Gina offered three important tips for making sure your winter wedding runs smoothly regardless of inclement weather:
“1. Consider the comfort of your guests! The weather can be really unpredictable no matter what part of the country you are in. Consider location and how guests will get there. Will they have to potentially drive in bad weather on tricky roads? How far is the parking area from the event? Plan to have valet if the guests may have to walk very far and someone to help guests with mobility issues, especially if it could be icy or snowing. You will be busy getting ready, taking pictures, and enjoying your day. Make sure your guests are able to enjoy themselves as well. It does not hurt to have some yummy warm drinks, snacks, and maybe a cozy wrap to welcome them too!2. Be thoughtful with your ceremony time. It gets dark much earlier in the winter, so if you are hoping for great ceremony views out windows or in a backdrop, make sure your ceremony time is at least 1 hour before sunset. On the other hand, if you are hoping for a candlelight ceremony, winter could be perfect! It gives you the ability to have a ceremony still relatively early in the day, while allowing for a darker ambiance and plenty of time for dinner and dancing.3. Make sure you have reliable transportation for the bridal party and family members. I always suggest adding a little extra buffer into the wedding day timeline in the winter. Weather often causes traffic problems, slower speeds, and could affect your entire day if road travel becomes an issue. Along those same lines, I recommend you have a planner in place who can contact all your wedding day vendors with a backup route in the circumstance that roads are too hazardous or closed due to weather.”
Hiring a wedding planner for your winter wedding will save you lots of stress if the weather is unpredictable. Be sure to follow Gina’s tips so your day is as worry-free as possible!