Winter is the red headed stepchild of the wedding season, and everyone knows it. But why are the winter months so unpopular for weddings? Well, there are the obvious reasons- it’s usually freezing up here in Canada, and no bride wants a slush and salt stained train. This may be true, but I’m still a believer that winter weddings are some of the best. Don’t disagree with me just yet- take a look at this list of why winter weddings are awesome:
- Beautiful pictures.
You can get the best of both worlds; you can pose indoors with fresh flowers, and you can also take some breathtaking winter wonderland-inspired pictures outside as well.
- You don’t have to get hung up on the weather.
If you’re having an outdoor wedding in the summer, you’d probably be checking the forecast for your big day about every 7 seconds. But in the winter you’ll more than likely be indoors, so there’s nothing to worry about! If you desire an outdoor wedding, there’s also the option of creating a winter wonderland scene inside your venue to get that wintery ambiance, even indoors.
- The holiday season.
Many of your guests likely have time off this time of year, which would make it a lot more convenient and easier on family and friends who are coming from out of town to make it to your big day. Not to mention, everyone’s in the mood for some good food, drinks, and dancing during the holidays.
- Discounted venue prices.
Winter months are usually the off season for many venues- this means heavily discounted prices for banquet halls, as well as their catering services in some cases. This way, you can opt for that premium open bar and midnight buffet without the hefty price tag!
- Flowers aren’t necessary.
Flowers aren’t really a necessity at any wedding, but it’s definitely easier to get away with creating a breathtaking winter atmosphere without them. You can use spray painted branches in lieu of fresh blossoms to decorate your aisle, or even as a component of your centerpieces.
But if you do go the flower route, gorgeous bouquets like this one are a perfect combination of cozy and elegant:
- Winter fashion.
We LOVE winter wedding fashion. Those fur boleros and muffs look so incredibly elegant and classy on any bride, and even bridesmaids. And plus side- you won’t get sweaty! As long as you protect your locks with an umbrella if it’s snowing, you’ll keep cool (and hopefully collected) throughout the day.
- You can include a bunch of cute and cozy details.
Think fireplaces, warm vanilla scented candles, and tea lights. Lighting can be a key factor in creating a cozy, intimate setting for your winter nuptials. Your favors can also reflect your choice of season- if you’re planning your wedding around the holidays, a little Christmas ornament personalized with your names and wedding date is a cute idea for a little keepsake for your guests.
- You’ll have a much easier time nabbing the vendors you want.
Since not many brides and grooms opt for a winter wedding, popular vendors aren’t typically booked solid too far in advance.This way, you’ll avoid the scramble and won’t be forced to settle for a hole-in-the-wall bakery that only makes wedding cakes that look like they came straight out of the 90’s. Like venues, many of these wedding vendors may offer reduced prices during the winter months since it’s their downtime, and they likely aren’t busy.
Still think winter weddings aren’t that great? Well, maybe you do. But hopefully we gave you a new perspective on how awesome winter weddings can be. Are you planning a winter wedding, or have you been to one recently? Leave us a comment letting us know your experience, and what you love about winter weddings!
Is your wedding really a wedding if there aren’t obnoxiously over-priced flowers present? Well, yes. But more often than not, brides and grooms pay an arm and a leg for some fresh foliage on their big day. And we get it, flowers are beautiful and undoubtedly add an extra flair- but dishing out the cash for them can be painful. Truth is, it isn’t necessary to spend a third of your entire wedding budget on them. So how can you save a few extra dollars without compromising your sweet smelling blossoms? Read on.
Using seasonal flowers can pare your floral budget down significantly . Paying attention to which flowers are in season during your wedding can leave you cost-effective and fabulous. Of course it depends on where you live, but most places have flowers available year round- it’s just up to you to figure out which ones, and which of those match your theme.
I know what you’re thinking- what kind of flowers are in season in the winter? Don’t worry, you’ve got some options.
Here’s a short list of some pretty choices for each season:
Keep in mind, this list is not extensive- these are just a few of the more popular wedding blossoms. There are a ton of others to choose from if none of these tickle your fancy.
Another option if you’re having a winter wedding is to find a locally owned greenhouse. These places are more likely to have some additional options, since they can grow flowers of all seasons at different times of the year. They’re also likely to be cheaper, since they don’t have to import blooms from abroad to accommodate your needs. AND you can support your local economy! It’s a win-win situation. Check out Pick Ontario’s website for more information on locally grown flowers and florists.
There are a ton of ways to be cost efficient without depriving your big day of some floral beauty. Leave us a comment below and let us know which is your favorite seasonal floral combination!