Winter Weddings 101
If you're thinking about planning a winter wedding you have a great idea!
Many venues have off seasons that include December & January which means a hefty discount for you! Even more of a possible discount if you have a Friday or Sunday wedding!
Friday weddings are becoming more and more popular - I've noticed a steady increase every year!
What is it about a winter wedding that turns people off? Obviously chilly temperatures, the association with Christmas / New Years, and loss of photo opportunities being unable to. be outside for long periods of time.
There are many ways around all of those things, with some planning and creativity anything is possible!
Unfortunately there is not a dang thing you can do about the weather! And December and January could be one extreme of sunshine or 3+ inches of snow.An indoor ceremony is not the only option for winter weddings. Some venues have options for you! If you're having a quick ceremony (20-25 minutes) outdoor is an option! Picture white chairs with drapery, flower petals lining the isle and a big basket of fleece blankets for guests to cover up with! Fleece blankets can easily be found at big stores like Target, Walmart, and Joanns for cheap between $5-8. Some venues have large patio heaters they can offer for seated guests as well as an outdoor cocktail hour. Think antique hot coco bar with a wide variety of toppings inlacing. peppermint, marshmallows, and whipped cream! Yum!
That being said indoor could be more convenient for you if that sounds like to much trouble. Typically formal photos are taken outdoors after the ceremony during cocktail hour. As a photographer no matter the temperature we always try to make family portraits as painless and fast as humanly possible. Jackets will be thrown on and off between shots and the bride and groom are given time to warm up before their portraits.
Christmas / New Years
I absolutely love Christmas weddings - everything you see below is Christmas inspired with touches of blush and gold for a more modern look. If you're planning a Christmas Wedding the venue should have a good amount of seasonal decor they can offer to you!
Now... if you're not having a Christmas wedding there should be some kind of additional contract or clause added to your contract stating all of those decorations should be hidden. A lot of places host other events (such as company Christmas parties) that time of year. So have an open line of communication with your coordinator on what you do/don't want. The same rules apply for New Years. However I find New Years weddings extremely charming with all of the glitz and glamour! Give me ALL the glitter!
Portraits in Freezing Temps
Being a winter bride you have to go in knowing that you will have to brave the cold for little bit for portraits.
When choosing your winter wonderland wedding gown try on a fur shawl for some extra winter glam! A good photographer has a flow for posing and can get you through a good variety quickly. Although you won't have a warm glow you will have all of the light and airy goodness and if you're lucky a bit of sunshine! Red noses is just apart of the game but can be slightly fixed post process but have confidence in your photographer on getting you amazing winter wonderland vibes.
These are some images from an amazing styled shoot hosted by Amanda MacPhee. All of the amazing vendors are listed below!
Christmas themed with touches of blush and gold for a modern touch. Katelyn and Nathanial are an old school love story. Both homeschooled and meeting at a young age becoming close friends and later turning into a romance. Needless to say once they were together - that was the end of the story. Or rather.. the beginning of a lifelong romance.
All of the amazing vendors:
Florals: Water Lane
Cake: The Cake Studio Baltimore
Hair & Makeup: Airbrush Faces
Seating Rental: East Vintage Charm
Grooms Wear: Grooms Day
Grooms Accessories: Grooms Day
Planning: Heather Misner
Live Painting: Brittany Branson