Although winter brings freezing temperatures, shorter days, and inclement weather, it is also one of the most beautiful seasons — especially for the cold-loving, snow lovers out there. A dreamy snow-covered backdrop, crisp air, and romantic winter skies are just a few reasons many winter brides want to plan an outdoor ceremony, despite the many downsides of the season. If you are considering planning an outdoor winter wedding this season here are a few easy tips to ensure you (and your guests) comfortably enjoy the ceremony.
1. Choose your location wisely
A mild winter day with a snowy backdrop can make for an unforgettable wedding ceremony. However, winter weather is unpredictable and can easily take your winter fairytale into a wedding nightmare. If you decide to plan an outdoor wedding, be sure to have an inclement weather back up plan with an alternative indoor location to ensure your ceremony goes smoothly no matter what mother nature may bring.
2. Don’t be afraid to use heaters
With all of the excitement surrounding your wedding ceremony, you probably won’t even notice the cold — especially if you are a lover of the cooler months. However, your guests may not feel the same way as they sit waiting in below-freezing temperatures. An easy way to ensure your guests are comfortable no matter how cold the temperatures may dip is to bring in industrial heaters. By strategically placing them in the seating area your guests will remain toasty and warm while watching you say “I Do.”
3. Ensure guests are aware you are planning an outdoor winter wedding
Unless you explicitly tell your guests that your ceremony will be held outdoors, most will assume it is going to be indoors and will dress accordingly. Be sure to include the fact that the ceremony will be held outside on your invites so that your guests can plan ahead and bundle up in their warmest wedding attire.
4. Supply guests with blankets and wraps
Another easy way to ensure your guests are warm during your outdoor wedding is to provide them with warm, cozy blankets and wraps. Event planner Leslie Kaplan tells Brides.com that this also provides “for a cute design opportunity styled up in a cozy corner.” We couldn’t agree more!
5. Set up a fire pit and provide warm drinks
If you are planning an outdoor winter wedding creating a warm gathering point for guests is crucial. We love the idea of creating a rustic fire pit with a warm beverage station to the side of your ceremony so that guests can warm themselves by the fire while sipping on hot cider, tea, or cocoa. This also makes a fun backdrop for photos of your ceremony.
If you are a snow bunny that can’t get enough of winter weather, an outdoor winter wedding may be perfect for you. Fortunately, with a little bit of extra planning, you can ensure your special day goes off without a hitch. One more thing to keep in mind? An epic wedding send-off is always in season! So don’t forget to plan one. Looking for winter wedding send off ideas? Some of our favorites include wedding sparklers, feathers, fake snow, and birdseed.