Planning a winter wedding? Don’t get left out in the cold. Winter weddings are incredibly beautiful, but they do come with the risk of snow (especially in Wisconsin!)—and it’s always best to be prepared for it! If you’re planning a winter wedding, use these tips to make the most of snow on your wedding day.
Choose a venue with (really) close guest parking.
Parking doesn’t need to be at the top of your wedding venue checklist, but it should be in the top five. When planning a winter wedding, look for venues with close parking lots or shuttles that can make it easy for guests to get to the venue without ruining their dancing shoes (or freezing!)
Equip yourself and your attendants with adorable winter weather gear.
Winter weather may seem like a negative, but it can also present an incredible and memorable opportunity. While snow on your wedding day may drop your guest count, a fresh snow fall can also make for incredible winter weather pics! To get the best winter wedding shots, tow out your favorite winter weather gear: elegant shawls, scarves, jackets, colorful blankets, and umbrellas. Even sleds and snowboards can make a winter wedding photo unbelievable!
Give guests the chance to cozy up by a fire.
A cozy fire is a wonderful way to welcome guests who are willing to venture out in the snow for your big day. If a fireplace isn’t on your wedding venue checklist, add it! A cozy fire is the perfect way for guests to warm their hands and mingle before dinner.
Create a warm glow.
A winter wedding isn’t complete without lighting. A winter wonderland theme practically demands the shine of a fresh winter snowfall. A warm and cozy winter wedding theme could include soft lighting, crystals, projected lights, and uplighting. (Ask a wedding venue planner for lighting recommendations.) With the right décor (and venue), guests are going to get so caught up in the magic of winter they’ll forget about the snow outside.
Plan a wedding menu with hot cuisine that warms guests up.
A wedding menu is always a chance to establish a seasonal atmosphere, and a winter wedding is no exception. This is your chance to warm guests up with the most scrumptious wedding dishes: traditional cuisine for a holiday wedding, comfort foods for a cozy treat, and appetizers that give guests a taste for the main course.
Give out cozy wedding favors.
Just as a cozy fire sets the stage for a winter wedding, the right wedding favor is a detail that makes a final impression. Perhaps the best part are all the options for winter wedding favors: snuggly gloves and blankets, hot cocoa kits, holiday ornaments, coffee mugs and custom blends (plus these winter wedding favor ideas). (A wedding venue planner can point you to local businesses for a local flavor.) The right winter wedding favor can leave guests with a warm and cozy feeling as they head out into the snow.