Winter weddings are beautiful—there’s snow outside, people are excited to celebrate during the holiday season or beginning of the New Year, and there are so many delicious wintry cocktails and decorations to choose from.
Yet there are also a few things to keep in mind, as winter is also a pretty unpredictable season. As there is so much going on during these chillier months, you’ll want to make sure everything is organized well ahead of time to reduce stress as best as possible.
Here are a few tips for planning your winter wonderland of a wedding—it should be the best night of your life!
Consider Holiday Dates
Lots of people plan trips, family vacations, parties, and yes, weddings, during the holidays—yet that also means people may already have plans and won’t be able to make it to your special day.
If you have your heart set on a New Year’s Eve or Thanksgiving weekend wedding, be sure to send out save-the-dates at least a year in advance and be prepared that a large number of your desired attendees won’t be able to come, regardless.
If you are hoping that your complete guest list can come, secure a different date within the winter season that doesn’t overlap with these in-demand dates.
Make It Winter Themed
If you are having a winter wedding, make it a real winter wonderland! That means, consider a s’mores bar, a venue with a fireplace or a place where you can create a cozy atmosphere, white and sparkling lights or snowflakes scattered throughout the space, and a signature wintry cocktail, like a mulled wine or spiked eggnog to close off the night. Let your imagination go wild and embrace the season for all its fun perks!
Be Prepared for the Weather
The weather in the winter can be tough—flights can often be delayed and snow might make traffic a bit slower. To make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible, provide adequate transportation for guests to help get them to your venue on time and without a hassle.
And consider starting your wedding at a later time in the evening, so people who may have been delayed on their flights have enough time to freshen up and be ready to celebrate with you.
Embrace Warm, Comfort Foods
In the wintertime, people crave grounding foods and spices, so play that up on your menu. Look to mini mac n’ cheese cups, spicy meatballs, sliders, and baked cheese dips, for example.
Not only are these foods indulgent and delicious (perfect for a wedding, anyway!) but they also make for easy appetizers that people will love. You can bring the salad cups and ceviche back when spring hits again!
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