If you’re having a Winter Wedding, firstly Congratulations, and secondly, how nice to be choosing to do something out of the ordinary!
It’s smart as well – your photographer, florist, and venue will be feeling the quiet season too, meaning their sole focus will be on you and your day. Read below for some more smart and savvy tips for a Winter Wedding.
Budget: While you might know that venues have out-of-season prices, you might not realize that you can probably negotiate similar discounts on other aspects – flowers, photographers, transport, catering, cake etc. Quotes are only a starting point, don’t be afraid to negotiate.
Guests: You may be the only wedding your guests have to look forward to between March and November, unlike the back-to-back Weddings of January and February in New Zealand (my own included!) – you can probably invite more people due to the reduced cost, and there’s less chance of double-ups on your date!
Planning: You can plan your wedding in a much shorter timeframe because the vendors are so much more available – meet them at the Wedding Shows which begin shortly after the high-season, and book just a couple of months in advance!
Second-hand (Something Borrowed): In the months following the wedding, many brides will be selling on their dresses and attire, decor, glassware, etc. There’s the obvious online auction sites, but also many area-specific groups on Facebook where brides-to-be and newlyweds buy and sell.
Honeymoon: With my wedding being in peak-summer February, if I went on my honeymoon straight away, I’d be missing out on the best of New Zealand summer, and heading somewhere colder – that’s not ideal! Instead, Blair and I waited a few months to go to Europe and America when it was colder here, but Winter-brides have the benefit of being able to jet-off somewhere warmer straight away, a great retreat from the cold!
A winter wedding also enables you to choose totally unique invitations, attire, jewelry and decor (each is linked to the talented Etsy shop whose photos make me want to plan a winter wedding myself!)