Winter weddings can be magical and can offer brides and grooms many benefits that summer or spring weddings can’t. But only when you have the proper planning in place.
From cheaper fees to more venue availability, there are so many reasons why you should choose a winter wedding. They also come with pitfalls, like cold weather, transport disruption and the potential for disappointing photos.
Luckily, when you understand the dos and don’ts of winter nuptial planning, you’re guaranteed to enjoy your special day and so are your guests.
Give plenty of notice
As soon as you know when your wedding is taking place, get your save-the-dates out quickly so your guests have the day free in their calendars. The winter is a busy and expensive time, what with Christmas and New Year’s Eve around the corner. To ensure that your guest list is filled with those you love the most, give your guests plenty of time to get their outfits and save the date.
Wrap up warm
In winter, the average weather can drop below 0oC but ranges between 2 and 7oC. Add a warm coat or cashmere cardigan to keep you warm throughout your nuptials. At the end of the day, it’s all about the wedding ring and the dress so you could wear thermal tights underneath so everyone can see the main event.
Choose a wedding dress and attire for the bridal party that suits the colder weather. Long-sleeved dresses, faux fur wraps, and stylish boots for the bride can add warmth and elegance.
Provide blankets, shawls, or scarves for guests to keep warm during the ceremony or outdoor activities. Consider having a hot chocolate or mulled wine station to add a touch of warmth.
Prepare for travel delays
There is nothing more gorgeous than a fresh winter’s day but it’s worth remembering that extreme weather can cause travel delays. Be prepared for late arrivals and potential hiccups with transport by allowing for extra time.
Prepare for unexpected weather conditions by having a backup plan for outdoor ceremonies or photo sessions. Make sure your venue has indoor spaces available if needed.
Take all your photos outside
You will want to remember this day forever so getting the best wedding photos is a priority for many brides. But it’s cold outside and dull colours do not always make for the prettiest photographs. Instead, why not move your photo shoot inside? You can stay warm, and your photographer can capture gorgeous snapshots of your day.
Ignoring Weather Conditions
Keep an eye on weather forecasts as your big day approaches. Be prepared to make adjustments if needed, and communicate any changes to your guests promptly.
Overlooking Travel Considerations
Winter weather can affect travel plans. Inform your guests about potential weather-related travel challenges and provide them with helpful information, such as recommended transportation options.
Ignoring Seasonal Schedules
Be mindful of holiday schedules and potential conflicts with your chosen wedding date. Some guests may have prior commitments during the holiday season, so plan accordingly.
Winter days are shorter, and natural light may be limited. Ensure that your venue has proper lighting for both the ceremony and the reception. Professional lighting can enhance the atmosphere and make your photos shine.