Your list will most likely include snow, fireplace, wreathes, skis, hot chocolate, wine, etc. Now think of ways to bring these items together and turn your wedding location into that cozy cabin.
The reception, whether at a church or another venue, should be dimly lit. Candles should be scattered throughout the ceremony. Wreaths should don doors and entryways. Use mistletoe to create an aura of romance. Dried berries may surround old-fashioned candle-holders. Keep colors to white, silver, and cranberry, deep violet, navy and emerald green. It can be effective to keep colors minimal, choosing to pair white or silver with another, rich color and keeping your decorations within these hues.
The reception is where you'll really want to use your theme to its maximum potential. If possible, use an actual wood cabin venue for the party. Look for places with high, vaulted ceilings, lots of natural wood exposed and a fireplace. Do some research in your hometown or city to find out if there are any restaurants that use this kind of theme in their d?cor.
If your venue isn't already furnished and decorated for you, you'll want to get creative. Visit a vintage furniture shop and look for things like old skis and wagons. Skis can be displayed on walls of a large room to give a winter feel.
Use generous amounts of cotton and tulle throughout the reception to give the impression of snow. Again, candles and hurricane lights should be scattered throughout. If you have a fireplace at your disposal, of course, make use of it. Bunches of large candles displayed together can have the same effect as a fireplace. Icicle Christmas lights can give a nice touch to the d?cor, as well.
When it comes to beverages, winter favorites include hot cocoa and hot cider. You may have peppermint schnapps and other hot-drink boosters for making hot toddies.
For dinner, you might want to start with a hearty soup such as stew, chowder or cream-of-vegetable. Dinner salads may be accented with walnuts and cranberries. Warm bread is an essential part of a winter dinner. Carved ham or turkey, salmon or prime rib would all be suitable main courses. For centerpieces, consider hurricane lamps, bouquets of evergreens mixed with roses, floating candles or wreaths on their sides with candles in the center.
A winter theme wedding wouldn't be complete without snowflake decorations. Try placing snowflake ornaments on each plate or table setting. These can double as wedding favors as well as decorations. Other favor ideas may include snow-globes engraved with the names of the bride and groom and the wedding date; chocolates in the shape of snowmen, snowflakes, skis or icicles; glass icicle ornaments or a small bunch of mistletoe.
Think cozy and inviting and your winter wedding theme will warm the hearts of all your guests.