Wedding Wednesdays Q&A: Winter Wedding

Wedding Wednesdays Q&A by Jamie Chang Destination Wedding Planner of Mango Muse Events

Q: Last week you shared some great suggestions to help with a summer wedding and warm weather.  But my wedding is coming up soon and I’m worried about the cold.  Can you share some suggestions that would help with a winter wedding?

Of course!  So, the same areas that we talked about for warm weather are also applicable for cold weather.

First off, warn your guests about the chill factor.  

It is the winter so I’m sure all your guests will be generally aware, but if any part of your winter wedding is outdoors definitely let them know to bring a jacket (or scarves, mittens, etc…).

I’m less concerned with your fiancé since he’ll most likely be in a suit or tux.  But definitely make sure he has some cold weather accessories if needed.

More importantly make sure that you have a fur or a coat to keep warm.  Your dress most likely is much thinner than his attire will be, so you’ll be the cold one.

A wedding couple in the snow at their winter wedding in Austria

(Photo credit: David Pullum Photography)

Instead of creating shade, we’ll want to create warmth.  

If you are having an outdoor winter wedding, definitely bring in some heaters.  Mushroom heaters will work for small spaces.  But you will want to consider larger tent heaters for the bigger spaces, particularly the dining area.

Besides heaters, fire pits are another great option for any type of hang out area (cocktails, dancing, etc…). And an added plus is that they are both fun and nice to look at.

Fun firepit at an outdoor beach wedding in Half Moon Bay at restaurant La Costanera by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Strotz Photography)

Now instead of the cool factor, you’ll want to bring in the…heat factor.  That doesn’t quite work, does it?

Well, still bring the cool factor, but make it hot.

When it comes to beverages, think warm!  Hot chocolate, tea, and coffee are all good options.

For the menu, go warm with soup, hot appetizers and entrees and maybe even items with a little spice as that will also warm the body.

For dessert, s’mores, fresh donuts or molten chocolate cake are all warming (and yummy!).

To help with the “cool” factor you can also provide pashminas for the ladies and blankets for the lounge area.  Depending on how cold it is going to be in your area, but you could even go so far as to provide individual hand warmers (the kind you use when skiing).

And a nice final touch would be to provide hand lotion in the bathrooms for dry hands.

Are you feeling moasty toasty yet?  I hope so!  Contact us today to help create your warm and comfortable winter wedding.

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