Are you and your fiancé planning a winter wedding ceremony and reception? Winter weddings are extremely appealing, especially to couples who enjoy cooler weather and the holiday season. Benefits include more venue date availability, lower rates, no humidity, cheaper accommodations, faster photo return, simpler scheduling during holiday breaks, and access to pre-decorated venues.
There are, however, several problems that tend to prevent some people from planning their weddings during the cooler months. Fortunately, most common issues have relatively simple solutions. Here’s how to solve most of the issues you may face when planning a winter wedding !
The Weather Doesn’t Always Cooperate
While you won’t have to worry about your outdoor venue being rained out, there is still a serious risk of inclement weather. A snow storm, for example, can throw a pretty big wrench in your plans. The best way to deal with troublesome weather conditions is to plan ahead. Keep potential travel difficulties in mind when you select your venue(s). In fact, you should seriously consider picking a single location for both your ceremony and reception. Doing this prevents you and your guests from driving more than necessary in potentially unsafe conditions. It’s also a good idea to purchase event insurance with your venue and caterer. A small storm may not pose a significant problem, but a big one could be disastrous. Purchasing insurance will give you and your fiancé peace of mind.
Everyone Will Be Cold
Another major concern many couples have is the cold. Luckily, there are some very simple ways to help combat the chillier temperatures for both you and your guests. First, make sure you include a reminder about the weather in your invitations or on your wedding website. This will ensure everyone is aware and can make the appropriate arrangements.
It’s also a good idea to pick clothing that is seasonally appropriate. Heavier fabrics, sleeves, and long dresses are best for the bride and bridesmaids; men should consider thicker suit jackets and vests. Your bridal party (especially the girls) may also enjoy matching shawls as gifts. For your guests, consider setting up a fire nearby with marshmallows and hot chocolate. Cider makes a great addition, as well. Just make sure you have at least one or two warm beverage options. Your family and friends might also appreciate access to blankets throughout the evening.
It’s Very Dry
The lack of humidity is a huge perk, but it isn’t exactly ideal for individuals with sensitive skin. If you tend to have dry skin during the winter, plan ahead and purchase any needed moisturizers. Also ensure you have plenty of lotion available in your “emergency” kit. You may also be worried about your hair, which likely changes a little between the seasons. Take time to gather any needed hair products now, so you know you’re prepared when the big day arrives!
There’s Fewer Daylight Hours
Another big issue that many couples face during a winter wedding is fewer daylight hours. The days are significantly shorter during the winter. This means that if you wait until after your early evening ceremony for photos, you’ll essentially be in the dark. Of course, this isn’t ideal. To prevent this problem, make plans to do photos with your photographer earlier during the day. This may mean you need to move your ceremony up or come to terms with seeing your soon-to-be-spouse beforehand. Really, with a little strategic planning, you shouldn’t have any trouble getting the winter wedding photos you want.
Flowers Are Expensive!
Flowers can also be problematic. If you have your heart set on a specific kind of flower that doesn’t typically bloom during the winter, then you will absolutely have to pay more for it. The only alternative is to utilize fake floral arrangements instead, which can be quite effective in the winter. Another option is to choose flowers that are in season during the winter. Talk to your florist early to determine what will be available at premium prices at the time of your wedding. Choosing one of these in-season options can save you a lot of money. Plus, it’s likely the flowers that are available will suit your winter wedding theme better.