19. let it snow, let it snow...

In the spirit of the "state of emergency" declared in NJ yesterday, I thought what better time than to cover having a winter wedding and fabulous ways you can enhance your wedding by embracing the winter in it.

First, a few ways to make your wedding theme, colors, etc... to work with the weather.

Pick wintery colors. The truth is, we all love hot pink and lime green but it just doesn't work in say...December the week before Christmas. So it's a must to choose colors to go with the winter surrounding you.

Black and....White, Silver or Gold -- personally, these color themes can be used anytime through out the year and in the winter (especially the black & silver), but I think the truth is they would be the best for a New Year's Eve wedding. 

Blue...and Silver or White

Other favorable theme colors:
  • Deep red & white
  • Emerald green & white
  • Periwinkle
  • Purple
Seasonal flowers

You can make the most of your flowers but using this time of year to especially do-up your decor. For example, if you are getting married in a Christian church, Poinsettia's will most likely be available already at the location.

According to Theflowerexpert.com - Winter flowers are:
Acashia, Alstromeria, Amaryllis, Carnation, Chrysanthemums, Cyclamen, Evergreens, Gerbera Daisy, Ginger, Helleborus, Holly berry, Lily, Asiatic Lily, Casa Blanca Lily, Narcissus, Orchid, Pansy, Pepperberry, Phlox, Protea, Queen Ann's Lace, Roses, Star of Bethlehem, Statice.

Drinks & Favors

Provide a signature drink starting in cocktail hour and throughout the reception. Also, at the end of the reception include hot chocolate with marshmallows along with coffee for the guests!
 Just a small piece for my thoughts on favors...you can make things extra special by providing chocolate-covered cranberries or roasted chestnuts in a theme-matching container to end the night. Check out these create online places to scoop your favors.

You can also do mini-bottles of sparkling cider to tie in the entire winter theme.

And now for some serious stuff...what if Mother Nature is against you? With my wedding being in April, the truth is - I didn't give Wedding Insurance a second thought...I knew the worst possible conditions we would have would be a lot of rain and gusts of wind. In my mind, I had no reason to get it. disclaimer: I'm sure there are many, many reasons to get wedding insurance and each couple needs to decide for themselves if they need it, those involved with planning our wedding deemed it unnecessary to have. 

From the weather I have seen in the Northeast over the past few years, I've learned that no month is safe from the winter blasts we've had. Talk to your venue - they actually may require it or if you feel that you may be the unlucky one who gets buried in 2 feet of snow, investigate it. 

The Knot "Weather: Any weather conditions which prevent the bride, groom, any relative whose presence at the wedding is essential, or the majority of the guests from reaching the premises where the wedding is to take place. Insurance covers rescheduling the wedding and all the details involved -- such as ceremony flowers, tent rental, and reception food"

Here are some of the insurance companies and articles for you to checkout. Make sure to do all the investigating and there is no such thing as to many questions, each wedding and each company is different.

Hmm, did I miss anything? Oh well, time to dig out my car.  

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