Winter Wedding Trends - 2018 - The Accomac Blog

Reasons why you should host a Winter Wedding

All the summer-loving beach-goers are reveling in the peak of their favorite season – not a thought about the cold winter months ahead. With all the fun in the sun, it’s easy to see why summer is the most popular time of the year to tie the knot. Winter – not so much. But that doesn’t mean that winter should be put on the back burner for your special day! A winter wedding can be an extraordinary event – with special opportunities that you wouldn’t be able to have during summer!


The Dress

Thanks to Meghan Markle and the royal wedding back in May – modest, long sleeve dresses are making a comeback. More and more brides are opting for vintage lace trims, classic pearl accents – and capes are replacing veils to make a statement!

A winter wedding can mean the chance to make a statement by wearing a long, trained cape or a [faux] fur wrap to help keep you warm if your event is taking place outside, or in a large space that may be difficult to heat. And just imagine how fierce and luxurious those photos will look!

It really is too bad that those summer brides couldn’t cash in on these hot trends.

Unique Favors

Wedding favors like rice, bubbles, and sparklers are all fine and dandy for a lively affair. However, personalized wedding favors are being sought out so events can stand out from the crowd, and make the occasion more intimate.

For a winter wedding think about providing small winter goodies, embroidered scarves, hats, or gloves with your monogram and wedding date on them so guests can take the memory home with them and stay warm during the soiree. For those who may be on a slightly tighter budget – get crafty! Sit down with your soul-mate and create some custom instant hot cocoa favors for your guests to take home and enjoy afterward.

The Food

Speaking of hot cocoa, that is something that summer wishes it had! Winter weddings are the perfect setting for comfort foods and rich, deep flavors that are otherwise too heavy for summer.

Talk to your caterer and ask about getting a completely custom menu – unique takes on favorite comfort dishes from yours and your partner’s childhood. This will ensure that the dishes you serve your guests are special and unique, but aren’t so far removed and unfamiliar that the pickier eaters may turn their noses up to.

If you’re looking for something fun and interactive for your guests to do instead of just dancing to keep warm – opt for a custom instant hot chocolate or smores bar! Guests can make their own creations that will keep them entertained, warm, and coming back for more!

The Setting

A winter wedding can mean that you’re more limited to the spaces in which you can host your big day – especially if you’re set on a rustic and intimate feel. No one wants to shiver outside in the cold and a barn is just too large to heat efficiently.

Consider historic landmarks and houses in your preferred area! Many are familiar with hosting weddings and other such parties – and nowadays they’ve been upgraded with a more modern heating system to ensure that everyone is comfortable throughout the event. Take The Accomac for example, our upstairs dining room can be reserved for smaller guest lists and events. The age and history of such a location will definitely provide that intimate, elegant, or rustic feel for those seeking that particular mood or setting.

For those thinking about the setting of your photographs, consider wrapping you and your partner in a blanket and going for a stroll in the snow with your photographer in tow. Winter wedding photoshoots may look cold – however, they give the couple a chance to get close and use each other to keep warm before moving on to mingle with guests.

The Colors

Billy Idol said it best when he said: “It’s a nice day for a white wedding.” Winter with its stark white backdrops of snow makes colors more dramatic and deep hues really stand out against the snow, making for some eye-catching photographs.

The most popular colors for a wedding – no matter the time of year – are blue, followed by red. You just deepen or brighten the colors to fit the season – for instance, burgundy is a very popular color for this coming winter. Winter also makes for a perfect time to catch those intimate, moody moments and make your space feel more cozy, warm, and inviting with rich, muted colors and fabrics.

The Timing and Cost

While the trees and bushes may be barren in winter, having a winter wedding means that you’re wallet won’t! Winter wedding hosts will be happy to hear that their nuptials are often more cost-effective than those of their summer counterparts. The average winter bride and groom shells out about $112 dollars per guest compared to $150 or more per guest at a summer wedding!

Additionally, because winter is the least popular season to get married in this often means that venus, caterers, and the like aren’t booked solid – meaning you can often have your first pick of vendor to work with to truly make your dream wedding come true!

Each season is unique – just like every wedding and just because your big day isn’t held during the most popular time of the year doesn’t mean that you can’t get the most out of it and make it the most special and highly memorable event of your life. Winter weddings offer unique opportunities for you and your guests to experience and make this day as unique as you.

Planning your next big anniversary, wedding, or corporate/social event? The Accomac Events team has several decades of combined experience and creativity in custom catering and event planning. Visit the Accomac Events website – or give us a call – to find out how we can make your next occasion more than special.

Our restaurant, Accomac Inn, also offers private dining for small to mid-size parties interested in hosting small celebrations and special occasions. For more information on private dining at The Accomac, please visit our website.

