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Why Your Winter Wedding Should Be a Weekend-Long Event

Hot springs, snowboarding, s'mores, and vows: it'd be impossible to squeeze it all into one day.

Contributing Writer
wedding guests in snow
Photography by: Lacie Hansen Photography

With a backdrop of mountains dusted in snow and the fresh glow you'll get from time spent on the slopes, there's nothing quite as beautiful and romantic as a winter wedding. If you're considering a cold-weather celebration in a location where snow is a big part of the scenery but you're not sure about hosting a full weekend of events, we're here to encourage you to stretch the party out over a few days. In today's busy world, it's hard to take the time to slow down and appreciate the beauty of the season, and encouraging your guests to do just that as they celebrate your union is something they'll be forever grateful for.

 

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Your guests will want extra time for winter activities.

Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, sledding, and ice fishing are just a few of the winter activities your guests will want to take part in during your wedding weekend. Though it'll be tempting to fill every day with group activities for your guests, it's important to leave a good bit of free time for them so they can get out and explore the natural beauty of their surroundings. 

 

Your wedding venue and accommodations may require a minimum stay.

If you're hosting your wedding at a ski resort or in a town that's known to be a popular winter holiday destination, your hotel may require a two- to three-night minimum stay. Your guests will likely be made aware of these requirements when they're booking their stay, and you'll want to be sure you make it clear that the weekend will be filled with opportunities to socialize and enjoy the location.

 

You're going to want to spend as much time as possible with the guests who made the trek.

Optimizing the time you have with your wedding guests is a big motivator to have a multi-day wedding any time of year. When your wedding celebration is just one day, you barely have a chance to spend quality time with any of your guests. By stretching it out over a weekend, you can take an hour to go to yoga with your girlfriends or enjoy a long walk with your parents without fear of missing out on the rest of the celebration.

 

You can host multiple events.

A winter wedding offers ample opportunities for gatherings of your guests. You might opt to host a welcome party for roasting s'mores and sipping hot toddies followed by a rehearsal dinner the following day that includes a full pig roast. There might even be an opportunity to take an ice fishing trip or introduce some of your guests to your favorite local hot springs the day after your wedding.