Which month is best for a winter wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Winter wedding month?
    December : (7 votes)
    30 %
    January : (5 votes)
    22 %
    February : (7 votes)
    30 %
    March : (4 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 2
    70 posts
    Worker bee

    if you’re unsure of having costs be too expensive or worrying about it being too christmas-y I’d do Feburary. It’s after the holidays and will give some people some time to relax & get theyre spending “leveled out”.  I Can’t tell you how many times i’ve heard about people not doing anythign to save money if its after the holidays because they’ve spent too much haha. 


    Plus if it’s in chicago, there will most likely still be snow and it will be cold!

    Post # 4
    4424 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    mandipandi:  I had a December wedding (December 31) and LOVED it! It was after Christmas and I gave almost a year’s warning with Save the Dates so people could figure out if they could attend and set aside money for both Christmas and traveling to our wedding. If you give enough advance, I don’t forsee any date (except those during Christmas week) of being too much of an issue as long as you know that some people may not be able to make it regradless. If that concerns you, I think January or February are great months as well!

    Post # 5
    2475 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I would definitely wait until after Christmas or the holidays could overshadow your wedding and it will be treated like one more thing your guests have to do around the holidays.  They would probably be much more relaxed and enjoy your wedding a lot more.  If it is in February, it will probably be refreshing because there is a lot going on in the dead of winter in the Chicago area.  

    I grew up in the Chicago area, and my one worry would be the weather prevented people from getting to the wedding (you mentioned your guests traveling) so I would favor March for that reason.  I’ve also had my plane canceled MANY times to or from Chicago because of weather, and last year I was trapped in a snow storm for 3 days in the midwest.  

    Post # 6
    2700 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    If you want to stay away from Christmas, December is out. Christmas has pretty much taken that whole month over. Personally, I would avoid January. At least where I am in Ohio, that is usually the harshest part of the winter and the weather is so unpredictable you could end up with there being too much snow or it being too cold for your guests to get to your wedding. If you want snow, March will probably be too late, that’s boarderline spring. In my calculations that leaves February! I would go with mid February so (like PPs said) your guests holiday spending will be leveled out.

    Post # 7
    3312 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010


    January would be best. Christmas is very expensive and busy, so you don’t want people to have to choose between your wedding and Christmas spending. I had a cousin who married six days before Christmas. He rudely only gave two weeks notice and I told him that was very inconsiderate. 

    Post # 8
    2524 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    I chose Feb.  🙂 I’m getting married Feb 15.  I wanted a winter wedding.  It was far enough from Christmas that air fare was back to normal but it was still far enough from March that we’re likely to have snow (March can be just about anything weather-wise).  

    Post # 9
    1408 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    I think it depends on where you are and the weather that you are wishing. For me, I was originally wanting Feb since it’s well after the holidays and we are more guaranteed snow, but our venue was all booked up. We ended up the beginning of January but still far enough after the holidays. I also gave my guests about 8 months warning. I didn’t want to go too far past February since my birthday is in March and my FI’s birthday is two weeks later. I didn’t want three big events within a few weeks of each other.

    Another part of my thinking was, in the future if we want to go away for our anniversary, that would be less likely to happen if it was too close to the holidays.

    So, to make a short story long, I vote for either January or February. 

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 9 months ago by  Keroppi. Reason: Grammar made me do it
    Post # 11
    7719 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    If you’re wanting to avoid the cold, wintry weather, I would push it to later in the winter like March. It will still be cold but better than January, and you might get lucky and have a warmish day!

    Post # 12
    70 posts
    Worker bee

    mandipandi:  I’m weird and like saying the dates outloud to see how it sounds and I like 2/13/15 rather that 1/23/15 🙂

    Post # 14
    1169 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    January! Mine is in Jan though so I’m biased (destination wedding and not winter wedding, if that matters).  February would also be fine but for me January just screams “Winter Wedding” while February seems very Valentines-y (if that was a word). 

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