Winter may not be the most popular wedding season, but that can actually make choosing a winter wedding date a great way to create a memorable celebration. If you’d like to make sure everyone has a wonderful time, though, and don’t want to worry about guests getting cold feet about attending your winter wedding, take their comfort into consideration during your winter wedding planning. A few simple choices can help ensure all your loved ones are there to warm you with their presence, instead of having a lot of no shows because of ice or snow.
1. Plan for Contingencies
One of the most complicated parts of a winter wedding is simply arranging for safe and comfortable travel for your guests. If many of your invitees will be flying in, try to avoid booking a wedding too close to major holidays, like Christmas or New Year’s Eve. The airports – and hotels – will be particularly packed during these times, making flights far more expensive and crowded than they would if you picked a less popular date.
If you’re planning a wedding in an area of the country known for heavy snowfall or ice, make sure to talk with all your wedding vendors about contingency plans. Will any of them allow you to move your wedding date if it absolutely must be moved because of inclement weather.
You also want to be certain that the locations you choose to host your wedding have adequate heating, and the ability to clear paths and parkways of snow prior to your arrival.
2. Keep Things Close
While most people won’t mind a scenic drive from a wedding chapel to a not-so-nearby reception venue during the spring or summer, during the winter when roads are often icy, asking people to travel too far can be problematic, especially for the very young or elderly.
Try to choose a wedding venue with an on-site reception area, as well. If that’s not possible, or you just have your heart set on a certain location for your ceremony, be sure to schedule the reception start time in a way that gives people to drive safely, even in poor weather conditions.
3. Take a Cue from Mother Nature
Considering the weather is important for travel purposes, but it also affects your photographer. Winter skies can frequently be grey, but the sun also goes down incredibly quickly. If you prefer a natural light look in photos, you won’t want to schedule an evening wedding, particularly in winter. Instead choose a midday start time, which allows for the most ample ambient light. Since you won’t have to worry as much about harsh overhead sun as you would if you were hosting a spring or summer wedding, hosting an earlier wedding can be of great benefit to your photographer, and guests that may not be stoked to drive home in the dark.