The Pros and Cons of Planning a Winter Wedding

Posted on December 13th, 2010 by Mandy Webster

snowflake wedding favors for the winter weddingWhile winter may not be the obvious season to plan a wedding, there are many advantages to getting married in the colder months. Picture the bride, wrapped in a chic fur stole. An elegant bed and breakfast with stained glass windows decorated for a Victorian Christmas. Flower girls and bridesmaids in buttoned-up Victorian era boots under vintage gowns. But don’t stop there. While a winter wedding may the ideal backdrop for a vintage wedding, it’s also an excellent choice for a more modern wedding.

And don’t forget, you can save a lot of money when planning a winter wedding! Winter is generally considered the ‘off’ season as far as weddings are concerned. So, you may be able to find tons of discounts on wedding items during these colder months. But remember, while there are many advantages, there are also a few disadvantages to planning a winter wedding. The important thing is to plan ahead. To get you started, I’ve compiled a quick list of the pros and cons of a winter wedding.

Pros

  • Winter is the off season! Save big bucks on everything from your wedding venue and wedding photographers to caterers, and decorations.
  • The holidays are a magical time. The air is already full of hope and expectation. Who can pass up that much good mojo when planning the perfect wedding day? Just check out this amazing winter wedding:

  • Remember, most weddings are held in June and July. Want to plan a summer or spring wedding? Good luck finding a venue! But, in the winter, few wedding venues will be overbooked. In fact, they may be willing to slash their prices just to get you in the door.
  • In winter you can get away with certain decorations that just wouldn’t fly during the summer months. Who wants to see poinsettias and holly in June? You can also save a lot of time and money on wedding décor if you choose a wedding venue that is already fully decorated for the holidays!
  • sparkly Double Hearts wedding Toasting FlutesBut winter weddings don’t just happen in December. What could be more romantic than a Valentine’s Day wedding? Stick with a heart wedding theme for this special day, and you can’t go wrong! Many of your wedding day extras, including these sparkly, double hearts toasting flutes will be sure to show up every Valentine’s Day for the rest of your lives together!
  • Off-peak travel time allows for greater privacy on your honeymoon. Who wants to honeymoon on a crowded beach full of screaming children? You’ll have plenty of time to vacation with your own kids someday, but the honeymoon is about you and your new spouse. Many tropical locations are still beautiful and warm in the winter months. While native Hawaiians may reach for their down jackets when the weather dips below 72 degrees, most mainlanders (especially those from northern states) can get away with a beach-side honeymoon in winter. Temperatures are relative! Just be sure to check the hurricane forecast before planning a trip to the Caribbean.
  • You can go skiing on your honeymoon. If cold weather sports are your thing, what better time to plan your honeymoon than in the winter?

Cons

  • It’s cold. And sometimes sloppy. You’ll have to find a way to dress warmly without ruining the look that you’ve worked so hard to create. And, you will need to take extra care not the ruin your wedding shoes or the hem of your gown wading through slushy streets.
  • Bad weather may ruin the day. So, plan ahead and have several alternate plans in place in case you find yourself in the middle of a blizzard on your wedding day.
  • It’s too close to the holidays. When planning a winter wedding, plan carefully. Choose a date that will not conflict with too many other holiday parties. And don’t be too disappointed if a lot of your potential guests already have other plans. In fact, if you are planning a wedding over the holiday months, be sure to send out save the date magnets far in advance so your guests can plan their holidays around your big day instead of the other way around.
  • Flowers can be hard to find. If poinsettias aren’t for you, the winter wedding may not be your thing either. While there are many beautiful flowers that are in season or at least easily obtainable in the winter months, many of the traditional June wedding flowers will be harder to find. Check with a couple of florists to find out exactly what kinds of flowers you will be able to expect during your wedding month.
  • Depending on your destination, the prices of flights tend to skyrocket near the holidays. So, if money is an issue, (and for most of us, it is!) do your research and plan your travel dates at a time when the entire country isn’t trying to visit out-of-state relatives for the holidays.

A winter wedding can be an absolutely elegant and blessed event. Remember, I’m not trying to talk you out of a winter wedding. But it is important to understand both the advantages and the road blocks you may encounter when planning a winter wedding. The most important thing is to do your homework and plan ahead!

Check it out

Winter Wedding Bouquet, red calla lilies- Veronika Lazabal on the Pros and Cons of the Winter Wedding on Para ti Novia: Redefining the modern Latina Wedding

-Winter Wedding Ideas, including the advantages and disadvantages of planning a winter wedding at Designer Wedding Ideas

Winter Wedding: Less-Expensive, Unique Option on the Trends to Traditions Blog. I absolutely love the fur wrap this bride is wearing over her bridal gown!

~Mandy



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