Winter Wedding Tips

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I know it’s spring, but it still feels alot like winter and I have a few ‘winter’ wedding coming up so thought some tips would be handy!

Winter weddings just aren’t as popular as spring or summer ones – but I think that makes them all the more mysterious and intriguing. Of course, winter weddings’ limited popularity also means there aren’t quite as many tips out there for planning one as there are for summer weddings. We’re going to change that today, and give you some pros and cons of a winter wedding, and ways to make sure your winter wedding is even more memorable than its more common summer sibling.

With winter wedding planning, you have a few great things going for you. Venues are often less expensive in the winter than they are in the summertime. Because winter weddings are less popular, you’re less likely to run into problems finding a venue for the date you want, which can be a bonus if your friends have taken all the available summer dates for their weddings!

On the other hand, winter weddings can be a tad tricky in a range of categories, so there are considerations you’ll want to take into account when you’re planning. Here are just a few you’ll want to think about before you start sending save the dates.


First, consider holding your ceremony earlier in the day, so you can ensure you have enough time after the ceremony for outdoor group shots. Second, if you know you want glowy, bright wedding photos, talk to your photographer ahead of time to make sure he or she thinks this is possible based on your venue for the time of year.

Warmth & Weather

If you are the kind of person who loves cozy woollen sweaters and faux fur stoles, a winter wedding might be right up your alley. For a winter wedding, you’ll need to keep the weather in mind. Check with your venue or church ahead of time to make sure the building will have had time to warm up before your ceremony or reception. There’s nothing worse than your guests not being able to concentrate because they’re freezing cold! If you expect there to be a chill, set out a few blankets for your guests to cozy up in.


Likewise, if you have a long list of relatives and friends you want in your photographs – and you want those photographs taken outside – keep in mind that not everyone can look cheerful while their teeth are chattering. Depending on your location, you’ll have to make it quick if you want your bridal party to stand out in the cold and not start to turn blue!

Even if your wedding is taking place in a warmer place, you should also keep in mind that guests from snowy states might have trouble traveling depending on the weather, and you just won’t be able to predict that.

Color Scheme

Winter color schemes can be beautiful, but the season does lend itself to different pairings than summer weddings. Opt for muted tones or mix in metallics or bits of nature like pinecones or boughs.


Certain flowers will, of course, be more expensive or downright impossible to get during the wintertime. But that doesn’t mean you’re completely limited. Talk to your florist about what’s in season in the winter, and work from there. Greenery like eucalyptus lends itself well to a winter wedding, and branches can be downright elegant (and inexpensive!) as centrepieces. And where you can’t go overboard with flowers, you certainly can go wild with candles. With the darker, shorter days, candles will make a bigger impact than a summer wedding starting much earlier! So load up with candles of varying heights and light ’em up!

Thanks to the Wedding App

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