Weddings

The Dos And Donts Of Winter Weddings

October 12, 2014 by Linda DiProperzio
shefinds | Weddings
Do wear whatever you want. Even though the weather might be colder, don't let that dictate the type of gown you'll wear on your wedding day. If you want to go strapless or sleeveless, feel free--just make sure that you bring along a wrap or matching shrug so that you’re not uncomfortable when you are outside (like during the walk from the limo to the venue). You might also want to opt for a heavier fabric to keep you warm.


Don't let your bridal party freeze. While you might be comfortable in bare shoulders or arms, your bridesmaids might not feel the same way. Be sure to keep their comfort in mind when choosing their dresses.


Do be inspired by the season. Winter brings along some beautiful decor options: Icicle lights, frosted windows, evergreen and pine cone centerpieces are just some of the ideas you can utilize for your ceremony and reception.


Don't limit yourself to "winter colors." Just because it's the holiday season doesn’t mean you need to go with a red, green or white color scheme. In fact, choosing a more tropical color palette can be a nice surprise to the eye for your guests, so don't be afraid to go bold and bright with colors like pink, yellow or orange.


Do take out wedding insurance. Hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate on your big day, but the winter months can bring snow, ice and sleet with it. Don't risk losing money if your wedding needs to be delayed because of a blizzard. Talk to your insurance agent about covering your wedding expenses so there will be no issue if you need to move it to another day.


Don't worry about the weather. Once you have the insurance, try not to think about what the weather will be like on the wedding day. It’s the one thing you can’t control, so don’t spend too much time stressing over it.


Do let the season inspire your cuisine. Winter is the perfect time to serve comfort foods at your wedding. Think mini grilled cheese and tomato soup in shot glasses during the cocktail hour, and possibly a meat and potatoes dish for the reception. Giving guests hot chocolate or mulled wine to enjoy is also a nice touch.


Do choose seasonal blooms. This season means that some of your favorite flowers--tulips, peonies, hydrangeas--are simply not in season. Getting them in will cost you a fortune, so instead opt for in season flowers, such as jasmine, irises, roses and lilies.


Don't forget to light up the space. The sun sets early in the winter, so this is a good chance to add some ambiance to the ceremony and/or reception. White lights and lit candles can set a romantic tone to the overall day.


Do choose seasonal blooms. This season means that some of your favorite flowers--tulips, peonies, hydrangeas--are simply not in season. Getting them in will cost you a fortune, so instead opt for in season flowers, such as jasmine, irises, roses and lilies.


Do be inspired by the season. Winter brings along some beautiful decor options: Icicle lights, frosted windows, evergreen and pine cone centerpieces are just some of the ideas you can utilize for your ceremony and reception.

 

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