(Closed) Winter Wedding in New England… am I crazy??

posted 7 years ago in January 2012
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My uncle got married this past February in New Jersey, it was freezing! I’m from Florida so this was crazy to me! (His wife said she planned the wedding around her hot flashes, lol) The poor bridesmaids wore long dresses but they were strapless and their hair was up. They didn’t have wraps or shawls or anything and after the ceremony there was a champagne toast outside by the limo. I say go for it but make sure you give your girls something cute to cover up with! And keep the outdoor time to a minimum, running from the church to the car and the car to the reception hall was about all I could take. 

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’d be more worried about a blizzard hitting and keeping my wedding from happening all together than how to keep my bridesmaids warm….

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would just say provide a cardigan or pashmina and try to keep things indoors as much as possible?

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Yep, New England winter bride here, and absolutely thrilled. Welcome to the club!

I don’t have to worry about keeping any bridesmaids warm since we aren’t having any. As for myself, I’m wearing my grandmother’s fur coat and a pair of Uggs for our outdoor pictures (regular heels once I get back indoors). For the ceremony and reception I’m not wearing anything to stay warm (I can always put the fur back on if I need it for some reason) but I’m carrying a muff down the aisle in lieu of any flowers.

We’re providing a coat/boot check for our guests’ comfort, though many of them are staying at our inn and won’t even need coats.

For your ladies, I’d suggest incorporating a cardigan or wrap into their outfits unless the gowns are already long-sleeved. Also, they might prefer shoes that aren’t open or peep-toed. If you’re doing outdoor pictures like we’re planning, a scarf and glove set for them probably wouldn’t be amiss either.

@crayfish: Stastically speaking, summer brides are more likely to face trouble from hurricanes than we winter brides are from blizzards. I get that comment a lot — “oh no, what if it… SNOWS?!” — but the vast majority of our guests are native northern New Englanders and know how to handle it (and don’t think it’s a big deal).

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@bostonbaby where are you getting married?

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

LOVE IT! πŸ˜€ 

google, look around the ‘Bee for inspiration photos – winter weddings are so beautiful and New England is just perfect <3 (‘course I’m a little biased.. hehe) 

I did get bolero cardigans to go with the bridesmaid dresses. I wore stockings myself but did regret it, I was so excited/nervous that I really didn’t need anything to keep me warm and wish I had gone bare-legged (didn’t like how the stockings looked in photos but oh well). Some out of towners couldn’t make it because there was a giant snowstorm a few days before (fresh snow! so pretty) and though I really missed them there, I wouldn’t change my winter wedding for the world. Even if no one had showed, it was still exactly what we always wanted. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Winter weddings are so beautiful. We didn’t do it b/c we have so many guests traveling, but if it had been mostly in-town/close guests we may have gone for it.

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

oh! meant to mention – I also researched a hair dresser that would be available if there was a blizzard. I made sure she was local and willing whatever the weather turned out to be. We ended up going to a salon that was right around the corner from the venue but if you’re getting a hairdresser to come to you, I’d suggest making sure that they are willingly to brave the elements or are local, just in case. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

All my bridesmaids are getting fur capes (real warm ones, not the little stoles that don’t do anything!) and are encouraged to wear stockings and boots for outside pics, and we’re doing muff’s instead of flowers as well as long black gloves.

I am a little concerned about the weather and that guest won’t make it or have to leave early, but it’s the chance I’m taking!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’m probably doing an at-home kind of second ceremony/vow renewal on our anniversary, December 30th.  I’m not too worried because here in Maine the snow and intensity of storms doesn’t generally get too bad until mid-January into February.

In fact, I’m hoping for some snow on the ground (but no storm that day!) so I can do a winter version of TTD to contrast with my beach shoot.  And speaking of shoots, I guess it’s a crap one in winter here-it’s always a good idea to have a back-up date/plan:)

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I am right there on the crazy train with you if you are πŸ™‚  December 28th wedding in New Brunswick, Canada!!

We have a few guests traveling, but they have all said they will just come a day early if the weather forcast looks bad.

I can’t wait to wear my grandma’s vintage mink and love the way my church looks decorated at Christmas.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@soon2bkgc: The Publick House, Sturbridge MA

@rachiecakes: I’m so there with you on this — for almost all of my vendors I’ve either a. included an inclement weather clause into the contract itself (for rules regarding no-shows, bad weather, refunds, etc.) or hired more local vendors who will probably be able to make it no matter what. My photographer actually lives down the street from the venue, so she said “I’ll be there if I have to walk! Or… snowshoe!”

@stargurl101: Hooray for muffs! I’m thinking about gloves for myself, but haven’t found anything I love just yet. My gown is sort of an unusual shade of white, so it’s really hard to match.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Jan 14th in Minnesota will be snowy and cold and I cannot wait!

We have people traveling in, but most are coming several days early.

My dress is strapless, but I’m wearing a blue fox fur stole and long white gloves to ward off the cold!

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper

oooh the Publick House is gorgeous. 

 

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