How much can you do with white? At first look, a winter wedding might seem to have a limited color palette.

With a wedding planned for January or February, you’re well ahead of spring pastels and floral designs and well past December holiday themes. What’s a bridal party to do?

Martha Stewart, of course, has bold and romantic winter wedding samples, from locations and themes to cakes and decor. And, any wedding venue worth its salt has ideas, supplies, and menus to make your day special.

What’s a bride to do?

A destination wedding in the tropics or ski country will have its own rules, but if you’re thinking a traditional wedding, you want to consider some options.

  • White: White is not all that simple. White comes in various brights, and the appearance changes with texture and fabric. Combinations of silks, satins, velvets, laces, and so on will layer, blend, and complement impressions.
  • Flowers: There’s no reason you can’t include deep reds, rich burgundies, and radiant pinks, but you might also favor fuller and open flowers, even calla lilies and hydrangea. You can anticipate the spring with touches of pastels or remember winter with crystal accents.
  • Tables: The season moves beyond pine cones and Douglas fir, but centerpieces have room for other greens, like laurels and berries. Selecting harbingers of spring adds a warmth to tables and place settings.
  • Groomsmen: The groom and companions should favor classic tuxedo black because it’s too early for a color shift. But, they have a wider selection in styles, and depending on the formality of the event, they have choices including more comfortable silhouettes and fit.
  • Bridesmaids: According to a leading wedding supplier, “every girl deserves a custom dress by Azazie.” And, this year, they are suggesting elegant styles and deep color.

The Azazie Maren in rust, shown on the right for example, is chic chiffon with a floor-length skirt, plunging neckline, and twisting straps.

Their Kamila (on the left) has a statuesque bare shoulder. Striking in burgundy or dramatic in dark navy this charmeuse floor-length A-line has a cascade of ruffles on the size.

Or, the Leanna, above, in mulberry sweeps the floor with chiffon and charmeuse. Its detachable belt can sport a bow to add detail to the deep neckline and back.

Mother-of-the-Bride: The wedding couple’s mothers want to stand a bit apart, perhaps more reserved in color and modest in bodice and back. But, there’s no rule that they can’t choose something current and dramatic.

According to, only 4.7% of U.S. weddings take place in January. But, that means bargains for brides and planners. It can be worth the risk of bad weather in certain places.

Still, you’ll want to have a Plan B. You don’t want surprises. So, plan on wraps and jackets for the bridal party, vehicles that can make it through a storm, umbrellas and slickers if need be, and assistance for the older guests. Being ready reduces stresses before, during, and after your wedding wonderland event.

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