The colder months are widely considered to be the ‘low season’ as far as weddings are concerned. It’s a time of year that many loved-up couples therefore overlook when picking a date for their nuptials, perhaps seduced instead by the hope of summer sun or a light spring breeze on their special day.
However, the predictable cold, darkness and adverse weather don’t necessarily make winter an undesirable time of year to tie the knot. Indeed, it may be your top choice – for reasons such as the below.
You could find it easier to secure your dream venue
The most in-demand wedding venues – think charming castles in England, or grand French chateaux – tend to be especially sought-after during the spring and summer. The winter, however, can be a very different story, particularly with regard to midweek dates.
This may mean that a genuine fairytale venue you had previously considered beyond your reach may suddenly become an attainable option if you decide on a winter wedding.
On the subject of French chateaux, for instance, the resplendent stone-built Château Bouffémont offers an utterly enchanting setting of refined halls and suites in which to formalise your union in the heart of the Montmorency Forest. Furthermore, it is even a mere 30 kilometres away from central Paris, so you may be tempted to combine your wedding with the quintessential honeymoon break.
More of your invitees may be able to make the date
Other seasons can be awkward in terms of ensuring all of the important people in your life who you would like to be present can actually attend your wedding ceremony and reception.
Schedule your nuptials for the height of summer, for example, and you may find that many people struggle to fit in a wedding alongside their pre-planned overseas beach holiday.
As long as you don’t time your big day so close to Christmas that it clashes with your friends or relatives’ other festive travelling or event plans, winter could be the perfect season for ensuring everyone can turn up to your wedding.
You may even be lucky enough to see snow
While it may not seem hugely likely – even during the unpredictable winters that we appear to have quite often these days – if a sprinkling of snow does occur, your wedding photographer and videographer will probably feel like all of their Christmases have come at once!
Let’s be honest; there are few more romantic sights to be had at any time of year than snow-coated manicured gardens as you gaze through the windows of your dream wedding venue, all while the fireplace crackles in the background and you have your beloved for company.
Alternatively, you may even get some unexpected winter sun, which could be a delightful surprise for wedding guests who have otherwise prepared with much colder and less hospitable conditions in mind.
Naturally, winter weddings aren’t always perfect. You’ll need to schedule events earlier in the day if you wish to enjoy a daylight backdrop, and there’s also a good chance that your nuptials will be based exclusively indoors – although this may be your preference regardless.
So with all of the above in mind, we would suggest that you don’t ignore BRIDES magazine’s rundown of the big ‘dos and don’ts’ when it comes to organising a winter wedding.