Easy winter wedding planning

Maybe some of you are busy getting ready for autumn—aka the time of scarves, football (or so I’m told), and pumpkin spice all over the place—but for me winter is everything. Given that, it’s probably not a surprise that I am a big fan of the off-season winter wedding. I find winter sunsets to be some of the dreamiest and moodiest to behold, crisp-to-cold temperatures make me feel alive, and long nights scream romance to me.

If you’re similarly minded, and contemplating ditching the spring and summer wedding standard in favor of something a little more… chill, it’s time we start chatting about what you need to know about planning a winter wedding.

Winter doesn’t mean everything has to be white: You can totally incorporate a wide palette of colors into your winter wedding, and there’s no reason to go all white unless you want to. Experiment!

Go with romance: I mean, you don’t have to, but to me winter is more romantic than any other time of the year. If you want to go all in with candles and twinkle lights, warm shrugs and blankets, fires and dark drinks—just do it.

WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR GUESTS

Consider that winter often brings rain, so some of your guests might be delayed by minutes or hours. Keep times flexible if possible, but be prepared to get married whether or not others have delays.

Your guests want to be warm, too: Whether this means renting space heaters for a lofty reception hall, keeping (fashionable? Or just warm?) blankets on hand, or offering hot beverages when guests walk in, you’ll want to make sure you’re keeping potentially low temperatures and/or disagreeable weather in mind. P.S. Serve warm food!

ON PHOTOS, TIMING, AND OTHER WEDDING MOMENTS

Remember the light: Winter also means early sunsets, so if you’re hoping for ultra-romantic sunset photos, those might need to happen not too late.

But also keep your ceremony in mind: If you’re opting for an earlier ceremony time but still want everyone to party all night, make sure your timeline accounts for all those hours.

OH, AND ABOUT YOU…

Consider your ensemble: This is especially important if you’re getting married outside or plan to go outside for photos or any part of your wedding. If you’re getting married in the winter, you’ll probably want to find a wedding dress with long sleeves, a super fab faux fur wrap (or real, if that’s your thing), or (if you’re especially bold), a winter wedding cape to pair with your gown. Bonus: You can also wear an extra layer of lined tights or leggings under your dress if you have a long skirt!

Boots are a good idea: Speaking of what you’re wearing, a winter wedding may necessitate expanding your wedding footwear options. This doesn’t mean you’re stuck with rubber rain boots or whatever weatherproof option is easiest (though you can be, if you want)—there are tons of options. Think about your face: If your skin is prone to drying out, you’ll want to pay extra attention to your lips and face. The wind can be harsh, and cold air is drying in general.

About the author: Johan Strydom

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