It’s the most wonderful time of year to plan a winter wedding! When we think about winter, we picture snow flakes falling, mugs of hot cocoa with marshmallows, getting cozy, warm fireplaces, and snowmen. If you’re in love with all things winter, then this might just be the perfect wedding season for you!
6 Tips for a Winter Wedding
So here are a few seasonal considerations to ensure your special day goes off without a hitch!
1. Location, destination and preparation.
Depending on the location of your wedding, temperatures and weather can vary greatly. In warmer climates like North Carolina, that may mean dressing a little warmer for the special occasion and a lesser chance of having actual snow in the forecast. If having real snow is a must, then having your wedding in a colder part of the country (say Colorado?) may be something to consider. Just be aware that winter weather can make travel tricky for guests and they may have to bundle up a bit more.
Thinking of planning a wedding destination that requires travel to a colder climate? We’ve got you covered.
2. Calendar woes.
During the winter months, there are a lot of holidays to consider and work around when choosing a date for the big day. There’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Super Bowl Sunday, and Valentine’s Day, to name a few. Be sure to choose a date that not only makes sense for you, but also for your guests during this busy time.
Can’t keep all of these dates straight? Hire a wedding planner and let them take the stress off!
3. Winter wedding wear.
The location you end up choosing for your big day and the temperatures during that time can have a big impact on wedding attire for bridesmaids, groomsmen and guests alike. During this chillier time, it may be smart to choose bridesmaids dresses that have long sleeves or have bridesmaids don wraps to keep warm during the ceremony. Groomsmen can stay cozy while still looking classy in sweaters, cardigans, vests, scarves or even jackets.
Need some fresh, funky ideas for winter? Check out some of our favorite local vendors for formalwear.
4. Icy blossoms and buds.
Just like every season, winter has certain flowers that are in-bloom and more abundant during this time. We especially love Amaryllis, Anemone, Camellias, Casablanca Lilies, Gardenias, Holly, Orchids, Paper whites, Poinsettias, and roses.
For all of your floral needs, check out some of our favorite vendors.
5. Frosty winter wedding favors.
Winter is the perfect time to gift your guests things that are memorable and bring in the season’s spirit. Think mugs, scented candles, candy canes, ornaments, hot cocoa, and more!
Stumped on what wedding favors to gift your guest list? Check out our favorite wedding favors and gifts!
6. Comfort food cravings.
When it comes to the menu at a winter wedding, the first thing that comes to many people’s minds is comfort food of course! Think macaroni and cheese, hearty soups, mashed potatoes, squash, etc. These delicious favorites will leave your guests feeling full, warm and happy at the end of the evening!
Not sure where to begin? Check out some of our favorite local caterers!