To escort or not to escort

Escort Cards

When planning a wedding, one of the most frustrating decisions comes in the form of a little piece of paper and a chair… yes, seating charts and whether or not to have them. Even with small, intimate weddings, this can cause a spot of trouble. Many brides want low key, relaxed, “un-stuffy” receptions while many mothers and soon to be mother-in-laws want an escort table with a seating plan. And in this case, Mother knows best. Even if it is a party of 25, the same issues arise as a party of 250. So here are some things to keep in mind to make it easier on you and on your guests.

  • Just because people are assigned to a table doesn’t mean that they are “married” to that table for the evening. After dinner, have your DJ or band encourage people to get up and dance, mingle.
  • Even if you are having stations, having assigned tables makes it easier on your guests. You know that your Uncle Bob has to eat early or that Aunt Mabel will take forever with talking to everyone, so placing them at tables that get released to go to the stations will prevent headaches during and after your wedding.
  • Having a seated served dinner – this is a must. Not only will the caterer know who is getting what with their entree choice, but if your cousin Joe is gluten free, this is the easiest way for the caterer to know which table he is sitting at.
  • It’s a great way for your friends and your future spouse’s friends to become friends. When you have open seating, it is like a middle school lunch hall, someone’s feelings will be hurt and it can ruin your evening. Safe plan – mix friends up a bit. Worried that people won’t have anything to talk about? There are some adorable mad libs and table games on pinterest that will get your guests talking.
  • This plan also helps the inevitable where the two people who dislike one another end up sitting next to each other because there’s no other open seat, or a family of four gets split up because there’s two chairs at one end of the room and two at the other.


How to go about plotting seating plans:

  • Ask your caterer for a diagram of the room. This way you will know what tables are close to which station, the bathroom, etc. Plus then you don’t have to draw it out yourself!
  • Number the tables and then decide how many people to each table.
  • Get some post-it tabs. Each post-it is a person. This way you can move people around.
  • Once you have the perfect plan, put it into a spreadsheet. If you are having a seated served, this is a great way to keep track of who is having what. This way you can email it to your caterer, your invitation studio, and your wedding planner.
  • This is a great lazy Sunday morning project and is something that you and your fiance do together.

Port Call

A wine registry is a great option instead of the traditional bridal registry

With the cooler weather moving in, we are finding ourselves longing for the warm embrace of sunny, sultry coasts of Northern Portugal. While the Douro Valley may be the birthplace of Port, there is really nothing like sipping on some port and enjoying a cheese board after a fantastic meal by the fire at Accomac. We are starting to encourage our fall and winter brides to incorporate this fun concept as a “nightcap” course with their reception. There are so many fun ways to display cheese and not have it feel pretentious. It is also a great way to still have a dessert course for those who don’t have a sweet tooth. We have had brides do a cheese “cake” where the wheels are stacked of different varieties with fruits and chocolates, others have chosen to make it an action station where they can have one of our skilled bar tenders suggest and pour ports to go with each guests selection. Looking for some creative ways to incorporate this into your wedding – head on over to our pintrest boards to check out some fun and fabulous displays.

Zach suggests the following ports:
“Graham’s Six Grapes, which is our sweetest port.  Sandeman’s Founders Reserve Port, which is our lightest, but still sweeter, port.  And Taylor Fladgate 2005 Vintage Port which is our most complex port, all of which pair great with cheese and dessert”.
Whether you are just starting to broaden your horizons or have an experienced palate, we have a little bit of everything for everyone in our port.

Accomac Events & Catering Fall Hors d’oeuvres

Accomac Events & Catering Fall Hors d’oeuvres are some of the most favorite dishes, loved by our team and by our guests. This fall, Charlene and the entire Accomac Events and Catering Team have been busy this fall with parties, corporate events, and weddings. Fall is one of our favorite times of year at both Accomac Inn and Accomac Events.

Here are just a few of the hors d’oeuvres served at recent Accomac catered, fall events:


Accomac Events & Catering Fall Hors d'oeuvres - Chicken Roulade
Chicken Roulade with sundried tomatoes & spinach with a Dijon pesto aioli


Accomac Events & Catering Fall Hors d'oeuvres - Seaweed Salad
Seaweed salad with marinated mushrooms & shredded egg rolls


Accomac Events & Catering Fall Hors d'oeuvres - Bread Pudding
Butternut squash bread pudding with candied bacon

You can see more of our seasonal menu items by heading to our menus page – to try them in person, make your reservation online.

If you would like a custom, seasonal menu for your next wedding, corporate or social event – visit Accomac Events and get in touch with our exceptional event planning and catering staff.

A Special Accomac Events And Lime Spring Farm Wedding Offer

Fall might certainly be upon us, but brides planning summer weddings are already looking months ahead. Summertime weddings have always held a special appeal, particularly for those who have been dreaming of an outdoor venue with the sun shining, birds chirping and a gentle breeze blowing.

