Post # 1
For anyone who had their wedding or has attended one during the later winter or spring months, I’d like to hear your experiences!
We’re currently looking into setting a date for 2015 but are having difficulties deciding on the month. March is my absolute favorite and that’s what I originally wanted. However, looking at the weather this year is scary (we’re in Canada)! The plan was to pay attention to this year’s weather and decide based on that. Yes, the weather is unpredictable, but we thought it would give us an idea (when snow is melting, when the weather becomes warmer, etc.).
We do want to have an outdoor aspect to it because we both feel that indoor weddings where the windows are closed up or nonexistent can be very claustrophobic, unless we were able to find a venue with floor-to-ceiling windows (no luck yet). So either a barn wedding (which means it won’t be heated) or an indoor wedding with a patio. I’ve heard some horror stories about guests being freezing at weddings and I’m terrified that the guests will have a terrible time because of it!
SO, all you lovely bees, please share your wedding experiences during the cold winter/spring months. Did the weather play a huge role? Were you still able to enjoy the wedding even if it was freezing? Is there a pro to having a wedding in cold weather vs hot? And, this is a big one, was the bridal party able to wear summer-ish dresses without anything else on top of them without freezing their butts off?
Post # 2
tattiibee: I’m getting married in Ontario next February. We chose it because we want a snowy wedding. We will be doing outdoor photos, indoor photos, possibly some ski photos too!
I’m concerned about the roads, its all back roads to where we are and we have a lot of people coming who never (ever!) drive in snow. And then I’m worried that it won’t be snowy and I’ll have brown mucky photos!
My BMs are wearing long dresses, not short. They can put tights on underneath when we need to be outside (I’m planning on doing the same!) I have wraps for them for the outdoor photos. I assume we’ll wear our winter jackets when the photos aren’t being taken. And I’m toying with the idea of red Canada mitts for everyone in the wedding party. For fun and warmth (and hotshots for their hands/pockets.)
Because we’re off season, everything has been discounted. We saved an additional 10% off the winter pricing at the venue, $1k off our photography, a deal on the DJ, etc. And we’re not competing with any other weddings – we are literally the only couple I know getting married that month.
We’re skiers, so the cold weather isn’t a huge concern for us. And the wedding and venue are all in the same place, so it’ll be nice and warm inside.
We looked at lots of resort venues that had lovely windows/patios to the ballrooms/restaurants.
Post # 3
I don’t have much advice either, but I am getting married in January in Ontario. I also wanted a snowy wedding. Hopefully we won’t have too much snow, but I guess that’s the chance we take.
I also got quite the discount on our venue. Particularly, not having to compete with other weddings and not having minimum numbers of guests.
I’m having long bridesmaid dresses and I will be purchasing a fur wrap for all my bridesmaids and myself. I’m also planning on buying some cute snow boots for under my dress for the photos. I definitely want the snowy winter wedding photos.
The venue that we’re getting married at has very high ceilings and at least one very large window, so I don’t think it will be too closed in. Plus the fireplaces makes it very cozy.
You could always have the ceremony outside if you wished. You could provide blankets and handwarmers. I would warn guests ahead of time that it would be outside so that they can dress appropriately. But keep the ceremony short! (lol)
I think this winter was very extreme. It’s possible that next winter might be the complete opposite! It’s so hard to predict!
Our ceremony and reception are all in the same location as well as attached to a hotel, so guests won’t need to travel far if they need to stay overnight.
Where in Canada are you?
Post # 4
If you are going to ask people to be outside for any length of time, I think you are better off waiting until late April/May when you are further North. It can be rather unpredictable. I was in Toronto last March and within the span of the week I went from leaving my winter coat in the hotel room, and taking off my sweatshirt by mid day, to putting on 3 layers to be warm.
As far as being outside, do you want just your ceremony outside, or do you want the reception to be outside? If you want the whole thing to be outside, I think you are better off waiting until the weather is a bit more predictably warm. If it’s just a 10-15 minutes, most people will bear through it. If you want an out door mainly reception as well, thats a lot to aks of guests.
Post # 5
sostobe: That sounds like soo much fun! And yes, the roads tend to be scary sometimes especially for those who have no experience driving in those conditions.
I’ve never thought about putting tights under the dress, that’s such a good idea!! I’m not against having long dresses for my BM’s so that’s something to consider… thank you!
mildlybookish: We’re in Ontario as well! Our preference would be to get a venue north of the city because we want our guests to travel stress-free and driving Downtown Toronto is anything but (we want our wedding on a Friday)! The weather really has been extreme this year… I actually compared the weather and it was in the high 20’s this time last year, with low 30’s at the end of May. Crazy! I highly doubt we’ll be getting that this year.
