Post # 1
So, from the start FI and I have wanted an August wedding. We’ve been pretty set on August 17, 2013 as our date and have been planning things around that (nothing’s been booked yet).
However recently we’ve been talking about how much we love winter and how cool it would be to do a winter-themed wedding with snowflakes, ice and shades of white, blue and gold. And I’m REALLY starting to like the idea. However:
We live in an area that gets hit HARD during the winter, so there is the potential for disaster if we went the winter wedding route. So maybe we should stick to August and all of our original plans? Plus as we’d be looking at December 2012-January/February 2013, this would move us up almost a whole year on plans and I don’t know if that’s doable. Hmm.
If you had a winter wedding: When did you do it and how did it go? Did you have any weather issues (if you live in an area that gets snow/ice)? How did you deal with them?
Post # 3
I live just outside of Buffalo NY so i know what youre talking about when it comes to incliment weather conditions. I have been to more weddings in the winter months than i have been to the others. I have to say all were goregous! I am just officially starting my own wedding designers business. here are a few suggestions and ideas. first off if your going to do a winter wedding plan for extra travel time. roads can be slippery and we don’t want your guests having any mishaps on your big day. one great idea is to plan for some light music for about 30 minutes before your walk down the isle. have your invites state the time music starts instead of your actual walk. this will give guests plenty of time to arrive safely. you could even state it as a musical introduction to the ceremony.
next some winter bling! one of the most beautiful things i have ever seen in a winter wedding is so simple yet breathtaking in effect. you take bare branches and spray paint them white let dry. then you coat them with glue and sprinkle with glass glitter. set them out in vases wherever you want and watch them sparkle! So easy and so inexpensive to make yet look incredibly elegent!
I have lots more ideas if you like!
Post # 4
@Off the Hip: Yay, Buffalo! That’s where my mom is currently living 🙂
I love both the music and centerpiece ideas — wow! I will definitely keep you in mind if we do go forward with the winter wedding.
Post # 5
We got married in December in Connecticut. We knew right away we wanted a winter wedding and decided that early December would give us a chance to beat the weather mess and it did. We had great weather that day but it still felt like winter.
We did eggplant, gold, and ivory. It was beautiful. Our venue had a tree up so we got married in front of it. The tree and candle lights were the only lighting in the space.
Post # 6
We had a winter wedding! Actually a hockey-themed wedding during an AHL game, haha
But we did have a reception where we had lots of crystal, lighted tree branches, pine cones. My bouquet was all pine cones and pearls. Big fluffy “snowball” chrysanthemums. We used lots of black and ivory with silver.
Post # 7
@mwitter80: Wow, that’s beautiful! I love the idea of being married in the light of just a tree and candlelight. How stunning! And your dress is incredible as well 🙂
@rachiecakes: How cool! How sad is it that I had to look up AHL? LOL, I know nothing about hockey. Is your husband a player, or are you two just really huge fans? I love your use of black and ivory, it’s such a classy color combination and really suits a winter/ice theme.
Post # 8
@MissCalifornia: he’s a radio personality (& the booking agent at bigger classic venue in town) but he also plays hockey, teaches kids to skate, takes photos for some teams, basically lives and breathes hockey, haha. Our first date was on ice, so I think we always felt we’d have a winter wedding
Post # 9
@rachiecakes: Aww, that is really cool 🙂 Your husband sounds like a heck of a fun guy!
Post # 10
Winter Weddings I think would be wonderful because in most places I think you would go there would already be decorations. So that will save alot on costs in the end with no need to decorate. Weather could be an issue but techincally no matter what month you could always run into a weather issue.
Post # 11
We had a Dec wedding outdoors on a golf course overlooking the ocean, granted we’re in the Bay Area. I totally did not think about the weather when I booked the place and ended up stressing about the weather. Thankfully after a solid week of rain, it cleared up on the day of our wedding and went back to being rainy again.
Post # 12
Great things about winter wedding (so far, crossing fingers for travel weather for out of towners): everything is cheaper, great venues, photographers, etc aren’t booked – even last minute, dress took less than a month to arrive, wedding date was easy to set as we didn’t have to compete with important guests’ previous travel plans.
And I think it will be really pretty but I could be biased… We also went with ivory and black.