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It's All About Warm and Cozy

Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2005

At your wedding, you'll want your guests to feel comfortable and personally welcome, as if you've invited them to a party at your home. In a setting that feels inviting, they can relax and have a good time.

Candlelight is an important element, and it's the easiest way to set an intimate and romantic mood. Scatter candles in various sizes all around the reception space. And bring the soft, flattering light of votive candles to dinner tables in attractive holders.

Homespun materials, such as yarn and tweed (below), are instantly familiar and nostalgic. Use them in details throughout your wedding -- in favors, centerpieces, ceremony programs, and so on. They're perfect for a wedding in winter, but they come in cheerful colors that can work well any time of year.

Give tweed flower pins (below) as bridesmaid gifts; they can be worn at the wedding on dresses, shawls, or cardigans, or pinned to ribbon for a wrist corsage.

There are many other ways to add warm and cozy elements. You can use velvet ribbon to cover your bouquet handle or make a ring pillow out of fuzzy felt. When it's cold outside, serve mulled cider at your cocktail hour or hot chocolate after dinner. It's all about heartfelt gestures!

Favor Boxes
Romantic Candles
Scented Candles
Votive Holders
A Warm Welcome
Teas
Teacups
Honey, Sugar, and Spoons
Tweed Tabletop