Four things to consider ahead of your winter wedding
06 Nov 2017
While winter offers a magical time of year to tie the knot, here are some of the key considerations when planning your winter wedding
Words: Jess Sheldon
From the air of romance to the array of wedding venues available at this time of year, it comes as no surprise that so many brides- and grooms-to-be are choosing to tie the knot in the wintertime.
Whether you opt for a winter wedding in an effort to ensure all of your loved ones can be there to watch you walk down the aisle, or you’ve always dreamt of saying ‘I do’ in a spectacular snow-inspired wonderland, there’s no shortage of reasons for getting wed in the winter.
But with darker nights and freezing temperatures, it’s crucial that bride and grooms-to-be plan and prepare for every eventuality. Here are some top tips to getting married in the cooler season, so that you can make sure that you begin married life without a hitch.
1. Be prepared to work around Mother Nature
Many brides- and grooms-to-be may dream of getting wed in an authentic winter wonderland which comes complete with falling snow, but when it comes to the big day, neither you nor your guests will appreciate the wet snowflakes spoiling everyone’s hair and make-up. Whether it’s rain, sleet or snow, planning ways in which your party can avoid Mother Nature is essential to ensure that everyone enjoys every part of the day. Investing in a number of umbrellas for guests to borrow as they make their way from the ceremony to the reception means that you can ensure that they stay protected from the weather, and offering hand warmers upon arrival at the wedding breakfast will be more than appreciated by friends and family.
2. Make sure your bouquet suits the season
While getting married amid the festive season may mean that the venues are significantly cheaper, it’s important to remember that other aspects of your big day could prove to be pricier. Flowers are likely to be more expensive at this time of year than in the summer - and they could be more fragile too - so consider arranging a seasonal display of champagne-toned roses or opt for a festive red carnations. Alternatively, why not incorporate nature into your wedding by crafting a non-floral wedding bouquet made with gold painted fir cones?
3. Remember that timing is everything
It may be tradition that a bride is always fashionably late, but when it comes to choosing when you’ll say your vows, opting for an earlier ceremony means that you can ensure that your photographer makes the most of the winter’s limited lighting. Walking down the aisle in the morning will give you and your guests more time for celebrating too - and guests who are concerned about travelling on winter nights won’t have to miss out on a toast to the happy couple either.
4. Choose your honeymoon wisely
The high prices and packed planes during the peak summer holiday season will no doubt dampen the romance of jetting off as newlyweds - so it’s no surprise that a winter honeymoon often seems so appealing. Nevertheless, don’t forget that many airlines will significantly reduce the amount of flights that they offer to certain destinations in the winter, often meaning that booking your dream getaway proves to be more of a challenge than you imagined. Travelling to larger airports could mean that you’ll be able to choose from more flights to a particular destination, and potentially even at a lower cost too - so there’ll be more money in the wedding fund for your big day.
If you’re in pursuit of peace, privacy and picturesque beaches, head south of the equator to the Maldives and soak up the archipelago’s year-round sun. On the other hand, if you’re looking to incorporate those wintery wedding vibes into your honeymoon, why not try your hand at skiing in the Swiss Alps, or see the Northern Lights from your very own igloo in Lapland? Take a look at these cold honeymoon destinations?
Getting married will be a memory that you’ll cherish forever, but that’s not to say that the pre-wedding preparations won’t come without its stresses. And with the wintertime promising everything from unpredictable elements to a limited range of floral bouquets, it’s crucial that couples plan ahead.