Choosing the right outdoor venue can be a daunting task, so Accomac Events is pleased to partner with Lime Spring Farm for an exclusive offer to any of our bridal clients.  We’ve had the pleasure of working with their staff in the past, and the beauty of the stunning 3-acre estate will be the perfect backdrop for your storybook wedding ceremony and reception. It’s a gorgeous place in the heart of Lancaster County and a lovely wedding destination that we’re proud to work with.

For any available dates in July 2013 , Accomac Events bridal clients can rent the Lime Spring Farms property for $5,500 (plus bar package). This represents a substantial savings from their normal booking fee. Visit to view venue details.

Table Linen Inspirations For Fall Weddings and Events

I am loving these gorgeous table linens for fall weddings and events and wanted to share them with you for Wedding Wednesday. The colors and textures are perfect for this beautiful season. They are also very inspirational for choosing color palettes if you are undecided. If you would like to chat about designing your table-scape or have any questions, please get in touch! – Charlene.

Suspended Wedding Centerpieces

Suspended wedding centerpieces are a wonderful way to add whimsy and flair to your event. They are unique, attention-getting, fun, and they even save space on the table. Practical and beautiful – you can’t beat that.

The above photo is a suspended centerpiece I created for an event at the Ravens Stadium. I used acrylic squares with drilled holes & clear fishing wire to hang them from the grid in the ceiling.

Here are some other photos of inspiring suspended centerpieces for your Wedding Wednesday viewing. Enjoy!

Hanging branch centerpieces by Event Creative shot by Eric Craig via Freckles Chick as seen on Ruffled.

Baby’s breath suspended wedding centerpieces by Bungalow 6 Design shot by Red Ribbon Studio via Middle of the Map Weddings, as seen on Ruffled.

Hanging amaranthus flowers suspended over table by Gertie Mae Floral Studio shot by Odalys Mendes featured here as seen on Ruffled.

Suspended flower boxes over dessert table for Wedluxe via Tip Junkie as seen on Ruffled.

Fall Weddings: Bringing The Season To Your Wedding Cake

Marry in September’s shine, your living will be rich and fine
If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry
If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember
When December snows fall fast, marry and true love will last.
– English wedding rhyme

As summer slowly gives way to fall with its cooler weather, crisp air and harvest flavors, brides planning fall weddings can easily be swept up by making the most of what the season has to offer by way of colors, textures and motifs. We live for the coziness and familiarity. For this week’s Wedding Wednesday post, we’ll take a look ways to bring autumnal touches and color palette inspiration to your wedding cake. Enjoy!

Think about the iconic flavors of fall: pumpkin, spice, cold-pressed cider. Rich, hearty and exciting to the palate. Instead of a traditional white cake, a cake accented with the the flavors of fall incorporate easily into the theme of your special day. Cinnamon, mace, and ginger are wonderful spices into build into your cake’s flavor profile. A spice cake with blackberry filling and cream cheese frosting? Delicious and memorable.

Color counts, too. Burnt sienna, mahogany and cappucino all accent an ivory buttercream with great bursts of color. It’s easy to overload with the common colors of fall; think hints and accents.

Match your cake to your bouquet. Ask your baker and cake designer to create sugar versions of your fall flowers or “paint” seasonal flower accents on the cake using an edible dye. Fruit and the golden leaves of the fall adorn the tiers of the autumn wedding cake. Anyone who has ever wallked the forest in the autumn months knows of the beautiful golden leaves that crunch underfoot. Dark berries, pine cones and leaves that garnish the fall autumn wedding cake make a beautiful contrast to the fondant cake walls.

Natural elements like acorns and maple leaves made from chocolate, sugar or gum paste have long been used to create a clearly seasonal cake, but the temptation to go overboard is always there. Consider a chocolate cake with an ivory buttercream frosting accented with molded-chocolate acorns or leaves.

Fall Wedding Color Palette Inspirations

Happy Wedding Wednesday! Fall will be here before we know it and to get you in the spirit of fall weddings and events I am sharing some fall wedding color palette inspirations. Autumn color palettes do not have to be the browns and oranges that you typically think of. Fall is definitely all about the richness of the colors with bright pops for balance. Here are a few of my current favorites from Design Seeds.  Enjoy!

This palette mimics the gorgeous hues of a harvest sunset! The warmth of the orange and yellow is balanced with cool grey and purple.

Ahh, the majestic peacock! Peacock hues are luxurious, rich, and absolutely gorgeous for fall weddings.

The bright pink pop of color evokes a flirty feeling, but it is still very grounded and soft with the muted greens and earthy tones.

This Market Fresh color palette is both earthy and bright. A perfect palette for a Harvest Season wedding.