There are many reasons winter weddings are gaining in popularity. Some people just truly love the winter and all that goes with it. A roaring fireplace, candles and evergreens can be very romantic. Sometimes it’s a love of skiing, snowboarding or other winter sports that helps seal the deal. And there are those who love Christmas time and dream of a holiday themed wedding.
Your family and friends might be more available to attend off- season, rather than during their prime vacation times.
I get calls throughout winter for last minute weddings. Sometimes an out-of-season wedding is a more spontaneous one! Some people just don’t want to deal with a long wedding planning time-line, opting instead to get married off-season, keeping it small, or even eloping.
But a winter wedding can also be quite grand, unique, and memorable. Choose a ski lodge, chalet, hotel or B & B that features winter activities to give your guests a wonderful getaway experience.
Winter white, silver, icy blue, all create a sparkling look, or traditional Christmas red and green, of course. Serve warm, cozy foods such as soups and hardy dishes along with warm beverages like hot cider, hot chocolate or eggnog. Arrive in a horse drawn sleigh, or snowmobile for a dramatic effect.
Just as I always warn about the importance of a rain plan for outdoor weddings, a snow plan is of the essence for a winter wedding. While you may even want some of your wedding to be outdoors in the winter (yes, its true, and I have officiated in the snow) or at least photos in the snow, getting to the location needs to be considered. Schedule the day and time allowing for plenty of travel time with possible delays. In other words, Saturday is best, not Friday night or Sunday. You may even want to arrange some transportation for your guests, bringing families from city to country by bus, or busing guests from their hotel to the wedding venue. And having the ceremony and reception at the same place is very helpful.
A winter wedding can be incredible, when well planned, and for the right couple, a true wonderland.
Thanks to Lisa Rhinehart, Rhinehart Photography, for the beautiful photos.