Planning a Winter Wedding

heart-529607_1280Here in the Carolinas, spring weather is in full bloom—and the summer heat will be here before we know it! Snow, ice, and the Christmas holidays are the furthest things from our minds right now—except for the handful of us who are planning winter weddings. And for those folks, now is the time to think seriously about the challenges and opportunities of getting hitched when there’s a chill in the air!

Some couples just love winter time, and long for a cozy, fireside wedding rather than a humid, muggy summer affair—and that’s terrific! We have hosted some breathtaking winter weddings here at Mosteller Mansion. As you plan your winter wedding, however, there are a few practical considerations to make.

What to Know About Winter Weddings

  • If the weather’s cold, your bridal party will need some accessories to keep warm—scarves, capes, stoles, or whatever else. You may need to get some of these accessories for the bride, too; note that they don’t have to be white in order to look lovely!
  • For guys, keeping warm may just come down to suit fabric; something made from velvet is definitely going to be nice and toasty.
  • In terms of footwear, you don’t have to scrimp on style in order to stay warm. A pair of boots can be elegant and weather-appropriate.
  • Make a note to get some chapstick or lip balm for everyone in the wedding party, and to have it readily available to everyone when the big day comes.
  • Holding your wedding and your reception in one venue, where people won’t have to go outside and get into their cars, is ideal for winter weddings.
  • During the winter, it will get dark early in the evening, so you’ll want to get plenty of romantic lighting to keep the festivities bright.
  • The earlier sunset may also mean you have to adjust your schedule for outdoor photos; make sure to consult with your photographer about this early!
  • Having a coat check person is usually necessary for winter-time weddings.
  • Embrace winter flavors! Ciders, hot cocoas, mints, festive spices… all of these can add some seasonal flair to your wedding reception.

A final note: With many vendors, you can save big money on winter weddings—so maybe you want to start planning yours now! To learn more about winter weddings at Mosteller Mansion, contact us today!

Should You Tip Your Wedding Vendors?

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Even when you’re meticulous in budgeting for your wedding, there may be a few costs you forget about—including tips for your vendors. Of course, that’s a complicated topic in its own right: Should you tip your wedding vendors? If so, which ones, and how much?

As you might imagine, it varies a bit from one vendor to the next. Consider these best practices:

Your wedding officiant. It’s not customary to tip the minister, Rabbi, or other civil or religious officer who conducts your wedding, and in fact many are forbidden from accepting tips—but you can express your gratitude by making a donation to their church or religious organization. If the officiant is a personal friend, you might show your gratitude with something like a gift card to a nice restaurant.

Caterers. It’s pretty typical for a gratuity to be built into your catering cost, to be divided up between the servers, chefs, bartenders, dishwashers, etc. Be sure to ask, though, and if this isn’t the case, plan on tipping everyone individually—somewhere in the vicinity of $100 for the catering manager, $50 for chefs, and $25 for everyone else, divided into personal envelopes.

Musicians. If you hire your band or DJ through a booking agency, tipping is likely figured into the total bill—but again, it doesn’t hurt to ask. If not, tip $25 or so for each DJ or band member. If you get a band independently—not through a booking service—tipping isn’t necessary.

Stylists/ makeup artists. Tip these professionals just like you would at a regular appointment.

Other wedding professionals. Most photographers, videographers, and florists will own their own business, and as such there’s no need to tip them; they have already decided on a fair price for their services. If you get these professionals from some kind of agency or larger company—if they don’t own their own business, in other words—then a tip of $30 to $50 is not out of line. Wedding planners may get a little more– $100 or so.

Keep these pointers in mind to ensure everything is on the up-and-up during your wedding and reception—and if you have any more questions about planning a wedding, contact us at Mosteller Events today!