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Hi! I’ve been seriously considering holding a winter wedding in NYC. I love that the prices are SO much cheaper ($50-$75/person less than the high season) and that you’re not stuck in the middle of wedding season, getting married when everyone else is. But I’m getting a little nervous about the weather — it doesn’t snow all that much in Manhattan, but if it does, I’m worried about out-of-town guests not being able to come because of the snow and inconveniencing local guests by making them get dressed up and drive in the snow.
I’ve never actually been to any winter weddings myself, and neither have any of my close friends, so I thought I’d turn to the hive for advice. Has anyone been to or held weddings where it snowed? How much of a hassle was it? Did a lot of guests not come because of the snow? Thanks!!
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My sister got married last December. It was gorgeous! It did snow, but she only had 25 guests who were all in town, so I can’t say too much about how that affected things.
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@Salsals – I’ll let you know in 3 weeks how it goes. 😉
Anyway, here’s my thinking on the situation…
Will you have a lot of out of town guests & where would they be coming from? I mean, there’s always a possibility for weather related delays – be it snow, rain, wildfires, fog, nor’easters, etc. And in some parts of the world, winter starts in September and lasts through April. So, that’s the first thing. Secondly, you need to figure out how many of these out of towners are must have in attendance people (i.e. parents, sibs, etc.). My FI’s family is from the West Coast & we knew that the majority of the family wouldn’t make it, but we spoke with his immediate family & they decided that they’d make a week long vacation of their trip out here. So, in the event that there are weather related travel delays, we do have some wiggle-room. As for your local guests – NJ/NYers are tough. We don’t let a little stinkin’ snow keep us housebound! 🙂 Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever not attended a function because of winter weather. Worst case scenario, I’ve worn snowboots & a heavy parka but just checked them @ the coat check and changed into appropriate footwear. We’ve got great public transportation & fantastic car services at our disposal in the area. You could also consider having the reception @ a hotel so that guests have the option of staying the night. Or if you’ve got a lot of guests coming from one location, you could do a shuttlebus.
Other things to consider with the winter wedding – photography. That’s what’s giving me a headache right now… scouting locations that I like for indoor plan B photos.
@Ottawa – what a gorgeous pic! Your sis looks so cute & brave to have her legs out in the winter! 🙂
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I was a tad bit worried about the weather. For a while, they were calling for a 30 inch blizzard in Michigan (where my family was driving from). However, it only snowed 10 inches, so it was fine. All of the important people, family and closest friends, booked their travel for Thursday night. That way, they would have a whole day of flex time, just in case they were delayed.
The hardest thiing is taking photos. Obviously outside ones are the nicest – but it was coooold. I’m looking forward to getting my pro photos back – hopefully our faces are not expressing the extreme cold.
Post # 8
My cousin got married in Philly in November and it was snowing. It was gorgeous. Im a summer kind of girl, but it was beautiful!
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Thanks all! @ Miss Meepsie, congratulations, I’m sure your wedding will be beautiful! We have a decent amount of out-of-towners (somewhere btwn 25 and 30% of our total guest list, I’d say). But literally ALL of our must-have people are local, so that’s something. And you’re def right about the NYC public transportation system–I’d been considering the outer boroughs, but I think Manhattan really is the most accessible in the event of Severe Weather Emergencies, so that’s prob where we’ll do it if we do decide to stick with the winter. I feel your pain with the photograpphy though, that’s tough (and I am SO not one to man up and take pictures outside while freezing to death!). Grand Central and places like that I think are just as gorgeous as any outdoor spots though, I think. Good luck!
@OttawaBride, LOVE that pic–so romantic and old-fashioned, somehow