… mmmk so I know that it just turned fall and all, and winter’s a bit of a ways off, but sudden changes in temperature tend to make me think in extremes. Besides, I just couldn’t bear to hold off on sharing this shimmering, metallic, handmade loveliness with you ASAP.
What’s that? You’re having a winter wedding, and you heart Christmas, but you don’t know how you feel about the color scheme that’s implied when combining the two? Stop worrying. You don’t have to do what’s expected of you in order to have a winter wedding with a heavy holiday influence. Here are my tips on how to have your holiday themed winter wedding without going the red, white and green route…
I stumbled upon the most amazing collection recently. David Stark has collaborated with West Elm to offer the public an incredible collection of holiday decor elements for the winter ahead. While it’s obvious that these items are geared towards the holidays, I’ve figured out brand new and – well, in my opinion – even better ways to utilize them. :)
In doing my research on this fabulous collaboration, I found that Holly of Decor8 also covered the kick-ass collection, noting how excited she is that handmade is becoming so mainstream and accepted into the world of decor. I totes agree; it IS exciting, because I’ve always been a fan of handmade, as you’ll most certainly find on this here blog, and it’s great to see that more and more members of the design world are taking note of what is such a gorgeous, often very meaningful approach to decorating. Of course, once something is mass produced, it sort of removes the whole *meaningfulness* aspect that is so close to my heart and quite possibly yours, so there’s definitely a little concern mixed in with the thrill over all this. Specifically, for all of my friends and colleagues in the business of handmade. But I digress. Let’s get to the goods.
David Stark Twig Topiary: The description suggests hanging ornaments from the twig tree, but I think it would be a great idea to repurpose this as an escort card tree! You can even create escort card ornaments, if you’re thinking of infusing Christmas into your wedding.
Either way, it’s as easy has attaching strings to the cards, and hanging them on. It’s a gorgeous idea for photos. Not to mention, in searching for their cards, your guests will be given the opportunity to admire.
Newsprint Leaf Garland – This gorgeousness is comprised of newsprint and silver metallic paper – and I am in love. I think I’ll definitely be buying this for a holiday party.
It’s just too perfect. And I think it’s absolutely ideal as wedding decor. Possible uses: line your altar and/or ceremony seats; hang it from the ceiling in horizontal swoops (like our parents did with streamers!); line your rectangular tables, end to end; wrap napkins; the list goes on, people.
Like its description reads, I think this Paper Mâché Bird is perfect for your window, mantle or table decor… but, since we’re thinking wedding inspo here…
… how about setting it and a buddy atop your wedding cake?!! I think making two of these little guys cake topper reps for you and your honey would be too. cute. for words.
Now, this idea may be a reach for many of you, but I just had to include it because, well, you never know who’s going to want to go full throttle on the X-Mas theme. Check it out; snow globes!
You may be thinking this is taking it too far… but I beg you to reconsider. The globes don’t hold Santa or Frosty; they hold inside them very darling, very neutral flora and fauna elements that I think might make the cutest table numbers (just add an attractive or handmade label to the base of the globe). And how much fun would these be?! I think your guests would get such a kick out of the idea. And it’s quite likely that they’ve never seen anything like that before. ;) Major points on originality!
How about using these Silver Flower Clips as boutonnieres for the guys, instead? I like it. :)
Next up… Newsprint Dove + Leaf Stems: I don’t think I need to explain at least one of the wedding-related uses for these.
But, for the sake of clarity… these stems made of paper, wire, foil and veneer, placed inside metallic bottles, are the perfect centerpiece for a chic winter wedding. Beyond that, the stems might make the most adorable drink sticks, don’t you think? Of course, I don’t own them (yet), so I can say for sure that the materials used are safe to put in drinks. So, yeah, keep that in mind. :) Last but not least, those FABULOUS Mosaic Mirror Bottles.
And I just have to say that OHMYGODTHESEBOTTLESRULESOHARD. How much do you want those in your life? They are perfection. And they would make the most perfect tabletop decor for your winter wedding. I envision rectangular, long tables, white, shimmering – or even mirrored plexi, if you want to take it that far – with these bottles set atop the runner in clusters. Dreamy.
Ok, I need to hold a party, ASAP.
One thing I can guarantee about each and every one of these elements is that they will lend some serious wow factor to your wedding day. So, if that appeals to you, make it happen. And then, when it’s all done, send me pictures. FYI: this will guarantee me loving you forever.
Images: West Elm
So, what do you think of these ideas? And might you have any other thoughts for a winter wedding that scream modern chic?
xoxo! – Alison
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