While it’s not the most popular time to get hitched, winter weddings happen! Some folks just love the cold — or cultivate koselig/hygge as a hobby — or maybe it was just the time of year that worked best with myriad folks’ schedules. There are advantages to a winter wedding, such as availability of venues (and sometimes cost thereof), for instance. We’ve trawled the internet for all the best advice on how to make your winter wedding memorable, fun, and warm.
Winter Weather Fashion
You can wear a velvet cape, vintage cloak, (faux) fur stole, glamorous gloves, and/or Victorian muff. You can wear wool socks and boots! The boots of your dreams! You can, of course, wear all of these things any time you want — it’s your wedding — but winter almost necessitates their acquisition. Winter is the perfect time to dress as though you stepped out of a fairy tale. Your photographers will love the dramatic accessories and you can think of your special day when you’re stuck in the winter doldrums in years to come.
How many lessons of faith and beauty we should lose, if there were no winter in our year!
― Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Go Small — Or Big
Cold weather sometimes causes people to hibernate; if you’re craving a small ceremony without a lot of fuss, scheduling your nuptials for winter can cocoon the affair in cold weather and buffer hurt feelings. On the other hand, if you’re planning a giant soiree, you can save a few dollars by planning it in the so-called “off season.” It’s also the off-season for our calendars, right? It’s likely more of your guests will be able to attend your event than in the summer when schedules are jam-packed.
The Possibility of Pictures With Snow
Didn’t we say “fairy tale” already? There’s just something romantic about fresh snowfall…
I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape–the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.
― Andrew Wyeth
Campfires and Coziness
You don’t have to be the hearty type to have a winter wedding! Just pick a venue that smartly warms their outdoor spaces and then take advantage of it with a campfire. Might we suggest a S’mores building station and/or a hot chocolate bar? Stock your wedding bar with warming drinks like mulled wine, apple cider, and egg nog (with or without whisky in the latter two), and you and your guests will be feeling those cozy feelings warming you from the inside out.
The hard soil and four months of snow make the inhabitants of the northern temperate zone wiser and abler than his fellow who enjoys the fixed smile of the tropics.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Warm Up on the Dance Floor
No one will want to leave your wedding if it’s frigid outside! Get an amazing DJ or band — your favorites of which will both be more readily available because there are less planned events — and encourage your friends and family to work up a sweat on the dance floor.
My old grandmother always used to say, Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.
― George R.R. Martin
Cold Weather… Actually It’s Own Plus
Flowers last longer in the cold. Brides and grooms can choose any dress or suit they love without worrying about being too warm / dresses being too heavy for warm weather. The light is fantastic for photos and there will be no squinty eyes or moist foreheads. Not to mention less moistness in general; Philadelphia summers can unforgivably humid, but you’ll not contend with that mugginess for a winter wedding. Cold crisp air, immaculately white snow — are you feeling this idea yet? Never fear, hit the next section down for some inspiring folks who created their own winter wedding wonderland.
Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
― Edith Sitwell
Need more data before you make your decision? Try these gorgeous winter weddings on for size: