Winter WeddingWhat is your view on winter weddings? Is it something you would consider, or have you only ever pictured yourself getting married in June – the most common month for couples to tie the knot in Britain.

Reasons to Have a Winter Wedding

There are so many reasons winter weddings are preferable to any other season. Your event will shine like a glittering beacon in the social wasteland of January and February, so guests will be so excited to receive your invitation.

Fewer weddings also means greater choice of venues and suppliers. The popular photographer who is booked solid between May and September for the next two years is probably available on your preferred date in winter. Your vendors’ services won’t be as much in demand as in summer, meaning you can probably negotiate a lower price.

Winter weather is a lot more predictable than British summers. You expect it will be cold, if not wet, and can plan accordingly. Snow looks fantastic in wedding photos, and you won’t have to panic book a marquee to keep everyone dry since you’ll have already arranged an indoor reception.

Roaring open fires, mulled wine, and rich food and colours are all hallmarks of a wonderful winter wedding. You can decorate in warm golds and jewel tones, or create an ice palace that would send any respectable Disney princess into a fit of jealousy.

Reasons to Avoid a Winter Wedding

As convincing as the above arguments are, there are several key drawbacks to holding a winter wedding. The first is that, unless you want to go skiing in the Northern Hemisphere, it might not be the best time to travel to your preferred honeymoon destination.

You have access to a wider choice of vendors, but you will have a smaller choice of flowers, unless you are willing to spend double or triple what it would cost in June to have them flown in for January.

Staying disciplined with your pre-wedding diet plan over Christmas will be difficult. Conversely, you may find that some guests who indulged in eating, drinking, and shopping in December will be frustratingly parsimonious about attending your wedding.

Candlelight and open fires are incredibly romantic ways to light your reception venue, but your photographer will find them difficult to work with, and most of your wedding photos will have to be taken indoors due to fading daylight, poor weather, or a barren, muddy, landscape.

Despite these points, winter weddings are growing in popularity as more couples embrace the benefits of not having to compete with other couples for venues, vendors, and attention.