When couples are considering seasons for their wedding, they usually don’t even think of winter. A spring wedding is ideal. An autumn wedding is oddly romantic. A summer wedding is… well, a summer wedding. But winter weddings can also be amazing, especially if you live in a snowy area. Unfortunately, snow in Sydney is very rare, so I wasn’t that lucky. Still, there is an undeniable magic in winter weddings, if you take the time to plan everything well and count in all the factors that differentiate it from spring, summer and autumn. So, here are some fantastic tips for tying the knot in the winter.
Keep the weather in mind
Remember the episode of Friends, “The One with Phoebe’s Wedding”, when there was a huge blizzard preventing the happy couple from getting the wedding of their dreams, and in the end everything turned out even better? Well, that actually rarely happens and unless you are prepared for every outcome, the chances that something will go wrong are huge. Check the weather reports early on, and if you see any chance of rain, strong wind or snow, cancel the outdoor part of the wedding or have an alternative on standby. For example, the announced temperature for my wedding was about 7°C (44.6°F), so I’ve notified all the guests (especially the ones traveling from far) to dress in layers, and I got a jacket for myself.
All about the venue
This part is somewhat unchanged regardless of the season, but if you want to keep everything in balance, maybe you should consider a special “winterish” venue, such as a barn. As for the décor, you don’t have to keep it all white, but it would be nice to have some snowy and seasonal details. For instance, snow globe centerpieces and a warm throw on every chair for the guests would be perfect. Also, if winter season is the holiday season for you and you are also getting married in a church, you need to be careful when choosing the date to avoid a crowd.
Pampering your guests
Your wedding is your big day, but the guests also make an essential part of it. From the invitations to ensuring they have a warm and comfortable accommodation if they are traveling from far, it is your duty to take care of them. I had some guests coming to the ceremony all the way from Europe, and I had no choice but to hire a chauffeur at Sydney airport to make sure they make it on time to hear us say our “I dos”.
A well-planned wedding depends a lot on the timing. This is especially true for winter, since the sun sets earlier. If you were hoping to catch the golden hour for the most beautifully lit romantic wedding photos, you should do the photoshoot around 4 or 5 p.m. instead of 6 or 7 p.m. Also, decide on when you want the wedding party to end. If you want to get a good night sleep and end things early, you should start earlier. Also, if you want to party all night – start later.
Here comes the bride… and the groom
The bride’s and groom’s ensemble will be very much affected by the winter wedding and fashion. When you plan your outfit, stick to long sleeves. The bride can put on a fabulous faux fur wrap, a winter wedding cape, or even a leather jacket. The groom can be kept warm with a tweed jacket or pair his looks with the bride by wearing a leather jacket too. Speaking of your outfit, don’t forget the footwear. It looked like it was going to rain on my wedding day, so I decided to rock a pair of drop-dead-gorgeous boots instead of stilettos. Even though it didn’t rain, the boots looked marvelous in my wedding photos. As for the hair and makeup, make sure you are protected from the rain and your makeup is well sealed.
There you have it. A perfect winter wedding in just a few steps. We hope you have the time of your life.