Weddings are a festive occasion!
If you’re planning a winter wonderland wedding, there may be some things for you to consider while you outline your big day.
Between holidays, out-of-town guests, and trendy wedding decor, winter weddings have both some potential pitfalls and unique opportunities.
Making Moments Count
You may want to share your wedding day with the most significant people in your life. It’s helpful to consider when to invite your friends and family for optimal RSVP returns.
Does your extended family come into town twice a year?
Is your fiancé’s family mostly local?
Depending on the flexibility of your wedding date, you may be able to anticipate when your out-of-town friends and family will be in the area. This is especially helpful for planning ahead with elderly family members or those who cannot easily travel.
Once you make a bare-bones list of the guests you wouldn’t want to celebrate without, reach out to them and gather their plans for the holidays.
If they aren’t able to travel outside of Thanksgiving – Christmas, consider making accommodations for your wedding date to make sure your crew can join you.
Home for the Holidays
On the note of holidays, remember that these special breaks are typically observed with family.
If your wedding date happens to fall on a major holiday, such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year’s Day, or another spiritual occasion that your friends and family will celebrate, determine how you plan to invite your wedding party.
While it can be a great memory to be married under the fireworks on New Year’s Eve, it’s important to note that other people may have annual traditions of their own that could prevent their attendance.
A Christmas wedding is a beautifully whimsical idea, but families with young children may have difficulty making time for their family traditions, parties with extended family and friends, and a wedding.
This isn’t to say that having a holiday wedding is a no-go. Quite the contrary, these events can bring everyone together and may be the best option for some brides!
It’s important to discuss these options in advance with your fiancé, and plan to make sure everyone that you want to be there can be there.
Trends & Travel
If you’re looking to plan a wedding that fits your budget, knowing when to purchase your wedding decorations and accessories may save you a pretty penny.
For brides and grooms who have a wedding date after December 25th, you may be able to find some amazing deals on holiday decorations & other wedding supplies that are marked down by over 50%. These items include:
- White string lights
- Fake floral decor
- Stationery and cards
- Gift wrap
- Air mattresses (for out-of-town guests)
Shop around for the kind of decorations you want to create at your wedding. Then, wait for the right time to snatch them up for an incredible price!
*Of course, if you see something you LOVE, don’t pass up your dream decor. Even if it’s not on sale, some things can’t be replaced.
Benefits of a Winter Wedding
In addition to the beauty of being held in a snow-covered winter wonderland, winter weddings have a multitude of benefits.
Winter weddings are typically easier to plan for a smaller budget. Some venues tend to be cheaper to reserve during the off-season, which means you’ll have more of your budget to spend on things that you get to keep forever! (E.g. rings, wedding attire, pictures, etc.)
You may even find great deals on travel for the honeymoon!
Free Schedules with Friends and Family
Outside of holidays, winter weddings typically involve less travel: meaning your friends and family should have freer schedules to attend your big day!
With extra time off work and more time to spend with loved ones, planning a winter wedding is a great way to ensure that your guests are available to attend.
No Melting Brides
By skipping the warm season, you won’t likely have to worry about a hot and humid meltdown on the day of your wedding. Instead of worrying about rain or blistering heat, you can enjoy the cold and snow that your big day brings.