Seasons of Love: The Pros and Cons of a Winter Wedding

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Winter weddings…a majority of couples shy away from the frosty months when it comes to picking that special day. The winter season offers a unique charm and a certain type of magic that is not for the faint of heart.  Choosing a winter wedding offers unique and enchanting possibilities that can certainly make your celebration stand out.  So if you are someone that simply cannot eliminate the winter months in your search for the perfect wedding day, read on for some of the pros and cons of a winter wedding.

The Pros 

Winter White Backdrop 

If you are lucky enough to have a dreamy white landscape of fresh snow as your backdrop, you probably couldn’t ask for a better way to make everything else pop!  Winter scenery has the ability to stun. Somehow a kiss with your sweetheart just seems that much more romantic with a fresh dusting of snow on your hair.  Wedding photos in the snow are out of this world and have an ethereal look to them, as perfect as a postcard. 

Enough Options to Feed Your Cravings

Winter allows for endlessly rich dessert tables, hot cocoa bars and limitless comfort foods to keep your guests satisfied and happy. If you are a foodie, you can really showcase your love of everything yummy with a menu that is perfect for a chilly, winter evening. 

Distinctive Decor and Cozy Elements 

Picture this…fireplaces, dimmed lights, candles, warm blankets draped over chairs and lush greenery throughout.  Sleigh rides, bonfires and smores around an open fire can also add a touch of delight that only this chilly season has to offer.  A winter wedding is the perfect place for calm, cozy and comfy details that your guests will love. Whether you prefer a whimsical forest-like theme or fancy a sophisticated and luxurious affair…however you look at it, everything about a winter wedding is unique, dreamy and elegant. 

Availability, Great Rates and Possible Discounts 

As you already know, winter is considered the off season, which is a benefit for anyone that is looking to have a winter wedding. Venues and vendors, alike, will be happy to have your business and may even offer some incentives too. If you are looking for ways to better adhere to your wedding budget, this may be the perfect season for you. 

The Cons 

Let’s State the Obvious…It is COLD

There is no getting past this part, winter is downright chilly. We are talking polar vortex, frostbitten toes, I can see my breath cold in some areas, and that may not make for happy bridesmaids and guests. And while you may save on venue costs, you might be dishing out more money to keep everyone warm.  Think fur boleros and coats, cozy blankets and maybe even thermal underwear (eek!!), but that’s not to say these details won’t add a lasting touch.

Unpredictable Weather 

While you can always count on snow to make everything beautiful, you can also count on it to delay flights, cause traffic jams and just make traveling impossible. To be fair, weather can be fickle in any season….unexpected downpours, hurricanes and blizzards, but one thing is for sure, you can certainly count on the cold when you are planning a winter wedding. 

The Holiday Clash

Winter brings with it some of the most celebrated (and most expensive) holidays.  So trying to compete with holiday festivities, family gatherings and year end celebrations can be tough.  Getting invitations out early can help people plan ahead so that your wedding date becomes a priority in their social calendar.

To have a winter wedding you definitely need to have a certain je ne sais quoi about you. Knowing how to use all of the enchanting elements that winter has to your benefit, something many people would turn their heads to, is definitely key when planning your celebration.  While it is not for everyone, it can be the most magical time of the year to tie the knot.  A winter wedding is unique and certainly something that will make memories to last a lifetime. 

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