The winter bride is typified by Christmas, frost and fairies/And though the weather is changeable, her virtue never varies.
Have you always dreamed of a winter wedding? Do you get starry eyed when you hear that line about Parson Brown in Frosty the Snowman? If you need more convincing, here are 5 reasons why below zero temperatures are ideal for the day of your dreams!
Tis the season to be in a tizzy? Sun drenched days are the wedding norm so booking your ideal venue and suppliers can be much more challenging. If you don’t want to compete while everyone and their cat is calling the caterer or fret because the florist is out of your favourites, choosing a less popular date can mean more peaceful planning and a greater array of services, suppliers and venues to choose from. Moreover, if you happen to be planning a wedding quickly, the slow winter months may be just the solution to your short time frame. You’ll feel less pressure to make a decision quickly when there are more choices available, and it’s less likely you’ll have to compromise simply due to a lack of time.
Less competition means, of course, better pricing, and who doesn’t want that for a wedding? Vendors are eager to fill up their calendars in the winter and will be more likely to give you a break. Why not put those savings into your honeymoon, or home? Or, if you are already under budget, the extra can go towards those special touches that might have been less possible otherwise. It’s much easier to justify personalized fancy chocolate truffles when the venue or DJ gave you a great deal. And then, of course, there is the dress. Don’t forget that at Second Dance, you’ll find the most incredible prices all year round, though winter is a particularly excellent time for shopping.
Fun Decor & Dress
If you aren’t the kind that likes to fuss with decorative details, jingle bell time is a swell time to tie the knot. Not only does Mother Nature provide the outside decor at no cost, but it’s possible that you may get away with not having to decorate indoors either! Churches and halls are often already decorated for the holidays, and you may be able to get away with only a few simple alterations to make it work for you. On the other hand, if you are a natural Martha Stewart, the possibilities are endless if you want build on a winter or holiday theme. Why not a mistletoe photo booth with fun winter accessories? Pine branches instead of expensive flowers? Or romantic pictures in a horse drawn wedding carriage? Instead of typical pre-reception cocktails, you could opt for elegant ice ciders and specialty vintages of hot cocoa…with an option to add a little something to it of course! Here are some ideas to get you started. The “something blue” at your wedding should not be your chattering lips, so you will have to be prepared to deal with the cold, but this can be preferable to running makeup and hair troubles that come with humidity. The options are endless: faux fur stoles and muffs, elegant gloves, lovely capes and even bridal boots will make sure you stay toasty, and, unlike regular wedding accessories, you can probably re-use all those items. And with a gown like the one Second Dance carries below, you’ll re-define what it means to be an ice queen!
Getting Everyone Together
It’s always tough to schedule an event at a time where everyone can make it, especially if you have a big family who are spread out all over creation. Having your wedding over the holidays is a perfect solution: family reunion, holiday visiting and day of your dreams – all in one shot! Not only is it convenient for those who would normally already travel for the holidays, but it may be easier for people to justify the expense of a trip if a greater number of family members are going to be there. Besides, unlike a regular holiday dinner gathering, more people means you can avoid talking to tipsy Uncle Marty or eating sweet Aunt Sarah’s terrible brussel sprouts without guilt – especially if you are footing the bill for the meal!
Less Stress, More Love/Romance
There is something about cold weather that invites intimacy and a slower pace. A head table can make you feel distant from the very people who have joined you to celebrate. Instead, invite your guests to take turns spending time with you and your love in front of a cosy fireplace throughout the dinner. When you look back on the day, it will be less of a blur, and with such a cosy atmosphere, who knows? Your wedding may be the kindling of a whole slew of new fiery romances!