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the winter palette

    Winter colors should either be warm and inviting, or sparkling and fresh like new-fallen snow. We love these combos:
  • Holiday-inspired: warm reds with silver or gold
  • Metallics: gold and silver
  • Dessert-themed: espresso brown with a caffe latte accent
  • Modern and chic: icy blue accented with silver and navy
  • Warm and inviting: eggplant and lavender


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Wedding Style: Winter Weddings

Dreaming of a cozy bed-and-breakfast, a roaring fireplace, and a romantic post-reception sleigh ride? Sounds like you have a winter wedding in mind. Now you need inspiration! Read on.

Photo: Wendell Webber

The Decor

  • For a holiday-theme fete? Place potted evergreens around your space and decorate them with ornaments. Affix mini jingle-bell wreaths to every doorknob.
  • We love the idea of dressing a winter wedding like a social scene from Old Hollywood: Layer on the rhinestones, hang hundreds of pretty round white paper lanterns from the ceiling, and use old black-and-white photos as table numbers.

The Invitations

  • Create white on white layers: a white card with an off-white border wrapped in a pearly-white silk dupioni wrap.
  • Place your wedding programs in fur-trimmed silk pockets.
  • Use silver accents to make any color scheme more wintery.

The Flowers

  • Carry pomanders of white stephanotis (these four-pointed, starlike flowers remind us of snowflakes).
  • Accent your bouquet with tiny crystals.
  • Love the white on white idea? Add texture to your white rose and calla lily bouquet with a handful of wintry white feathers.

The Menu

  • Warm guests up with a creamy, winter-y mixed drink made with Kahlua.
  • Serve a colorful seasonal puree made of butternut squash or purple potatoes.
  • Dish up a hearty chili in individual-sized clay ramekins.
  • Pass around a mini-dessert course of a family sugar-cookie recipe before you serve the cake.

The Cake

  • Serve a dense chocolate cake with raspberry filling covered in creamy white fondant frosting and decorated with chocolate-covered cherries.
  • Ice the entire cake in a gray-blue frosting (trust us -- it will look super cool) that can be decorated with pearly-white dots to look like freshly fallen snow.
  • Top it with cascading flowers, fresh or fake (if you go for fresh flowers, make sure they aren’t sprayed with any pesticides so that your guests can actually eat the cake).

The Favors

  • Signature chocolates finished off with your monogram is sophisticated.
  • Mini bottles of champagne (especially if the wedding is close to New Year's) will be a hit.
  • Consider creating personalized CDs full of your favorite songs (including the first-dance song).

-- Allison Micarelli

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