Planning a wedding during the coldest months will provide any couple amazing highs and some super lows. In short, it's not for the faint at heart. When working with vendors, venues and your wedding guests, there will always be a number of surprises that'll occur. But, when you're dealing with cold temperatures, icy conditions and the busy holiday season, those surprises can skyrocket to hellfire when working to arrange the wedding of your dreams. It begs the question, are you truly ready for your nuptials to be in a winter wonderland?
- Cold weather means cheaper vendors.
- The heavy duty wedding season is over and while most brides have opted to marry during warmer months, you have the advantage when choosing snowflakes over sunflowers. This is perfect, considering wedding vendors are in their slow season and finding clients to carry them over can be somewhat difficult. Look out for more open dates and (if you're lucky) more affordable pricing.
- Easier to obtain a venue in colder months.
- That little tidbit about cheaper vendors spans out to venues as well. Really wanting to marry in the clocktower but, it was all booked up in May? Hey! You might be in luck, as events and weddings are less common the colder it gets. Not to mention, your pricing will be lower, dates more open and staff more willing to accommodate schedules. But, be aware, the closer your wedding date is to a holiday (Christmas or New Years anyone?), the more expensive those once "cheaper" venues will get.
- Decorating for the winter is always gorgeous.
- This is a no brainer! In one of our earlier posts, we discussed some wedding color trends for this winter season. Ice blues, whites and silver hues will always make for a dreamy experience for both you and your guests alike. The designing options are infinite, from a star dotted, moonlit ceremony to a hall filled with snowflakes and ice sickles to the brim. So, do yourself a favor, and don't hold back!
- Snow,ice and storms mean fewer guests able to attend.
- Let's face it, it's cold, it's icy and it's wet. That entire combination means less safety and more difficult in traveling for your busy guests. Though we're sure they will do their absolute best to adhere to that RSVP they placed in months ago, be aware, some will opt out at the last minute and others will simply have to refuse once they hear what type of weather is rolling in. Give your loved ones a break on this one, it can be scary out there!
- Limiting yourself to indoor mostly indoor venues.
- You get all of your guests to RSVP and you're ready to get down and party during your celebration. What fun would it be for anyone to be outside freezing their knickers off to "enjoy" the scenery? While that garden might look gorgeous in photos and that castle with the outdoor dance hall is fabulous, it might not be as practical. Be mindful of the weather (as we're sure you will be through this entire process!). Sudden changes with temperature or a random snow front could send your guests over the edge in that beautiful outdoor palace you chose because you wanted to mimic Elsa's "Arendele".
- Floral choices in colder months are limited.
- We all love flowers. We love the scents, we love the shape, we love the beauty. But, when winter rolls in, our flora becomes limited, unless we want to fly in an out of season bud. If you're comfortable doing so and budget isn't so much of an issue than perfect. But, if money matters, be flexible on what petals you wish to have gracing your wedding day. Or wait for a warmer month to suit your needs.
- Getting "snowed out" is a huge possibility.
- It can't be said enough, weather is both your best friend and your enemy. It provides the beauty and mystique you're most likely seeking in having your wedding around this time. However, it can also destroy everything if you haven't properly prepared. Partner with your coordinator and be mindful of any potential weather disasters that could be around the corner. Are you wanting to have a tent wedding? Are heaters provided for you guests? Do we have a backup venue incase things begin to go awry? And if all else fails, and that mountain we had our hearts set on becomes blocked off...are we able to reschedule? Don't leave one stone unturned or risk being truly upset on the day of!
- Last minute detours in your area.
- Being located in Colorado, it's become a norm to see main roads be blocked off during icy months and temporary detours be made while the others are cleared. So, it's not impossible to have your guests and vendors be told to go a completely different direction and in turn, potentially set your celebration back in minutes or hours on your timeline. Prepare yourself for the worst and have your coordinator on the ready to help diffuse those issues so that you can enjoy your day with as little stress as possible.
- Dealing with the holidays mean dealing with scrooge like shoppers and longer shipping times.
- Shopping during these months are quite possibly some of the worst times. If you have a last minute purchase that isn't easily obtained at bridal store, prepare for war. A Bridesmaid needing shoes or a groomsmen having to purchase a dress shirt would seem like simple tasks, if it weren't for the insane holiday lines, rude shoppers and stressed out retail employees. Oh and if you need to order something online instead? Holidays could mean a backorder for your item, which means longer shipping times and thrown off timeline.
It's scary when you think about what could go wrong when embarking on planning an icy wedding.
But, with all the bad, there is so much good within it.
Don't be to afraid to go forward if this is your dream.
Have an awesome team behind you and keep your attitude upbeat.
It's all in how you look at things in this world!