What is there not to love about a romantic winter wedding? Imagine your cozied up by the fire and saying your “I do’s” with a blanket of snow in the background. Winter weddings are increasingly becoming more popular. If getting hitched this time of year sounds appealing to you, here are some tips for planning.
Create a Comfortable Space
Whether you are celebrating under the tent outdoors with a wood burning fire or remaining inside with the heater running, create a cozy and inviting space for your guests to lounge. Place a couch with decorative blankets in front of a coffee table for people to sit and create conversation. Or, arrange decorative camping chairs fireside with a smore’s kit to keep your guests interreacting and entertained. It is important to have a warm place to gather, especially for those who cannot handle cold temperatures.
A winter wedding is the perfect time to serve hot toddies. Hot coffee mixed with Kalua or Bailey’s Irish Cream is a fantastic way to stay warm. Consider hot apple cider cocktails or a warm Old-Fashioned to give your party a twist. Also, stick with full bodied red wines that pair well with heavy hors d’oeuvres or the dinner you serve.
A coat check is extremely helpful at a winter wedding reception. Most of your guests will show up wearing a heavy coat but are not interested in carting it around throughout the evening. Allowing them to arrive and safely hand off that added layer will free them up to participate fully without focusing on where they laid their belongings. This will also allow you to open up space for dining and dancing.
Dress for the Season
While you may not choose to stick with a winter theme, be sure to keep the season in mind. Deep, dark colors are beautiful over winter months. If your dress is made of a light fabric, carry a shawl or fur wrap to keep you warm; especially if you plan to venture outdoors. That added shawl or hand warmers will be easy to shed while toasting or dancing and is easy to pick up for outdoor photos or congregating.
Still searching for more winter wedding tips? Here are more ideas to help with your planning. Also, check out our floral ideas for getting married over the cold months.
Curbing the spread of COVID-19 has been a hot topic for months. If you are planning a wedding right now, the stress of making changes to your timeline, catering to CDC guidelines, and debating difficult next moves (based on unknown factors) can be emotionally taxing. You have spent months on planning so the final decision to postpone your event it not an easy one. But if it is inevitable, here are some tips to get your information out to your guests in the most efficient way.
Where to start
Before you make an announcement to your entire guestlist, individually call your wedding party to give them a heads up. These folks are essential and may need to make travel adjustments quickly. More than likely, this is your close circle and their availability could help determine when you chose to reschedule.
Get the Word Out
Once your wedding party has been notified, it is time to let your guestlist know the change in plans. Begin with posting details on your wedding website. You may not have a reschedule date, but the more information you can share the better. Then, start calling friends and family while encouraging them to pass the information along to other guests they are in close contact with. Then begin emailing individuals to either give them a heads up or to confirm they have been notified by another source. It may be helpful to create an email draft and blind copy each guest to streamline this process. While you may want to call each guest personally, there may not be enough time to do so.
Divide and Conquer
This is a time when you and your fiancé must work together. You worked on creating your guestlist together, so take the names of those you personally added and begin calling, emailing, or visiting those guests, respectively. Let your fiancé do the same with his list. Or, divide your list in half and start reaching out until everyone has been notified. If you work together, you will cut the notification process in half.
Now that you have tried to reach everyone on your guestlist electronically or in person, send a postponement announcement. This is essential for any guests who you missed or were unable to be contacted. Not everyone will visit your website, so this will eliminate any surprise. If you have a change-of-date, this is the time to notify every one of those details as a full invitation is not necessary. If you do not have a date change yet, let them know details are pending. Give your guests an electronic RSVP option rather than a paper trail this go around.
If you want to go ahead and tie the knot and plan a celebration on a later date, here are a few reasons why this option could benefit you.