Tips for Planning a Winter Wedding

Planning a winter wedding is much like planning a wedding in any other season, except for the weather! It is important to build in some contingency planning, especially if you have guests who have to travel.

The Complete Wedding Planner Printables E-Book

The Wedding Planner is designed to help you get ready for the big day!

All the forms are available for you to fill in - either directly on your laptop or by pen on the printed version - to help you plan your wedding, week by week;


Find out more about the Printable Wedding Planner

The Complete Wedding Planner Printables E-Book

The Wedding Planner is designed to help you get ready for the big day!

All the forms are available for you to fill in - either directly on your laptop or by pen on the printed version - to help you plan your wedding, week by week;


Find out more about the Printable Wedding Planner

Winter Wedding Planning Tips

  • Start with a book dedicated to wedding planning. Print off the Printable Wedding Planner and place it in a simple three-ring binder. Pick up a zippered pencil case that already has grommets to fit in your binder – you’ll need this to keep your receipts in one handy location.
  • Determine your wedding budget. This may seem like a no-brainer but with the average wedding costs approaching $30,000, you want to be sure you are spending your money on the things that matter most to you.
  • Choose a wedding theme – this will help determine possible color combinations and dates. Check out winter wedding theme ideas.
  • Rich jewel colors of silver, gold, ruby, amethyst, emerald and sapphire are perfectly suited for a Christmas theme. For a more contemporary look choose aquamarine, bronze or peridot and for simple elegance you can't beat black and white.
  • Think winter and you can't help but think crystal, ice and snow – white, silver and ice blue are the perfect combination for winter weddings.
  • Once you decide upon your color scheme – book early. Losing your perfect venue to a holiday celebration will be disappointing.
  • Choose a venue with a prominent fireplace; ensure it is in working order and that the fire will be burning brightly when you want it.
  • Determine what decorations your venue will have on display. Ensure their décor matches your color theme or consider revising. If you choose white and gold with touches of amethyst and your venue is planning traditional red and green decorations – you will be dissatisfied with the confusing look.
  • Ice sculptures can make absolutely breathtaking winter wedding reception centerpieces and are worthy of consideration. Depending on your budget choose a small one for each table or a grand piece for the head table. Or have an ice sculpture fountain serving your favourite cold beverage.
  • Determine whether you will be taking outdoor photographs and ensure your photographer is aware of your wishes. The sun sets early in those chilly winter months and your timing is critical. If you do not mention your ideas to your photographer, you may end up disappointed.
  • Ever thought of an outdoor reception for your wonderland winter reception? It isn’t unheard of, but you’ll need plenty of space heaters and a wedding reception tent. Be sure your guests are fully aware that they’ll be outside so they’ll come dressed appropriately.
  • Never settle for less than you truly want. One bride said, "I started off wanting a fur cape or coat and ended up having a beautiful satin, embroidered jacket made for me. A week before the wedding I woke up grinding my teeth and declared that I hated my wedding attire. But “don’t worry” I told my now husband. I knew exactly what I was going to do. The next day I called several bridal shops and to my utter disbelief, I actually had 3 options that were available to rent the next weekend. I got my fur-trimmed swing coat that I had dreamt of and wore my gorgeous jacket for the reception. Best of both worlds!" There are ways to find your dream and unique wedding outfit without needing to break the budget so keep renting/ ebay auctions / gowns made overseas for alternate cheaper wedding attire ideas.

Planning a winter wedding is fun! I hope you enjoy your experience.

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