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How to Style a Magical Winter Wedding in 8 Steps

Patches of fluffy snow cover the ground of a bride’s aisle as she walks to find her groom under a canopy of loose, meandering greenery and freshly cut flowers. Guests relax into the crisp setting, sipping spiced bourbon punch and enjoying the serenity that seems only to come with a fresh powder of snow. Later, they’ll make their way to sit beside a cozy indoor fireplace, surrounded by flickering candlelight, and dine on comfort food. This is the Montana way to do a winter wedding, and we’re here to share all the tips from the pros.

Habitat Floral Studio recently teamed up with Foster Creek Farm to create such a setting and Jennifer from Habitat Events is sharing all the tips and tricks so you can pull off a similarly cozy feel at your own winter wedding. Photographer Larissa Cleveland captures the magic below.

Reporter: Alyssa Brown
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What are some unique ways to keep guests warm?

"Who doesn’t love to cuddle up in a faux fur or chunky knit, especially when the snowflakes are falling?! This is definitely a time to play up winter coziness. I love the idea of guests being greeted by servers with beautiful pewter trays featuring a signature hot toddy or a spiced bourbon punch complete with all the après feels and a bonfire If you are having an outdoor ceremony a beautiful basket full of knit scarfs and mittens are a welcome sight for guests. A warming hut a la ice fishing is picture perfect for an outdoor bar." - Jennifer from Habitat Events
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Winter weather needs: what do we need to know?

"Tents are great for mild weather events but having adequate indoor space for your reception is a must. Make sure you plan your maximum guest list just in case, no one wants to be left out in the cold - literally! If you anticipate snow, make sure the venue has a team who can de-ice and shovel snow so your guests have a pathway to your ceremony and reception site." - Jennifer from Habitat Events
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What are your tips on invitation style and wording?

"Winter weddings can be so much fun to design for but you want to make sure the orientation of the design is still a reflection of your wedding and doesn’t start to take on a holiday vibe! Little touches such as including fragrant hardy foliage like pine in the invitation suite can be a fun way to set the tone for the day. Indicating proper attire is essential at any wedding but more so when there is snow! Giving guests the heads up of what to expect and what is appropriate for your venue spaces will insure they are cozy and comfortable the day of the wedding." - Jennifer from Habitat Events
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What were your favorite design elements and why did you choose them for this winter wedding?

"Winter is slowly becoming one of my favorite seasons for weddings. Despite challenges such as potential sub-zero temps, snowdrifts, and ice it also has a peacefulness to it that I don’t think you get in other seasons. I really loved designing the dining space around the fire place, as a person who is trying to negotiate a fire place for every room of my home, I really can’t imagine a more perfect back drop for a celebratory evening with family and friends. The fire not only provided inspiration for the feel I wanted to create but also for the color palette, which was a perfect complement to the peachy bronze tones we used in the florals.

Winter weddings open up so many design avenues to pull in elements not usually incorporated in weddings such as fragrant juniper, cozy fur throws as well as tons of candlelight which work equally well at the ceremony as at the reception due to winter solstice lighting. It is fun to play with seasonal elements while still maintaining the essence of a wedding." - Jennifer from Habitat Events
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What dresses/styles do you recommend for the couple and the bridal party?

"A caplet or a chic jacket is a must! The bridal party will likely be spending a fair amount of time outside for photos and being warm and comfortable is essential for good photos. This is also an opportunity to wear elaborate sleeves and high neck lines, which have the potential for being too hot in the warmer months." - Jennifer from Habitat Events
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What kind of food do you recommend?

"This is a perfect time for playing up the season with hearty comfort food like baked brie mac and cheese bites, mini pot pies for hors d’ oeuvres or starting with a soup course or family style fondue" - Jennifer from Habitat Events
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Any other unique ideas that would be memorable for a winter wedding?

"Play up the snow! How fun would it be to have a sledding party go for a candle lit ski followed by a sled ride to the welcome dinner?" - Jennifer from Habitat Events
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Vendors

Venue: Foster Creek Farm | Florals: Habitat Floral Studio | Event Design: Habitat Events | Photography: Larissa Cleveland | Gown: Zuhair Murado from Jin Wang | Cake, Custom Cookies and Invitation Suite: Jasmine Lilly Creative | Silk ribbon and detailing, leather place cards and welcome sign: Olive and Bay | Makeup: Fumi | Hair: Brooke, Brooklynn Studio
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