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Winter Wedding Tips
There can be something truly magical about a snow-covered landscape. When you look out over a peaceful, winter evening, it can conjure fanatical images to mind of magic. Indeed, it can feel otherworldly. There’s a reason the phrase ‘winter wonderland’ is common when discussing such a scene. It’s likely due to these images you are considering a winter wedding. But is it the right choice for you? Keep on reading to see tips on planning your magical day!
Make Multiple Plans
Even the best-laid plans can go wrong, especially with something as complex as a modern wedding. If you have your heart set on a winter wedding, accept from the beginning of planning that you will need to have multiple plans. Now, this may be dependent on where you live, but it is a good practice regardless of location. If you live in Texas, for example, having a wedding in December may not be such a dodgy proposition. If you live in Northern Michigan, you may have a different experience.
Having multiple plans in the event of an unpredictable snowstorm. If you plan ahead, and then have to adjust because of the weather, it won’t be a mad scramble on the big day!
Choose Your Date Wisely…and in Advance
For many people, winter holidays are a time of travel and spending time with family. As such, giving people as much notice as possible will give the greatest chance of getting everyone to your wedding. You don’t want to decide in November to get married in December if you want all your family and friends to be there in support of your marriage. Preferably, try to give at least a years notice to ensure maximum attendance.
On the plus side, however, there are far fewer weddings planned in the winter, so you may not be competing with as many other wedding ceremonies!
Turn Up the Heat
A winter wedding may not be the best time for a tent or a barn, so be sure to discuss the details with your venue and your planner. It will do no good to have your beautiful, perfect reception, but have everyone shaking and clinging to their coats. If you opt for a winter wedding, be sure the temperature will be comfortable. Space heaters may be your best friend If the heating of the venue is not sufficient.
Lean in to the Season
You picked a winter wedding for a reason, so lean into it. Consider holiday decorations as an accent to your wedding design. Add hot beverages as an option for your guests. If you can find a venue with plenty of windows to show off the wintery landscape, even better. Accentuate the strengths of the season to make your wedding unforgettable.
Adjust Your Dress-Code
Consider a more relaxed dress-code, and encourage your guests to wear overcoats and boots. In addition, make sure you have a hat and boot check for your reception area so people can get comfortable for the reception. With the snow outside, and the fires roaring, you’ll be ready to dance the night away in your own winter wonderland.