Any outdoor winter wedding in snow? Awesome or regret?

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

As a guest, I would hate you for making me go outside and stand in the snow/cold.

Could you get the same effect with a room with large windows inside?

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

That’s what we’re doing ! In January, Québec, the ceremony will be held outside and I’m hoping it snows ! We’re doing it at dusk, and there is a huge fireplace right there, and also .ittle lights everywhere. The ceremony is civil, we’ll keep it short. Then, my uncle agreed to play accordeon as the cocktail (hot beverages) will be served outside. Those who wish to go back inside can ! But the way the terrace is done, there are walls protecting us agains the wind, so it really shouldn’t be that bad. People will know way in advance to bring warm items.

And sorry for the guests, but we’re doing it for us, not for them. It’s our view, it’s how romantic we want it, it’s just 40 minutes in your life, deal with it or don’t come. 😉 The whole evening will be spent inside anyway. 

We wanted something that was different, that was almost unheard of where we live. Something people will remember. And I’m pretty sure they’ll forget about the weather quickly, and remember how special, romantic and original it was instead. 😉

Just editing to say that among our guests are people who go to Québec’s winter carnival each year (even when it’s like -40 outside) and even go to the New Year’s Eve outside concert in January (it’s always -30 and I myself wouldn’t go because it’s too long). I’m sure they’ll be brave enough for our wedding. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

As pretty and romantic as an outdoor wedding sounds. As a guest I’d be livid if I had to sit in the cold for your wedding. Especially here in Canada. When you’re up and moving around outside when it’s -30 or colder, that’s one thing. But when you are sitting down and not moving, but just shivering to death, that’s quite another. I probably wouldn’t even be able to concentrate on your acutal wedding as I’d be thinking about when I’d get to go into a warm room, lol. But that’s just me.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

@vanillasky:  sorry no dice, I would definitely decline if I knew it was outdoors during snowy weather on purpose. Although it is beautiful you guys can always enjoy a moment outside in the snow taking pics etc. weddings are for both the guests and the couple

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

My guests comfort is one of the most important things to me at our wedding so I personally would not be sitting them outside in the cold for a ceremony…I agree snow is beautiful but I think it would be best to try and get a venue with large windows and then you can of course take as many couples pics outside as you want too, have winter related decorations, faux fur boleros for your bridal party etc.

 

On the flip side I have been to several weddings where the ceremony has been outside on 100  degree plus days (around 40 celsius) with no shade and seats available. We are used to heat somewhat, I live in a hot place during summer, but no one enjoys being in their finery (and suits/ties were the required dress code on the invitations) and sweating up a storm, with no cold beverages available etc. I don’t remember these ceremonies as romantic and original, just as uncomfortable and like I the guest did not matter. Having a bit of shade set up (outdoor umbrellas etc) and some cold water would have solve the problem and I would not have minded 🙂

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Nope.  I grew up in Colorado with bitter cold winters.  If we were really close I might consider it, but I wouldn’t enjoy it and I’d be rushing ahead of you down the aisle to get back inside at the end.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Tarheelgurl:  +1

I would not be happy at an outdoor ceremony in the middle of winter and I wouldn’t be very focused on the ceremony. It’s a romantic idea, but I don’t think it would be very romantic in reality.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

I would be pretty focused on the cold, not the ceremony. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@vanillasky:  Nopenopenope. Nope. I’m sorry but it’s not fair to force your guests to sit outside in the literal freezing cold because you want a winter wonderland. I doubt the PP who is gettng married outside in the snow will be remembered for her romantic wedding – she’ll probably be remembered as the asshole who forced everyone outside in the snow. Seriously, people’s momories of your wedding will fade but if you do something majorly selfish like an outdor wedding in the snow it will stick in their minds. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014 - Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

This is why winter weddings are not as common as other seasons. Still, I also have my heart set on a winter wedding. But you have to keep you guests comfort in mind. They are not going to want to be outside for too long. Maybe do a quick ceremony outside? You can give a your wedding reception the snow effect through a snow machine or fake snow placed in different places.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@BrandNewBride:  I agree. I’d be more focused on the cold than the ceremony if it was outside.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think it would be beautiful, but I would be pissed as a guest. I HATE the cold and wearing formal clothing/heels in the snow is not something I want to do. Have the ceremony indoors and then go take pictures outside.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@vanillasky:  How about up in the mountains in winter in a lodge. You could get married right in front of a grand fireplace. Ahhhh…. You can then take pics outside.

I run a bit cold these days and I would not want to get all gussied up, cover myself in scarf, boots, gloves and jacket and witness anything more than a 10 minute ceremony (start to finish) outside. Brrrr…

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

As a guest I would refuse to stand/sit in the snow to watch someone get married. I’m not sure what the driving is like in that mountain but I would imagine you might have some no shows as well if it snows the day before.

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