Winter wedding dilemma! Opinions please!

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Winter wedding outdoors?
    Yes - go for it! : (48 votes)
    59 %
    No - you're crazy! : (34 votes)
    41 %
  • Post # 3
    9412 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @Laurengrapes:  I believe your winters are a lot more mild than Canadian winters. Sometimes when I’m outside in the winter it hurts to breathe because it’s so cold. If anyone tried to make me watch a ceremony outside in those conditions, I’d leave.

    I have a couple of questions before I answer. Is your social circle outdoorsy? Do people usually spend extended periods of time outside in the winter? If the answers to those questions are no, then I’d keep the wedding indoors.

    Winter weddings are much cheaper (I’m doing one as well) but you still need to be considerate of your guests. On the off chance that anyone would be uncomfortable, I’d rather be safe than sorry and do what’s best for everyone and not just what I want.

    Post # 4
    1056 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars

    Personally, I don’t like the cold weather.  But I would tough it out if the ceremony was short.

    Post # 5
    957 posts
    Busy bee

    @LemonLavender:  I agree with this. If the ceremony is short, than I say go for it. It’s something different!

    Post # 6
    6450 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    To the US bees: this is 50 degrees Fahrenheit. I think this is definitely manageable. Especially if you have blankets and guests are aware that it will be outside.

    ETA: I suppose this could vary based on where you are from. As I am from WI, 50 F is fairly mild to me.

    Post # 7
    2675 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    Since I’m used to below zero winters a 10 C (50 F for those of us in the US) actually doesn’t seem that bad. But that’s because to me that would easily be an autumn wedding (or spring) here with those tempratures. I would try and get a feel from your potential guests though first on their opinions. I think it could work but if you run it past a handful of guests and they all think you’re insane, then maybe not.

    Post # 8
    6969 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I would not be a fan of this at all, sorry.

    Post # 9
    895 posts
    Busy bee

    I’m having a winter wedding. My fiances family is complaining about how cold it’s going to be and IT’S NOT OUTSIDE! They don’t even have to go outside to go from ceremony to reception. I don’t know if our families are full of complainers (okay I know they are..) but from reactions I’ve gotten, older people too, I would say no to outdoors. Or maybe give people the option or only have your immediate family there.


    Post # 10
    6166 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    50 degrees F while it wouldn’t be my choice, i could probably tolerate it.

    i went to a november wedding last year.  the bride wanted an outdoor ceremony.  i wore a wool coat over my dress.  the bride provided about 5 blankets for 80 guests.  i did not get a blanket although i would have liked one.  my FI was fine because he likes it cold.

    Post # 11
    3202 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    We’re getting married outdoors in January, but we’re from Florida, so it’s NORMALLY like 70 degrees F (21 degrees C, apparently). But, weather is unpredictable, so if it does wind up being more like 50, we are planning to rent tall propane heaters and put them near the guests’ chair (in addition to blanket, cocoa, etc).

    Can you make it a gametime decision? If it IS 50, I don’t think that’s bad at all, and I’m from Florida! But, heaven forbid, it’s like 30, that would be too uncomfortable.

    Post # 12
    3047 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’m from Northern Sweden where winter weddings have become a business, so in general I’m all for it as long as you know you have the right crowd for it. However, I’m still not sold on this idea – 10C doesn’t result in a nice winter landscape, it feels like everything will mostly be gray and the ground will be clay… Do you have any photos that show what it would look like during that time of the year?

    Post # 13
    264 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @Laurengrapes:  I also live in the UK and think that whilst it can be 10degrees in December it can be alot colder than that. But I still say go for it as long as its only for the ceramony…

    Post # 14
    454 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    So, I’m having a winter wedding… And unless it’s pissing down with rain, or snowing(unlikely) we will probably be having the ceremony outdoors. Obviously, it will not be a long ceremony and it also won’t be super duper fancy and formal. I know it sounds awful, and that I’m not thinking of my guests’ comfort, but it is obviously their responsibility to dress appropriately for the weather… uh… winter is cold, do not wear a strapless, short dress with sandals or cute peep toes 🙂

    Of course, if there were many older people or little babies I would rethink this. But i think those outdoor gas heaters, blankets and hand warmers with something hot to drink will help 🙂

    Post # 15
    30284 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @Laurengrapes:  10 degrees celsius is about….50F?  I’d be cold but I think i’d be okay! I went to a wedding once in Austin in the wintertime in the middle of an ice storm, and they still did the wedding outside…it was the worst thing ever. But at 50, I think blankets and handwarmers (and maybe heat lamps?) would do the trick for me!

    Post # 16
    2962 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    We actually had a cold front 2 days before our wedding in April in TX and it was about 54 degrees F AND our wedding was outdoors (reception too). Never in the history of TX has it been that cold during that time in our area! 50 degrees would seem cold to us because we have so much humidity here and the wind blowing, take that into account. It will make 50 degrees seem like 30 with the wind blowing.

    I would suggest going to and seeing what the average temp is on that day and expect it to be that if not colder. I would maybe also have the guests wait inside (possibly have a small cocktail hr wit just the warm drinks) before the ceremony and when it’s time, have the guests seated. That way the early guests wont have to suffer.

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