5 Tips for Winter Weddings
With the first snows of the season under our belts and the holidays just days away, winter is officially upon us. The thought of a December or January wedding can be daunting to some — no sunny beach ceremonies this time of year — but, done well, snowy winter nuptials can be the most gorgeous of all.
So if you prefer snow flurries and roaring fires to makeup-melting summer heat, read on for five tips to make your winter wedding unforgettable.
1. Don't be afraid to get out in the snow
Gown and tux plus snow may seem like a dangerous combination, but trust us: the photos you'll get from a quick session out in the snow will be so magical, you'll forget all about the cold. After all, you probably chose this time of year because you like it. Show off some of that wintry New Hampshire beauty! If you're really worried about practicality, you can always take after Real Wedding bride Kate, pictured at right: Trade your heels for some snow boots, hike up your skirt, and hit the trails.
2. Take advantage of seasonal decorations
Pinecones and fir trees and wood — oh my! Winter's bounty provides a great set of natural inspirations for your wedding decor. Trade out boring floral centerpiece for a rich display of pine boughs, outfit your reception hall in winter white, or opt for a cake that reflects the stark loveliness of a gray winter's day. Just don't bring out any Santa hats.
3. Try a long-sleeved dress
If you didn't know, long-sleeved dresses are in right now. Take advantage of the cold temps and seek out a dress with an intricately beaded sheer sleeve or an overlay for modesty at the ceremony and strapless fun at the reception.
The dress pictured here came from Country Bridals in Jaffrey, where the bride was employed at the time of her wedding.
4. Get creative
A winter wedding doesn't have to be a stuffy affair filled with white fur coats and horse-drawn carriages. We love this choice of a bright plaid wrap as a cover-up instead of a traditional jacket. Another great option? Tossing on a flannel over your dress (knotted at the waist if you want your curves undisguised) for a bit of casual extra warmth.
5. …Really creative
Holly and David's nuptials on the side of Mount Washington are easily the most memorable wedding in BRIDE history. Take advantage of winter's extreme weather to make your wedding something extreme — an unexpected, fun day that you and your guests will never forget. If you love snowsports, strap on your skis and head up Tuckerman's Ravine for your ceremony like these two did. Light up a bonfire, chill some beers in a snowbank, and add a marshmallow roasting party to your reception. Have ice skating hour instead of cocktails! With a New Hampshire winter wedding, the sky's the limit.