Your wedding doesn’t have to look and feel like Christmas just because it falls during the winter months. Snowflakes, icicles and evergreens are not necessary. Though the weather outside is frightful, these five trends will make your day delightful.

Metallic

Metallic touches are a beautiful way to add shimmer and class. Consider metallic charger plates, metallic accents in your invitations, or even in your linens. Done properly, metallic light accents can make a space feel regal.

Headpieces

Headscarves and adorned headbands are huge this year. Birdcage veils are a dramatic and romantic accessory. Think about your theme, or the vibe you’re trying to create. Going with a bohemian feel? Try on a headscarf! Want a more vintage, or stately affair? Then how about a birdcage veil?

Texture

Playing with textures can be a fun way to enhance your theme. Consider a coat or shawl in soft fur or faux fur as a way to warm up your pictures. Using pieces that may be coarse against smooth and silky linen can be dramatic and bold. Tree bark or lace lined around candleholders is a nice seasonal touch. Get creative. Dip pinecones in white lacquer and attach a delicate note as place cards for guests.

Tall and Bold, Or Low and Light

Centerpieces will be a major focal point at your reception. If you go tall, make a bold statement. Tall pieces this season can be all white with lots of green foliage. To make them more modern, use elaborate floral bases with feather tops. If you go low, use pastels and light shades of blue, green and pink. Remember, depending on where you are in the world, sunlight may be minimal because there is less natural light during the winter months. These lighter tones will let light pass through easily and will brighten up your venue.

Sparkle

Similar to the light effects produced by metallic tones, adding some sparkle is huge on the runway this year. Embellished bodices, necklines and backs on gowns are very popular right now. Consider adding hints of sparkle in the form of eye makeup, stemware, a statement cocktail ring or fabulous chandelier earrings.

By Amy Martins

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