A winter wedding can be magical thanks to the natural glimmer of snow, the need for cozy textiles and the craving for warm comfort food. I am in love with the idea of a winter wedding. Picture it: glittering blankets of snow, crackling fireplaces, hot chocolate toasts, twinkling lights, and maybe even a bit of holiday bedazzle. Winter weddings can be truly magical and oh-so-cozy affairs. And the best part, a winter wedding can allow you to save serious pennies without compromising your dream wedding.
A Better Venue
Fewer couples choose winter weddings which means less competition for dates and lower prices. January and February dates seemed to be least expensive out of the year. Many of the more expensive venues we looked at offered significant discounts in this price range. For couples who have their eye on a certain venue and are more flexible on time of year, this can be a great strategy.
During the winter, you can save a lot on the decorations needed for your wedding. Instead of using tons of expensive fresh flowers, go with seasonal decor such as pine cones, berries, wood pieces, and evergreen branches. This not only looks more suitable for the season, but also saves you big money on decorations. Winter can allow for simpler flowers like Gypsophila (or ‘baby’s breath’), a beautiful flower that you can buy direct from the flower market for a tiny price. You also probably have Christmas lights already on hand that you can use as well. Flowers are a huge wedding expense, so being able to only use a few or opt out completely helps keep your wedding significantly on budget.
Not only is your venue probably already decorated for the holidays, but you can also find plenty of decorations on sale at craft stores like Michael’s and AC Moore. Incorporate bare branches, miniature white lights and other items that you can easily find and are available during the winter season. For example, you can find bare branches, paint them white and combine a few white flowers into them to create amazing centerpieces. In addition, think about how you may be able to recycle holiday decor into something that works well for a Winter Wonderland wedding.
Getting married in a church? Many churches go all out during the holiday season, adorning the building with intricate flower arrangements, take advantage of their hard work! Incorporate those decorations with your own! More bang for way less bucks!
Your Dream Dress
The best time of year to purchase your dream dress is winter. Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you’ll likely have your pick of sales and great deals on any dress you could imagine. The same goes for bridesmaids’ dresses, which is bound to leave your bridal party happy. Additionally, many bridal shops, have winter blowout sales where you can purchase the dress of your choice at a steep discount; think 70 percent off. Still, even if you happen to miss these particular sales, you’ll probably find your dress at discount anyway since winter isn’t typically a busy wedding season.
Apart from a few holiday parties, most caterers are less busy in the winter months. Businesses usually see an abundance of clients during the spring and summer, and like venue owners, see a decline in the winter. Because of this, you’ll find that you can snag your favorite chef, or baker, for a lot cheaper than you would during the summer. Since caterers aren’t as busy, you’ll be able to serve a full meal for a fraction of the cost you’d normally pay and you can always utilize this slow time for negotiation as well.
Champagne is traditionally associated with weddings but is very expensive. Serve something festive such as mulled wine, spiked hot chocolate or spiced cider for a fraction of the price.
Instead of giving away the usual box of almonds, drink cozies, candles or picture frames, winter offers up an array of wonderful and inexpensive favor ideas that are bound to delight your guests and save you money. You can DIY everything from cute hot chocolate kits, to scented pine cone fire starters, to personalized gloves for the cold season. A winter wedding provides many unique and useful options for wedding favors that don’t have to cost you a fortune.
When everything is blanketed in fresh snow, the world looks a little more beautiful, at least in my opinion. No matter what’s going on with the weather, you’re bound to have beautiful pictures. Unlike rain in the spring, you can still take pictures in the snow. You also don’t have to worry about renting a place for pictures because literally anywhere you take them will look beautiful and surreal in a winter wonderland. Also, like venues and caterers, photographers see a slow season during the winter as well, which means photos for less.
Brittany & Brianna