By Robyn Karmazyn
While many people choose summertime for their big day (chock it up to more reliable weather and more daylight hours), others like the magical, brisk, fresh, romantic aspects of winter (more coziness, hot drinks, family togetherness, and so forth). And while this also comes with more requirement on the lighting, there are plenty of décor elements that can make your winter wonderland wedding just perfect—and both environmentally-conscious and vegan-friendly, to boot!
Both for their ambiance-setting warmth and their practical cost-effectiveness over electricity, candles have long been popular in styling. But not all candles were created equal… Do away with harmful paraffin lights and seek out soy wax instead. Tea lights make for simple beauty, setting a romantic tone without causing any serious fire hazard concerns. These vegan-friendly ones from The Happy Whale certainly do the trick!
For a pretty, bohemian vibe, twinkle lights are all the rage—and for good reason. They instantly create a soft rustic quality that would make most brides, grooms, and guests swoon! For an eco-friendly option that doesn’t require any jigging, look for solar powered strings that will make your wedding space look impossibly warm and wonderful. For extra festivity, they even make a version with snowflakes!
While balloons aren’t exactly known for their environmental goodness, some companies are changing the game by offering biodegradable options. If flowers are too expensive or simply not your style (not to mention harder to come by and keep alive in the wintertime), look for more sustainable, organic, and non-toxic materials, such as natural latex and water-based pigments—like these ones from Little Cherry or Balloons United.
Colorful cloth napkins
To reduce waste, while also upping the chic factor, go for cloth over paper napkins. If your venue doesn’t provide their own and you have to purchase them yourself, they can also double as future additions to your matrimonial home. Too many? Donate the extras! A simple aspect like napkins—since they can vary so much in color, print, pattern, and finish—can really add to décor of the reception room. We’re still swooning over the table Amethyst Event Productions created at the Luxe and Kind Bridal Boutique last September.
Photo by The Hendrys
For a multi-purposeful touch, purchase some pretty glass picture frames to use on your big day. They make for a chic place to put table numbers, menu cards, or even actual photos (say, an artsy black and white shot of the bride and groom). Since you can find them everywhere, too, it won’t be hard to find ones that go with the rest of the décor. An added bonus: you can easily recycle these, too, in your home later on—for the invitation or some favorite wedding snaps, perhaps?
Robyn Karmazyn is a writer, editor, and style lover from Toronto, Canada. She also created and runs the online magazine, In Your Vegan Style. Since planning her own vegan wedding, she continues to stay immersed in the industry by helping others and flipping through tons of inspiration photos. Robyn loves fashion, décor, styling, and weddings *almost* as much as she loves animals.