5 Benefits of Throwing a Winter Wedding

Submitted by Sarah on Monday - May 11, 2020

Winter weddings have so much going for them!

There's no doubt that summer, spring, and fall are the hottest seasons to throw a wedding. And poor winter ... the underdog, the underrated cold-filled season ... but full of so much promise! While lots of couples choose to get married in the warmer months of the year, a magical winter wedding has tons of amazing advantages. 

From the festivities of the holidays and hot drinks by the fireplace to Hallmark movie marathons and sparkling freshly-fallen snow—who wouldn't want to have a winter wonderland wedding that plays off the ambiance? If you're on the fence about this, scroll on to check out our five fabulous advantages of having a winter wedding.

winter wedding bride in woods

1. Less Competition

Have your heart set on a particular reception hall or photographer? Winter weddings are far less common, which means you'll probably be able to snag that highly coveted venue or wedding vendor that you've been dreaming of. And since their schedule is likely to be pretty open, you won't have to settle for a less-than-ideal wedding date (such as a Friday, which can be hard for guests that work). Less competition, more freedom of choice—it's a winter wedding win-win!

winter wedding couple, church & venue

2. Lower Prices

Are you a bride on a budget? A white winter wedding can save you lots of green. Because December through February is such a slow season for wedding vendors, many of them offer discounts or are willing to negotiate prices. You can save a lot of cash once you add up your savings on a DJ, florist, bakery, dress shop, etc. You can then either pocket those savings, or re-invest them into other wedding items, like decor, apparel, and accessories. Spend less, get more...another winter wedding win for the couple.

5 Reasons to Have a Winter Wedding

3. Fun Decor & Accessories

Winter has so many themes and motifs that you can weave into your wedding day. You can go cute with snowflakes, pinecones, and a hot cocoa/cider station at the reception. Or, you could create sophisticated romance with a palette of merlot, black, and ivory. To stay cozy and warm, you can drape yourself in elegant cover-ups and accessories. Stay fashionably warm with some faux fur ear muffs and hand warmers—or accessorize you and your bridesmaids' dresses with cute plaid wraps.

5 Reasons to Have a Winter Wedding

4. Beautiful Photo Ops 

For unique wedding photos, just step outdoors! Winter is such a beautiful, romantic, and unique time of year. From snow dancing down to the the ground and blanketing the landscape, to frost dusted over tree branches, winter offers plenty of opportunities for stunning wedding photography. An added bonus? No fears of looking sweaty or having your makeup melt under the hot summer sun! And if your cheeks get a little rosy...well, that will just add to the beauty and romance of your wedding photos.

5 Reasons to Have a Winter Wedding

5. Unique & Memorable Experience for You and Your Guests

Because winter weddings are far less common, simply having your wedding in the winter will make it very unique and memorable. You and your wedding guests attend so many weddings (which mostly fall in the warmer months) throughout your lives, so having a winter wedding will be something fun and different for everyone involved. Plus there are so many elements of the season that add uniqueness to your event—wintery color palettes, blankets over guests' chairs, snow, and twinkling holiday lights that will create lots of dreamy memories.

5 Reasons to Have a Winter Wedding

There is so much to love about throwing a winter wedding! From less stress over the weather to better venue rates, winter weddings have a lot going for them. Happy planning!