Weddings are expensive. Even DIY weddings can add up but this doesn’t mean you have to skimp on certain things. I’ve seen so many brides skimp on the most important things you should never skimp on. My question to you is, why do so many couples on a budget choose to get married during wedding season when your dream venue is booked out 2 years and venues and vendors are more expensive during this time.
Everything is more expensive when it is at the height of its popularity. Just like traveling to a destination when its at its peak season.
Many wedding venues and vendors offer off-season discounts to entice couples to book during slower months.
In fact, winter weddings are becoming more and more popular for a number of different reasons. Here are 10 top reasons why you should be planning to get hitched at this beautiful time of year.
It’s a nice day for a white wedding
If you’re lucky to get a little snow on your big day then your photographs will really make your wedding day look like a winter wonderland.
Longer Romantic Evening
With the evenings getting dark earlier, you can start the party that bit sooner, which means you have longer to enjoy it! Light up the decor for your venue and get the atmosphere going from the moment dusk sets in by using lights to create a magical twinkling ambiance and remember you can dress up exterior trees, too, use candles to light walkways outside and if your budget stretches to it, why not have a firework display after the speeches and dinner? Lighting is inexpensive and can really set the mood and make a space look beautiful all on its own so you don’t have to spend the big bucks on draping and other types of decor.
Think about how romantic and cozy twinkle lights, candles, tea lights, lanterns, and the feel of an open flame fire feels. This is also great if you are having a smaller intimate wedding. It will feel even more romantic and cozy!
Make your money go further
Having a fall/winter wedding date gives you a big bargaining chip with your suppliers. Winter tends to be a less busy time of year so you’ll find more availability and suppliers are keen to sell their wares at this time and have great discounts. Also think about how expensive floral center pieces are, even silk arrangements can be pricey. Opt for a romantic lit centerpiece to add a warm glow to the table instead vs a floral arrangement.
So often I see couples get engaged and want to have their wedding in 6-12months and end up crushed because their dream venue is booked out for the next 2 summers. By having your wedding in the off-season you have a much better chance of booking your dream venue when you want it.
The holiday season
Valentine’s Day and Christmas are becoming more and more popular for weddings. If you get married over the Christmas period and New Year, you’ll find that many people have the holiday vacation off work, so if you want to have a mid-week wedding then go for it. A wedding on New Year’s Eve would be super special, what better way to start off a new year than being Mr & Mrs? Of course winter isn’t just Christmas, you could get married over Valentine’s Day and still have a wintry theme.
A seasonal highlight
If you marry in the winter, more than likely your guests will have not been to a soirée for a while and they’ll be ready for a good wedding party – unlike the summer when your guests could become wedding weary due to the amount of celebrations they’ve attended along with other summer festivities that they have been to.
Cocktails by the fireside
When looking for venues, check out ones that are particularly suited to the winter season – think castles and stately homes that have big hallways dominated by an open fire place and cushy seating. As your guests arrive at the reception, serve hot chocolate, red wine, hot ciders, winter brews by the warm cozy fire and later on you could use this area as a chill-out area for offering tea, coffee, cake, etc. And if there’s a Christmas tree, even better!
Honeymoon in the tropics
If you marry during May through August, you’re likely to have to pay more for your honeymoon as it’s during high season for travelers. You’ll also have to avoid places like the Caribbean because of hurricanes at this time. Marry in the winter months and you won’t have this issue; it’s the perfect time to visit somewhere tropical and get out of the cold weather.
If you’re marrying in winter, you don’t need to worry about whether you’re going to have rain, sun or whether it’s going to be cold. You’ll be expecting winter weather, your guests will be ready for it and you’ll be holding your wedding indoors in any case. Okay, so if you get a snowy day that’s a bonus, but unlike a summer wedding being held outdoors, under a tent, you won’t be anxiously checking the long range weather forecast.
Your big day look
For us women, in the winter our hair, make-up, flowers and cake will hold up better. That summer heat can melt our makeup right off our face, our hair goes limp from the sweat and your flowers wilt and your cake melts from the heat. During the winter you won’t have to worry about any of those things. I don’t know about you but I don’t want beads of sweat rolling off my body while saying my vows and looking like a hot mess for the pictures. It’s not much fun for anyone involved in the wedding when your sweating and uncomfortable.