(Many thanks to https://www.wedgewoodweddings.com/blog/7-reasons-winter-wedding for these terrific insights!)
Looking for a secret weapon to a stunning, dramatic, and magical wedding? Look no further. The answer is…wait for it…Winter! From snow-capped mountains to easier planning, you’ll warm up to these unique winter wedding advantages. If you’re a sucker for holiday movies and sipping hot toddies in front of a roaring fire, then you’ll fall in love with the perks of a wintertime wedding. It won’t be long before you’ll find yourself saying ‘I do’ to snow-kissed nuptials.
Let’s be honest: budgets are sexy! So, what better reason to tie the knot during the cooler months than some big ol’ price savings? If you play your cards right, you can save up to 20% on venue rental costs for off-season dates.These savings make it possible to choose the pricey photographer of your dreams, treat your guests to an open bar, or splurge on that one-of-a-kind princess style wedding dress, all without going over budget. Even better: put those savings towards a romantic getaway with your new spouse for a trip you’ll never forget. You may also find some amazing incentives from your venue and vendors to choose a winter wedding date: perhaps a complimentary champagne toast, free linen upgrades, or a discount on your ceremony fee. Most couples will find there’s a lot more bang for your buck with a winter wedding, and it’ll pay off long after you say I do.
Date and Vendor Availability
Winter weddings have a clear advantage when it comes to the availability of wedding dates, venues, and vendor selection. There’s simply less competition, which puts you in the driving seat! You’ll be able to assemble your A-team to pull off the wedding you’ve always imagined, without sacrifice.
Social commitments tend to stack up in the summer months, leading to what we call wedding season ‘fatigue.’ When every weekend is filled with a party, wedding, or camping trip — it’s wonderful — but also exhausting! You can reduce stress on yourself and your entire guest list by choosing an off-season date. There are so many advantages for you and your guests! First: you’ll save money! Travel and lodging tend to be more affordable during this time, making room for extras like a spa day or special dinner out. Second: more energy! Both you and your guests will bring so much more enthusiasm and energy to your special day, culminating in an all-night party, or epic brunch wedding fiesta.
Dramatic Color Palettes
Whether it’s the middle of June or tail-end of January, you can choose whatever colors you want to celebrate your special day. The winter months, however, create the absolute perfect backdrop for moody, romantic colors. Think deep burgundy and sage, black and gold, dark turquoise and blush.
Winter carries a uniquely romantic vibe whether you’re in a snow-capped wonderland in Colorado or lush green oasis in California. It’s a time dedicated to family gatherings, feasts, staying warm by the fire, and slowing down — perfect for celebrating love. Most people will tell you: there’s just something in the air this time of year.
Add to that, the gorgeous seasonal looks that deck the halls all season long. Make sure to ask your venue team what they love about winter decor — perhaps it’s silver and gold glamour, natural and whimsical with pine needles and berries, classic red and white with lace accents, or moody bohemian with rich jewel tones. These styles will only enhance your own vision and might save you a pretty penny on decor — enough to splurge on those stunning vintage chairs!
Creative Ideas for Winter
The winter weather and festive season set the perfect scene to incorporate amazing creative wedding ideas you love. We love a hot cocoa bar for your guests, a post-wedding sledding party, or a color palette featuring rich hues and textures inspired by the holidays. It’s also a wonderful excuse to go all-in on a theme wedding that’ll be extra-special on a winter backdrop. Here are eight wedding theme ideas to get you started: Ice Queen, Starry Night, The Nutcracker, Santa’s Reindeer, Beauty & The Beast, Harry Potter, Evergreen Forest, Great Gatsby.
Supporting Local Wedding Vendors
Wedding venues and professionals are one of the industries that have been hit hardest during the COVID-19 crisis. With the wedding industry essentially paused for the time being, these businesses still have overhead costs to maintain and little to no business to help them stay afloat. While we know that our industry is not alone in this hardship, we believe it is our duty to help ensure we all make it to the other side: for our couples, our employees, and all our vendors. By choosing an off-season date, you would be helping your venue and vendors get back on their feet during this difficult time.