How to Plan for Winter Weather on Your Wedding Day

A pair of wedding rings on a snow-covered stump outside.

When you’re having a winter wedding, it can definitely be tough to manage your expectations as far as the weather is concerned. While some couples may be praying for a winter wonderland as they walk down the aisle, others may be nervous that snow will ruin their big day. Regardless of what kind of climate you’re hoping for that day, you’ll surely want to prepare for winter weather in order to ensure everything runs smoothly once your wedding day arrives.

Pick the Right Venue

A bride and groom walking in the snow outside an on old buidling.

Choosing the right venue is vital for combating winter weather on the day of your wedding. When you face the risk of a snow storm, dictated by the time of year and geographical location where you’re tying the knot, you want to ensure a few things about the venue. First, consider your guests and their convenience if there were to be a winter storm the day of your wedding. For that reason, a hotel wedding may be right for you. This allows your guests to party and lodge in the same spot, allowing for minimal travel during your event, which is always preferable in the event of bad weather.

Also discuss with your venue ahead of time the measures they’ll take to make the day easier in the event of winter weather. For instance, how often will they shovel and ice the parking lot or any walkways? Do they have a generator in case of a power outage? Do they have valet parking so that guests can avoid walking across an icy parking lot in the event of snow? Will they have fires going inside to keep guests warm and to get the ambiance right? These are important questions to know the answers to. Choosing the right venue that’s well-equipped to deal with inclement weather will definitely put your mind at ease.

Communicate Effectively

Especially when you have guests traveling from out of town for your wedding, you’ll want to effectively communicate the expectations around the weather as well as any potential contingency plans in the event of inclement weather. This can be easily done on your wedding website, which presents the perfect medium for communicating with guests conveniently. Include information on the expected climate, how to dress, and make guests feel comfortable with the idea that it could be a snowy or rainy day for your wedding.

You’ll also want to communicate adequately with vendors regarding your expectations for the day and how plans may change depending on the weather. Talking through even the worst case scenarios with your vendors (for instance, how would your florist make your flower delivery in the event of a blizzard?) may seem silly or slightly intimidating, but it’s good to have all that information upfront to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

Have the Wardrobe Ready

A bride and two bridesmaids in the snow wearing fur jackets.

Should there be bad weather on your wedding day, you won’t want to sacrifice your look due to wind, rain, cold, or snow. For that reason, particularly the bride should have her wardrobe contingencies ready to face the winter weather. The snow can provide for the perfect photo backdrop, but getting those shots can be miserable if you’re not well prepared dress-wise. Have a chic fur wrap on hand for warmth as well as the right footwear to avoid slipping. The bride and groom may both want to have snow boots on hand to wear during photos. Elegant gloves may also be a smart decision to keep hands cozy yet stylish. You may even want to choose your wedding dress based on the ability to stay warm, opting for a gown with lace sleeves or one with many layers of tulle and organza.

Plan for Transportation as Needed

One of the biggest problems that a major snow storm presents is a mode of reliable transportation. Instead of leaving that as a question mark, book transportation for guests in between ceremony and reception sites (as needed) that you know can safely stand up to icky weather. Also ensure that there are at least a couple of all-wheel drive cars available on the day of to run any last-minute errands and to shuttle VIPs (like the bride and groom) around as needed without a worry.

Plan for Delays

Due to inclement weather, it could take guests longer than anticipated to travel to your wedding. For that reason, build buffer time into the day to ensure that your timeline doesn’t suffer due to these delays. For instance, list your ceremony time on your invitation as a half an hour before it will actually occur to give guests extra time to arrive without them even knowing it. The day will run smoother because of this little tip!

The winter is a beautiful time to tie the knot and is undoubtedly picturesque. Don’t let the possibility of bad weather deter you from choosing this season for your event, as careful planning and several precautions are the key to it going off without a hitch.

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