Every season comes with its own challenges for weddings, and things that need to be considered, and since you’re having a winter wedding, I wanted to share my experience from past winter weddings and give you some tips to consider!!

1. Dress for it!
a. Consider a long sleeve Dress
b. Consider a thick material for your groom
c. Allow your bridesmaids to wear tights under their dress if it’s long (and consider this yourself!)

2. Chapstick
a. Stay hydrated!

3. Extra travel time
a. Account for bad weather

4. One venue
a. Best if you can keep your ceremony and reception in one place to avoid all guests having to drive on (potentially messy roads and cause delays in between)

5. Winter colors
a. Coordinate with the season! A yellow or lavender bridesmaids dress may not scream winter

6. Coat Check
a. Have one for your guests!

7. Hot drinks
a. Greet guests with a warm welcome at the cocktail hour if they were out in the cold coming from their cars

8. Timing your ceremony and day
a. Sunset is much earlier than the rest of the year, so consider this when scheduling your ceremony time. You may need to wake up for hair and makeup much earlier than you would if it were a different season! Make sure if you’re not doing a first look, your ceremony is early enough to allow 2 hours minimum for formal pictures before the sun sets.

9. Layers
a. Make sure to get a shawl, fur, or coat for the bride and bridesmaids since you’ll likely have much less covered than the groom and groomsmen. Gift your girls something to keep them warm throughout the day if pictures are going to be outside

10. Accessorize
a. This goes with above!

11. Belts
a. Consider belts if you don’t want your layers to look baggy if you plan on wearing layers in your images

12. Make your feet happy
a. Don’t ruin a set of heels in the snow, consider a second pair of shoes for outdoor portraits

13. Hand and Toe Warmers
a. Buy a bunch for your wedding party to keep in their pockets or purses!

14. Blankets
a. Consider this as a prop for your portraits

15. Have fun
a. You likely chose to have a winter wedding because you love winter, so have fun with it, prepare for the cold, and still consider your portraits to be outside in the beautiful landscape of winter!

16. Keep weather in mind
a. Be prepared with extra buffers in your timeline
b. Have umbrellas in case it snows to not stain your dress with wet spots

If you want to chat more about weddings and wedding planning feel free to reach out. We can video chat or meet for coffee.

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