10 Reasons to Have a Winter Wedding

A bride and groom standing in front of a winter scene with snow and pine trees.

Every single day, someone out there is getting married. In fact, 2.3 million couples get married each year in the US alone! With so many sweethearts lining up to say “I do,” you’d think ceremonies would be evenly spread throughout the year—but in actuality, one season gets woefully little love.

Winter is the least popular month to get married (weddings in January, for example, make up only 4.7% of the US total), and if you ask me it’s about time we change that! Winter is a lovely, romantic time of year, and a winter wedding can be downright magical—here’s 10 reasons why.

1. It’s a (Literal) Winter Wonderland

What’s more romantic than walking with your love on a snowy evening? From the breathtaking views of ice and snow to the homey warmth of twinkling Christmas lights, winter is a truly beautiful season. If you live in a place that gets snow, you should absolutely take advantage of the natural beauty around you and consider a winter wedding.

2. Off-Season Savings

Getting married will always be expensive, and a winter wedding is no exception to that rule. However, if you get married outside of the “wedding season,” you might be able to save a few cents. Venues don’t have couples beating down their door in the winter months as they do in the warmer seasons like summer and early autumn, so they may be willing to offer discounts or be more flexible when negotiating prices.

3. White Goes with Everything

A bride and groom standing in the snow during a winter wedding.

If you get married in the winter, you’ll probably pick white as one of your wedding colors (after all, it’s literally everywhere). But here’s the great thing about that: white compliments every other hue! This gives you a lot of freedom to work with accent colors. Do you want a rich color palette? Deep burgundy or emerald will give off an elegant vibe. Would you rather have something brighter? Silver and shades of light blue create a fun, festive look!

4. The Family’s Already Gathered

If you don’t live close to your family, getting everyone together for a wedding can be tough. People can’t afford to travel, they can’t get the time off work—the list goes on and on. But winter is during the holiday season—a time when most folks get a vacation from the office and are already making the trip home. Having your wedding during this time helps ensure that more of your family can attend.

5. Hot Drinks > Cold Ones

Is there anything better than warming up with mulled wine or spiced cider on a winter day? Winter weddings are the perfect time to indulge in your favorite hot beverages and comfort foods. Serving your guests hot cocoa and warm, hearty food is a surefire way to create a homey atmosphere—and if your guests feel right at home, everyone is sure to have more fun!

6. The Lighting Is Perfect

A bride and groom sitting on clear chairs in the snow with the sun setting in the background.

Couples who get married in the winter can make mother nature work for them! In the mornings, sunlight reflecting off the snow and frost make for brighter, better images. And if you want a romantic shot in the sunset, you won’t have to wait that long! Shorter days mean you’ll have more time available to play with different lighting, and that means you’ll have a greater variety of wedding photos to choose from.

7. No Wedding Fatigue

As I mentioned earlier, a lot of people get married every year. Most of those folks get married in the summertime, which means from June through September, many of your guests are sitting through one ceremony after another. If you get married in the summer, you risk a room of guests who are just plain over it. But by waiting to get married until the winter, you ensure that your guests won’t be suffering from wedding fatigue.

8. Every Vendor Is Available

The wedding off-season is also a great time to book that vendor whose website you’ve been admiring for months. During the winter, most vendors have more open schedules (minus a holiday party or two). This means your favorite caterers, bakers, photographers, and musicians are likely free and clear for your big day, and you can book them without competing with the couple next door.

9. The Party Starts Sooner

A bride and groom kissing in the snow with their bridal party holding sparklers around them.

One of the best parts of a wedding is the reception, where you and your new spouse dance the night away with your nearest and dearest. But it’s pretty tough to dance the night away if the sun doesn’t set until 9 o’clock! The days are shorter during the winter, and that means your guests can really get the party started ASAP.

10. You Can Escape to the Sunshine

After the wedding, it’s time for the honeymoon. And after a winter wedding, what could be nicer than basking somewhere sunny and tropical? Of course, you and your spouse will enjoy your honeymoon whenever (and wherever) you go, but a winter honeymoon is a great way to get a little respite from the chilly weather.

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