Winter weddings can be utterly magical and romantic, but there are a few inevitable issues that go hand in hand with weddings held during the darker months. If you're having a winter wedding, don't panic; all these problems are really small and totally avoidable with some preparations beforehand.
Winter Wedding Venue Tips
- Extra Travel Time Bad weather means bad traffic, so give extra time for travel to your ceremony - no matter how near or far you are going.
- Have Just One Venue If possible have your ceremony & reception in the one venue, or venues very near to each other. This will make transport easier in case of bad weather.
- Add Romance With Candles It will be dark quite early. Embrace it with lots of romantic candle light in both your ceremony and reception space.
- Winter Wedding Colours Decorate in rich, warm tones of berry red, burgundy, black and gold. Add extra wintry romance with lots of natural greenery.
- Coat Check Make sure someone is in charge of taking coats at your reception and making sure they're kept safe.
- Keep Guests Warm Consider making an effort to ensure your guests are kept warm and cheery once they arrive. A hot drink on arrival is a nice and simple idea.
- All About the Timing It gets dark much earlier in the winter so adjust your photo schedule for more light. Taking portraits before your ceremony is often a good idea. If you're not sure how to go about this, just chat to your photographer. They should have a good idea of what will work.
- Brollies for Rain Have nice umbrellas on stand by for outdoor wedding photographs. These don't have to be fancy - simple and black can often do the job.
Winter Wedding Style Tips
-Invest in Winter Accessories It will be cold so accessories will be important to keep warm. A faux fur, a veil, a cape or a chic cardie are all good options. Alternatively opt for a long sleeved dress.
-Velvet Chic for the Guys For grooms and groomsmen a velvet blazer is ideal. It's a nice thick fabric which will keep the guys warm, plus is perfectly on trend.
-Don't Forget Beauty Prep. Chapped lips and dry skin are inevitable come winter. Keep your lips moisturized in the run up to the wedding) use a good face moisturizer and have a chapstick in your clutch on the day.
-Under Your Dress If it's very cold you can always wear thick tights under your wedding dress (as long as it's long) - nobody will know! This goes for your bridesmaids too.
-Consider Stylish Winter Footwear - Boots can be a stylish (and practical) bridal shoe option for winter weddings, especially if it rains.
-Indulge in Some Glitter You can't get more festive than bridesmaids in glitter. Sequin or glitter dresses are always easy to find come winter, plus they look wonderful in photos.
- Keep Your Bridesmaids Warm Don't forget your bridesmaids will be cold too! Make sure to have bridesmaid cover ups ready on the day.
-Don't Ruin Your Heels If you're wearing heels, have another shoe option for your outdoor pics. You don't want to be sinking into mud or snow in your expensive heels!
-Keep Hands Toasty Ice cold blue hands are not a good look in winter wedding pictures, this is where hand warmers come in.
Winter Wedding Shoot Team-
Planner & Signage- Westerly & Co
Photographer - Rainer Evans Photography
Dresses - Dylins Bridal
Make Up - Lasher by Ariana
Celebrant - Josie Werder Celebrant
Arch - High Sparrow
Flowers - Flower Potts
Cutlery- Dobsons Marquee and Hire
Venue - Dawsons Fall Mountain Lodge
Venue - Tairoa Lodge- Hawera