Planning a winter wedding? We work with lots of couples who want to say “I do” to a destination wedding in the snow and mountains of Colorado. But getting married in a weather-filled season isn’t without its unique planning challenges. (All the more reason to hire a seasoned wedding planner!) Martha Stewart Weddings recently asked me for some winter wedding tips for guests and hosts alike. The story just dropped and I’m excited to share it!
One of the questions they asked was about delays on the wedding day. Sadly, this can happen. But preparing in advance (while hoping for the best!) allows for a smooth big day no matter what weather gets in your way. First, designate someone in your immediate family or bridal party to be your guest point of contact. That way you and your fiancé don’t get distracted by tardy guests or traffic en route. And if you’re very concerned about late guest arrival, consider hosting a cocktail hour before the ceremony starts. That gives everyone plenty of time to arrive un-fashionably late.
Always have a weather backup plan and consider selecting an indoor reception from the start. If it’s too cold for guests to be comfortable, you may want to only take photos outside or opt for brief ceremony in the snow while the rest of the events take place inside. And if you do want your entire event outdoors, always plan for a second option out of the weather, for worst case scenarios. Make sure you’ll love it too – just in case it has to be where you wed. Then, a design plan for both is even better. That way you know exactly what to expect on your wedding day, no matter where you tie the knot.
Winter weddings mean wonderful fashion, fabulous photos and romantic settings in the snow. Just remember to plan ahead and you’re day will be perfectly magical!