9 Practical Tips to Have the Perfect Winter Wedding

January 2, 2020

Today's guest post is tips for having a great winter wedding. I honestly wish we would have had one, I just love everything about this time of year from the style of dresses to the colors. But alas, Emily was going to get married as soon as possible lol! 
2.4 million weddings take place in the U.S. each year. While many people think warm weddings are the best idea, there are many of us that are excited about having a winter wedding.
Winter weddings can be magical and beautiful but you need to make sure you're properly prepared to ensure your wedding goes off without a hitch. We have all the tips you need to make your winter wedding a success.
Continue reading this article for the best winter wedding tips.

1. Don't Confine Yourself to the Winter Wonderland Wedding Theme

When you're getting married in the winter, you might feel like the only theme you can do is a winter wonderland theme. While this could be a good theme for you, it isn't your only option.
There are a lot of themes you can do that can incorporate the winter season into your wedding. Search online for inspiration and use your imagination to fill in the blanks for your wedding theme.

2. Don't Forget Seasonality

If you have your heart set on certain foods or flowers, you do need to keep in mind there is some seasonality to certain things.
You can usually get anything that you want any time of the year, but if it isn't in season, you're going to pay a pretty penny for it. Look at what is available to you at the time of the wedding and save as much money as you can.

3. Dress However You Like

Do you have people telling you that you can only wear certain fabrics and colors during a certain part of the year?
You don't have to conform to the rules for your winter wedding. Many couples are throwing caution to the wind and dressing however they want to dress for their winter weddings.

4. Create a Detailed Photo Schedule

Just because you're having a winter wedding doesn't mean you have to stay indoors for photos.
Having photos taken outdoors in the winter can look close to magical. Make sure you have a detailed photo schedule with times set so that you know exactly when you're going to be indoors and outdoors.
Don't schedule too much time outdoors at once. Give yourself and your party plenty of time to warm up between outdoor photos.

5. Have a Coat Check

When you're having a winter wedding, your guests are likely going to be bundled up coming into your ceremony and reception. Having a coat check will make it easy for them to put their coats and belongings into a safe place for the ceremony and reception.
No one wants to carry their things around with them if they can help it.

6. Keep Indoor Temperatures in Mind

When you're planning your wedding, you shouldn't only think about outdoor temperatures. You're going to be inside for the ceremony, reception and don't forget about dancing.
When you're on the dance floor having fun, it can get pretty hot with all the bodies moving.
You can still have a revealing wedding dress in the winter. Make sure you have a wrap or a shaw that can keep you warm when you're going outdoors but don't make yourself burn up when you're having fun dancing.

7. Receive Guests Indoors

Don't make your guests wait outdoors in a long line in the cold. Make sure you receive your guests indoors when it is cold.
You never know when people aren't going to come prepared for the cold and you don't want anyone getting frostbite at your wedding.
If there is a hallway or a little room that they can come in before your ceremony, it doesn't have to be fancy but it should be warm.

8. Visit Your Venue at Night

While your wedding might start out in the day, it is likely that you're going to end up going into the evening.
When you're looking at the wedding venue options, you need to look at the venue in the evening to get an idea of whether the venue is warm and inviting at night or if it is putting off a creepy vibe.
Once you decide on a wedding venue, you should ask the photographer to come to the venue. The photographer needs to see the venue so they can help you plan your photos for memory-making magic.
Some venues put a lot of work into their nighttime lighting and the end of your wedding can be a very beautiful time. Check to see the path where you're going to be exiting your wedding to your transportation.

9. Negotiate a Good Deal on Your Venue

Since most weddings happen when it is warm, you may be able to get a good deal on the venue. Don't be afraid to negotiate and try to get a good deal from one of the venues.
Get pricing from all of the venues and then go back to each of the venues and see if they are willing to go lower for their price since they are really busy at this time of year.

Enjoy an Amazing Winter Wedding

Now you know how to plan your winter wedding, so it's beautiful and memorable for you and your loved one.
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