Wintertime might be looked at as the most inconvenient time to hold a wedding, simply because we expect sunshine and warmth during those events. While that might still be the case depending on where you live, most parts of the United States will be generally colder and grayer during a winter wedding. But it’s the details that matter, and you could create a memorable experience playing up winter themes. You also have other advantages in marrying during the least busiest time of the year.
Pick a Warm Interior Place
You’ll want to pick a cozy and warm place to hold your wintertime wedding. The good news is that the most common wedding locations will be more widely available in the winter, because most wedding couples will book those in the summer. However, what works in the summer may not in the winter. That includes any location using mostly outdoor facilities.
Whatever place you choose, make sure it has a fireplace for the comfort of your guests. While a heating system is fine, a fireplace creates a romantic amenity everyone will appreciate. Make sure the fire is already long going in the fireplace before guests arrive.
The Use of Candles
Glamour.com recommends using candles as a romantic alternative if no fireplace is available. In fact, this can give an appealing ambiance to a wedding that you can’t get in the summertime. They also add style to wedding portraits that have to be taken mainly indoors.
Keep in mind that candles can also be a fire hazard, so be sure to have someone around to keep an eye on them. Especially with long, warm clothing being worn, it’s a good idea to keep the candles away from where there’s heavy foot traffic.
Using Wreaths for Symbolism
Martha Stewart recommends using wreaths as a decorative symbol of eternity. Especially if your wedding is around the holidays, a wreath can add a real festive and magical quality to the event. The bride can hold a wreath as an alternative to flowers while walking the aisle. And consider wreaths hung up on the pews if you decide to be traditional and hold your wedding in a (warm) church.
Finding a Winter Coat to Wear Over the Wedding Dress
During your winter wedding, you’re going to have to go outside eventually. Even some photographs will likely be taken outside, and the bride needs to wear a coat to stay warm. It’s not easy to find one that can fit well over a wedding dress, though a long tweed jacket is usually preferable for maximum warmth and stylization. Other options are out there, including long jackets that come in white colors to blend in with the dress.
Serving Warm Food to Your Guests
Serving the proper food is always important for a wedding at any time of the year. When guests are cold from possible frigid temperatures outside, you need to give them warm food to keep them comfortable. Consider things like warm tea, a warm cocktail, or even hot chocolate. Also look into warm hors d’oeuvres like warm dips or seafood.