Post # 1
Hello bees !
So now that my SO proposed in december, we are obviously starting to talk about a wedding date and I need advice !
I live in Canada, which means winter is cold and we have snow, a lot. I want to get married in december 2015 because if we dont’, we’d have to wait until the summer of 2016 (his family is far and can’t come during spring, only june or july). We’re not living together until we get married (family and religious reasons) which sucks !
Now, any bees have experience with getting married during the winter when it’s cold and snowy ? Was it worth it or you’d would wait for summer? I’m hesitant because well, it’s not really practical (hair, dress, sun goes down early, etc..) I’d like to know what y’all think pleasee !
Thank you xx
Post # 2
Honestly, I would attempt to do it before christmas and not after. YOu have a better chance of having somewhat decent (NOT brutally frigid weather). YOu have to make contingencies for things like ice storms, travel for guests (if they get snowed in they might miss your wedding) etc. Not trying to snow on your parade, I think winter weddings are gorgeous. Plus is that you can get some gorgeously decorated churches if you have it that month, so you can save on the decorating budget because everyone would have garland and twinkle lights up 🙂 ps where in Canada would you be having it?
Post # 3
A friend of mine got married at a ski resort in Colorado in the dead of winter and it was AMAZING. Everything was so well planned and I loved the cozy winter feel. And also, her wedding pictures in the snow were just to die for.
Big fan of winter weddings and leaning towards one myself. It might take more planning and forethought, but I think it’s unforgettable if done right.
Post # 4
I didn’t have a winter wedding but have been a guest at a few. We don’t all hibernate for the winter. Life goes on. Lots of couples get married in the winter. You just find something warm to wear over your dress, lift up the dress, and wear something waterproof on your feet if you need to.
There are downsides to a winter wedding and one is that travel can be weather dependent. If storms are bad, flights can be cancelled.
Ther are advantages to winter weddings including fabulous picture opportunities.
Post # 5
You could always have an indoor wedding. I would just be worried about all the snow and if your guest will be able to make it on time. Im from Arizona and we don’t get snow in the city. Our biggest concern here is the heat.
Post # 6
We live in Canada. My cousin got married just this past December. Decemver 27th. However the day of her wedding the weather was surprisingly warm. I think it was like 6 degrees or something and not any snow on the ground. So they took a lot of pictures outside and they were really lucky.
But in general lots of people have weddings in the winter. It should be fine. Just hope there’s no huge snow storm to prevent people from coming.
Post # 7
First, thank you for your response ! And yes we were planning to do it before christmas ! 🙂 Around the 19th, 20th ! And you’re totally right about the decoration, didnt even think about that ! I live in Québec, in the Montreal suburbs (I’m french canadian, is that how we say that ?) and so Fiance and I, because we have a tight budget, were planning on doing everything in our local church (ceremony and reception, they have a space for that !)
Thanks for your response 🙂 And you’re right, winter weddings are amazing when planned right, but see, my family thought it was a bad idea and I was kinda bummed about it ! But where I live, everyone, and I really mean EVERYONE have their wedding during the summer, so when you come up with such an idea (winter wedding), they think it’s weird ! 😛
Yes you’re right ! Life doesn’t stop even if winter is hard on us sometimes 😛 But you know, I thought exacltly the same as you but my family were making me hesitate.. they thought it wasnt a good idea ! Thank you for your response, it was the extra motivation I needed 🙂
Oh yes, the indoor wedding is a must ! We have temperatures like -20 (celcius) here in Québec during december and lot of snow !
Oh lucky her !! I think I’ll just start wishing for such temperature on my wedding, but I think I have a chance since we plan on getting married before christmas, around the 19 or 20 of december ! 🙂
Post # 8
Too funny!! I’m in Montreal right now (le Plateau, at an airbnb rental) for my k1 visa!! I flew into town this past Saturday, during the worst weather for travel imaginable!! hahaha!! I guess I would suggest too, make sure you have kleats for your shoes/boots under your dress! The ice here, is BRUTAL! had no idea!! 🙂
Post # 9
ps: I am english speaking, the people have been very kind and accommodating to my lack of french and my really bad attempts at trying to understand hahah!!
