When a friend of mine got married last February, I remember initially thinking she was insane. When she told me the ceremony would be outside, I told her she was out of her mind if she thought that anyone would sit through that. But because her dream venue was booked years in advance during the spring and summer months, it was her only option. She refused to get married at any other place in the world.
But while I rolled my eyes more than a few times in the beginning, as I watched her plan her wedding I realized that there really aren’t enough winter weddings and there should be. Polar vortex and possible blizzards aside, it’s actually quite a charming concept.
So if you’re recently engaged and thinking about where and when to get married, you may want to consider going the winter route for your big day. Here’s why.
1. You’ll save money on the venue.
Of course you don’t need me to tell you the most popular time of year for couples to get hitched is between April and September. While there are those who get married in late March or early October, by and large the spring and summer months are THE wedding season months. I mean, how often do you get invited to a January wedding? Not often enough! But the thing with getting married in December, January, or February is that it’s off-season, so if you’re on a tight budget, walking down the aisle during one of those months will definitely save you bucks.
2. You’ll have more choices for dates.
Another great perk about getting married in the dead of winter is that you have more venues and dates to choose from, which is actually ideal for people who don’t want a long engagement and want to get married stat. Whereas the spring and summer months could lead to being disappointed over and over again, as venues just don’t have availability, that’s not going to be a problem in the winter.
3. You get to be creative with the food and drinks.
In the winter, people want to have things like hearty comfort food, mulled wine, spiced eggnog — and roast marshmallows over the fire. If you ever dreamed of having a s’mores station at your wedding or watching Grandma get drunk on spiced eggnog, then a January wedding is calling your name.
4. No one will be sweating bullets on the dance floor.
Even if you get married in early May and the weather is a perfect 72 degrees, people still sweat like little piggies once they take to the dance floor for hours. In getting married in January, where it’s likely to be 30 degrees or less outside depending on where you get hitched, you can almost guarantee that there will be less sweating and less of a change that your husband’s groomsmen are going to strip off their sweaty shirts to dance the night away in “class.” (Yes, I’ve witnessed such behavior at a wedding.)
5. The majority of your guests will show up.
Again, getting married off-season will increase your guest turnout. When wedding season is in full swing, people have to stagger weddings almost every weekend and sometimes the whole wedding thing gets to be too much for them, so some people end up just calling in sick to a few weddings because they need a break. But not at your wedding! At your winter wedding, you’ll probably see a 90% or higher turnout ― which will make you feel very loved when so many people show up.
6. Snow is actually quite romantic.
I don’t care what part of the country you live in, if you’ve ever experienced snow – before it gets dirty and pissed on by dogs ― you’ll agree it's lovely and romantic. Because that’s the case, it will make for beautiful, as in stunning, wedding photos.
7. You get to have fun with your attire.
While you’re soon to be husband won’t really get to change his attire all that much, you definitely will! You can experiment with maybe a long-sleeve dress, or a faux fur stole, or even walk down the aisle ― if the ceremony is outside ― with a muff instead of a bouquet and winter boots instead of heels (think Doctor Zhivago here). It’s something with which you can have fun and it will make for an unforgettable event for your guests, too. Winter boots on a bride? You don't see that too often and it will be awesome.