Has your heart set on a winter wedding? It’s an unorthodox choice – almost three quarters of weddings take place between May and October – but if done correctly, it’s beautiful. After all, the season comes with so many emblems of romance: roaring bonfires, snow-covered landscapes, cozy yet smart fashion, red flowers. . . this author could go on.
But the question is: how do you carry out an ethereal affair in the less traditional – and probably cold – time of year? Vogue reached out to two wedding planning firms specializing in smart cold weather affairs: 42 North, based in northern Massachusetts, and Bluebird Productions, located in Aspen. They had many dos (like heaters) and some don’ts (like saving on heaters). And they all agreed on one thing, best summed up by Bluebird’s Virginia Frischkorn: “Winter weddings are magical.”
Below are their expert thoughts.
Be flexible on date – and plan ahead
“Although planning a winter wedding has its benefits, the holiday can be a typically busy travel time. If you’re set on a date around a major vacation, be sure to post your saved dates well in advance. “-Britt Cole and Francie Dorman, Founders of 42 North
Get a great backup plan. . . Or two
“Have plans AF ready to go! Winter weddings tend to be higher risk events when thinking about travel delays for guests and possible weather issues. We suggest that all our customers be prepared for wind, rain, snow and flight delays and think about ‘what if’. -Virginia Frischkorn
Provide heaters and more heaters
“In the winter, you will have and need more heaters if part of your event should be outside. Tents and venues that charge may not have much heat either – be sure to consult with your planner and venue to ensure that it gets hot enough to keep your guests comfortable! -Virginia Frischkorn
Offer warm welcome drinks and cocktails
“Serve hot drinks on arrival and departure. We love to greet all the guests at our winter wedding with a hot cider, hot toddy or hot chocolate! This will help keep them warm during the ceremony (if outdoors). -Virginia Frischkorn
Embrace the season
Use your winter date as an opportunity to embrace seasonal vegetables, wines and maybe even a hot soup for your first dish. You do not have to go overboard with holiday themes, but having a little nod to the season through decor, flowers or food will recognize the season’s spirit in a tasteful way. ” -Britt Cole and Francie Dorman