Winter weddings are a breathe of fresh air from the usual summertime soiree but there are some important factors that you need to acknowledge before making the plunge. We have gathered the top things to consider while contemplating a winter wedding.
1. When in the Winter
Winter is sometimes viewed as a time of hibernation but why save all of the fun events for a few months in summer. If you want to shake up winter and do something different, exchange your vows while there is snow on the ground. Keep in mind a lot of people go away during the winter to escape the cold so you will have to plan and notify them well in advance. Also, if you are having the wedding during the December holidays, you should remember that this is the busiest time of year for most people and you will have to be okay with some guests not being able to make it. You will also want to encourage your out of town guests to stay a few days before the actual wedding as the weather is never predictable and there is a small chance that a nice ol snow storm might hit on or before your special day.
Choosing a location during the holidays might be a challenge as there are so many events going on during December. If you decide to wed during the slower months like January, you not only will have your pick of dates but you might also get a deal. Great venues to look at are the Yellowhead Brewery, Art Gallery, Muttart and Hotel Macdonald to name a few. Keep in mind that it gets dark early in the winter so there is limited photo time if you do choose to take them outside.
With a winter wedding, you are able to achieve so many different themes! You have the option of decorating festive or you can stick to the more traditional wedding decor. Winter wonderland theme is always a hit with white trees and fixtures paired with a soft blue light. You can also have a unique drink menu to spice things up with items like pomegranate cocktails and egg nogg martinis. One thing to keep in mind is that a lot of flowers are out of season or expensive to acquire so you will want to research which ones are available. Also, a great plus with a winter wedding is that you can choose a completely unique dress; long sleeves and the possible use of fur!
4. Have a Backup Plan
Every wedding should have some sort of back-up plan, but it’s doubly important for those set in the winter. When booking services, be sure that they are all based locally as driving through a storm might shake things up a bit. If you book a band that is based a few hours away, this could cause problems if the highways are shut for a storm. Remember, you are preparing for the worst but always expect the best.
PS A winter wedding is the perfect timing for a sunny honeymoon in the tropics!
Xo Calie & Sarina