Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Soon after the turkey coma, the holidays will be in full swing, which means christmas carols, hot chocolate and of course, snow. Engagements that happened earlier last year are coming to a close as the day to walk down the aisle becomes closer for the brides who wanted a wedding in a"Winter Wonderland". To get into the festive spirit, we thought that showcasing some of the best holiday touches we've seen trending on the market would be the perfect kick off.
- It's a traditional favorite in winter weddings. It denotes a sense of whimsy when used as a centerpiece or helps transport guests into a world of deep fantasy when used as a detail for walking down the aisle. What is rarely mentioned in nature as beautiful (Who has told their beau "Hey, check out those beautiful branches up there!") can definitely turn any December wedding into a winter wonderland.
Fun Fact: The idea of using branches in weddings dates back to the Dutch tradition of "wedding trees". These leave-less trees would be used by guests in lieu of signing of a guestbook. Guests would write a wish to the happy couple on leaves or paper and hang it on the tree to be read later through the marriage.
- It's the candy that everyone waits for around the time the holidays come around. So, it's no surprise that trending within winter weddings, candy canes make an appearance. Whether it be within the bride's bouquet, used as the boutonnieres of the groom, handed out to guests or baked right inside the cake,this minty delight is a "must-have" when preparing for a snowflake dream.
Fun Fact: The shape of the candy cane provides more than just a fun way to eat and decorate! The "J" shape of the treat is said to have been inspired by the shepherd's staff, during the birth of Christ. Turning the candy the opposite way to show the letter "J" is said to denote the first letter of "Jesus" and the red and white stripes are supposed to symbolize the blood of Christ and the Virgin Mary respectively.
-A holiday wedding wouldn't be complete without simple red bottoms. No, not Louboutins (although those will always help turn a "drab" wedding into "fab") but, the red heels that separate a bride from "winter themed" to "holiday angel". Accenting the shoes with green, gold or crystal set off the accessory, tying it in perfectly for the bride who wants to add some elegance to their holiday cheer.
Fun Fact: While in America, generally "blue" is the color of luck for the traditional bride. However, in China, it's "red". The color traces itself throughout the majority of the ceremony and reception. Traditionally, the bride may even wear red shoes, symbolizing luck for the couple.
White Roses/ Red Berries
- What doesn't say festive like white roses, red berries and greenery? Throughout the year, seasonal flowers transition through a series of bold and bright colors for the bride in the summer, spring and even the fall (burnt oranges and bare pinks anyone?). But, winter is where the subtle tones take notice! Silver, gold, white and deep red are the colors of choice for the brides who are ready to say their "I Dos" amongst snowflakes and holiday comfort.
Fun Fact: Reds, whites, greens, golds...all of these colors are rooted in holiday tradition! Greenery is noted for good luck, Red denotes the blood of Christ, gold symbolizes the star the wise men followed and white symbolizes purity. Placing these colors together in various combinations also brings about new symbolizations (red and gold signify "fire" for example).
Candles, Candles, Candles
- "Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful...",ring a bell? Candles sweep the aisles and reception tables throughout the year for brides who want to add a glow to their nuptials. But, these wax creations are never as popular as they are during the holidays. Used to light aisle runways for the bride, for a lighting ceremony, or as way to invite guests into a room of warmth and comfort after the ceremony, candles are perfect for evoking almost any emotion. This trend sparks up every year, and we can't help but see why!
Fun Fact: Anyone obsessed with weddings has knowledge of the "unity" ceremony with candles. But, did you know that in connection to the holidays, candles were historically used during the winter solstice as a way of remembering when spring would arrive!