If you and your spouse-to-be are planning a winter wedding, your vision for the day probably includes cozy decorations, rustic tablescapes, and rosy-cheeked portraits. But one uninvited guest can change the course of the evening: Snow. If the forecast predicts flurries or a full-on storm on your wedding day, here are seven tips that will ensure winter weather doesn't ruin your day.
Make Snow Day Preparations
Anyone tying the knot during the winter should prepare for the possibility of snow. Ensure your venue's heating system works properly, that there's a plan in place to clear snow from sidewalks and parking lots, and pad your timeline in the event guests get stuck in snow-related traffic.
Have a Backup Plan
If you're hosting your reception in a tent, you'll want to make sure that an unexpected snowfall won't leave guests with red noses and frozen hands. Rent an extra tent layer to install if temperatures drop and position heat lamps throughout the space.
You may envision yourself walking into the reception wearing beautiful sky-high stilettos, but this type of footwear proves disastrous when paired with snow or icy conditions. Keep a pair of snow boots (or at least a sturdy pair of flats) on hand, and don't forget your winter coat, gloves, and earmuffs if you're planning on venturing outside for portraits.
Make Your Venue Cozy
Guests should feel comfortable throughout your ceremony and reception. To increase the coziness factor, offer warm beverages to fight any lingering chill—think hot chocolate, warm cider, and coffee. Also consider passing out blankets, or laying them out in baskets throughout your reception venue.
Book a Car Service
Navigating an icy parking lot is both dangerous and annoying, especially when wearing fancy shoes with little traction. To limit guests' time in chilly weather, arrange a valet parking service at your venue. The extra cost is worth preventing falls or ruined footwear.
Arrange a Drop-Off Zone
If you're getting hitched in the winter, guests will likely bring along heavy jackets, scarves, hats, and mittens. Don't let these cold-weather accessories pile up around your venue. Instead, prepare a designated drop-off zone, and consider hiring an attendant to prevent any stolen items.
Even when unexpected, snow is a magical and enchanting addition to any winter wedding. Take advantage of its natural beauty by heading outdoors for wedding portraits, playing snow-centric songs at the reception, and getting creative with décor. With the right attitude, you can create lasting winter memories for years to come!