1. "Winter" does not mean "Christmas." Just because your wedding might be in December, your wedding colors do not need to be red and green. In fact, they shouldn't be red OR green! Although I am pretty smitten with a winter wedding palette of emerald and silvery grey, save this color scheme for a January wedding so as not to be quite so cliché. The closest to Christmas you're allowed to venture for a December wedding is anything silver or gold. Explore other jewel tones, like dark navy, aubergine, or even a rich, dark, understated magenta, for your main wedding colors. It'll be fresh and unexpected but still appropriately winter-inspired. And don't let any woodland themes get too carried away, either -- aim for centerpieces that incorporate branches and even some antlers, but no deer silhouettes. It's too "Santa's reindeer" for a December soirée.
2. Glitter, sparkle, shine. I am perpetually distracted by anything shimmery or shiny. If it's got glitter, I'll probably fall in love with it, be it shoes, centerpieces, bridesmaid dresses, florals... you get the idea. This might be a little obnoxious for some people, and really, it has to be done right to look fabulous. The wrong kind of glitter (yes, there is such a thing) can turn a wedding tacky real fast. If your wedding shimmer reminds you of a fresh dusting of snow, you're probably in the clear. My favorite sources of sparkle: mercury glass, luxe statement jewelry, sparkling cupcake sprinkles, glittery heels, metallic nail polish, and twinkle lights EVERYWHERE. And don't forget the sparklers for your grand exit.
3. Consider grey or ivory for your dress. Some of the most memorable winter weddings I've seen feature a bride in a luxurious gown in a variation of winter white. If your winter wedding sparkle is of the gold variety, I'd recommend a cream or ivory-hued dress. If you've got some silver shimmer going on, go for grey. Yes, grey! Done right, this is one of the most beautifully chic wedding dress colors I've come across. If you're not okay with grey for your own dress, it's a truly lovely, classic color for your bridesmaids (and, yes, they will wear these dresses again!). Or go for grey accents (sash, jewelry, hairpieces, shoes).
Another way to ensure your wedding dress is winter-inspired? Lots of luxe details. Leave the simple, plain sheath dresses for those beachy, summer brides and command attention with lace, appliques, embroidery, and other (tasteful!) embellishments.
Alright, winter brides: go forth and show us what a glamorous wintry wedding is all about! Remember to cruise by my winter wedding Pinterest board for more inspiration.