Beach weddings at sunset provide a stunning setting for you to say "I do." But winter weddings in a white-washed wonderland give you a whole other type of breathtaking beauty to bask in. Sure, you might not be able to time your winter wedding with a snowfall, but there are other benefits to a winter wedding other than the possibility of snowy white scenery.
There are cons as well, of course, starting obviously with the low temperatures you and your guests will endure. Below are our picks for the biggest pros and cons of a winter wedding celebration.
Winter Wedding Pros
Off-Season Pricing & More Availability
Since winter is considered the off-season for wedding venues, you can save a huge bundle on your wedding and reception by opting to book them for the colder months. Since these are two of the biggest expenses you'll shoulder, low prices on your ceremony and reception could add up to a much less expensive wedding that doesn't sacrifice on any of the details. Off-season booking also means more availability, so you're less likely to find that your perfect venue has already been booked by another couple.
As nice as a warm crackling fireplace is, it would feel out of place during a warm-weather wedding. Winter weddings mean embracing everything warm and cozy, like flannel blankets, fuzzy sweaters, warm fireplaces, and hot cocoa. Those cozy winter vibes are as romantic as it gets, and are perfect for a snuggle.
Unique Decor, Food, & Fashion
Winter weddings let you get extra creative with the decor and bridal fashion. Mistletoe, needly evergreens, shimmering icicles, pinecones, long flowing capes...the winter theme really lets you run wild. Your food menu can be uniquely winter-inspired as well, with egg nog at the bar, hot cocoa and candy canes at the dessert table, and rich, wintry roasts and stews for the main course. The only downside to winter bridal fashion is you may have to splurge on a warm addition to your wedding dress
Snowy Winter Wonderland
While snow can become "too much of a good thing," the chance to marry in a snowy winter wonderland will give you some of the most stunning wedding moments (and photos) ever. You can't control the weather, but if you book a winter wedding, you might just find yourself singing "let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!"
You'll Look Like an Angel
When it comes time to take those post-wedding shots, a wintry setting makes every bride look as radiant and beautiful as an angel. A winter wedding, with all the trimmings, gives you the most fairtale-esque possible vibe.
Winter Wedding Cons
Potential That Guests' Schedules & Bank Accounts Are Overwhelmed
When the holiday season coincides with your wedding, the people you invite may already have overwhelmed schedules. That means fewer guests may be able to attend. In addition to overbooked holiday schedules, the season of gift-giving may be overwhelming their pocketbooks to the point where they have to spend less on a wedding present.
Too Much Snow
While a rainy wedding may not be ideal, a snowy wedding could stop the celebration entirely. Snowstorms could prevent the bride, groom, officiant, or guests from being able to attend, and your guests could even get snowed in at the venue. Snow in the towns and cities where your guests live could complicate their travel as well, even if it's smooth sailing in the area where you picked your venue. Then again, snowy weddings provide you with a fairytale setting, but too much of a good thing could derail the day.
Days are shorter during winter, so the timeframes and schedules all have to be tightened up just a bit. During summer, when the daylight drags on for so long, there is more wiggle room for delays if, say, the flower girl gets locked in the bathroom or the officiant gets stuck in traffic.
So, is a winter wedding right for you? It all depends. Weigh the pros and cons. Regardless of season, in almost every wedding, there are things will always go right and things that can always go wrong. Winter weddings just add some different factors into the mix that are important to consider.