Fire and Ice ThemeCombine these two ancient elements with ice sculptures and candle light. Tall tapers, glowing pillars and floating candles will provide the warmth and soft glow. Theme-shaped ice sculptures, crystal snowflakes and glittering icicles will reflect the flickering light and supply a welcome softness against the winter chill.
Angels ThemeChoose from the cherubic angels of history, faithful renditions from art masterpieces or updated celestial beings from today's modern artists. Hang them from the ceiling, celebrate them in sculpture and add them to your flowers for an angelic tone throughout your reception.
Snowflake ThemeCreate an ice blue background with linens and cake icing to make this winter theme favorite sparkle. Sprinkle snowflake glitter across tables, hang them above the reception tables and nestle them among your flowers to create a snow field effect. Drape linens to mimic snow drifts on the buffet table and use shaped menu and place cards. Dip store-bought snowflakes in colored glitters to add wedding colored sparkle and shine.
Lodge ThemeGo woodsy with dark green and mocha decorations. Bare branches and rustic wooden vases create amazing flower arrangements. Flannel linens in soft colors and pine cone place cards create mountain detailing for your tables. Log tables and chairs and handcrafted touches such as raffia ribbons and wooden wildlife ornaments dress up garlands and can be given as wedding favors. Stoke up a cracking fireplace and toss on cedar scented chips to fill the air with the aroma of the woods.
New Year's Eve ThemeSilver candlesticks and shimmering beads pull in winter while keeping the elegance at the heart of this theme. Golden candelabras and highly ornate serving pieces heighten the festive atmosphere. Rows of gold rimmed Champagne glasses decorate a festive buffet table, standing ready to ring in the New Year. Create a party atmosphere with gold and silver balloons, glittery party hats and a rollicking band. Change things up with a black and white ball theme to coincide with the holiday. Guests arrive in flowing ball gowns and tuxedos with crisp white decorations and elegant black backdrops as a contrast to all the gold and glamour.
Valentine's Day ThemeHeat up February with a romance-themed reception. Delicate pink or ruby red flowers wrapped in heart-embossed silk ribbons adorn table tops. Sprays of roses stand in golden vases and gold foil chocolate boxes are stacked on a red velvet-draped table as wedding favors. Heart shaped menu cards direct guests to hearty entrees and delicate desserts. Cupid statues are tucked into small niches to carry the theme to all the corners of the dance floor and heart-shaped garland encircles the cake table with a blush-colored cake covered in red roses and puffy hearts.
Arctic ThemeWelcome the ice and celebrate the coldest place on Earth. Faux fur wraps around vases and white velvet covers the gift table. Small lights crisscross the ceiling to mimic the northern skyline in winter. Hang crystals from flower arrangements to catch the light and reflect the polar chill onto a sizzling dance floor.
Heat of the Summer ThemeContrast the cold outside with a luau or tropical party. Crank up the heat and invite everyone to wear their sun dresses and Bermuda shorts. Coconuts anchor your flowers and tropical colors dominate the decorations. Offer spicy barbecue entrees and cool summer desserts. Accent your menu cards and place cards with palm fronds and beach scenes. Encourage dancers with Calypso music and let everyone take a break from the grip of winter.
Retro ThemeLook back to the thirties, forties or fifties for a trend setting wedding reception. Lime green and rich browns turn any venue into a gathering spot for flappers and poodle skirts. Play old movies on TV screens throughout the venue and let the music rock with artists like Bill Haley or Elvis. Cash in on the celebrity and glamour of the gilded age of Hollywood and host an elegant blast from the past.
Hosting a winter reception is all about fun and celebration. Find a theme you can relate to as a couple and pour on the decorations and music. The best part about winter reception themes is the wide range of ideas which will work for couples. So pick and choose what works for you and create a reception theme which is all your own.