While most couples choose to get married in the warmer summer season, a beautiful winter wedding offers plenty of promise, too. Whether you want it to be festive before Christmas or a white-winter wedding, there’s plenty of options to play with.
10 Reasons why you Should opt for a Winter Wedding
May to September is often considered the height of wedding season when the weather is (usually) warm and sunny. The warmer months mean green grass, full trees and a lesser chance of rain.
However, winter weddings are becoming almost as popular with soon-to-be-wed couples. So we’ve pulled together a list of reasons why you should consider getting hitched at this beautiful time of year.
Snow on your Wedding day
If you’re lucky enough to get a dusting of snow on your big day, your photographs will really make your wedding look like a winter wonderland.
The further north you are, the higher your chances are for those magical moments, so look for venues in Scotland, or around Manchester or Yorkshire.
Did you know that snow on your wedding day is also considered a sign of prosperity and fertility?
With the nights drawing in, you can start your evening party that bit sooner, which means you have longer to enjoy it.
Dress up your venue and get the atmosphere going from the moment dusk sets in. You can use fairy lights to create a whimsical setup and remember you can dress up exterior trees, too.
Use candles to light walkways outside, also, if your budget stretches to it, why not have a firework display after the speeches?
“The light can be amazing for a winter wedding, think of all those candles, tea lights, open fires and also the lanterns.” says Kelly Hood of Boho Weddings.
“Remember to book an early wedding ceremony, otherwise you will run out of daylight altogether. If you go for a 3pm ceremony the light will be gone by the time you get out of the church.
“Winter weddings also work well for smaller more intimate groups as you’ll already have a cosy atmosphere to start with.”
Make your Money go Further
Choosing a winter wedding date gives you a big bargaining chip with your suppliers. Winter isn’t considered peak wedding season, so you’ll probably find your suppliers have more availability. Be sure to browse the internet to see what’s on offer, it’s worth trying to haggle this time of year.
If you’ve set your heart on a venue you’ll probably find it easier to get a Saturday date in winter.
What’s more, it’s even easier to book your venue if you decided to get married midweek. Your guests will also find it easier to get accommodation locally and may decide to have a mini winter break as a result.
The Holiday Season
If you get married over the Christmas period and New Year, you’ll find that many people have taken time off work in any case, so if you want to have a mid-week wedding then go for it.
A wedding on New Year’s Eve would be super special, what better way to start off a new year than being Mr & Mrs? Of course, winter isn’t just Christmas, you could get married over Valentine’s Day and still have a wintry theme.
A Seasonal Highlight
If you marry in the winter, it’s unlikely your guests will have been to a big do for a while and they’ll be ready for a good party. Unlike in summer, when your guests could become weary and fed up with weddings.
Mulled Wine by the Fireside
Winter weddings mean you can find the perfect season-appropriate and opulent wedding venue. We’re thinking castles and stately homes that have big hallways and grand open fireplaces. Just think of how beautiful they would look if it snowed too.
As your guests arrive at the reception, serve mulled wine in the warm. If your venue has a Christmas tree, all the better. Very festive.
Honeymoon in the Tropics
If you marry during July and August, you’re likely to have to pay more for your honeymoon as it’s during the school holiday season. You’ll also have to avoid places like the Caribbean because of hurricanes at this time.
Marry in December or the winter months and you won’t have this issue. Moreover, it’s the perfect time to visit the Maldives, South Africa or a Caribbean island.
Don’t get Hung up on the Weather
If you’re marrying in winter, you don’t need to worry about whether you’re going to have rain, sun or whether it’s going to be cold. Your focus will be on creating a perfect indoor wedding and there’s far less uncertainty with it.
You’ll be expecting winter weather, your guests will also be ready for it and you’ll have less space to have to try and dress. Furthermore, dressing outdoor venues can be quite cumbersome.
It’s a bonus if you get snowfall on your big day. However, the good thing about a winter wedding is that you’re not banking on the weather. We doubt you’ll be stalking the weather forecasts quite so fervently.
Your big day look
Finally, some of us have looks that just suit winter as a time of year more than summer. You can embrace the fair-skinned look without worrying about getting a pre-wedding tan. We would also recommend you enhance your big day look with accessories in rich plums, forest greens, berry reds and scarlets.