Planning your wedding in the wintertime gives you tons of opportunities to get creative. From the dress to the decor, there are many beautiful options that work well for colder months. Need inspiration? A great way to gather ideas is by looking at wedding scenes from hit movies. With those Hollywood budgets, movie weddings can be grand and gorgeous! Check out some of the ideas below and pick and choose what you want to use for your special day. You could incorporate just a few seasonal accents…or go all-out and transform your space into a winter wonderland!
Alaska Wedding – The Proposal
In this hilarious 2009 film starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, Bullock plays a Canadian businesswoman working in NYC who discovers she is in danger of being deported. The Proposal follows Bullock as she forces one of her employees, Reynolds, to marry her so she can stay in the country. Their sham-wedding takes place in chilly Alaska, and even if the marriage is phony, there is absolutely nothing fake about the gorgeous decor. The ceremony is held inside a beautiful old wooden barn that has been decorated to the nines using wintery elements. Original accents like real birch trees give the scene a nature-y feel, and dozens of white lights strung throughout the building add a soft glow which increases the ceremony’s ambiance.
Additionally, the bridal gown is perfect for the cooler setting. Bullock wears an ivory satin wedding dress with long sleeves and a high neck. The dress also has exquisite tiny details, like the long row of miniscule buttons down the back. While the 1930s style gown is a very covered-up look, the bride still shows off a gorgeous figure as the dress is immaculately tailored.
Over the Top Wedding – Sex and the City 2
2010 saw the continuation of the ever-popular Sex and the City franchise with a second movie, Sex and the City 2. Towards the very beginning of this movie, NYC’s most fabulous couple – Stanford and Anthony – gets married in an absolutely lavish ceremony that lends itself to plenty of winter wedding inspiration. Their black tick, black and white themed event is completely over the top in the best way: think white chiffon draperies, gigantic white flower tapestries, and even live swans.
And of course, who could forget the sparkle? There was lots of shimmer and shine throughout every aspect of this wedding. From the crystals hanging off every tree, to the shimmery silver bridge leading to the art, to best (wo)man Carrie’s black sequined tuxedo, the occasion definitely glistened. Glitter is a great element to add to any winter wedding, as it lends a snow-capped glow to the whole scene.
Warm and Fun Wedding – My Big Fat Greek Wedding
My Big Fat Greek Wedding, a sleeper hit from 2002, is a laugh-out-loud film that definitely has a lot of what-not-to-do wedding moments. Though there are plenty of scenes from this wedding comedy that you may not want to recreate for your special day, the wedding reception goes off splendidly and can give winter brides some great ideas. Wedding guests in this movie stay warm throughout the entire festive event because everyone is on their feet the whole time! If you’re having a winter wedding, it is more important than ever to keep your guests from getting cold and ensure they are having fun. Do this by playing lively music that gets a big crowd out on the dance floor. Toula, the movie’s bride, and her entire “big fat Greek” family, make the wedding a success with their fun attitudes and readiness to participate in reception activities, like traditional line dances.
Home Wedding – Father of the Bride
Steven Martin stars as the disgruntled title figure in the iconic 1991 film, Father of the Bride. Throughout this heartwarming movie, Martin learns a lot about fatherhood – and also helps put together an absolutely gorgeous January wedding. Every element of the wedding has lovely wintery touches, from the gown, to the church ceremony, to the reception held at Martin’s family home. For starters, the bride’s dress works well for winter with its long sleeves but avoids looking too heavy with lots of delicate lace accents. Additionally, the elegant ceremony space is decorated immaculately, with hundreds of white flowers lining the aisles. Tall, tapered white candles flank each pew, casting a romantic glow over the church.
The reception is also an extraordinary winter scene. Greenery accented with tiny white lights is draped all over the house, inside and out, giving it a winter/holiday feel without being too Christmassy. The lavish backyard tent also incorporates long strings of white fairy lights which look beautiful against the black sky. And – although this can’t be planned for – it even snows the night before the wedding! Talk about a winter wonderland!
Modern Church Wedding – Love Actually
2003′s holiday hit Love Actually follows the lives of eight very different couples dealing with life in the UK in the few weeks leading up to Christmas. One of the couples gets married in a stunning winter ceremony towards the very beginning of the film. The wedding takes place in a formal, older-looking church, but the decor and style choices are extremely modern. The bride incorporates white feathers, a great winter decoration, into her dress, bouquet, and hairpiece. Additionally, the groomsmen wear red accents as part of their suits, which are a subtle homage to the Christmas season and a fun modern twist on traditional male wedding-wear.
One of the best parts of this wedding scene is the special surprise that the bride and groom receive as a gift from the best man towards the end of their ceremony. This lovely musical surprise is great inspiration for bridesmaids and groomsmen who want to do something nice for the couple on their special day!
One of the most important accessories that a bride wears on her wedding day is her bouquet. When choosing the flowers, the colors and the shape of their bouquet brides to be take into consideration their personal preferences and their wedding theme. Very few of them actually think about the meaning of the flowers that complements their already amazing look.
We have prepared a short post on the meaning of the most popular flowers used for bridal bouquets, and we are eager to share it with you.
