Afternoon Wedding Reception Ideas in Winter

There are many wedding reception ideas especially if the reception is scheduled in the winter afternoon. Although it may not be something exceptionally different, you need to consider the venue, menu and the décor. Otherwise most things remain the same. You could very well include dance and music even in the afternoon.

Ideas for an afternoon wedding reception-

  • The ideal time for an afternoon wedding reception would be anytime from 2-5pm. You could add a lot of sophistication and style in this.
  • The venue could be a home garden or a local park depending on the number of guests. Preferably it could be arranged outdoors as it is the afternoon time. Whether outdoors or indoors would really depend on the area you stay in and the weather conditions. However, if the weather on a winter afternoon is cool and pleasant, it is fine to keep it outdoors.
  • You could arrange for a tea party in the afternoon. Every time a reception meal need not be an elaborate one. The time of the day should also be considered.
  • Afternoon is an ideal time for tea and snacks. You could have some sandwiches and cookies along with some other finger snacks.
  • You could arrange for 2-3 different flavors of tea and coffee. This will create a variety and would not look like you only served tea for your reception.
  • You can add a Victorian touch to this theme and make this reception an elegant tea party of that era. Hence, a garden or a historical place is perfect for an afternoon wedding reception.
  • You could have plenty of variety in your tea. You could have 2-3 types of herbal tea. One flavor could have ginger, basil and lemon grass. The other could contain lemon and mint leaves. These flavors taste very good and are absolutely healthy especially in winters. The usual black tea could also be an option.
  • Instead of a big cake, you could have 3 tiered small cupcakes for each guest. You could design and decorate it uniquely. Arrange some finger snacks with cheese dips and veggie sandwiches.
  • Use all the winter flowers including dry branches for the decoration and flower arrangement. You could have small vases with fresh flowers as centerpieces.
  • You could arrange for waiters to move around the tea and finger snacks with dip. You could arrange a buffet for the rest of the snacks. You could also serve small desserts and scones.
  • It could be difficult to find fresh flowers at a reasonable price in winters especially if you stay in heavily snow capped places. You could use floating candles in glass as a centerpiece or you could make use of dry branches of some particular trees and paint them. Arranging these thin tall painted benches in a big vase adds a lot to the décor.
  • You can use some silk and satin fabric in the décor. It adds some kind of warmth to the cold winter.
  • If you do not prefer to dance in the afternoon, you could arrange for some sporty outdoor activities like skiing for your guests. Also, it is a good idea to let people indulge in healthy conversation apart from dancing. If you have kids attending the wedding you could arrange some games for them.

Planning a wedding is quite a task and attention should be paid to every minute detail. Use your own creativity and imagination to come up with some exclusive wedding reception ideas. Make sure whatever you implement suits your personality.