Few things are more beautiful and magical than a winter wedding. The summer season is filled with the stereotypical "dream wedding," but it's easy to overlook the options and individuality of a winter wedding.
Let's take a look at how a winter wedding can make your big day one to remember for the ages.
Why a winter wedding?
There are several reasons you might opt to have your special day during the winter. The most simple reasons? Perhaps you or your sweetie don't like the heat. Or maybe winter is your favorite time of year. Perhaps you just want to stand out from the crowd. Or maybe you want to fully appreciate a honeymoon in a warm climate.
On a more practical note, some venues reduce their prices during the off-season to bring in more business. Remember too that some places routinely decorate for the holidays; this allows you to spend less on flowers and rentals. And with all that snow - just imagine the photo opportunities! You could get so creative with the right photographer, from cuddly fur stoles to cozy boots under your wedding dress to a smooch under the mistletoe.
How is a winter wedding different from a summer wedding?
Many times winter weddings are less costly because it's the off-season. And you won't have to worry about poor weather ruining your outdoor event. However, many people travel during the winter holidays or head south for vacations, so you'll have to inform your guests a lot earlier so they can reserve the date.
How can winter elements help make your wedding magical?
There are several ways that you can use winter to your advantage. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
1. Many reception halls, churches, and other venues decorate for the winter holidays. These decorations add flavor to your wedding. For a warm, intimate feel at the reception, look for a setting with a fireplace, a historic mansion, or a private club. Other winter-themed decorations to consider: an all-white cake with silver snowflakes; ice or sugar sculptures; or centerpieces made of sprigs of cranberries surrounding pillar candles.
2. A good photographer will have lots of ideas for poses and props that insert a dash of winter. For instance, outdoor photos will require you to wear a wrap or shrug. You can coordinate this with your groom's attire and huddle against him under a snow-covered pine for a unique, everlasting portrait. Skilled photographers will be able to capture the sparkling white snow while portraying you and your groom at your best. Other possible props include ice sculptures, holiday decor such as poinsettias, or cute boots sticking out from under your dress.
3. Guests can be enveloped in winter warmth by being greeted at the reception with gourmet hot chocolate or spiced wine and dining on warm pumpkin soup, among other winter dishes. Possible party favors include spiced hot chocolate mix, snow globes, or dressed-up holiday cookie cutters.
Winter weddings offer the best of both worlds: tons of options from which to choose, and lower pricing for it all. If you're dreaming of your big day but haven't chosen a date yet, be sure to give the winter season some serious consideration and book that wedding photographer!