Fall, with its crisp red and gold hues and spring with its blooms and blossoms are the clear front-runners for wedding seasons. Summer, with warm nights and abundant sunshine ranks a close second. Which leaves the winter wedding months. Brisk November, holiday-heavy December, and the cold, dark days of February and March.
For some the prospect of snow, cold, clear nights full of stars and spice-mulled wine are the best parts of the year. So if you are considering a winter wedding, here are a few surprises – both pleasant and not so pleasant – to be prepared for.
Slow Season = Big Savings
You will be amazed at some of the deals you can get on wedding professionals like DJs, photographers, venues and events for your winter wedding. A lot of places will have clearance sales at the end of the year or the start of the New Year, which can mean cheap wedding accessories, cheap wedding décor and cheap bridal gowns.
While many venues and vendors may stay busy through the November-December holidays many will close for vacation due to slow business in February and March. Your favorite places and professionals may be harder to book during the slow times of year – so calling sooner than later may be key if you have a certain setting or person you want to work with.
Flowers May Cost More
Many florists export their flowers from around the world – so seasons are not as big of a deal. But with local flowers being scarce the price will likely be a little higher for many florists who source in part or wholly local.
Know your Holidays
November and December belong to the holidays. But don’t forget that February is Valentines Day – roses will be scarce and venues will book up around the 14th. March has St. Patrick’s Day which, while not a major holiday can be a disruptive one. So, get your order’s in early.
There is something to be said for things you can do for your winter wedding that are truly magical and unique. Riding a horse drawn sleigh. Sitting in a hot tub surrounded by snow looking up at the stars. Choosing ice blue and silver for your wedding colors. There are a lot of gorgeous design elements that only work in the winter months.
Travel is Tricky
Travel in November and December will be pricier. Travel in February and March, however – a lot cheaper. The only wild card will be the weather. Consider working with a travel agent to find the best deals while also crafting the best contingency plan. A good plan will entail travel insurance, accommodations for guests who have to come in ahead of a storm or stay an extra day or two. And multiple options for transport in-town and to the airport for guests.
Whether you’re a snow bunny at heart or just thinking outside the box: Bridal Veil Dreams has everything you need to get started planning your wedding. From finding great deals on used bridal gowns and cheap wedding decor to finding wedding vendors.