Post # 1
Michigan girls – is anyone else considering a winter wedding? Or have you been to any winter weddings?
I’m thinking January, for a lot of reasons, because while it’s not ideal, neither is any-time else. But I’m super worried about snow (airport closing, cars going off the roads, freezing to death in a wedding dress, you know, the usual!). What do you think, am I crazy to consider this?
Post # 3
I am having a February wedding in Wisconsin, so you are not alone! Yes, we are worried about the snow, but we are just hoping for the best. Winter was the best time to plan our wedding (FI is a farmer), so we decided to embrace it and go with a Valentine’s Day theme. I would think you can do a lot of beautiful things with blues, whites, silvers, snowflakes, etc. in January!
Post # 4
Thanks for the encouragement, Feathers! I guess I should have thought broader than just MI – we’re not the only icy tundra state! hehe…
Post # 5
I’m from Quebec City, Canada and altough winter is beautiful here it is also unpredictable and intense (think an average of 15 ft of snow) and I would be scared to be snowed in on my wedding day.
Post # 6
oh i would totally love it!!! being from the south i never get to see real snow, you know? i would think it was cozy, comforting, romantic and warm… are you having the wedding in a hotel though just in case? if so your guests can definitely have the option of checking into a hotel if the weather gets too insane.
Post # 7
@crebre, haha, unfortunately I’m past thinking snow is beautiful. It’s more about the fact that I won’t be able to book a location until mid-Jan ’10, and I’m assuming the location I want/can afford just won’t be available in October or late November (plus then everyone is in school), so … Late November’s out b/c it’s J’s birthday; Late December is out b/c of Christmas. We could do early December, but I’m assuming no one (our list is now about 50% OOT guests, including most of my family) will be taking time off 2 weeks before Christmas to fly across the country…
Jan 2, ’11 is a Sunday; everyone will still be on break, we can do early afternoon and a short-ish reception (i.e. no full meal, not a lot of dancing, since we’re not having alcohol anyway), and an afterparty afterwards if locals want to go out, or if OOT people want to stick around longer and fly out on Monday.
I feel halfway like I’m consigning myself to this, but half like “when else is anyone going to be able to come!?” – I don’t want to do spring break, because if we do that, the wedding will likely fall ON my birthday :(, and that means waiting til summer – almost a year later than we were originally talking!
Am I being totally too logical about this? Should I just assume people will want to come to my wedding no matter when it is?
Post # 8
You need a box for “winter weddings are awesome – totally do it!”
I would have done a winter wedding if I couldn’t have done fall. Winter weddings are s so beautiful and there are so many lovely decorations. You could do a blue and white wedding with lots of icy decor. After Christmas you can score so much decor for a low price.
Plus I always thought it would have been fun to get one of those white furry capes to wear over your wedding dress. And ride in a sleigh with your new husband.
You could serve hot chocolate to keep all your guests warm and toasty.
There are so many options for winter weddings. Photos would look great too if there is snow. We did our engagement photos in the middle of January in MN last year and I love how they turned out. If I could go back and do my wedding over I would have considered a winter wedding much more than I had.
Post # 9
I agree that there would be so many fun decor options for a winter option! And hot chocolate to keep everyone warm…I love it! Even though I hate cold and snow there’s still a little part of me that thinks winter weddings are very romantic and have a cozy feel to them.
I definitely think you should go for it!
Post # 10
I was just telling my FI the other day that we should change our date in order to have a winter wedding in MN. He looked at me like I was crazy and I know we shouldn’t change it now because we have everything set, but I think it would be wonderful. Yes, you have the chance that there will be a blizzard and a 100% certainty that it will be below freezing and most likely below zero but I just think a winter wedding sounds fabulous. A friend of ours got married in December and it was just lovely. I say go for it!
Post # 11
ok, you bees are probably right… I just need to suck it up and start planning for the winter. I mean, realistically waiting until there’s no chance of snow means, like, June. Another 6 months? No thanks!
Post # 12
I think winter weddings are beautiful. if you are going to do it, play it up.
Post # 13
I’m doing a winter wedding in Toledo, Ohio. Hoping snow doesn’t hit too hard by New Years Eve. Our reception is at the hotel everyone is staying at, so if we get snowed in, we can just have an extended party! I hope that doesn’t happen though, because we are supposed to leave for our honeymoon on 1/1/2010! Haha. My mom had a winter wedding, and I never planned on it, but I’m so excited, because I LOVE snow! Love it. Like favorite thing in the whole wide world (besides FH) love it! Even though it’s not a huge theme in our wedding, I am making capes for me and the BM’s so that we can (hopefully!) have all kinds of fun outdoor snowy pictures!