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Gorgeous Winter Weddings: Simple Tips from a Celebrity Planner


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Look into some beautiful wedding ideas derived from a professional here!

Color Themes

Just because you might chose to have a winter wedding doesn’t mean you have to stick with winter white. Goldberg recently worked on a wedding that used white, but also mixed in chocolate and blue colors.

Tree Branches and Snow Balls

“If you like branches and you have decent height in the reception area, go for curly willow or a Manzantia tree-like branch. You can spray this white, silver, or keep the natural state.  You can also make pomander balls (aka kissing balls) in white. Wide carnations are the most reliable and an easy way to make this ball,” Goldberg says, noting that carnations are generally inexpensive and a new type of carnation that resembles a rose has become quite popular.

Those who use branches may want to hang snowballs or snowflakes from them using ornament hooks. “Attach them to the pomanders on the trees and add candles in frosted glass with a mirror as its base. Fill the glass mirror enough to show some reflection of the glistening light,” Goldberg suggests.

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Linens

For couples who chose to incorporate white in their theme, make sure to use white linens so you can light up the table with LED lights, giving the room a pristine winter white effect. “You can take the white and turn it into something mystical,” Goldberg says, adding, “It changes everything and takes the focus off areas that you may not like, such as the wall color, carpet, and yes, even the chairs—especially ones with covers!”

According to Goldberg, an LED light block rents at around $20 to $35 per table, but some DJs can provide them upon request.

“Textured linens can also (be used to) make something as simple as multi-cylinder vases rapped with a ribbon. Close the cut portion off by using a hot glue gun,” Goldberg says. You should then cover the seam with a snowflake or another type of decoration. Take the extra snowflakes and some raffia and use them to decorate napkins.

The price tag for the cylinder vase, one spool of ribbon (1.5 to 3 inches wide), and a pillar candle runs about $10 per table.

Centerpieces

Using the same pomander ball, “purchase a plain, clear vase (that’s about) 6.5 to 14 inches and place it on top. Fill the vase with clear round ornament balls and use a submersible light in any color to light up the inside. No wires, no fuss! This can be accomplished weeks before the wedding too.”

As another option, those who celebrate Christmas may want to put tiny pine trees on the tables. To give the pine trees some extra pizzazz, spray them with fake snow or glitter. Then, surround the trees with votives and pillar candles. This is certain to “bring the soft feel of winter indoors in an organic or enhanced organic way,” Goldberg says.

Whether you choose to go with a vase or a pine tree centerpiece, “don’t forget the cotton round that most use under their Christmas tree. That gives feel of fresh snow around the centerpiece. Sometimes it costs less than $1!” For a special touch, add crystals or decorative pieces to the trees and napkin rings.

Wedding Planners

As a final piece of advice, couples who decide to work with a wedding planner should take the time to meet him or her before signing a contract. “Ask lots of questions, ask if they are insured, and ask for referrals of clients and/or vendors,” Goldberg cautions. If you don’t like what you hear, “follow your gut girls! If it feels wrong, it usually is.”

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