Calling all winter/spring wedding bees!! Need to hear your experiences !

posted 3 years ago in Beehive
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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 # 7
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Buzzing bee

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
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Buzzing bee

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 # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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
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266 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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 # 13
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266 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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>
<p>Dont be deterred! My GF had a fantastic experience and Id recommend seeing it in person before deciding if its a good fit or not. 

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