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6 Unique DIY Winter Wedding Ideas

Winter is such an enjoyable, beautiful time to get married. It’s no wonder as the season is filled with fresh greenery and whimsical color palettes, which can add an extra element of fun. Whether you are sticking to traditional winter florals and hues for a winter wonderland wedding or are straying away from the ordinary with pops of color and unexpected flowers, here are a few ideas that won’t break your budget.

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Six Unique DIY Winter Wedding Ideas

Winter Wonderland Wedding Favors

Ornament Favors

Looking for a cute, unique wedding favor idea? Give your guests ornaments so that they can remember your wedding year after year as they hang it on their tree. One simple way to make ornaments is by using clear glass bulbs and filling them with potpourri. Just add a personalized ribbon around the mouth of the bulb with your names and wedding date.

Voila! What an economical, yet adorable favor. You can also display the ornaments by hanging them from string lights at your reception. It’s a fun, clever way to incorporate them into your reception décor!

Handmade Firestarters

Pinecone fire starters are an unusual and useful wedding favor. Even if your guests don’t have a fireplace, they can be tossed into a bonfire to make for easy starting. Constructing these favors can be quite easy and would be ideal for a wedding on a budget.

Dress them up by attaching a tag or placing them in a little bag with a label. That way, they can double as a place card! Display them on each place setting at your reception to ensure that your guests take them home.

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Winter Wedding Decorations

Fresh Greens

Tasteful, simple centerpieces are all the rage. If you are using farm tables, you can put greenery down the center. Dress it up by adding white candles of varying heights and a few pinecones here and there. How pretty and easy! Something similar works on round tables by creating a focal point in the middle with live greens (economical, too!).

Candles can be placed inside of clear white vases or just put in small dishes or wood rounds directly on the table. Large sections of greenery can be easily cut into smaller pieces and placed around the candles peppered with pine cones. For safety, do be careful to keep the flames away from the foliage

Red Berries

Whether you have a sweetheart table or you choose to sit at a table with your bridal party, hanging mistletoe or red berries over your chairs is a whimsical idea that your guests will love.

Hang the mistletoe or berries either from the back of your chairs or above you to make it more visible. What a simple and straightforward DIY wedding idea that is perfect for a wedding on a budget.

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Sweets to Warm Up Your Guests 

S’mores Station

S’ mores are a yummy, quick dessert. Pre-making cute little s’ mores kits would be sweet for a low budget wedding. Having all of the ingredients pre-packaged for each individual will make it simpler for your guests when it comes time to make them.

Before your wedding, take time to separate the ingredients and put them into a clear plastic box or clear gift bag. This way, they are all ready to go and can be displayed beautifully on your wedding day.

Warm Drinks

Hot chocolate is a fun way to incorporate a festive drink into your wedding, and it is excellent for all ages. If you want to have other options, you can create a “winter drinks bar” at your reception and offer other festive choices, such as hot toddy and spiced cider.

Be sure to include fun add-ins and toppings for the hot chocolate, such as peppermints and whipped cream. Adding a few other options like hot tea and coffee (including decaf!) is also a nice touch for those guests who might like to keep things simple.

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Considering a cold-weather wedding?

No matter your taste, it is possible to incorporate winter wedding ideas on a budget. And don’t feel as though you have to have a complete winter wonderland wedding if that’s not your style.

You can stray away from the traditional winter wedding colors and styles and have a stunning, affordable event all your own. Happy DIY planning!  

  • Deborah - What great ideas – especially the warm drinks station! Mulled wine would be a perfect drink!

  • Stephanie Whitman - This makes me want to get married all over again, and do it in the winter rather than the autumn, because these ideas are just brilliant! I love the decor concepts, and the favor suggestions as well! So creative and beautiful.

  • Azanique Rawl - I love all pinecone decor in the winter! It is seriously my favorite 🙂

    -xo, Azanique | https://www.lotsofsass.com

  • Kileen - Love a Winter wedding. They are so beautiful and so dreamy. The decorations are always so stunning and love these DIY Winter wedding ideas!

    Kileen

  • Nataly - These are such good unique ideas for a winter wedding! I sometimes wish I decided to get married during the winter instead of spring!

  • Ashley r - I would never think to serve hot chocolate at a winter wedding but that’s so great!

  • Candace Hampton - Winter weddings are so magical. I love the mixture of greens, reds, and whites. Those pinecone place card holders are a nice detail. I love how elegant and affordable these ideas are!

  • Renee || Getting Fit Fab - My bestie is having a winter-ish wedding next year! The hot chocolate is such a great idea.

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