11/27/2012 11:46 am ET Updated Nov 27, 2012

Winter Weddings: Simple Tips From A Celebrity Planner

By Kelly Rouba | This article originally appeared on

Even though it was more than 20 years ago, Rachel Brown Jamison still gets starry-eyed when she recalls the details of her friend’s winter wedding.

“She had her wedding in a chapel at night,” says Jamison. “The chapel windows all had small arrangements with taper candles, and they kept the lights lower in the chapel so that it glowed. The bridesmaids wore dark green velvet, and it was very romantic.”

While most brides probably shy away from hosting a winter wedding due to the hustle bustle of the holiday season and the potential for winter storms, there is a lot to be said for the special charm a winter wedding can offer.

Celebrity event designer and television personality Samantha Goldberg likes to think outside the box when it comes to planning winter weddings. She has even created unique themes -- from a South Beach Winter Wonderland to a New Year’s Eve celebration complete with eco-friendly confetti -- to fulfill her client’s desires.

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And while some of her clients spare no expense when it comes to their special day, Goldberg says that couples can still have a lovely wedding without breaking the bank. No matter what your budget, “You can do things that are very dramatic,” she said.

When planning a winter wedding, the couple first needs to determine what it is that they like about the season. Then they may want to work with a wedding planner to determine ways they can implement those characteristics into their wedding. Since it’s usually not feasible to bring the wedding outside during this time of year, Goldberg enjoys finding ways to bring the winter elements inside.

For couples looking to do the same, Goldberg offers these creative tips to turn any venue from drab to fab.

Winter Wedding Ideas

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Kelly Rouba is a freelance writer for, an accomplished journalist and public speaker, having started her career at age 19 when she took a position as a stringer for the Trenton Times while still in college. Among the various publications she now writes for is Action magazine,, and She is also the author of Juvenile Arthritis: The Ultimate Teen Guide.