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ABIA Notebook: Winter Wedding Ideas and Inspiration

For couples embracing winter weddings set against stark landscapes, or convened in cosy spaces on cool crisp days and nights, we showcase the season’s latest bridal looks and style trends, which usher in romance with ornate detail, glowing sparkling ambiance and pure wintry whites.


Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat | Red Berry Photography

Compiled by Tanya Bywater of ABIA Weddings Australia | June 2024

Bare tree branches and chilly breezes whisper it’s winter wedding season, inspiring inviting indoor settings, elaborate accessories, long-sleeved gowns, twinkling lights and suggestions to soften the effects of the elements.

Winter wedding reception

Hosted by White Hill Estate

Warmed by log fires and glittering fairy lights cosy sheltered barns and country-style venues, like The Chaff Shed at McLaren Vale’s White Hill Estate, set the scene for intimate winter wedding soirées.

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Winter wedding gown

Available from The Sposa Group

The longer sleeves and higher necklines, represented in the wedding dress styles of the season, lend themselves to elegant silhouettes, and Demetrios' design Style 1276 — available from The Sposa Group — combines both an exquisite fitted gown with a luxurious lace overskirt to offer versatile two-in-one wedding day fashion.




Winter wedding headpiece

Available from Forever and Again Bridal and Beauty

Shorter days and longer nights call for added sparkle, and with its hundreds of crystals and pops of pearls, available in silver or gold toning, the stunning Chantal headband from Forever and Again Bridal and Beauty makes a crowning winter statement.


Winter skincare

Available from Kora Organics

A bright complexion is the ideal antidote to dull winter weather, and the certified organic ingredients in Kora Organics two-in-one Turmeric Brightening & Exfoliating Mask aim to polish and detoxify, resulting in more radiant looking skin.  


Winter table setting

Inspired by Chameleon Sand Candles

Candle-light is synonymous with romance, and the versatile granular wax options offered by Chameleon Sand Candles make for uncomplicated, environmentally-concious mass candle displays and clusters perfect for ambient table centrepieces and wedding ceremony decorations.

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Olivia Rose Photography | Styling Pete Swindells Creative

Winter wedding comfort

Available from Ugg Express

When wedding formalities are over, and it’s time to kick off those heels and slip into something more comfortable, Australian Shepherd Ugg Nala Slides offer warmth and relief to tired toes in a choice of black, grey, red, pink or baby blue colour tones.


Winter glow

Shop at Lust Minerals

For sun-kissed radiance, regardless of the season, Lust Minerals Bronzing Glow Drops promise to deliver a gradual healthy tan, whilst also nourishing winter skin.


Winter wedding cake

Designed by Lyons Den Cakes

With its marbled stone-like texture and watercolour wafer flowers, this wedding cake design, by Lyons Den Cakes in Adelaide, encapsulates winter in two sweet tiers.


Winter wedding dress accessories

Available from Romeo Bastone

For winter brides still seeking sleeveless style — such as this asymmetrically-draped corset gown designed by Romeo Bastone — long gloves and these detachable ruched silk sleeves offer options for accessorising


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Winter wedding photography

Image by SvenStudios

SvenStudios flew in by helicopter to show that, if you can gain access, snow-capped mountains make a dramatic backdrop for wintry wedding photographs.



Winter haircare

Shop at Adore Beauty

Brides looking to counteract the drying effects of cold, winter weather may want to try the Revlon Professional Re/Start Hydration range of haircare products, designed to de-frizz and maximise moisture.


Pre-wedding relaxation

Shop at Kindbod

A steaming hot bath is winter's panacea for pre- and post-wedding stress and — combining oats, organic essential oils and white kaolin French clay in a pure muslin cloth — the addition of a Kindbod Bath Cloud has the potential to take it next-level with its promise of relaxation, cleansing and skin-smoothing benefits.


Winter wedding scent

Shop at Palm Beach Collection

For a signature wedding scent to elevate the ambience of snug sheltered spaces, Palm Beach Collection offers warming wafts of clove and sandlewood in fragrance diffusers (pictured), candles, aroma oil, room mist and a matching hand and body care range.


Winter dress detail

Designed by Brides Of Armadale

Bridal gowns with higher necklines and long sleeves come into their own in this coolest of seasons, presenting opportunities for ornate embellishment and intricate detailing, like the beaded branch-style lace trickle that feeds across the bodice and down the sleeves of this spellbinding wedding dress design by Brides Of Armadale.


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Winter skincare

Shop at We Are Feel Good Inc.

Australia's dry wintry conditions can challenge all complexions but the hydrating combination of Kakadu plum, macadamia oil and B vitamins, in Aussie-made We Are Feel Good Inc. Good Night Skin Restoring Cream, may help brides, grooms and their tribes, to restore skin’s equilibrium.


Seasonal wedding cake

Designed by Baked Couture Cakes

A simple ribbon trim, a textured white base and seasonal anemones and roses offer a classic take on a winter wedding cake in this three-tier design by Baked Couture Cakes.


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Winter skin preparation

Shop at L'Organiq

English brand L’Organiq recently made its natural beauty offerings available in Australia and its Hyaluronic Acid Triple Fruit Serum, targeted at parched complexions in need of some pep, could be the ideal addition to pre-wedding skin prep.


Winter wedding setting

At Mali Brae Farm

Whether lit by roaring flames or golden lanterns, a wedding venue with a central fireplace — such as this standout at Mali Brae Farm in the NSW Southern Highlands — sets the scene for a winter wedding reception filled with warmth and ambience.

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Winter radiance

Shop at Lük Beautifood

For brides and bridesmaids seeking a luminous glow in any weather,  Lük Beautifood Luminizer Drops may offer a solution. They combine natural ingredients, aimed to cater to most skin types, and come in three shades to suit a range complexions and skin tones.


Winter wedding jewellery

Design by Bell & Brunt Jewellers

We suspect this sparkler was designed for Elsa herself! Whoever the inspiration though, Bell & Brunt’s handmade diamond cluster ring — which features round brilliant-cut and kite-cut diamonds set in 18ct white gold — makes a spectacular winter wedding or engagement ring statement.


Winter wedding invitations

Designed by Personalised Favours

Warm to the touch and with a hint of texture, embossed timber wedding invitations from Personalised Favours, present a welcoming option for requesting the pleasure of guests at a winter wedding celebration.


Winter wedding flowers

Design by Willow Bud

Branches might be bare but, as this stunning winter wedding bouquet by Willow Bud shows,  beautiful blooms like ranunculus, roses, sweet pea, may bush, andromeda and phalaenopsis orchids are still seasonally available and combine for breathtaking floral arrangements.


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By sharing the latest wedding ideas and trends, our intention is to inspire and inform, but Notebook inclusions are not necessarily endorsed by ABIA, or its employees, and readers should make their own enquiries to determine the products and services best suited to their needs.

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