Thursday, November 3, 2011
A Winter Wonderland Wedding?
Winter is filled with special holidays, festivities, family gatherings and romance. This lends to a most magical time for weddings. Those that revel in the unique and out-of-the box are more apt to go for a winter wedding date. There are trends toward cozy homey comforts that lend well to a winter wedding that will saturate the senses and make your guests say "Wow!'
Since winter is filled with special holidays it's so easy to tailor your wedding to the season and all the beautiful opulent ornamentation that's already at hand. Whether your wedding is closer to Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years so much decor is available to add sizzle to your magical day. A few items that add wintery appeal are: holly leaves, berries, pine cones, ivy leaves, pomegranates, fir branches, evergreen branches, naked wintery branches, small Christmas ornament balls or bells, glittery snowflakes and seasonal ribbon.
While there are some disadvantages to having a winter wedding, there are some significant advantages. If you want a wedding that will be beautiful and truly unique, there are lots of different winter themes for weddings that are unique and can only be held in the winter months that will make your wedding very personal and very special.
The Advantages of a Winter Wedding
When thinking about whether or not to have a winter wedding, here are some of the many advantages to consider:
* You can save a lot of money. By holding it in the winter you can save up to half the cost of a traditional summer wedding and get more for your money since winter is considered as "off wedding season".
* You can get exactly what you want. It’s more likely that you will be able to get the hall, restaurant, church, or other location of your choice. But since not that many people get married in the winter, the same popular locations are usually available during the winter, sometimes at a reduced cost.
* More of your loved ones may be able to attend. By holding your wedding in the winter it’s more likely that family and friends will have fewer social commitments and thus will be free to attend your wedding.
* Winter weddings are different. Do you want your wedding to stand out and be memorable, a winter wedding can be a great way to do something new and different for your wedding.
The Disadvantages of a Winter Wedding
While there are a lot of great reasons to have a winter wedding, there are, of course, some downsides to having a winter wedding that should be considered before definitely choosing to have winter wedding. There are ways to overcome these issues, but it’s up to you to decide if a winter wedding is right for you.
* The weather might not be what you expect. Obviously, in southern climates you’d expect it to be cold, rainy and maybe even snowy. Bad weather could mean that family and friends wouldn’t be able to make it to the ceremony. The weather might not be terrible - it usually isn’t; but it might be too mild, which can also ruin wedding plans. If you are envisioning a beautiful snowy landscape for your wedding, or arriving in a horse drawn sleigh, and there is no snow then your wedding plans could fall flat fast.
* A winter wedding might cause holiday complications. While you might love the idea of a Christmas theme wedding full of red and green and gold and traditional Christmas elements, your family and friends might not want to spend Christmas Eve or Christmas Day at a wedding. Also, holidays are a prime travel time and it might be expensive and time consuming for friends and relatives who need to travel to make it to the wedding.
These disadvantages can be easily overcome with proper planning and some creativity, there is no stopping you from having a successful and romantic winter wedding of your dreams!