Winder weddings are less popular than weddings during other seasons due to cold weather in winter. Nevertheless, quite a lot of couples opt for getting married in winter because of the magical feeling of a “winter wonderland” (and because many vendors offer discounts in winter). If you're one of these couples, our tips for planning a winter wedding might come in handy.
Choose your date wisely. It can be tempting to schedule your wedding around a holiday, such as Christmas, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, or Presidents Day. However, you should keep in mind that many people plan their holidays and long weekends beforehand and therefore may not be able to attend your wedding. If your wedding date falls around a holiday, send wedding invitations in advance so your guests can clear their schedules.
Plan your décor. If you stick to the “winter wonderland” theme, you can incorporate pine branches, pine cones, artificial snow, white candles, snowmen, snowflakes, wreaths, holly, mistletoe, poinsettias, fairy lights and other seasonal elements into your wedding décor. The colors white, blue and silver are traditionally associated with winter, but you can also use brightly-colored decorations to make your wedding décor more interesting.
Be ready for the cold. Even if the ceremony and the reception will take place in an indoor venue, you will probably want to take a few pictures outside. So the wardrobes of the bride, groom, bridesmaids and groomsmen will need to include clothes and accessories that will help them to keep warm.
Your options include (but are not limited to) faux fur stoles, angora or cashmere sweaters/cardigans, cute earmuffs or ear warmers, scarves, fancy gloves or hand warmers, etc. The groom and groomsmen can opt for wool, corduroy or velvet suits. If the bride is wearing high-heeled shoes, she needs another shoe option for the outdoors. And don't forget to keep your lips moisturized.
Keep your guests warm and cozy. Once again, even if your wedding takes place in an indoor venue, your guests will probably need to arrive in the cold, so a hot drink on arrival (tea, hot chocolate or something stronger like hot cider, Irish coffee, mulled wine or eggnog) is a nice and considerate idea. If you plan to take your guests outdoors, stock up on blankets and pashminas. You may also fill your favor bags according to the season: hot cocoa mix, candy canes and gingerbread cookies are a perfect treat!
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