Winter Wedding Dos & Don’ts

by | Dec 18, 2019 | Blog, Décor, Family Parties, Weddings

Gently falling snow, cozy fireplaces, and mugs of mulled wine. Winter can be a romantic time of year to celebrate your love. If you’re dreaming of a Winter Wonderland wedding, here are a few dos and don’ts to help you make the most of the season.

Do pick your date with care.
The months between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day are packed with holidays – from Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza to New Year’s Eve and even Superbowl Sunday. If you’re planning on saying “I do” during the busy holiday season, keep in mind that some of your guests may have other plans.

Do minimize travel time.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store this time of year – beautiful blue skies and clear roads, or a blizzard. Hold your ceremony and reception close together, or even at the same venue, to minimize driving time for you and your guests. This will reduce everyone’s stress level, and help keep your big day running on schedule!

Do keep in mind that the days are short.
If you’re planning an outdoor photo shoot, don’t forget that it could be dark by 5 pm. Check with your photographer about the best time of day to take your outdoor wedding photos, and plan your ceremony accordingly.

Do have fun with your wedding décor.
Does your wedding venue decorate for the holidays? A sparkling Christmas tree, hanging holly and seasonal poinsettias can add instant colour to your reception hall. But don’t be shy about asking if they can be removed if they don’t fit your vision!

When choosing your colour scheme, do feel free to go beyond the standard Red & Green or Winter White affair. Rich emeralds, plumbs, creams, berry tones, or sparkling silver and gold all make for a sophisticated winter wedding.

Do dress for the season.
Your strapless wedding gown may be on-trend, but it won’t keep you warm if you need to go outside for travel or photos. Consider wrapping up with an elegant cape or faux-fur wrap. And don’t forget to bring winter boots. They may not be elegant, but you’ll need them in case of ice or deep snow.

Don’t leave it to the last minute to book your venue.
Even though winter is considered the ‘off-season’ for weddings, it can be a busy time of year as venues host holiday parties, New Year’s Eve, and events around Valentine’s Day. If you’ve got your heart set on a venue for your winter nuptials – don’t forget to book early!

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