Thursday, November 3, 2011

{Bright Idea Thursday} Winter Weddings

I know that December, January and February are slow wedding months, but Savannah, Tybee Island, and Hilton Head Island are beautiful during those months and you should take advantage of the slower months. Plus get AWAY from the cold weather and come SOUTH for the winter. Contact me for our discounted winter month rate!! 

Even though it hardly ever snows here, down south, you can still have a fun Winter Wedding. Or have a Valentine's Day wedding in February or New Years Eve wedding. OR ELOPE!

Menu ideas:
You can have all of your favorite food but add some winter touches like a squash dish, or warm pumpkin soup. Consider serving eggnog, spiced wine, or hot chocolate (alcoholic or non-) as special treats. Look for an all-white cake, decorated with silver embellishments, or sugar sculptures. Greet your guests with warm coffee or hot chocolate as soon as they come in the ceremony or reception site.

Flower ideas:
Decide whether you want to go for a silver and white elegant look, or celebrate the season with reds and greens. For those who like silver, look for dusty miller, silver-dollar eucalyptus, and baby blue eucalyptus, mixed with white flowers such as roses, football mums, crocus, lilies and stephanotis. If you're looking for a brighter bouquet, consider red roses with holly and pine-tree greenery. In season flowers such as tulips, roses, and ornamental berries generally will be less expensive choices. (Talk to your florist, as your region may have different availability)
Decor ideas: 
Fill the room with light by arranging pillar candles on a bed of pine branches At the after-Christmas sales, stock up on strands of small white lights, then string them decoratively around doorways, over tables and on archways. Bright red cranberries in a bowl surrounding floating candles make an easy and inexpensive centerpiece. Or, decorate a pre-made gingerbread house for each table, and center it on a bed of greenery with candles around it.

Favor ideas:
If you and most of your guests celebrate Christmas, an ornament makes a perfect favor. An inexpensive homemade favor is a pretty tin of spiced hot chocolate mix or hot cocoa mix with marshmallows. Also consider a snow globe, with a bride and groom inside, or a holidaycookie cutter with a cookie recipe attached that says your names, wedding date, and "truly cut out for each other".
Peak wedding season falls between May and October in most of the U.S., says Richard Markel, the president of the Association for Wedding Professionals International. During that time, most wedding vendors -- including caterers, photographers and limousine companies -- charge the most because their services are in demand. But in the winter, business comes to a standstill, especially in the northern regions hit with particularly harsh weather, and engaged couples have more room to negotiate for lower prices. (December weddings aren't as cheap because banquet facilities give priority to recurring customers: conventions and companies planning holiday parties.) 

Hot chocolate, hot apple cider and tea are all suitable for the alternative cocktail hour. Set up self-serve stations to save on the costs of hiring servers. Create separate stations for the different beverages. Place the hot chocolate packets and tea bags in containers next to the appropriate beverage dispensers.

New Years Eve Wedding
Bring all your family and friends together for New Years Eve and ring in the new year with your wedding!

Savannah Winter Events:
Show your guests a good time and plan fun festivities to do around your wedding...
Christmas Castaways at Ships of the Sea Museum
First Friday Night Fireworks on the River 
The city has several tours specifically themed for the holiday season, and what’s even better is you can enjoy these tours without the cold ofwinter weather. 
Take a Holly Jolly Trolley Tour
Enjoy caroling from the Trolley as you pass by festively decorated historic homes and city squares.
Isle of Hope Christmas Tour of Homes
Tour beautiful homes on the historic Isle of Hope, view the work of local artists, listen to a holiday choir, and enjoy drinks and food.
Holiday Frolic
Savannah’s Historic District will come alive with the sights and sounds of the holidays. Frolic on Broughton Street all day in a festive atmosphere and get in the spirit of the season
Annual Holiday Tour of Homes
This event has been described as "an intimate visit with residents of Savannah's Historic District." 
Skatefest (
my favorite) 
Go figure skating!! Skatefest takes place every day in the Civic center from Mid December until January 3rd
Tybee Polar Plunge 
This event began as an unorganized event spawned from a North Beach New Years Eve party challenge, everyone runs into the ocean at Tybee Island.....would you do it!!?
29th Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival at Boone Hall Plantation, Charleston, SC is scheduled for January 29th, 2012 (about a 2 hour drive north)
Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration held each February
More great resources for Savannah


  1. I strongly considered a winter wedding. I was thinking the Biltmore on Christmas eve. I'm glad I went the October route, but I still think it would have been gorgeous - great ideas!

  2. LOVE those festive dresses! The hot cocoa bar is always a great idea, too! :)

  3. I had a winter wedding, so I LOVE all of these ideas!

  4. I LOVE winter weddings and the hot cocoa bar sounds so awesome! We did a New Years Eve wedding a few years ago and it was amazing! The bride and groom changed into more fun and festive party outfits right before the stroke of midnight and we through rose petals for them right before the party started. It was so much fun!!! Overall, I like the different winter flowers and the use of winterberries, which are my favorite for that time of year.


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