Yes, winter weddings are generally cheaper, provided you’re not trying to get married during one of the major winter holidays. This is an excellent reason to get married over the winter, but these weddings are slightly different from others. Below are a few tips to help you plan the perfect winter wedding.
Warmth is Vital
You’re going to be out and about more than usual. Even if you think you can handle the cold, you might be in for a surprise when you try to hold an event in cold weather. While you’re probably trying to choose a relatively mild winter day for your wedding, the weather can be unpredictable at times. You need to make sure everyone is as warm as possible. This means making sure your clothes and bridesmaids are warm. You also want to let guests know they need to dress warmly as well.
A True Winter Venue
A stunning venue may look spectacular in the summer or spring, but that doesn’t mean it’ll be a good place during the winter. Outdoor wedding venues are usually avoided unless heat lamps and multiple heaters are provided. Even if one opts for a winter outdoor winter wedding, it should be outside for a short period before the event is moved indoors to give folks a chance to get warm. A suitable venue will have a few energy backups. Some of the most popular winter wedding reception venues include the Della Terra Mountain Chateau in Estes Park, Colorado, or the Mountain Top Inn and Resort in Chittenden, Vermont, just to name a few. These locations have what you need to make the perfect wedding happen in the middle of winter.
Factor in Travel
Traveling and getting to the wedding venue are factors you would probably think about with any type of wedding planning. The problem is that during the winter, you have to put extra thought into this. Of course, you have to give everyone clear directions and maybe invest in some signage to lead your party to your wedding. During the winter, you also have to factor in the time to get to your venue. Driving in bad weather conditions can be a bit challenging, and that means guests might take longer to get there. This is especially true if they’ve never driven in a snowy region. It might be a good idea to suggest winter tires so that vehicles are winter-ready.
One Venue Way
A regular wedding celebration usually splits the ceremony and reception. It makes sense that folks do this since it makes the event feel bigger and exciting. Driving somewhere else for the reception adds a sense of adventure. This is something you want to avoid during the winter. Asking your guests to go out in the cold just to drive to another location is asking a bit too much. Some guests may not appreciate that. If that isn’t enough, driving in the snow can be challenging. Some of your guests may take longer to get to the reception. You don’t want to deal with this problem, and the good thing is you don’t have to. You could just make sure the venue you choose to get married in is versatile enough to hold your reception as well.
Add the Coat Check
Everyone is going to have a coat, and this is something you should factor in. What you can do is add a coat check so that coats are placed somewhere safe. If it snows, the snow from coats will fall off in a safe location rather than somewhere in the wedding venue. If you’re indoors, dropping water on the floors is not a good thing. With folks having fun and eating, you’ll also be giving your guests peace of mind by providing a coat storage room. The last thing you want is for people to ruin their coats because the coat was too close to all the action.
Winter weddings can be a true wonder. They can be so memorable, and if you plan yours right, then that’s what you’ll have. Hopefully, you have the time to follow these tips, or you can just have your wedding planner take care of everything for you.