Planning a winter wedding may sound absolutely wild. Why have a wedding in the freezing cold? However, winter weddings can be utterly romantic and magical. With the right preparations, your wedding will feel warm and lovable. Here are a few tips for a great winter wedding!
1. Dress your Bridesmaids in Style
Don’t feel the need to stick to traditions of matching the season. If they want strapless dresses? Rock it. If they want long sleeve dresses? Rock that too. Choose the dresses your bridesmaids will be comfortable wearing. As a majority of the wedding will be held indoors (with a high chance of a heated venue), don’t stress it too much. Make sure your bridesmaids have chances to get warm throughout the cold parts. Warm bridesmaids = happy bridesmaids.
2. Find a Reception Spot at a Convenient Location
There are so many wedding venues, picking one that clicks with what you’re looking for is crucial. For winter weddings, look for venues that will easily be accessible to guests. This is especially important if you’re having a wedding in an isolated location. Check with the venue on how road conditions leading there get in the winter. Another idea is to make sure the hotel hosting your guests is very close to the venue, making transportation to and from a breeze. Maybe even throw in a shuttle bus. A convenient location makes it easy for your guests to attend your winter wedding without too much burden.
3. Make your Reception Warm
Your wedding needs a warm and cozy reception to fight off the chilly outdoor weather. To achieve this, incorporate candles into your reception décor and use warm colored fabrics in decoration. The room will feel romantic and cozy before you know it!
4. Don’t allow the Venue to Overheat
Since its crazy cold out there, you may need to turn up the heat in your venue. However, if you notice that the place is getting too hot and that guests are starting to sweat, you may need to ask your wedding coordinator to lower the heat a notch or two. This is something you should ask your wedding coordinator to keep an eye out for. Another option is checking if your venue has separate thermostats for the different areas of the reception space. This way, they can set the maximum heat of the dance floor lower and that of the sitting area higher to protect visitors from freezing.
5. Don’t Be Afraid to Be Different
Traditionally, winter weddings use bright whites, beautiful reds and deep greens. However, you don't have to follow this tradition. Feel free to try a different combination of colors. This may prove tough for you since most people aren’t style experts in this field. As a result, consider getting help from your wedding planner or ask for opinions from your wedding photographer. Do what makes you happy and don’t worry about the rest!
6. Prepare For the Worst-Case Scenario.
As you plan a winter wedding, it’s important to ask yourself questions such as; what would happen if there's a blizzard no one can make it to the wedding?
Make sure to check with your vendors on what happens if you cancel the event due to unavoidable weather conditions. Often they will allow you to reschedule at a minimal cost, though if you know you’re having a winter wedding this is something good to check on from the start. Also keep in mind your vendors may be booked on a different day, so make sure to ask about that as well. Consider getting wedding insurance for extra protection on your special day.
That’s all the tips we have for now! Do you have any great ones you know of? Feel free to comment with them below!