Winter is a magical time for weddings – white snow, twinkling lights, and crackling fireplaces can make for a romantic and elegant setting. But winter is also a tricky time to marry. Snow can hamper plans, and wind chills can literally leave you out in the cold. Here are some things to consider when planning a winter wedding and how to cope.
Did You Invite Mother Nature?
Mother Nature can be the worst wedding crasher, especially during the winter. Snow can pile up (and pile up), temperatures can drop, and the wind can howl. And, even if the weather here is ideal, the weather where your guests are could delay their travel. Encourage guests to build extra time into their travel plans and have backup plans if the weather causes problems on your wedding day. Talk to your vendors and locations about what happens if snow forces you to postpone your wedding or if the number of guests is smaller than what you originally anticipated. This might be a good time to think about wedding insurance. It can protect you if Mother Nature wreaks havoc on your day.
If the weather is bad enough, you have two options: First, you can go ahead with plans, accepting that your wedding will be smaller and possibly more complicated than you were planning. Or, you can postpone the big day until the weather is better. If that’s your choice, keep an eye on the forecast and make the decision as soon as possible so you can notify guests and vendors and start making alternate plans.
Don’t forget your honeymoon – if guests can’t get in for your wedding, you might not be able to get out for your honeymoon. Be aware of cancellation policies and penalties from your airline, hotel, cruise line, or resort.
As the temperatures fall, the pretty strapless dress you chose months ago can look less and less practical. Not to worry – there are lots of options for brides to stay warm and look stylish on her wedding day. Capes, stoles, and bolero jackets are just three options available to you and your bridesmaids. Don’t forget to advise out-of-town guests about the weather at your location so they can pack the appropriate clothing. This is great information to include with your invitation, on your wedding website, or in an email to your guests.
Timing is Everything
Be sure to give your guests plenty of notice, whether you’re looking at a wedding near Christmas, New Year’s, or Valentine’s Day or over a long weekend like Martin Luther King Day or President’s Day. Send save-the-date cards as soon as you have a date nailed down, and include travel and lodging information if you can. Guests need time to work your wedding into their holiday plans, book hotels and flights before they fill (and get expensive), and request any needed time off from work.