Misswhowedding: I never really wanted to have an outdoor ceremony but it really depends on the location – if it’s a barn, for example. The problem is that if we can’t find a venue with floor-to-ceiling windows (and reasonably priced) then having a patio will be a must. So we would put some outdoor couches and lounge chairs as well as the bar outdoors so people could get some fresh air if they needed it. FI always loved the idea of having an outdoor wedding, while I’m more iffy about it. This is how we compromise.
For example, there was a barn I fell in love with and later found out that it’s way, way, out of our price range. They had the barn for the reception but then they also had a different space for the ceremony and another one for the cocktail hour, which was indoors but had really large double doors which we would have kept open.
The cost is also more appealing during the winter/spring months, as you girls have mentioned! This just makes me decision so much harder.
I think what happened was that we scratched March and the months prior to it, off our list. So now it’s late April to early June that we are considering. I’m not good with remembering what the weather was like the years before, but I’m assuming that April will still be cold and we’d have to have our wedding either in May or June. I’m glad everyone here is from Ontario so I can ask my next question…
Most venues I’ve contacted/seen have a dicounted winter/spring package that goes until the end of April. Have any of you came across ones that extend those discounts until mid-end of May? I’ve only seen one so far but the venue wasn’t right for us.
Post # 6
I re-read my post and the vision for our wedding seems really vague so I thought I would post pictures!
This is the barn I fell in love with but there’s no way we could afford it. It’s exactly what I’m looking for though.
We’re deciding between two themes: rustic-chic and enchanted. I want tons of little lights, candles, pearls, and lace. With more research on the types of centrepieces and decorations we want, we’re leaning towards rustic-chic with just a touch of enchanted (the lighting is our main must-have). I love these..
I know these pictures are outdoors but I wanted to re-create the look indoors because I’m so scared the weather will ruin everything. I’m not very picky on which venue we get, as long as I can re-create this kind of look and the venue itself is affordable. We also don’t mind if there’s a bit of a drive to the venue if it’s under 2 hours away from Toronto.
Also, if I was to do the whole thing outdoors, do you girls think that May might still be too cold to spend the entire receptions outside?
Post # 7
I got married at black creek pioneer village feb. 4 2012. I really wanted a snowy wedding, but 2012 was the winter that wasn’t. It was muddy and +2 degrees. I don’t think I would pick march. March is eitehr still winter, or sort of spring and just all around muddy and dreary. Same with April. If you want spring go for May, and if you want winter I’d go to january or feb.
As far as having something outside? Honestly I don’t see that being comfortable in any way. Black creek has windows in their halls, so maybe look at that. Also Kortright also has windows I believe.
Post # 8
tattiibee: Yes, i think May wills till be cold. This year, it’s still only 12-16 degrees during the day! At night is can drop down into single didgits. If you want an outdoor reception definetly choose a summer month. you also reduce the risk of rain!
Post # 9
Kortright may actually go well with your theme. Check it out of you haven’t already! http://kortright.org/private-functions/weddings/
Post # 10
tattiibee: Not sure where you are in Canada but if you are in Ontario you might want to check out Madsen’s Gardens in Newmarket.
Its a green house so there are plants everywhere but the structure is all glass. Its quite a neat venue and could be suitable year round regardless of what the weather is doing outside.
Post # 11
tattiibee: Sorry, now that I’ve read the whole post I think you should REALLY check out Madsen’s Gardens. Here’s a pic of it for reference but google has a million more.
A GF of mine got married there last summer and from what I understand it was quite affordable also. The food was great and the venue was beautiful!
Post # 12
stargurl101: I’ve actually looked at Kortright last year and seriously considered it. I went to look at it and everything, but it seemed really small to me. Our guestlist is at 147 right now and though we’re hoping to lower that number, I don’t think their outdoor area is big enough. However, I did go on their website recently and saw that they have a new indoor venue so I’m going to have to check it out when I come back to Canada next month. Thanks for the reminder!
Vsmart: Oh my gosh!! That venue is gorgeous!! I think I’ve been to their website before but can’t remember why I didn’t put it on my list. I think I may have been looking for a different type of venue at the time. I will definitely check it out. Thank you soo much! It’s also about 15 minutes away from where we live… can you say convenient?!
Post # 13
tattiibee: Yay! That is convenient.
I bet I know why you didn`t put it on your list. Their website is etrocious and looks like it was created ages ago before web design actually existed. </p>
t be deterred! My GF had a fantastic experience and Id recommend seeing it in person before deciding if its a good fit or not.