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Your Winter Wedding

metroWEDDING • Tips and advice from local experts for planning the perfect day for the bride & groom

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Flowers are, of course, a wonderful way to add a splash of color to a softer theme, to emphasize a certain hue or shade in a more vibrant wedding, and to add a touch of life and vitality to your decor. More traditional winter wedding arrangements focus on the holiday jewel-toned colors such as burgundy, white, and forest green. However, the more modern bride may consider using blues, silvers and purples for a contemporary feel.

Though most flowers are available year round, it is important to remember that out-of-season flowers are going to be more expensive. To keep your floral arrangements cost effective, consider these seasonal varieties: Amaryllis, Daffodils, Forget-Me-Nots, Holly, Jasmine, Poinsettia, Sweetpea or Tulips. Your year-round choices include Baby’s Breath, Calla Lilly, Carnations, Eucalyptus, Gardenia, Orchid, Rose and Scabiosa.

Silk flowers make a great addition to your floral arrangements as well. Consider going silk with any use of flower petals, for your centerpieces, and for headdresses.


Winter provides the opportunity to enjoy many of the comfort foods you wouldn’t typically find present at a spring or summer wedding. JEFF SNOW, WITH CATERING CREATIONS suggests offering your guests warming beverages (for the heart and the body) such as hot chocolate, hot apple cider, or even non-alcoholic hot butter rum. Make it fun by including a station with a variety of toppings such as homemade marshmallows, peppermint and cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, chocolate sprinkles, and fresh whipped cream.

Don’t forget to keep it creative! Though mom’s homemade meatloaf or spaghetti may hold a dear place in your heart, there are a number of other options we tend to neglect. Many local caterers offer an extensive list of mouth-watering items that will leave your guests feeling satisfied. Snow recommends a delicious tomato bisque station along with old-fashioned pot pies. With a choice among chicken, beef, a more modern seafood and potato or southwest pork and white bean, every guest is sure to find something that suits.

Last but not least, your dessert can be just as fun. Chocolate fondue stations are a big trend, and even your pickiest guest will find something fun and tasty to cover with this delicious alternative (or addition) to typical desserts.

Keep in mind there are a number of ways to serve delicious food (that’s luscious and local) to your guests. For a sit-down meal, consider family-style for each table. For something less formal, you can offer a buffet or have servers (which can certainly be provided through our local caterers) navigate the crowd with delicious hors d’ouevres on hand. Or, mix it up! It’s all about what suits your taste.



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