From faux fur stoles to vows by candlelight: the best winter wedding ideas from Instagram

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We love a wedding, but does anyone else suffer from matrimonial fatigue when July draws to a close? After a while, all the summer weddings start to melt into one memory, and we're not sure which Pimms in a jar or dipped strawberries was from whose wedding. 

When it comes to tying the knot, it's all about a winter ceremony - because what's more romantic than snuggling in front of a fire while you say your vows?

But, of course, seeking inspiration for the big day can be a little trickier.

We've scoured Instagram for the most gorgeous winter wedding ideas, from faux furs, to warming dishes and, of course, lashings of sparkle. 

  • Deep red flowers

    A deep tone is ideal for a winter wedding. Shades of carmine will bring a festive touch to your bouquet or headpiece.


  • Fabulous faux fur

    Layers are essential for a winter wedding- nobody wants to see the bride freezing on her special day. Helen Moore's faux furs are perfect: and come in a selection of gorgeous shades.


  • Behold, icy hair

    For an ethereal wintry look, have your hairdresser help you achieve an icy shade in your locks. This lilac tone is a fairytale dream.


  • Snuggle with your hens

    For the snuggliest winter hen do, gather your gal pals and enjoy a cosy night in with hot drinks (Irish-style, of course), ginger biscuits, and plenty of knitted garb.


  • Candlelit walk

    During the months when the sun sets early, scatter some candles in varying sizes, to lead the way for guests. It creates a magical mood - but beware the train!


  • All that glitters and gold

    Winter weddings are the perfect excuse for glitter -and excess of it. This tiered cake has just the right balance. 


  • Plum bridesmaids

    Winter weddings call for wintry tones, and this plum shade is ideal. Just make sure the girls also get some nice warm outerwear, so they don't get chilly. 


  • Long, delicate sleeves

    Winter wedding dresses don't have to resemble puffer jackets. This long-sleeved empire-line number is ideal to keep the cold at bay, whilst retaining a tonne of bridal chic. 


  • It's all about the coat

    Dress your bridesmaids up in matching Shrimps coats. The pieces are so gorgeous they won't want to take them off, and this blue and green one has wedding-perfect crystal buttons. But, most of all, they're warm.


  • Silvery minicakes

    The magic of winter knows no bounds. These adorable minicakes are ideal for popping into the mouth with one bite, and you could even match them to your manicure.


  • A rustic cake

    Winter is all about home comforts, so what better way to celebrate than with a homemade rustic bake? This clever wedding design consists of a banana bread, a chocolate cake and a yoghurt and honey cake. Delish


  • Embrace the season

    Don't be afraid to bring the winter theme right into your outfit. This faux fur shawl and gold hairpiece make for a dream combination for the ultimate snowy bride.


  • Winter wonderland invites

    Set the mood early with a wintry wedding invite. These ones remind us of Narnia. 



  • Inject some colour

    Warm up the day with some rich shades of claret, browns and oranges. This gorgeous bride has matched her bouquet to her shawl and headpiece and her groom's tie. It all comes together exquisitely. 


  • Comfort food

    Forget the crudités, a winter wedding calls for soul food. This butternut squash soup with dipping soldiers will keep your guests energised for a night of dancing. 


  • Snowy snacks

    Wedding food doesn't have to be gourmet. Put a matrimonial twist on a foodie favourite by decorating doughnuts in saccharine shades. 


  • Create a table fit for a banquet

    When it's cold outside, you want to create an interior that exudes warmth. This table setting couldn't be more lavish, with festive tones of golds, reds and greens. 


  • A wood-fired oven

    Forget summer salads and barbecues, a wood burning oven is everyone's best friend at a winter wedding - they've got that warming rustic vibe, and produce the best pizzas.

  • Tart buffet

    We love this display of tarts with its magical Hobbit-style presentation consisting of scattered candles, hanging roses and tree stumps - inspired.


  • Tradition isn't everything

    Throw caution to the wind and abandon tradition if the mood strikes. This black lace dress is a beautiful way to embrace the darkest season of the year, whilst making it the brightest day of your life.


  • Don't be afraid to layer up

    For a winter wedding, the layers are just as important as the dress itself. This lovely pair has embraced layering like pros: opt for warm earthy tones like greige, camel and cream, to complement your ensemble. 


  • A unique dress

    This unique Vera Wang dress is ideal for a winter wedding. The black organza overlay is offset with the dusty pink milles feuilles to retain a bridal edge.


  • A cropped cardigan

    If you're not entirely sold on full thermals on your wedding day, a cute cropped cardigan can be the answer. This pale grey cashmere one will warm your shoulders whilst not taking away from the dress itself. 


  • Channel the fifties

    The 1950s were all about luxurious furs. Why not make your warm layer the pièce de résistance of your outfit, like this bride has done with this fabulous faux fur stole.


  • Festive balloons

    Decorative wintry touches like these snowflake balloon decorations, will celebrate the season and bring a magical edge to the occasion (not that it needs it, of course!)


  • Let the snow be your backdrop

    If you're after a white wedding, what better backdrop for your photographs than a blanket of snow? Don't be tempted to stay inside and miss the beauty of photographs like this one.


  • Stalactite sequins

    Channel an ice maiden with stalactite-style sequins like this bride has.


  • Snug as a bug in a rug

    These ladies aren't getting cold any time soon. Their matching scarves with little pockets are perfect and snug, and they don't outshine the bride's white stole.


  • Ivory shoes

    These ivory shoes with their delicate embellishment are the perfect winter slip-on, fit for a snow princess.


  • Magical macaroons

    A gilded macaroon is the perfect twist on the classic French treat. These blue ones remind us of cold winter nights watching fireworks: magical.


  • A dark lip

    Winter is all the excuse you need to vamp-up your wedding make-up with a berry lip. Just be careful not to get it all over the groom's face!


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Harriet Hall

Harriet Hall is a former Stylist contributor.