Tulip bridal bouquet
Although tulips are less used for bridal bouquets, they are extremely special. In the early 1900, tulips were very popular, mostly because of their special meaning: eternity, fame, eternal love and imagination.
Tulips have a black point in the center of the flower that symbolizes the heart full of love of the future spouses, and also the intensity of the passion that is between them. The legend also says that tulip is the first flower to grow on earth.
Peony bridal bouquet
Peony is a flower that vibrates due to the wealth of its petals and the sensuality of its flavor. During the domination of Roman Empire, peonies were extremely valued. Also, the Chinese used to treat asthma and belly pains with peonies.
But the real charm of this flower comes from its intense flavor; a flavor that lasts until the flower dies or drys. Peonies are known to be the traditional flowers for the 12th anniversary of a marriage as it carries good energy and conjugal tenderness.
Daisy bridal bouquet
Daisy is the flower of physical and spiritual innocence, femininity and purity. Daisy is also the symbol of honesty, and it should be worn by brides who are chaste and pure.
Daisies are used not only for the bridal bouquet, but also as a headpiece. More and more brides choose to replace the classic veil with unique headpieces that copy the shape of a daisy.
Roses bridal bouquet
You can see roses in most of the bridal bouquets. The rose is the most known symbol of the love between a man and a woman, of passion and intense feelings.
Although in the past roses were used for different purposes, from healing to cooking, they remain the symbol of passion and love. Its elegance is perfect for a sophisticated bride.
Orchid bridal bouquet
Being an exotic, enigmatic and pretentious flower, the orchid has become popular only in the last 15 years. Its beauty inspires tenderness, wealth, inner force, richness and irresistible charm. The ancient Greeks considered orchids to be the flower of virility while the Britain’s considered it the flower of luxury.
Bridal bouquets made of orchids come in a variety of colors and shapes, all of them expressing strength, attraction and sensibility at the same time.
Lilly bridal bouquet
Lilly is the flower of controversy: on one hand, it expresses innocence, purity and femininity, and on the other hand, it carries a lot of sadness. The legend says that the lilies grew after the Earth was wetted by Eva’s tears.
It is also said that lilies grow out of nothing on the graves of innocent people who died due to an injustice. This mainly why lilies express the purity of an innocent heart. Lilies also mean gratitude and joy.
Magnolia bridal bouquet
Magnolia bridal bouquets are a little bit unusual, but they are as special as traditional rose’s bouquets. Magnolia inspires profoundness, beauty, and tenderness on one hand, and perseverance and dignity on the other hand.
Its name makes you think about the splendor of nature. This means that any bride who chooses to have a magnolia bouquet on her wedding day should be described in one word: genuineness.
Freesia bridal bouquet
Freesia is the symbol of the complexity of human feelings. In the past, freesia was considered the flower of friendship, but as time passed it become the symbol of more profound feelings, including love and passion.
Its complex character makes it a flower of wisdom, profoundness, inner feelings and spiritual purity. Freesia bridal bouquet inspires tender love between the spouses, but also their friendship, respect and trust.
The meaning of all these flowers is the same not only when they form a bridal bouquet, but also when they are used as decorations or centerpieces for other events. The message that a flower sends changes depending on their color, but one thing always remains the same: a flower is the most honest way that one can express his feelings without words.
So you’re the best man… Congratulations! You’ve planned the stag do, had the opportunity to get one over on the groom however you’ve been putting off thinking about the dreaded moment the pressure will be on you. However it needn’t be this way, it’s an opportunity to engage with your audience and tell a funny story or two in the process. Below we have put together some useful tips for helping you to give the perfect best man speech.
I don’t just mean make sure you write and plan the speech well in advance, that’s a given (I hope). Make sure you rehearse in front of the mirror or a select few people as the feedback they will give you could be important, especially with some of the more risky jokes. Many people use notes or cards to bullet point topics on which can help however be sure not to read from it word for word!
The best man speech is supposed to personal to the groom and to the people in the room, not some generic spiel that you took from the first result on Google. Wherever possible, make sure to use personal experiences and topics people can relate to. While lines such as ‘I knew from day one you’d be spending the rest of your lives together’ may well be true, it will have a greater meaning with everyone in the room, especially the bride and groom if you say it in a way that is personal.
Avoid Getting Drunk
Many best men think it’s a great idea to get drunk before giving their speech in order to calm their nerves. While this may be a good way to calm nerves, there’s not much worse than seeing the best man who is slurring his words and embarrassing not only himself but the new couple also. Enough rehearsal and preparation will help ensure you don’t need any Dutch courage.
Use Humor – Wisely
While your stories should be humorous it is important to make sure you don’t come across too cheesy but most importantly don’t embarrass the groom to the point of awkwardness – it will not only be embarrassing for you but for the entire room! Make sure your stories give the audience a snapshot of your friendship and funny stories from the past can help lighten the mood and help the day in being one to remember.
End on a Positive Note
Assuming all has gone well in the previous four minutes or so of your speech (you don’t want to make your speech last much longer than this) you should be well prepared to end on a high note. Finish the speech by saying congratulations to the new couple and of course raising a toast as they celebrate their new life together.
This article was written by Luke James who writes about all things wedding related, from marquee flooring from www.rola-trac.co.uk to the best man speeches.