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Winter Wedding Tips for a Successful Ceremony

December 19, 2016 by The Marquardt Ranch

Being situated as we are in the sunny southern United States, it’s easy to forget about the cold weather—especially when planning your wedding. That being said, it can get chilly, and it’s best to be prepared. That’s why we’ve compiled a series of tips to help your winter wedding go without a hitch.

Before You Begin

It’s important to keep in mind that winter brings with it longer nights and shorter days for photography sessions. So if you’re planning on having an outdoor photo shoot, make sure to take the change in lighting into account. This may mean scheduling shoots several hours earlier than you otherwise might, or you could embrace the earlier night and let it help you have a unique and enchanting set of wedding photographs beneath the stars and twinkle lights.

If you do plan on an outdoor wedding photo shoot, you’ll want to make sure you have appropriate footwear regardless of the time of day—stilettos and semi-frozen mud do not mix well. You’ll have a lot more fun (and save yourself from ruining your keepsake wedding shoes) by making sure your footwear is appropriate for the season.

Another important factor is the venue décor. Call ahead of time to check if your venue decorates for the holiday season. This may make lighten your decor budget and your To-Do list if you like their decorations. However, if you have other plans for your wedding décor in mind, ask if they’ll be able to accommodate your preferences.

Dress for the Occasion

Winter weather often means icy temperatures. In order to keep yourself and your bridal party comfy in the cold, you’ll want to make sure everyone has clothing suited for the season. For you and your bridesmaids, that can mean things like wearing thick tights under your dress or considering a dress with long sleeves. If you’d like to stick with short sleeves, woolen capes, faux fur stoles, or velvet shawls can help keep you cozy.

In the event that the ceremony takes place outside, a muff or a pair of gloves is also a must—getting cold hands would be almost as bad as getting cold feet. On that note, boots can be a fashionable and practical choice for all members of the wedding party. For the men, consider velvet tuxes. This stylish fabric looks great and will also help them stay warm during the ceremony.


As with a wedding in any other season, the colors you choose for your ceremony are ultimately up to you. If you’d like to stick with a more traditional route, consider using the colors of the season to your advantage—warm, rich tones like cranberry, evergreen, plum, or chocolate, or cooler wintry blues and silvers.

On the other hand, feel free to experiment with bright, tropical colors—the results can be fun and unexpected. It’s important to keep it simple, however. Let the natural beauty of the season show itself, rather than overloading your event with too many different colors.

A Comfy Guest is a Happy Guest

Last, but not least, it’s important to keep in mind the comfort of your guests. Keeping both the wedding and the reception at a single venue will help streamline the event and also save your guests from having to bundle up twice. Having a coat check where the guests can shed their outerwear and store it out of the main area will help keep things organized.

Another thoughtful gesture that’s sure to be appreciated is a hot drink. Mulled apple cider, hot tea, hot chocolate or even coffee can provide a welcome relief from the cold, and the hot cups make great hand warmers as well.

When it comes to wedding favors, winter weddings offer unique opportunities to give your guests something both practical and beautiful. Aside from smaller favors like citrus marmalade or gingerbread cookies, you could also consider giving each guest (or each couple) a winter shawl or cozy flannel blanket.

We hope these winter wedding tips can help you get hitched without a hitch! Do you have any ideas or experiences from your own winter wedding? Let us know in the comments below!


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