Have you been toying with the idea of a winter wedding? We get it – there’s just something magical about snow. And when you take that serene shimmer and combine it with the authentic charm of a WI rustic wedding venue – you’ve got a match made in heaven.

Nestled in Wautoma, Wisconsin, Edenwood is a unique full-service event venue—perfect for a rustic, elegant winter wedding. Over the course of our time as a premiere luxury event site, we’ve seen enough to know that there’s a slightly different approach to planning a winter wedding than any other season. However, with this quick guide, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the process (and maybe even sneak in a little pre-ceremony sledding).


Rustic Winter Décor

The fun truly begins once you’ve established a color palette for your big day. The color palette combined with the theme is really the heartbeat of your wedding décor. In this case, all things rustic and winter wonderland-y! Some simple ways to incorporate this idea into your ceremony or reception include:

  • Candles (real or electric)
  • Pine or evergreen in the bouquets or in a decorative garland
  • Artificial snowflakes
  • Faux snow for the flower boy/girl to toss instead of flower petals
  • Birchtree branches
  • Winterberries for a splash of color (if red is in your palette)
  • Twinkle lights in decorative jars surrounded by a wreath as centerpieces
  • Pinecones
  • Black & white Buffalo Check patterns


Bride: Stay Warm in Style

It’s a tricky balance to strike as a bride: staying warm as well as elegant. The trick is in finding something wearable that complements your dress. Consider the texture and lines of your dress and get insight from the experts at the bridal boutique where you found your dress.

Bring several options along with you to your dress shopping appointments so that you can see how the combination looks from every angle in their plethora of full-length mirrors. Consider couture items such as:

  • Faux fur shoulder wrap or stole
  • Blanket wrap scarf
  • Leather or jean jacket
  • Shrug-style coat

Another popular idea is to mimic the idea with your entire bridal party, making the bridesmaids versions of a cover-up match the bride’s but have one element slightly different so that the bride’s still stands apart. Finally, don’t forget about the many on-trend options for warm and fashionable footwear!


Keep Your Guests Warm & Cozy

What’s a winter wedding without a little outdoor fun, right?! But that also means adding some thoughtful warm and cozy touches throughout your wedding venue for your guests. Consider items such as:

  • Fleece or knit throws incorporated into the decoration
  • Firepit (complete with a s’more bar nearby)
  • Patio heaters
  • Hot cocoa/apple cider available at the bar
  • Indoor/Outdoor rugs

Edenwood Ranch also offers plenty of 5-star rustic winter lodging for those in the wedding party or on the guest list who want to stay warm and cozy for longer than just the wedding day. We are one of the few rustic wedding venues Wisconsin offers that comes with 600 acres of nature preserve, 4 cabins with a combined total of 30 beds and much, much more!


Winter-themed Menu

One more way to create a rustic winter vibe in your wedding day is through the menu. At Edenwood, we give you the freedom to hire your own caterer of choice to help you enhance your rehearsal dinner, wedding feast, gift-opening brunch and more in our luxury accommodations! Check out these ideas for a fun winter menu:

Find a catering company that shares in your creative vision so that you can be sure every detail is just as you imagine it! We can’t wait to see it all come together.


WI Rustic Wedding Venue

There is nothing “standard” about having a wedding at Edenwood Ranch & Preserve. Each couple has the opportunity to customize their big day to match their personality. Plus, our ranch is versatile and accommodating year-round so, even if winter isn’t your thing, you’ll still love it here. Call today to book a tour or to learn more about our wedding offerings.