Post # 1
To the brides getting married during the winter months or who have attended a snowy seasoned wedding, are you concerned about your guests not being able to make it in the snow? I will be having a shorter wedding in the afternoon, from around 12 until 4, so they won’t have to worry about driving at night in the snow, but I am still concerned that my guests who have a longer drive may not turn up on the day if it is heavy snow. Any of you have these concerns? The farthest my guests have to drive is about 2.5-3 hours, any of you think I should be concerned and change the date to the end of October? Any advice is appreciated, thanks 🙂
Post # 2
BritishBride2015: We’re in Ontario. And our venue is a bit in the middle of nowhere (a ski resort). So driving in snow in February was a huge concern. Half our guest list is from Ireland. They don’t get much snow.
Now, most of our guests are staying overnight at the resort, so there’s no rush to get there and no rush to leave at the end of the night. So they can take it slow the day before and the day after (unless they’re pushing to get to the airport!)
We put up directions with a google map on our website. It’s not the shortest route possible from the airport, but it’s all major roads in the area, and they’re likely to be the first plowed if (when) we get snow. They’re also multi lane, well lit, straight and not too up and down (the shortest route is a back country road that goes up and then down and then up and then down… and so on. We definitely don’t want our guests driving it!
If its a blizzard, I know some people won’t be able to make it. They will be the Ontarians coming from a distance though. So it would have to be pretty bad for them not to make the trip. The overseas guests are all arriving Fri/Sat for our Sun wedding. But it’s a chance we’re taking. We wanted a winter wedding, so snow is part of the deal. I, personally, wouldn’t change my date.
Post # 3
What is your date now and where is the wedding?
Post # 4
stillme: sorry hadn’t realised I forgot to add that in,our date is December 27th
Post # 5
Look at what’s happened in Calgary the past few days. You can’t predict the weather well in advance. Snow happens, if people don’t want to drive in it there are options like getting a cab.
I actually find the first few heavy snowfalls the worst for driving, as drivers aren’t yet adjusted to it and road conditions are actually worse then, compared to after it’s been sanded multiple times. Late October is often a bad time for driving here.
Post # 6
Personally, I really don’t like driving in heavy rain, much less snow. I wouldn’t like driving in the snow, but for a wedding, I would try my best to drive safely to make it. I think you will be fine. I love winter weddings, and that’s just a risk you will have to take.
Post # 7
If your guests are used to snow and such, then having the risk of snow on your December date should be fine. If you have a lot of out of towners, it may be a hassle if there is snow that day.
Post # 8
If guests are used to driving in the snow then I wouldn’t worry about it. I live where snow (or the chance of snow) is part of the deal for just about half the year. It would take a blizzard for me not to make it. That said I would probably find somewhere to stay overnight if it was over an hours drive but I’d do that whatever the season.
Post # 9
I’d worry more about guests not attending, because they travel to spend Christmas/Boxing Day, with family and friends, or take off work to spend the holidays with family, and don’t have time available to also take off the 27th.
Post # 10
I have the same thoughts/questions/fears as you. Our wedding is in January in snow country. Most of those who live in Ontario are used to driving in the snow. There are several people coming in from out of province, but they will be arriving ahead of time. I am worried that there will be a horrible blizzard, but at the same time I’ve always wanted a winter wedding with snow.
I guess even if the wedding were in the summer, there could be extreme weather that could prevent guests from attending.