(Closed) WINTER WEDDING???? Huge mistake

posted 10 years ago in Vancouver
Post # 3
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

It seems like an easy decision to me.  Even though January is significant for you and your FH, you have to keep in mind:

  • How much snow – a little or a lot?
  • Your guests. Are many coming from out of town, and how difficult will travel be for them in the snow?
  • Your vendors.  Will it make having flowers, food, etc. more difficult to deliver in adverse conditions?

I learned when planning my wedding, that I wasn’t going to have everything exactly the way I wanted because that happens sometimes. You have to weigh some things against others, and decide what you absoloutely can’t live without and what you’re willing to sacrifice.  And don’t get bummed out if the date doesn’t work out. Your wedding day will be so special and significant to you all on it’s own….even if it’s not on the day that you and FH met!

Post # 4
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

A snowy backdrop can be beautiful.  But in all honesty, talk to locals of the area and consult a farmer’s almanac.  If that time of year often brings blizzards and ice storms, I’d rethink it.  If its cold and snowy, then make sure you’ve got a cute shawl or sweater to go with your dress.

Post # 5
406 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009 - Small church ceremony with mountain-view log cabin reception

I had to make the same considerations. Many of our vendors are driving two hours to get to our wedding location, and I’m praying that the highway doesn’t close (which it often does in the winter). For us, it was worth it because we really wanted the snowy backdrop. Is winter a busy time of year for your venue? I would talk to them, and if they give you the impression that they rarely do winter events, I would rethink it. You want both your vendors and guests to feel comfortable.

Post # 7
29 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

People in our area (I’m from new westminster, BC) can be really wimpy about the snow.  I would find a way to inform your guests to the safe road conditions near the venue.

Another thing you may want to ask your venue is what do they do if the power goes out? Sadly this is something that happens regularly when we have cold and windy weather.

I hope it all works out for you!

Post # 8
342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

If you decide to do the January wedding at Swan e set, will you keep worrying about the potential of snow, or will you be able to just make the decision and move on?

We talked about having an outdoor ceremony.  Even though the potential for rain in our area was small, I knew myself enough to know that I would stress over that small chance of rain too much leading up to our wedding day.  I didn’t want to have something like that in the back of my head during the planning process, so we decided to keep everything indoors to minimize stress.  A snowy background sounds BEAUTIFUL, but think about if you will be worrying about the weather every day from now until your wedding.

Post # 9
49 posts
  • Wedding: March 2010

What you can do is add that information in your invitations when you send it out. A lot of my bridal clients ask for an additional insert card that has some key information for the area. This way your guests will know what to expect. If you have a wedding website, you can also keep them updated by providing a "What to See/Expect" page that will list what they should know, how to dress for the type of weather, shuttle information, sight-seeing information, etc. It will definitely come in handy either way.

Post # 10
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2018 - Majestic Colonial Resort, Punta Cana

Everyone has such great suggestions! I must be an uber nerd ’cause my first instinct was to go see what the probability of snow on that day was. I found this nifty thing on the online Farmers Almanac (hey, don’t laugh –  I grew up in Alberta, my dad always had one of these things laying around!) where you can go and find out the exact weather conditions for any day in the past. I went and checked every Jan 16 as far back as 2000 for Pitt Meadows and it didn’t snow once. 🙂


Just remember – rain or snow, your wedding can still be absolutely mind-blowingly gorgeous!

Post # 11
570 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

I’m in Seattle and the roads just closed school for three days… we’re getting married in a month.  Eh, whatever!  Too late now, and in the end we’ll be married anyway.  I think that people will want to come to your wedding and support you badly enough that they will brave streets they might not normally go out on just to be with you.  That’s what I keep telling myself, anyway!

Post # 12
6 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

Do you have a wedding website or blog?  It may help to post winter weddings, whether at Swan-E-Set or not, and show how beautiful weddings there can be.  Maybe you could suggest routes to get there too?

 You chose January for a very special reason – your guests will make it to your wedding because they know how important this day is for you and your fiance. 

 Good luck!!

Post # 13
12 posts
  • Wedding: November 2008

i had my prom at swan-e-set! what a gorgeous place. I live in Langley, and I would say that this year is the freakiest weather I can remember since I was a little kid. I would say that its safe. Its a gamble, but it should be fine. It can’t be like this every year…. right?!?!? Yeah, I can understand the panic, but if it was me, I would guess it should be okay.

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