Winter Wedding Invitations Perfect for Your Cold-Weather Celebration
Set the tone for your wintertime wedding from the get-go by sending out seasonally-inspired invitations. After all, a curated paper suite is your guests' first glimpse at your nuptials' eventual design, so take advantage of this opportunity to imbue the set with elements that speak to the time of year. There are a couple of simple ways to let the chilly weather inform the design direction of your invites. One solid option to consider is color—curating a winter-inspired palette will instantly ensure your stationery speaks to the season. Drawing inspiration from holidays with specific color palettes like Christmas (red and green) and Hanukkah (blue and white) is one way to go. Another option is to look to nature when selecting your shades: Deep green Frasier fir trees, crisp white snow, and jewel-toned holiday ornaments are just a few possible jumping-off points.
Beyond color, texture is another way to work some seasonality onto your paper suite. Take a note from cool-weather fashion and play with layering. Lush velvet ribbons (consider these sweaters for your notes!), dried flowers (like Bliss & Bone, J. Lily Design, and Haley Kelly Events used here), and soft snow-inspired paper with deckled edges are elements that are just as seasonal as they are beautiful.
Whatever design direction you take, remember that a wedding invitation is a hint of what's to come—it sets the tone for the remainder of your big-day design, so make sure your notes feel cohesive with your décor. A sleek, contemporary jewel-tone invitation may be seasonal, but it would feel incongruous if you're hosting your nuptials at a rustic ski resort, for example (a woodsy brown-and-green suite might feel more appropriate for a lodge fête!). As you begin to brainstorm your winter wonderland celebration, bookmark the ideas ahead to inspire your own suite.
This Arabella June design is a must if you're getting married around Christmastime. Seasonally inspired floral motifs were just the tip of the iceberg (pun intended!) when it came to the suite's winter-centric elements. Ribbon made the design look like a wrapped present; party-popper place cards, presented at the reception planned by The Wildflowers, continued the wintry theme set forth by the invitations.
Spruce trees are the ultimate inspiration for your winter event, right down to your paper goods. Chances are a cool weather wedding will feature some evergreen elements—maybe you're decking out the banisters with fragrant fir garlands, or maybe you're going big and tying the knot at a Christmas tree farm. Whatever the case, hint at what's to come with a balsam fir-inspired suite, like Papira did here.
Red and green aren't the only hues that work during winter. Contemporary couples, take note of this Paper Dolls Design suite's sleek charcoal-and-white scheme. Modern typography and linear design elements added to the invitations's refined feel.
One thing that winter weddings absolutely need? Texture. Since nature is a bit stark during this time of year, look for ways to add warmth and depth to your wedding design, starting with your stationery. Lush velvet ribbon and soft deckled-edge paper did just that for this couple's invitation, dreamt up by EG Lettering.
Does the thought of having a gray-centric color palette make you nervous? If you're worried the hue will read as drab or flat, think again. This gray, white, and gold suite from Hello Maurelle and East Made is proof that soft dove gray is a refined, seasonal option. Choosing cooler colors, like blues and grays, makes sense during winter—so let this look inform your own palette.
Metallics work year round, but we're especially partial to antique gold during the wintertime. The hue's warmth and richness make it a great addition, whether it's used as a focal hue or small accent. Our favorite way to use gold? By pairing it with a timely color, like red. Note how the classic color palette was reinforced in this Margo & Bees suite, thanks to still life-themed floral accents.
This suite harnessed the essence of a snowy winter morning beautifully. Delicate vellum envelopes, elegant white calligraphy, deckled-edge paper, and white wax seals were each beautiful on their own. But together? The look from Plume Calligraphy was the ultimate nod to a winter wonderland.
Searching for holiday-inspired colorways? Blue and white are a classic pairing for your Jewish wedding, especially if it falls during Hanukkah. As you decide on printing methods for your stationery, keep this design in mind. Although the entire suite was flat printed, as opposed to letterpressed (a more expensive technique), interesting floral patterns added texture to the simple and clean look (and enhanced the palette).
New Year's Eve
When someone mentions teal, your mind may immediately go to warm-weather celebrations. However, that doesn't have to be the case—this shade works all year round, as evidenced by this La Happy suite styled by Mayhar Design. Paired with dark green envelopes and crisp snowy-white accents, this modern suite felt decidedly wintry.
Red and Green, Reimagined
Chances are you're as smitten with this Written Word design as we are. If you want a similarly classic invitation to send out for your wedding, consider crafting a boxed mailer, much like this one. Guests will love receiving a package in the mail that's more substantial than an envelope (after all, 'tis the season for gifts!). Consider adding a map to the inside of the box as a fun way to make the container serve double-duty.
All the Details
While the vibrant green velvet belly band is the clear star of this Lettered Olive suite, we want you to focus on the other beautiful details that work together to make the whole design shine. Beveled, gold-painted edges added an extra layer of attention to detail to the invitation cards; calligraphy, a custom crest, and curated vintage stamps lent timeless flair to the whole ensemble.
Another unique way to reimagine a winter color palette? Go all the way with gray. This Amber Moon Design suite was monochromatic, but far from one-note. Luxe foil accents, sleek ribbon, and a custom monogram added contemporary flair to the seasonal stationery set.
We can almost smell the fir trees that inspired the greenery motifs seen on this suite. This couple introduced their wintry theme with a snowy illustration on their save-the-dates and continued the aesthetic beautifully in their main invitation. Adding the fir accents throughout ensured the look felt cohesive, while a custom crest from Papersoul added personality. Vellum and velvet polished off the set with rich texture.
Winter Plaid Invitations
For a cozy take on winter, consider incorporating plaid accents. Allison R. Banks did just that with envelope liners that matched the reception linens chosen by the couple. Engraved navy ink and gold edging further enhanced the formal, mountain lodge feel of the suite.
This December wedding was definitely festive, but the Cheree Berry Paper invites steered clear of cheesy. The couple's wreath crest, ornament adornments, velvet red ribbons, and peppermint-stripe string all whimsically tied the suite's Christmas theme together. To make the suite feel personal, and not just holiday-inspired, the envelope liner design was a subtle nod to the wallpaper present at the venue.
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