You should be applauded for choosing the more controversial choice of tying the knot during winter instead of choosing the warmer months. Winter weddings are less popular as there are fewer options for an outdoor wedding. Most people would prefer to hold at least some parts of their wedding reception outdoor. For winter wedding, the options of holding an outdoor ceremony, reception, or photo session is limited. However, winter can often bring with it more precipitation than other seasons. With some careful planning, you can have your outdoor winter wedding.
First of all, if you have made the decision of holding your wedding ceremony outdoors, you must have a secondary plan in the event of rain, snow or other weather conditions such as strong winds. You can choose to rent a large tent to provide a wonderful outdoor wedding ambiance. The sides of the tent can often be folded up to make the wedding feel more like an outdoor one. In the event of a bad weather, the sides can be let down. Having an outdoor wedding near your home is easier to plan for as you can bring your guests into your home if it starts to rain or snow. However, if you want to rent an outdoor area for your wedding, it is advisable to ensure there is an alternative if the weather turns bad. Many places realize this as a very real possibility and will provide you with some sort of solution if bad weather occurs on your special day.
Once you have decided to have an outdoor wedding, you have to make sure all your guests are aware that the wedding would be held outdoor so that they come prepared. Your guests may choose to wear differently as the wedding would be outdoor or decide to bring extra clothing if necessary. They may also choose different foot ware. It can be difficult for guests to navigate on high heels or other formal footwear if your wedding is held in a grassy area.
Another outdoor winter wedding consideration to make would be for your photography sessions. While some winter brides and grooms choose to hold winter weddings indoor, many couples still choose to hold wedding photography sessions outdoors. As you would do when planning an outdoor ceremony or reception, it is important to have a back-up indoor location for your pictures to be taken in case your outdoor photo session is rained out. Outdoor wedding photos can be beautiful but you want to make sure you have a secondary location where your pictures will be just as lovely.
There are a lot of plans to make, go over, and go over again when planning a wedding. A winter wedding is no exception. A winter wedding can be a wonderful memory for you, your spouse, and your guests. If you plan ahead and cover all of your bases your winter wedding should go off without a hitch. That way, whether your winter wedding is held indoor or outdoors you will be sure to have a wonderful wedding.