A Good Day for a White Wedding: 5 Tips for Planning Your Winter Nuptials, written by Guest Author Beverly Farrell
Bare branches sparkling with diamond-like frost and snow falling under a street lamp make winter a gloriously beautiful season. And when you plan a winter wedding, you can have those images as your backdrop. In the midst of the stark beauty of winter, though, ice, snow and other weather annoyances can derail your big day. If you are committed to frosty nuptials, guide yourself through the process with these five winter wedding planning tips.
Make the Most of the Season
From slippery sidewalks to harsh travel conditions, there are disadvantages to having a winter wedding so it is critical to make the most of the advantages. One of the biggest benefits is the sales that happen during this time of the year. From Black Friday to Cyber Monday to pre-Christmas sales, you will get the opportunity to sift through lots of items at lowered prices.
Many bridal shops may not have sales during this time of the year, but you don’t have to restrict your shopping to dedicated bridal shops. Perhaps you could buy your wedding favors at World Market or your bridesmaid dresses from Macy’s—check out the department store’s Cyber Monday sales here for big day savings.
Photo of bridesmaid dress via Macy’s
Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
You’ve already bought your dress and you look fabulous, but those cookies that your coworkers keep bringing to the office are threatening to throw you off course. With all the goodies around for the holidays, it can be hard to stay slim for your wedding.
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Portion control is key. WebMD advises keeping yourself full with nutritious snacks so that it’s easier to avoid sugary indulgences. Keep in mind that food is not the only thing with calories. Although it may be tempting to drink through the stress of wedding planning, you don’t need the extra calories. Exercise portion control when it comes to alcohol as well, and, if possible, substitute a diet soda and vodka for a caloric winter ale.
Instead of fighting the elements, embrace winter as the theme of your wedding. Martha Stewart recommends serving eggnog cocktails and offering the guests a bit of extra warmth with a pile of shawls at the entrance of the event or even draped over some of the chairs. Integrate snowflakes into the cake decoration, and make sure that you remember to have a dedicated place to store all of the coats that your guests will be wearing.
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Plan for the Chilly Elements
Just because you are getting married during the winter doesn’t mean that you have to take your pictures inside. You can optimize the bright winter light and have pictures taken outside as long as you bundle up. The Knot recommends having a shawl (maybe even a blue one) for the bride and a formal wool dress coat for the groom. The groom can finish off his look with a coordinating scarf, and the bride can wear white tights and fuzzy white earmuffs to complete her warm look.
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When it comes to color, Huffington Post recommends staying away from holiday hues unless you want your big day to be an extension of the winter holidays. Instead, play with winter-like shades of ivory and white. Make these colors look even more sophisticated by tying in metallic shades of copper, silver and gold.
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About Beverly Farrell
Beverly is a party planner for weddings and events. She started her own business in a cabin in the woods.