Post # 10
sweetbee7810: Another gorgeous thought…a forest green/or red coat and/or a faux fur trimmed muff for your hands… that would be gorgeous over a wedding gown… sorry, getting carried away at all the pretty ideas as I sip my caffe in my rental flat! hahaha!! (have to do something, it’s too cold to go outside!)
Post # 11
I live in Canada and got married on November 20, 2010…there was a big snowstorm two days before my wedding! We knew when we picked that wedding date that there would be snow…how much of it there would be was anyone’s guess. I still did everything I wanted to do on my wedding day and even had gorgeous outdoor photos done at our venue (which is a phenomenal place for outdoor photos because of all of the open space and beautiful scenery in both summer and winter). Yes, it was worth it for me, even if it meant standing out in the cold in my heels and strapless gown! Everyone made it…we Canadians are hard core and used to it! LOL. I had a Winter Wonderland theme for the reception and it was absolutely beautiful. It was a cold day, but it was the BEST day of my life!!
Post # 12
I’m getting married in Ontario on January 31, obviously it hasn’t happened yet, but will let you know. I’m excited for our winter wedding! And like PPs have mentioned pictures can be beautiful!
Inspiration pic for me, look how happy they are! lol
We’re having an evening wedding and using the sun going down to our advantage and doing all of the pictures before hand. Not sure how hair and makeup are different? It’ll be done indoors, and I’m happy it won’t be melting off of me like it has when I’ve gotten it done for summer weddings.
Right before Christmas would be beautiful! I love all of the beautiful decorations and you could use that to your advantage, especially if you’re on a tight budget.
Post # 13
yeah, I’m not hard core… born and raised Canadian. I can’t handle cold and I even wear a jacket when I’m in Texas hahah!!
Post # 14
We got married Dec. 7, 2013 in Illinois, where it does snow. We had a major snowstorm 2 days before the wedding (Thursday night into Friday morning, got married on a Saturday). We had a lot of guests that had a 2-3 hour drive so we had hotels blocked for them; that drive turned into a 3-4 hour drive. However, everyone came. The morning of our wedding it was really cold but the sun was out so the snow just glistened! We have some gorgeous outdoor photos.
I didn’t originally want a winter wedding but when we got engaged in August 2013 our choices were 1) December 2013, 2) December 2014 or 3) spring/summer 2015, as DH’s brother was getting married June 2014 and he got engaged before us. We decided to have a short engagement so that’s how we wound up with a winter wedding.
The church had all its decorations up already so we didn’t need to add anything. Our ceremony was at 4pm so the sun was just going down but it was very pretty to have the early sunset. Our reception was at a restaurant (in a private room) that had a fireplace so it was really pretty and cozy there. They also had white lights everywhere so we had very little decorating to do. I didn’t really have a theme; my bridesmaids wore black dresses and my accent color was silver. I didn’t want it to look like Christmas, and fortunately having it so early in December there wasn’t an overwhelming feeling of Christmas everywhere (not that there’s anything wrong with a holiday theme, I just didn’t want one).
What was nice about getting married in the winter was that we didn’t have a lot of conflicts with other parties, like graduations, other weddings, communions, etc. My area usually gets snow so while I was concerned about the extra time it took to get everywhere, we’re all used to it so it didn’t turn out to be that big an inconvenience.
My BIL/SIL who got married this summer had it rain on their wedding so you can have unpredictible weather any time of year. While I still love summer weddings, I felt like our winter wedding had a feeling of warmth and coziness that you can’t get with warm weather.
Post # 15
I’m not that hard core either! LOL. I prefer everything indoors and warm and comfy. If you do decide to go with a winter wedding, just make sure your venue is really well heated and everyone is comfortable and you’ll be fine. Winter weddings are beautiful, but you really have to account for the outdoor elements for photos, guests, driving, etc. My hubby had the foresight to rent an SUV limo for the wedding party – love him for that! As for the sun going down early, it made for a beautiful reception with all the gorgeous lighting in the venue and lumination from our centerpieces.