A dazzling winter wedding doesn’t have to be expensive. Not only do wedding venues tend to be cheapest in the winter, but with a little DIY effort and budget-friendly decor choices, you can plan a downright gorgeous wedding quite inexpensively.
From affordable wedding invites to DIY winter wedding decorations, you can pull off a winter wonderland wedding on a tight budget. Check out these ideas to inspire your planning:
It’s All About the Twinkle Lights
In the spirit of the season, decorate your ceremony and reception venues with lots of string lights. For winter weddings, strings of twinkle lights draped from the ceiling glisten like falling snow.
One method is to attach strings of lights to the very center of your event space and let them drape down in gentle swoops toward the edges of the ceiling, like a big top at a circus. We love the example above by Jamie Rae Photography.
Twinkle Lights Behind Sheer Curtains
Placing curtain lights behind sheer white curtains creates a magical, winter wonderland look. The same concept looks gorgeous when placed behind sheer white linens around the cake table or the bride and groom’s sweetheart table at the reception.
If you are planning a rustic winter wedding, or simply want to avoid washing out your venue in white, you can use sheer burlap fabric instead of sheer white fabric. We love how the backdrop below featured on Cobblestone Farms also incorporates white paper lanterns and white tissue paper puffs hanging from the ceiling, both of which are inexpensive yet lovely.
Twinkle Light Wedding Invitations
If you plan to use string lights throughout your winter wedding decor, it could be fun to feature them in your wedding stationery too! Invite Shop’s Rustic String Lights Wedding Invitation features whimsical string lights along the top with modern arrow embellishments.
DIY Snowflake Decorations
Suspend handmade snowflakes from the ceiling to create a winter wonderland effect in your reception hall. Another creative idea is to make your own giant snowflakes to serve as a unique DIY wedding photo backdrop for your guests.
While giant snowflakes may look complicated, they are the same exact concept as regular paper snowflakes, only made out of butcher paper rather than computer paper. Brittany Watson Jepson, who blogs at The House That Lars Built, has a wonderful tutorial for making giant paper snowflakes that can add a pop of charm to your winter wedding decor.
Snowflakes are also a fun design element to include in your winter wedding invitations. We love how the white snowflakes and lantern embellishments pop against the bold blue background in Invite Shop’s Whimsical Winter Lantern Wedding Invitation.
Think Cotton for a Snowy Look
Bouquets and floral arrangements can be one of the biggest expenses on your wedding day. For a winter wedding, you can avoid the cost of fresh floral arrangements by opting for cotton, like the cotton bouquet below. The bouquet in this photo by Perez Photography resembles tiny snowballs!
Elaborate winter wedding centerpieces can cost a fortune. One way to save money on winter wedding decorations is to create your own centerpieces. Natural or faux cotton stems are a beautiful and unexpected addition to a winter wedding centerpiece, adding both a snowy effect and a touch of rustic charm to your reception tables. We love the example below, which features cotton stems and asparagus leaves, taken by Marianna Jamadi Photography.
Over the past couple years, cotton has seen a surge in popularity in floral arrangements due to it being a favorite of designer Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper fame. We love how cotton stems completely fill a vase, allowing them to stand alone as a winter wedding centerpiece, with no accent flowers even necessary.
Snowy Wedding Invitations
Just like cotton helps you create a snowy feel on the cheap, you can capture a snowy theme in your wedding invitations affordably with Invite Shop’s Kraft Snowfall Wedding Invitations. These charming winter wedding invites feature bare winter tree accents along the bottom and delicate falling snow embellishments along the top.
Pinecones: The Ultimate Free Winter Wedding Decorations
Pinecones are the perfect decoration for a winter wedding. They are great for adding texture and earthy color to an otherwise white wedding palette, with the added bonus of being easy to find and free for the taking from mother nature.
Pinecone Seating Card Holders
Using small pinecones and heavy cardstock, you can make DIY pinecone seating card holders to indicate where your guests should sit at the reception.
Project Wedding has a full tutorial for pulling off the clever look below, which simply involves making an incision at the top of the pinecone so that the card can be inserted.
Pinecone Place Setting Accents
A delicate pinecone is the perfect accent for a wedding reception place setting.
We love how a small, understated pinecone is paired with a sprig of greenery atop simple white napkins in the photo below by Megan W. Photography.
Pinecone Wedding Invitations
If you plan to use pinecones in your wedding decor, consider incorporating them in your wedding invitations. We love the little pinecone and evergreen graphics on Invite Shop’s Country Charm Wedding Invitation. It’s winter whimsy at its finest.
Another great wedding invitation featuring a pinecone embellishment is Invite Shop’s Brown Rustic Antlers Wedding Invitation. If you are planning your winter wedding at a rustic lodge, we can’t think of a better invitation to set the mood.
Decorate with White Lace for a Wintery Feel
Incorporate winter white into your wedding with white lace in all the details. Here are a few ideas:
DIY Lace Winter Wedding Centerpieces
Mason jars with white candles inside are the perfect simple winter wedding centerpieces. Dress them up with a touch of lace, twine and small pinecones, like the example above from Crafts By Amanda. Snow texture paint adds a lovely, frosted finish to these centerpieces.
DIY Lace Fabric Garland
Another festive way to incorporate white lace into your winter wedding is with a DIY fabric garland.
You can decorate your wedding venue with an all-lace garlands or break up the white by adding other neutral fabrics, like sheer burlap. You can see the full tutorial for the lovely example above on the Story of Five blog.
Lace Wedding Invitations
Pull together your winter white lace look by incorporating lacy details in your wedding invitations. The Antique Lace Wedding Invitation above from Invite Shop would complement a lacy look perfectly.
Winter Blankets for Your Guests
Winter themed gifts are appropriate for a winter wedding. One of our favorite ideas is providing warm blankets for your guests to use during the ceremony, like the photo below by Sarah Kathleen Photography. It’s a thoughtful gesture — especially if you’re brave enough to have a winter wedding outdoors!
Flannel Blankets as Wedding Favors
Blankets are surprisingly affordable as wedding favors. Lovely plaid fleece throws can be found online for as low as $5 each.
Simply roll them up, bind with twine, and offer them in decorative baskets for guests to take home with them, like in the photo above by Kt Crabb Photography. We love how the blankets above are presented in a decorative trunk.
Flannel Blanket Wedding Invitations
You can even incorporate a warm winter blanket feel into your wedding invitations.
The Country Tartan Plaid Wedding Invitation from Invite Shop features a charming plaid heart that will warm the hearts of your guests. At just .89 cents each, this invitation design is a steal!
We hope these winter wedding ideas inspire you plan a gorgeous winter wonderland wedding without breaking the bank!