Here 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!