Summer and spring weddings still take the veil when it comes to the most popular seasons for tying the knot. However, the once-dreaded winter wedding is quickly becoming a niche favorite among brides who aren’t afraid of trying something new. With wedding bookings steadily on the rise and venue space remaining limited, many couples are opting for an offseason wedding. If you’re planning on getting hitched in the wintertime, you’ll want to follow this detailed guide for the perfect day.
Embrace the weather.
There’s no point in planning a winter wedding unless you’re willing to accept the unpredictable weather fickle Mother Nature throws your way. Instead of fighting the less-than-ideal conditions, embrace them! Brave the frigid temperatures for a candid and memorable photoshoot in the snow. Go for a winter wonderland wedding theme to bring in the enchantment and magic of the seasonal weather. Encourage everyone to wear their funniest winter hats to the reception. When you own your winter wedding instead of “dealing with it”, everything will turn out much brighter than you could have expected.
Enjoy better deals.
You know what they say, every (winter) cloud has a silver lining. The major advantage of planning a wedding in the winter is the lack of competition. Instead of fighting tooth and nail with other couples, you have the pick of the litter when it comes to the most highly sought-after venues and vendors. You’ll have an easier time finding everything you want for your dream wedding during the offseason, and you’ll discover that many venues provide offseason pricing which will free up more of your budget to spend on cake!
Plan for extra travel time.
Even with a year of planning, your wedding day will still come down to minutes and seconds. With the unpredictability of winter weather, it’s crucial to leave more than enough travel time. Whether you’re getting from your home to the ceremony, from the ceremony to the reception, or from the reception to your honeymoon suite, there’s always a chance of weather-related complications striking. Padding this travel time with an extra 10 to 15 minutes in your special day’s schedule can make for a smoother and stress-free wedding. If anything, you’ll show up early with enough time to grab some much-needed snacks or take a well-deserved break.
Find ways to keep everyone warm.
If any portion of your wedding takes place outside, your biggest concern will be the comfort of your guests. You want everyone to have an unforgettable experience during your special day, but freezing temperatures can make that difficult. Here are a few wedding-friendly ideas to keep everyone warm and cozy even in the coldest conditions:
Hot Drink Bar
Set out a self-serve hot drink bar with cocoa, tea, and coffee to fight the cold from the inside out. It’s easy, affordable, and seasonal!
Fill up a big basket with hand and feet warmers so guests can get some instant relief from the biting temperatures whenever they need it.
Provide extra blankets for guests who might not have dressed warm enough. You can always match the colors and design of the blankets with your wedding theme.
Find the right vendors.
One of the most crucial elements of pulling off the perfect winter wedding is hiring the right vendors. Since the vast majority of couples have their special day during the height of the wedding season – spring and summer – most vendors are used to planning for this time of the year. It takes a creative and flexible vendor to deal with the obstacles of a winter wedding while still making something truly memorable. Whether you’re looking for a designer, caterer, florist, or wedding planner, you should make sure they’re just as passionate as you about planning the best winter wedding ever!
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