When planning a winter wedding, there are a lot of things to consider. We are putting together some advice for the couples who will say “I do” in a cozy venue with snow outside this year. 

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  • You want to check the timing for “golden hour” in your area to catch the prime time for your photographs. If you go for a 3pm ceremony the light will be gone by the time you get out of the church.
  • If snowy wedding photos are a top priority, be sure to get married in an area that typically has snow during your date.
  • Between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, there’s a bunch of holidays you will need to consider. While a New Year’s Eve or Christmas wedding sounds “oh-so-magical”, many of your guests may already have their own plans.
    Remember to check your date in Google on possible other festivities. 
  • If to talk about dresses and colors, there are more palettes to the winter wedding than just “green and red” or “ winter white”. Think cozy accents, faux fur, glittering metallics, and seasonal foliage!
    You can choose amongst lots more schemes: berry and warm creamy tones, silver and gold theme or emeralds. If to go more, why not pick a classic black and white ball theme?
  • Ask your venue what temperature they keep during winter days so you will know what wedding dress to shop. 
  • Visit your venue at night. Most venue events take place during the daytime, but at a winter wedding, the majority of your reception will take place once the sun has gone down. 
    In the evening you can see what kind of lighting they have, and whether the vibe is cosy and inviting.
    After you’ve booked, ask if your photographer can see it too in the evening so they can plan their shots.
  • If it’s raining heavily, there will be more people out in their cars, which means more traffic on the roads.
    Or worse? You or your guests can get stuck in a snow drift! Give yourself peace of mind with extra time to travel to the venue, and mention on your invites that guests may need additional time.
  • When talking about wedding bouquets, tropical, out-of-season flowers will need to be flown in and won’t look their best and will not be cheap. But this is not a problem as there are lots of flowers to choose from for your winter wedding. Think of brunia berries, pinecones, manzanita branches, hypericum berries. To embrace seasonal blooms for your bouquet and arrangements, go with wintry foliage, like ivy, springs of yew, holly and hypericum berries look gorgeous.
    One popular trend today is succulent as a flower alternative. 
    Nevertheless, roses are here all year around!
  • Remember you can dress up exterior trees, too.
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  • When it’s chilly outside, guests want comfort food. A cheese fondue or mini beef yorkshire puddings for canapes; a roasted joint, carved at the table, for the main; a sticky toffee pudding for dessert. 
    Before your guests head off into the cold night, serve something warm at the end of the reception. A hog roast, bacon rolls, sausage rolls or cheese toasties are all ideal. To prepare a hot chocolate station would be great and warming too. 
  • Add warm touches. Guests will appreciate a basket of blankets or pashminas to pick from if they fancy heading outside or get chilly in their seat.
    Having hot drinks always on hand will help too. Start with a mulled wine on arrival, finish your meal with a liqueur coffee or hot toddy, and have the caterers put on an urn of tea and coffee for the evening.
  • If you’re feeling chilly during your wedding, it will spoil your day, so opt for a faux fur shrug or sparkly cardigan for a touch of fabulousness.
  • When it comes to winter weddings in corona times, it would be great to have wedding insurance. Don’t let severe weather or unexpected lockdown spoil your day, you’ll feel 100x better knowing you’ve got insurance if something does happen.
  • To create a whole winter wonderland fantasy, hire carol singers to welcome everyone to the ceremony and stilt-walkers in ice-themed costumes for your guests’ arrival.
    Set up the entranceway with pine trees.
    Project winter scenes onto your walls and decorate with ice sculptures and vodka luges.
    The only limit is your budget – if else, you can even hire your own ice rink!
  • As we are living in pandemic days, always have plan B for the next possible date and arrangements with venue and vendors. To keep your guests safe, ask the venue to put tables 2 m away from each other, have disinfectors on every table, prepare face masks which suit your wedding theme. 

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