Post # 1
Hi everyone, looking for some opinions. We have found a venue we love but of course its pretty pricey, plus they hardly have any dates available for next year. They did however have a date in early June, ie, winter (I’m from Sydney, Australia). They are offering a great deal for that date ($AUD7000 less than in summer) and I wanted to go for it, but my Fiance is worried it will be too cold and miserable. It is a water side venue so it can get windy there. I sort of convinced him it would be ok, but now I’m second guessing myself and beginning to think he is right. We have not paid the deposit yet but we have to pay and sign the contract tomorrow.
The ceremony would be outside with a back up location inside and the reception would be inside.
Should we go ahead with the winter date, pay the extra for a warm weather date if we can get one, or keep looking for a different venue? Advice from Sydney/NSW brides especially appreciated!!
Post # 2
Id go for the winter date anyway so its not a sweat fest.
Post # 3
pancakes11 : Hi! I’m a June, Winter, Sydney bride. We’ve booked an indoor venue so the weather won’t be as much of an issue except during transit. Some of our guests are really excited at the thought of a winter wedding 🙂
As redwinetime said, it’s not a sweat fest – this is exactly one of the reasons I requested winter. The guys won’t be hot in their suits and the girls can wear nice, cute winter cover ups 🙂
Post # 4
True, I’d prefer a winter date over one in the height of summer. I go extremely red faced and sweaty in the heat so it wouldn’t be a pretty sight! Not to mention the guys wearing suits – not comfortable. However having it in spring or autumn would be pretty mild and were my preference initially.
Post # 5
I’d do the winter wedding. However, in Canada (where I am from) an outdoors winter wedding is unheard of. Summer weather is unpredictable, here. Rainy, windy, gloomy or gorgeous. It can all happen. Because the weather is always a gamble, an indoor wedding is the easiest to plan for. Take the cheaper price and stay inside. If the weather allows for it, outdoor photos?
Post # 6
I was going to say no but winter in Sydney is nothing. It’s not even that cold. Do it!
Here it would be snow storms and potentially -20 so then I err on the side of no.
Post # 7
pancakes11 : I’m in the US (Midwest) and our winters can be very cold and snowy. However, for our summers the weather can be anywhere from hot and sunny with high humidity to massive thunderstorms and tornados. The vast majority of weddings I have been to have been in the summer and I would love to attend a winter wedding, especially when the holiday decorations are displayed.
In your case, since it sounds like your winters aren’t that bad, I would have the money and have it in June.
Post # 8
I like winter weddings, but would definitely not plan on having your ceremony outside.
Post # 9
I can’t say that I know what the Winters are like where you are, but I know a lot of places will accommodate an outdoor ceremony in the cold with all kinds of heaters. Hopefully that will be an option otherwise some kind of indoor ceremony if possible, but I think Winter weddings are so gorgeous!
Post # 10
I think in Aust in all honesty you just dont know what you will get! You could get a mild day with some sun or overcast and rain, if you have a back up to be inside I think its a great idea.
Our is all outside – early March with no backup for inside (however reception is undercover) I was (and still am a bit!) worried about what unpredictable weather we may have. Our ceremony starts later in the day, so Im holding on hope that if it is hot, atleast its not in the middle of the day. But all in all weather isnt something you have any control over so you just have to go along with it 😊 FIY – My friend had hers in same area in early Feb (which is right on summer) and got an overcast drizzly day!
If its your dream venue and going to be in your budget, with the backup of being inside I say go for it!
Post # 11
pancakes11 : Another Aus bride here, definitely go for the winter wedding if that’s what you want! Our winters are mild, the worse thing is that women will have to wear a coat/jacket over their dress which is nothing.
Post # 12
I think it depends on your venue.
If it’s on the harbour and that’s the ‘draw card’ doing it in winter might ruin the flow. What venue are you looking at?
I however adore a winter wedding. I was married in August in nsw (lovedale). Our venue was all fire places and warmth though.
Positives: no one sweat, I could wear my grandmas mink, we got some cozy pics
negatives: it drizzled for a bit (both ceremony and reception were inside), I think it’s harder for women to pick winter formal outfits as you get more wear out of your summer outfits
Post # 14
Jeniper : It’s Dunbar House, Watson’s Bay.
Post # 15
pancakes11 : I’ve been to a wedding there and I don’t think it’s weather dependent. The only thing I will say is it’s a shocker getting into the venue if it’s windy/raining (but that can happen any time of the year!) because it has no shelter from the coast. But once inside you wouldn’t notice the weather.
There is also a stunningly beautiful Catholic Church (sisters of the sea or something) just around the corner. I’ve been to 3 weddings there and it’s in my top 2 “pretty” churches in Syd (if you’re that way inclined and/or are looking for a indoor ceremony option)