Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Planning a Winter Wedding

Having our wedding in the wintertime was not my first choice.  Okay, it's my LAST choice in terms of “seasons I want to be married in.”  But when you’re at the mercy of immigration, you just have to try to look at the silver lining and pray that you don’t end up with a blizzard on your scheduled wedding day.

The pros of having a winter wedding:

  1. I kind of like winter colors better.  Not as much as fall colors, but more than summer colors.  I had a hard time choosing colors for a summer wedding, since I like dark, rich colors not the bright pinks and yellows like I associate with summer. 
  1. I do have a week of school vacation in February.  So hopefully his parents can have a full week’s visit for their first time in America. 
  1. We won’t be as sweaty.  I was worried about putting Adam in a wool suit in 100 degree weather.  He didn’t say as much, but he probably would have left the wedding before we were actually married.  Or disrobed mid-ceremony. 
  1. I don’t have to worry about the wedding cake melting into a puddle.  I don’t like sugar paste; I like butter cream frosting.  No problem now.
  1. I like fire.  Candles and fireplaces don’t have much place in the summertime, but in the winter they are a nice touch.  Cozy, warm, intimate, romantic. 
  1. GLOVES!  Oh wow, how often do you get to wear elbow length long white satin gloves!  At first I was really upset that I was going to be cold in my dress, or else have to invest in some sort of shrug that covers up all the pretty detailing in the top (I purposely chose a dress with a top that’s fancier than the bottom to accentuate my assets).  But once the idea of gloves popped into my head I am all over the idea.
  1. The possibility of nice snowy photos.  It’s a long shot, but you never know.  I think the bright, crisp blue skies of winter are more in December and the grey, disgusting, slushy days are more in February.  But I COULD luck out with a bright sunny day with some new fallen snow.  I won’t count on it, but weather can be bad or good in ANY season.
No season is perfect.  There are some pretty obvious negatives when it comes to having a wedding in the winter in New England.  But as long as I don’t have to share my anniversary date with my brother’s birthday (the 20th) or Valentine’s Day (separate presents please and thank you) I’ll just have to focus on the positives and move forward. It's better than waiting ANOTHER whole year.

Readers, can you think of any other pros to having a winter wedding?  Cheer me up a little and leave a comment, haha. 


  1. Winter weddings in the UK tend to be a bit cheaper because there are fewer customers at that time so you get extra bargaining power.

    Also the best suppliers are less likely to be already booked, so you should get your first choice for a lot of things and not have to compromise.

    There is a fort near us that does weddings all year round and the price in January is just under £5000 for the weekend whereas anytime from mid July to early September is £9400, and that is just venue hire!
    (Might explain why we went with the community hall for £250...)

  2. Ooh, thank you, I forgot about costs, yes. :)

    And I hope you're right about things less likely to be booked. We're under a time crunch because the visa has an expiration date, so I'm putting together this wedding with a lot less time than I'd have liked!

  3. I like the idea of a winter wedding - especially the idea of a little warm shrug to wear for some of the outdoor photos - it wouldnt necessarily cover the bust area ;)


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