Had anyone had a winter wedding??

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I got married last December 8th in Philadelphia area. We had a full fledged Christmas themed wedding. Of couse, this past winter was one of the worst we’d had in a long time and we ended up with our first major snow storm of the year that day. We got between 4-6 inches of snow and had about 10 people out of 65 that weren’t able to make it due to the snow. (The storm was a lot worse west of where we were and we had several people coming from there.)  Overall, our wedding was absolutely amazing and I wouldn’t have done it any differently. I added a picture of our reception here to show how we did it. 🙂

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

memorieslff:  Thanks! Our venue itself was gorgeous and then we got together with the bride that was getting married the day before us to string christmas lights everywhere.

Also one more great thing about a winter wedding: wedding dresses are so heavy and so hot. If I got super hot, it was only 30 degrees outside. I cooled off right away lol.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Prettysmile40:  We did a first look. Our ceremony was set to start after dark (5pm) so that all the christmas lights would be lit up outside. We got married in front of the big window with the tree outside. We have a lot of pretty pictures, though because of the snow there are very few that were taken outside. It was really really really cold and snowing at a good clip most of the day. I had a light shawl that is in the picture I’m posting. To be completely honest, it did next to nothing keeping the cold away but it looked pretty 🙂 My dress was as friends have described a “princess poofy dress” and it was completely covered in glittery sparkles. It had I think 3 or 4 layers and I actually got really hot at times and would go outside to cool off. It was funny being outside and the photographer being like okay, we’re gonna take pictures, try not to look cold lol. Also, I wore converese sneakers as did all the groomsmen and bridesmaids. No one wants an er visit on their wedding and comfortable, safe footware was a must. I bought white ones and then modge podged glitter all over them and then strung ribbon for my shoelaces and then wore Doctor Who knee high socks. Everyone else wore navy blue converse (the girls wore long blue navy dresses).

 

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Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Prettysmile40:  We left for our honeymoon the next day. It was actually the only day it didn’t snow that week! lol. My parents were less than thrilled with the number of days they had to shovel our driveway. We went to Orlando and did Disney/Universal/Sea World for two weeks. We had a blast (and most of all didn’t have any snow :-P)

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Royal Park Hotel

We had a February wedding in Michigan and it was absolutely gorgeous.   I wasn’t nuts about a winter wedding but we got engaged in May.  October was too soon and the following fall was too far away so Winter was the best for us time-wise.  Plus you get discounts on EVERYTHING!  We saved a ton of money having an off-season wedding.  All of our vendors had availability so we didn’t have to compete for venue/vendors like you kind of do during wedding season.

Lucky for us the giant snowstorm came a day before the wedding, so all guests were already in town and we had lots of snow for some great pics.  I wouldn’t do it differently.  Winter weddings are great!  

*Just a disclaimer about this pic*  haha – our photographer must have messed with the coloring of this photo because everything looks so YELLOW!  and it was all champagne gold.  I love the shot but I cringe at the color!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

im having a christmas wedding next year! 🙂 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

Prettysmile40:  I loved my winter wedding! I got married In January and had a really intimate rustic winter wedding, got married in a lodge in front of a fire place. It was perfect. 

Positives of winter wedding:(In January) People are excited to have something to look forward to after all the holiday excitement are over. Also, if your at the age where everyone you know it getting married then people can get kinda burned out of summer weddings. I also got better deals on vendors since its their slow season and they are dying for business. You can plan quicker if you want a short engagement because you don’t have to book a site a year in advnance, way more openings!

Negatives- It can be cold so taking pictures outside… burrrr. No as many venues to choose from because you can’t count on outdoor space. I don’t live where weather gets extreme but I guess if you live in a blizzard prone area that could be a risk. I think the thing I never thought of was that when we celebrated our anniversary each year there is far less for us to do as little getaway trips when its cold out. In the summer there are way more weekend away options. 

I wouldn’t change a thing though!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Norton Country Club

I’ll be having a Winter wedding in the Boston area in 93 (eeeeeek!) days on December 6th… I’m posting so I can follow and so you might get a view of what one is like around here!

Positives- Bought a TON of our decorations on 70-90% clearance after Christmas last year… Glitter is not out of place if you like that sort of thing.  There are plenty of options for color schemes- if you choose red/green or gold/silver, your venue might already be decorated!  If you go with blues/ivories/silver (like me), you get all sorts of “icy” inspiration. People seem to love a Winter wedding, I’ve had so much excitement over it from our friends and family.  Off-season discounts from our venue and photographer really helped us stay in budget too.  Oh and we’ll honeymoon to a tropical area when it’s cold and snowy here! 

Negatives- A lot of the families with school-age children won’t be able to make it since it’s not during their Winter break.  I’m not looking forward to being outside in the cold for pictures.  And Winter in New England- yeah, the weather is unpredictable. 

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