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Fun Ideas for Winter Weddings

The leaves are starting to turn and autumn is well under way.  That means there are only a few months left until your winter wedding. Have you thought about these fun ideas yet?

Ditch the green and red and go for silver and white colors for a dazzling, elegant touch

For a wintry signature drink, choose hot chocolate (spiked with Bailey’s!) or warm apple cider

Sprigs of pine and fir in your flower arrangements will add a hint of winter

A Christmas tree, decorated simply with lights, glowing on your dance floor may be all the decoration you need

Don’t forget about taking photos in the snow; the best photographer will know how to catch the light just right

You may already have your venue, but if you’re a last minute planner, find somewhere with a fireplace for winter warmth

Plan your menu with seasonal foods, like warm soup instead of salad, winter squash and eggnog

Want to go all out? Think about arriving at your reception in a horse and carriage; a great winter tradition

Feeling fancy? How about an ice sculpture? It will wow guests, and shows the beautiful side to a cold climate

Give your wedding cake a subtle, wintry flair by asking for a snowflake pattern in white icing

For an additional touch to your centerpieces, try out pine cones, candles, berries and more

3 Reasons to Get Married in the Winter

The busiest time for weddings is spring and fall because of the cool yet warm temperatures. Summer also has its fair share of weddings, but there is another season that is perfect for your big day — winter. Most people fear winter because of the cold weather and short days, but here are three reasons why a winter wedding may be perfect for you.

Discounts

Because vendors are less busy in the winter, they may be willing to offer discounts. Brides who get married in the winter report savings on the venue, photographer, florist, and a Chicago Wedding DJ. You can also get great savings on your honeymoon. It is typically cheaper to travel in the winter because it is the slow season (unless you are getting married near the holidays). You can save money on the flight, hotel, and even excursions.

Availability

Many vendors start booking up about a year ahead of time. If you have your heart set on a particular vendor, you have to book early. There are also issues at the dress stores. Sometimes, you have to get alterations done three months before the wedding because the seamstress is so busy, but in the winter, the dress store can accommodate your schedule and needs.

Snow

Many brides fear snow on their wedding day, but it can a beautiful plus. Translation: you will have stunning pictures and a romantic setting. Check out the photos below for inspiration. Just make sure you have a backup plan in case of heavy snow. Most venues have a cancellation or postponement policy, so make sure you ask before signing contracts.

No matter what season you choose, your wedding will be beautiful. When making important decisions about your wedding, always consider your budget, style and vision, and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Some of the most beautiful weddings are the ones that take risks. Translation: horse and carriage in the snow or February beach wedding.

Happy planning!