Have you heard of hygge? It's a Norwegian word that roughly translates to "cozy." It's more of an idea, really, a feeling. Olivia Goldhill wrote in her article for Quartz that hygge evokes a sense of intimacy, togetherness, and inner warmth. "A world lit by candles and snuggled under blankets." So dreamy! And so perfect for couples planning an autumn wedding.
We encourage you to take on this mindset while planning your cold-weather wedding. How can you make it more cozy, more intimate? How can you infuse your celebration with hygge? Here are some ideas to get you started.
Rich Fall Color Palette
What colors come to mind when you think of the word "cozy"? We recommend rich, bold, and earthy tones: burgundy, berry, gold, amber, cream, sage, brown, green, etc. Play around with the combinations to create anything from rustic cozy to hygge with a touch of luxe.
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Cozy Wedding Decor
It's all about comfort and lighting when it comes to decorating a hygge wedding. Think chunky blankets, rugs, pillows, candles (and more candles!), lanterns, twinkling lights, wood logs, leaves, autumn fruit, acorns and pine cones, pumpkins, and wooden tables and chairs. And if your venue has a fireplace, even better!
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SCENTsational Food and Beverages
Fill the air with warm autumn scents that will make guests’ mouths water: cinnamon sticks and vanilla, caramel apples, mini pies, chai tea and coffee, mulled spiced wine, wooden boards stacked with baked brie and rosemary sourdough, roasted vegetables, seasoned chicken, belly-warming beef stew... Are you hungry yet?
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Cozy Wedding Favors
Give your wedding guests something cozy to take home so they can get into the hygge spirit. They'll love favors like blankets, jars of honey or homemade jam, mugs of hot chocolate or local coffee brews, vanilla/cinnamon/pumpkin spice soap, candles, hand warmers, flannel cup cozies, and warm-scented potpourri.
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Don't you just love these autumn wedding ideas? And the best part is that you can take this hygge inspiration and incorporate it into your life, as well. After the wedding, use the candles and decor in your home, cook a delicious hot meal, and snuggle with your sweetie under a blanket.