As beautiful as a winter wedding may be, the weather can often have an effect on how smoothly your planning may go. Here are some do’s and don’ts for winter wedding planning that should ease your worries and encourage your creativity!
DO: Experiment with colors
Just because you’re having a winter wedding does not mean you’re limited to a typical color palette of blue, white and silver. All weddings, not just winter ones, should be as unique as you are and reflect your individual style. Incorporate colors and textures that represent you!
DON’T: Feel confined to a “Winter Wonderland” theme
Similar to the above point, just because your wedding is during the winter season does not mean your wedding should follow a winter wonderland theme, especially if it’s not your taste. This also means you shouldn’t incorporate a Christmas theme into your wedding if it’s not your style. There are plenty of ways to have your wedding reflect the cozy season you’re in without planning a winter wonderland or Christmas wedding.
DO: Consider the season
Considering what florals and foods that are in season will help you pay homage to the winter season and will save you money in the long run. In-season florals and foods are a lot more cost effective than out-of-season ones and it it plays nicely into the time of year. If you love comfort food, the winter menu is full of hearty dishes that will pair perfectly with a chilly reception.
DON’T: Forget the coat check
Coat checks are a must for winter weddings and are a small detail that often go overlooked. Because your guests will have to come to the party bundled up and need a place to put their coats, you do not want the backs of their chairs to become the place where the coats lay. Your first dance photos can do without that – trust us!
DO: Receive guests indoors
When your guests are lining up to enter the venue and pass their congratulations to you and your partner, they may get backed up at the door and be left out in the cold. If possible, try to set up your gifts, seating chart and yourselves farther indoors so your guests aren’t frostbitten by the time they’ve reached you.
DON’T: Overlook the potential for bad weather
One of the reasons that many couples opt not to have their weddings in the winter is because of the possibility of inclement weather delaying their guests’ arrival. Because the weather can be unpredictable, be sure to have as many back-up plans in place as possible whether it be arranging transportation for guests, coordinating with your site planners, or contacting local car services for your guests. The more prepared you are, the better!
If you live in Pennsylvania area or are looking for a wedding venue that is ideal for a winter wedding, consider exchanging vows with your partner in Eagles Mere, PA. This historic town has elegant churches, a conservancy and country club with majestic panoramic views. Plus, the location receives an average of 41 inches of snow per year. Your winter wedding would not be complete without a blanket of snow on the ground.
For intimate gatherings, the Eagles Mere Inn is the perfect place for your wedding reception with charming dining and dancing venues. You can even start your honeymoon there as the Eagles Mere Inn has 17 uniquely themed, cozy rooms designed to mirror the country life that surrounds them. These spacious, light-filled rooms are perfect for housing a full wedding party and for getting ready before your big day. For more information, visit eaglesmereinn.com.