With the amount of Summer weddings sadly being canceled due to current the pandemic, it crossed my mind about all the couples who will likely be disappointed not to be able to book their dream venue next summer.
This is where with a little imagination a Winter Wedding can have a lot going for them. Personally, I love winter weddings, there are so many benefits to planning your wedding in the winter months and documentary photography works so well at this time of the year. In fact much of my best wedding photography is taken inside where the weather doesn't matter.
Certainly, summer weddings are stunning if we get the gorgeous British Sun. Sadly as we all know this isn't a given here in the UK. When the Sun does come out, there are also downsides, sweltering heat can make a hot mess of a bride's beautiful make-up and be most uncomfortable for guests. sometimes the harsh light is quite uncomplimentary for wedding portraits and groups.
Hectic summer schedules, family holidays and other summertime nuptials, often force some guests to RSVP 'no' to your warm-weathered wedding.
Now with a winter wedding, you can avoid all the above and (hopefully) with the right weather get stunning snowy wedding photos with that beautiful crisp low winter light. Christmas themed wedding decorations, roaring log fires and more. A winter wedding can be just brilliant!
Still not decided about throwing a winter wedding? Read on I'll warm you right up to these winter wedding advantages. From less stress over the weather, often better venue rates, here's why you'll be grateful to get married in the winter season.
1. Less Stress
As a wedding photographer of many years experience. One thing I love 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. Taking Mother Nature out of the equation means less stress for you, your vendors, your guests, and your family.
2. No blistering heat.
Your hair, makeup, male wedding party in tails & waistcoats will thank you for not being in the blistering heat.
Some people don't like the heat. It makes them irritated, moody and not to mention, a sweaty mess. If you're stressed about being hot and sweaty for your wedding photos, then a winter wedding will be perfect for you.
3. More Venue Dates, many with out of season rates.
Most locations and vendors book up quickly during the summer months and come with a hefty price tag with little or no concessions. Many of those same locations and vendors are available for a lower, out of season rates during winter months and with better availability. As winter months are often less busy, they'll also be able to focus more of their attention and recourses on your big day.
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.
Most importantly, you could have your dream wedding exactly how you want it, for a significantly lower price.
Although the time of year might not be the reason you chose a winter wedding, one of the benefits to a celebration aligned with the Christmas holidays, will be many venues will most likely be decorated for the holiday season adding a more celebratory feel to your special day, at no cost to you.
5. Cheaper Travel and Accommodations
Travel and hotel stays are at peak pricing during the summer, when schools are out and families take their summer holiday. Thus, winter weddings allow guests to take advantage of off-season pricing for their travel and accommodation options. This is a win-win for everyone.
6. Wedding Fatigue Won't Be Real
The spring and summer months often get so busy with weddings, your family, friends and guests could start to get a serious case of wedding fatigue. If you choose a winter wedding it will give all your family and friends something to look forward to. Choosing a date between October and March you are likely to be the only wedding your guests attend that winter, which makes it something that people will really look forward to.
7. It's Something Out of the Ordinary
Colour palettes, flowers and décor of the winter offer so many different elements of the season to inspire your theme that will make your day stand out. If your style is romantic, try 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.
8 Start your evening celebrations earlier
Many venues have licensing hours to adhere to, so starting your evening celebrations and first dance at 7pm when its still broad daylight with guests outside chatting is no fun. However a winter wedding wth the nights drawn in, you can start your evening celebrations earlier, which means you have longer to party!
Dress up your venue and get the atmosphere going from moment dusk sets in. Use fairy lights to help create an intimate atmosphere and remember you can also dress up exterior trees and use candles to light walkways outside. Make the most of the short days.
9. It's the Best Time for Black Tie
If you're planning a more formal wedding, your guests in black tie attire will thank you when it's cold outside rather than the hight of Summer. Tuxedos weren't meant for outdoor ceremonies and cocktail hours in the heat of the summer, however, they are the perfect choice for indoor winter weddings, as are gowns covered in sequins.
10. If you’re lucky enough to get a dusting of snow on your big day then your wedding photos will have a beautiful winter wonderland feel, just imagine how truly stunning your photographs will look with snow in the background… I’ve been lucky enough to photograph a few weddings during snowy December, January and February months.