10 Advantages to Having a Winter Wedding

Remember you heard it here first: Winter weddings have a lot going for them. Yes, summer weddings are stunning but there are some downsides to think about. Melting Kansas heat could make a hot mess of a bride’s carefully styled wedding hair. And with a hectic itinerary packed with other summertime weddings, some guests might not be able to attend your warm-weathered bash. Bummer, right? But with a winter wedding, you can avoid all that and get stunning snowy wedding photos, holiday-themed wedding decorations, and more. 

Being a winter bride is basically the best.  Still on the fence about throwing a winter wedding? Then sit back and relax and listen to our top 10 advantages. From less stress over the weather to better venue rates, here’s why you’ll be rushing to get married in the winter. 

1. Less Stress

One thing we think you’ll loves about winter weddings is the lack of stress about the elements since they typically take place inside. The risk of rain and wind can make the planning period extremely stressful and potentially costly if you need to add a tent.   “Also, guests are frequently exposed to heat and cold in all outdoor weddings and they can be very uncomfortable. Taking Mother Nature out of the equation means less stress for you, your vendors, your guests, and your family.”

2. No Humidity

One of our favorite winter wedding perks is the lack of humidity, which, if you’re from the Midwest, you know is a huge plus. Both your hair and makeup vendors will thank you.

3. More Venue Dates and Better Rates

Most locations and vendors book up quickly during the summer months and that can come with a hefty price tag, whereas those same locations are available for a lower price during the colder months. Because the winter months aren’t as busy as others, they’ll also be able to focus more of their attention on your big day.  “Fall is tough for venue owners as they’re juggling so many events, brides, families, vendors, and logistics. 

You’ll have more flexibility to come in and set up early or break down late, as there’s likely not another event right after yours that the venue needs to prep for right away.”

4. Bonus (and Free) Decorations

Although the time of year might not be the reason you chose a winter wedding, there are many benefits to a celebration aligned with the holidays.  A venue you select will most likely already be decorated for the holiday season adding a more celebratory feel to your special day.  And, at no cost to you.

5. Cheaper Travel and Accommodations

Travel and hotel stays are at peak pricing in the summer, when school is out and families take their vacation.  Winter weddings allow guests to take advantage of off-season pricing for their travel and accommodation options. This is a win-win for everyone, we think.

6. The Wedding Fatigue Won’t Be Real

The spring and summer months can get so jam-packed with weddings that your family, friends, and guests can start to get a serious case of wedding fatigue.  A January, February, or March wedding is most likely to be the only one your guests attend that winter, which makes it something that people will really look forward to.  Bonus Thought?  You’re likely to get your wedding film back faster in the winter because your videographer & photographer is less slammed in the spring and summer months.

7. It’s Something Out of the Ordinary

Our favorite advantage is simply that it’s something different. From the color palette to the flowers and décor, there are elements of the season to inspire your theme that will stand out in a sea of peonies. If your style is romantic, we recommend trying shades of winter white and lots of greenery, and if you’re going for a rustic-cozy vibe (think “Aspen Cabin”), use lots of wood and deep hues. Embrace the season by throwing blankets over guests’ chairs or keep them warm by serving a signature cocktail or having a hot chocolate bar. 

8. It’s the Best Time for Black Tie

If you’re planning a formal wedding, you can bet you’ll hear much less complaining from your guests in black tie attire when it’s cold outside. Tux’s weren’t meant for outdoor ceremonies,  cocktail hours or reception dances in the heat of the summer, however, they are the perfect choice for indoor winter weddings, as are gowns covered in sequins.

9. You Won’t Be a Hot Mess

Some people seriously don’t deal well in the heat. It makes them irritated, cranky, and not to mention, a sweaty mess. When it comes to weather, you can always add layers but in the hotter months, well, you can’t exactly take off your clothes. If you’re stressed about being hot and sweaty for your wedding photos, then a winter wedding is perfect for you.

10. Stunning Snowy Wedding Photos

If you’re blessed with a sprinkling of snow ahead of your big day, you can snap some stunning snowy wedding photos that will top any sun-drenched summer photo. .

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