It may seem like you have plenty of time to plan your wedding, but winter weddings pose more of a challenge to organize. By planning a winter wedding now and finalizing the details you will ensure you and your guests share the memorable day in harmony and happiness.
Size Does Not Matter But Planning Does
Weddings, large and small, take preparation and time. Winter weddings have some unique advantages and disadvantages. One of the leading reasons to begin planning now depends on the date you choose. Keep in mind that the holiday season’s busy schedules affect everyone, including your wedding party and guests. If the date of your wedding is centered around the Christmas or New Year’s holiday, your guests need plenty of time to allow for these hectic travel days. Many people make holiday plans a year in advance. Whether they go to Grandma’s house every year, or make plans to celebrate New Year’s Eve with special reservations, your guests may need to adjust their personal schedules in order to attend your wedding. Get those save the date cards or invitations out a year in advance if possible. If not, make sure your guests receive theirs at least 8 months in advance.
Venues may also book up early in anticipation of next year’s holiday season. Parties, galas, and other holiday revelry make plans well in advance. If you want a certain venue for your wedding, set the date with them and pay your deposit now to ensure you get the date you want. It is also worth note, that many venues may charge more during the winter months. Places that include warm weather get-a-ways for winter weary folks increase their prices during this peak season. In addition, places that cater to a cold weather crowd, like ski chalets, lodges, or others charge more and book up quickly for groups and group rates.
Keep Flowers & Weather In Mind
Florists offer discounts during the winter months depending on availability. If they don’t know they need to have a fresh bevy of blooms for your big day, chances are that they may not have them in stock, unless ordered in advance. Plan to reserve floral bouquets, boutonnieres, and accent flowers now, especially if you want a non-seasonal arrangement. If you are looking for a winter wedding flower list, go here.
Mother Nature is unpredictable and ways to plan according to weather conditions is equally impossible. One thing many brides and grooms fail to do is purchase wedding insurance. Winter wedding budgets need to include money for this exact purpose. This way if a blizzard occurs and your special day needs to be postponed due to weather, you don’t lose the money and deposits you have spent.
Honeymoon destinations may be booked up to a year in advance, especially if it is a popular wintery weather destination. If your heart will break if you do not spend your honeymoon in a certain resort, hotel, or area, make reservations now to avoid heartache later. Planning now for your honeymoon travel will also be less expensive to book now, especially if it is on a busy winter travel weekend. It would be a shame to have to sit apart on a busy flight due to lack of preplanning.
Winter weddings provide an intimate and romantic appeal, but without planning, they could end up being very disappointing. By planning now and preparing for all the different little things that could make a big difference, you can enjoy your wedding day with peace and love. Your wedding day should be a day you remember forever and that brings a smile to your face for many years to come.