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Non-Traditional Winter Wedding Looks

Guest Post By: Erin Ollendike

Non-Traditional Holiday Wedding Looks  

While spring and summer weddings might get all the attention, winter weddings offer a unique opportunity to take the best from the season for an extraordinary look. 

Although traditional holiday colors and décor may dominate holiday looks, there are plenty of non-traditional décor options that can sparkle like the holidays and create a picture-perfect scene for a couple’s big day. 

Here are five wedding looks inspired by the holiday season with a unique twist and a stunning look that all guests will remember. 

Be Royal with Blues


Photography by Front Room

Rich, bold blues are royal and perfectly fit for a wedding celebration. Enhance and intensify the look with metallic gold accessories like tableware and napkins. For a wintery touch, choose glass tableware and drinkware. Mix in various shades of blues and materials, from glass to metals, for a modern twist on a classic color. 

Warm up the entire look with neutral colored florals and glowing votive candles. This look is perfect for an ultra-sophisticated holiday wedding yet warm and inviting. 

Highlight Neutrals with Sparkle

With snow falling and dreams of a winter wonderland in everyone’s mind, using neutral colors like whites creates a refreshing and modern look for a wedding. Elegant white linen with a subtle sparkle and sheen create a perfect and modern cosmopolitan table top. 

Accent sophisticated whites and neutrals with sparkle using elaborate table accessories like gold chargers, platters, and warm votive candles in copper or golden candelabra for a glamorous look perfect for the season. 


Photography by Arthur Engle

Mix Metals for a Glamorous Look 

Nothing says holidays like golds and silvers. Mixing metals transforms a holiday wedding into a glamorous and elegant event. Pair gold and silver for an extravagant look or incorporate bronze into your décor for a warm yet striking combination. 

These bold choices set the stage for metallic accents in the form of chargers, flat ware or tableware for an ultra-glam and luxe look. 


 Debi Lilly / A Perfect Event 

Brighten Up with Greens 

Green is an iconic holiday color found everywhere during the holiday season – think pine trees, holly, ivy and mistletoe. Brighten up neutral looks with bright greens for a sophisticated look that says holiday without being literal. Use bold emerald greens and fabrics with sheen for added shimmer and richness for your décor. 

Adding a subtle pattern in the form of linen creates a modern contrast that’s just right for a holiday celebration. 

Seen Photography 

Use Reds for a Merry Look

Nothing says holidays like red. From shiny bows to poinsettias, red is the epitome of elegance and cheer for the holiday season. Create a merry look for a wedding with bright reds. Mix in metallics like silver or gold for a fresh take on a classic color and extra sparkle. 

Complete the look with table accessories and centerpieces in metallic or crystal vases. For a fun twist, opt for favors that complement the season like candy canes or other edibles in traditional holiday colors.  

Debi Lilly / A Perfect Event

Make the Most of the Season

The holidays are all about cheer and joy. Take inspiration from traditional holiday décor to create a special holiday wedding look. Try incorporating iconic holiday colors, combine metallics, and add touches of sparkle for a truly one-of-a-kind holiday wedding that no guest will forget.  

About the Author:

Erin Ollendike, Executive National Sales Director at BBJ Linen, has been helping clients around the country create inspiring and memorable events for over 9 years. As an active member of the Dallas Fort Worth NACE chapter and WIPA member at large she strives to learn everything she can about the special event industry. Her true passion is helping her customers bring their visions to life through their linen selections. 

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