photos this season at @wayfarers_chapel on Instagram!