There are many risks involved with having your wedding in the wintertime, but if you take the time to plan ahead, the results can be magical. As the resident photographer of six prominent catering halls on Long Island, we have had the opportunity to shoot several winter weddings. Here’s some advice on how to make things run smoothly.
Before You Choose The Date:
Become an unofficial meteorologist – If you are considering having your wedding in the winter, it’s important to understand winter weather patterns. We recommend looking at historical data of weather to see what has happened on the day you think you might be having your wedding. Choose a day where there hasn’t been a record of blizzards and snowstorms. Once you choose the date, like any bride, you will want to keep monitoring the weather and give a heads up to any out of town visitors if there’s an impending snow storm to leave early.
Planning Your Wedding Day:
Learn to be flexible – One of the many benefits of having a winter wedding is that it’s considered slow season for many venues and vendors. But with that comes some issues. For example, if your wedding is in February, roses are in popular demand due to Valentine’s Day, which might mean they are more expensive. Also, a lot of flowers that you might traditionally see at a Spring Wedding could be unavailable. So you might not have that perfect wedding bouquet you’ve dreamed of.
Embrace the season – Between décor and catering, you can really make your wedding into a winter wonderland. Traditional colors used are blues, silvers and purples as well as snowflakes and elegant rope lighting. Include some winter food favorites like hot chocolate and warm apple cider!
On Your Wedding Day:
Preheat Your Venue – the same way you preheat the oven before baking, you want to call your venue in advance and see if there’s a way to turn the heat on before you and your guests arrive. This way, when your guests arrive, they are coming into a warm, welcoming environment.
Timing is Everything – Remember the days are shorter in the winter and it becomes darker much faster. It’s recommended to take any outdoor photos in the afternoon. If you plan on having your ceremony outside, then it should end by 3pm, so there’s still enough light outside. Also, once the sun goes down, your guests will be cold!
If you are considering having your wedding during the winter and are looking for an experienced wedding photographer, give us a call at (631) 589-7735 or fill out the contact form. We can help make sure you to capture all the details you’ve put into your winter wedding!