Brrrrr! It's freezing out there–not that I need to tell anyone that! To keep with the chilly season, we're highlighting fun and elegant decor, design, and eats ideas for winter weddings today. December, January and February are usually my slow season, but I've noticed that things are definitely starting to pick up. I love this because winter weddings are not only gorgeous, but they give people something to look forward to after the warm weather and fall are gone. I'm still smiling over the image below from Kate and Ian's wedding back in November. Too cute!

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First up, ice luminaries! To say that I ADORE this idea would be a huge understatement–I'm in LOVE with it! I found this simple tutorial on the blog Design Mom. Creating these luminaries is as easy as picking up some balloons and filling them with water. Thing is, it has to be cold! Obviously, at 32 degrees or less, or it just won't work–but they're absolutely gorgeous! How awesome would ice luminaries look on the steps of the Canfield Casino or illuminating a path in front of the Hall of Springs?! So cool (literally–sorry, I know!)!

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Next, while the obvious winter wedding decor is snowflakes, pinecones, and pine branches, the execution matters. A lot. These two weddings get it right–Ambiance Floral Design created an elegant scene for this winter wedding at the Hall of Springs (photo by Clark + Walker). The cake is by Villa Italia, which I also really like! Simple, but sparkly.

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And this New Year's Eve wedding designed by Fleurtacious Designs is wintery, but unique with the use of feathers and even hydrangeas (photo by Tiffany Wayne Photography)!

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Last, it's not uncommon for a wedding to serve informal snacks and goodies as the night goes on…some couples opt for comfort food, others do a candy station. If you're planning a winter wedding, why not a fancy hot cocoa station with artisnal marshmallows and maybe some “adult only” mixers like kahlua or bailey's?

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Have you been to any winter weddings? What was your favorite thing from the day? Let me know in the comments!

Keep sparkling–