The temperature has dropped and the snow is coming down. There is no need for despair though if you are planning the perfect winter wedding. Check out our winter wedding dos and don’ts and make your wedding a spectacular winter wonderland.
DO USE COLOR
Bright and bold colors will create a fun backdrop and will pop in the snow if you are getting married outside.
DO DRESS YOUR BRIDESMAIDS IN OUTFITS THEY LOVE
Who says your wedding party must dress for the season? Excite your bridal party with tea-length or strapless dress options. This will work nicely when your winter wedding party heads inside to a warm reception venue and your ladies can dance the night away in comfort and style.
DON’T LET YOUR GIRLS FREEZE
We know what you are thinking. Strapless or short bridesmaid dresses for a winter wedding? Pair the perfect shawl or jacket, boots and hat to ensure your wedding party looks stunning and stays warm while you are walking down the aisle.
DO CREATE A WARM AND INVITING RECEPTION
After an outside wedding in a cooler climate, your wedding party and your guests will be ready to warm up and start the party! Arrange with the caterer to greet your guests with a warm cider, hot totty or coffee if you are incorporating a cocktail reception. Use candles to create a cozy glow that connects with your outdoor theme. Consider a comfort food-themed dinner of roast with soup options to help guests warm up.
DON’T LET THE RECEPTION OVERHEAT GUESTS
The initial chill will quickly fade after the first few songs and you can expect guests to shed a layer of clothing in order to stay comfortable. Work with your wedding coordinator ahead of time to ensure they will be vigilant in managing the thermostat throughout the evening to keep guests comfortable.
DO BE COURTEOUS TO WINTER GUESTS
Friends and family that are willing to brave inclement weather in order to attend your special day are there for all the right reasons! Show your appreciation by presenting them with special winter wedding favors at the end of the evening.
DON’T LEAVE GUESTS HANGING IN THE COLD
Plan according to the elements and work with your wedding officiant and wedding coordinator to modify what could otherwise be a lengthy ceremony. We are not suggesting that you eliminate all ceremony traditions, but you may have to adjust the itinerary and bring a few elements inside.