We all have our preferred seasons and times of year that we wish to get married in, and each one has its pros and cons for that time. So if you are shooting for a winter wedding, what are some of the problems you will most likely run into, and what can you do to solve those problems?
Sometimes the Weather doesn't Cooperate.
You may not have to worry about your outdoor wedding getting rained out, weather is still a big issue. You have snow storms you need to worry about (or here in Texas we have ICE) and that can cause a huge dent in your plans. The best thing to do is plan a head, come up with a plan B for these types of situations. Think about travel issues for your guests, come up with ways to help them if they are having to go a long distant. Have your ceremony and reception in the same place, that will help with eliminating a lot of driving for everyone. Also look into purchasing event insurance, because while a small storm may not cause many issues, a big one can become worrisome, so getting insurance will give you and your fiance some relief.
Winter is COLD
This a no brainer and an easy fix. Include a reminder in your invitations or wedding website for people to make arrangements for warmer attire. Make sure your bridesmaids have long dresses, even maybe let them wear thick tights under their dresses to add extra warmth, or a nice warm shawl. For the groomsmen, make sure they have thicker suit jackets or vests. For your reception, add a nice coffee or hot chocolate bar, so your guests can have something nice and warm to drink.
The Winter can get Pretty Dry.
You won't have to worry about humidity for sure, but people who have sensitive skin have to worry about the cold drying them out. So if you are one of those individuals, plan a head and stock up on the proper moisturizers. Also look into the proper hair products, because everyone's hair reacts differently to the weather as well.
Daylight Doesn't Last as Long.
Winter weddings are beautiful, but they will never have as much light as a summer wedding. The days are shorter, so this means your wedding needs to start sooner. Light is essential for photography, and nighttime photographs can be beautiful, but sometimes having the sunlight helps capture that image that you might be dreaming of. If you need to have your wedding start later in the day, work something out with your photographer and see about taking some of your big pictures when you have light so you don't have to worry about it once it starts to get dark.
Flowers get Expensive.
You may have your heart set on a specific type of flower, but sometimes that flower isn't in season, and because it's not in season, you will most likely have to pay more for it. You can always shoot for fake flowers for your big day, which can be really effective, but even then sometimes those types of flowers can be hard to find if it isn't in season. You might have to do some serious internet digging to find what you need. Talk to your florist and see if you can work something out. If not, maybe go for something that is in season. Not only will it be the cheaper option, but it also will go with your theme much better then one that is off season.
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