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Warm Up Your Winter Wedding

011215-hotcocoa-01We love winter weddings, but recent cold snaps got us thinking about one of the big uncertainties of a winter wedding: The weather. In Maryland, winter can feel warm and sunny – or it can be frigid and wintry. If Mother Nature sends you cold, try one of these ways to warm up yourself and your guests.

Warm Drinks

Whether you make them available before the ceremony or set up a bar at your reception, warm drinks like hot chocolate, hot cider, coffee, or tea are sure to be appreciated by your guests. Hot chocolate bars – complete with fun toppings and flavorings – are a fun addition to a winter wedding. Or, work a hot drink into your signature drink, serving spiked coffee, cocoa, or cider.

Warm Fire

If your venue allows and has the space, a bonfire is a fun way to get guests outside in the winter and keep them warm. If your venue has a fireplace, ask if you can fire it up during your cocktail hour and reception. Few things are cozier than a roaring fire. Offer marshmallows for roasting and ingredients to make s’mores, and you’ve got a winner.

Warm Cover Ups

Cover that pretty wedding dress with a cozy shawl, cape or coat and head outside for snuggly pictures. And don’t forget your bridesmaids – an elegant cape or shawl is a practical and fun thank you gift.

Warm Blankets

Offer guests blankets and shawls to stay warm throughout the ceremony and reception. If your budget allows, these make fun favors that guests will appreciate throughout the season. If you can’t afford to give everyone a blanket as a favor, get several and make them available to guests throughout your celebration.

Warm Lighting

Lighting may not actually make you warmer, but the right kind of lighting – like candles and lanterns – will add the appearance of warmth and coziness to the room.