10 Reasons to Have a Winter Wedding

Recently engaged and planning a wedding? Read this before you set your date!

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For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of getting married on New Year’s Eve. But living in the Midwest, this is always bound to be one of the coldest nights of the year.

So when I got engaged almost a year ago, I knew I’d have to do a lot of work to convince my fiance to have our wedding on the date I’ve always wanted. And let me tell you – even though it was -13 degrees that day, it was absolutely perfect. The pictures are beautiful, nothing went wrong, and all of our best friends and family were there to ring in the new year with us  in a cozy, warm banquet hall.

Lucky for me, this was an easy sell. We first met on NYE so the date has a special meaning for us (maybe I’ll write my next post on how to find your soulmate in a crowded bar full of drunk people). But if you’re not so lucky – here are some reasons to use when trying to convince your partner to deal with the cold and snow and set a winter wedding date.

  1. Total romance.
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    We’re pretty cute, I know.

    Candles, fireplace, warm blankets, you can incorporate as many romantic, classy details as you want and it’s completely fitting.

  2. You don’t have to fight friends or family for the date. Since most weddings are in the Spring (although I have to say, a lot of my friends are now choosing Fall over any other season), you won’t have to worry about stealing someone else’s date, or making your guests choose between weddings to attend. The only potential issue would be conflicts with company holiday parties. But we all know everyone hates going to those things, so a wedding is a perfect excuse to miss it!
  3. Save money on decorations. Most event venues and churches are already decorated for Christmas, so you’ll save a lot of money (or time if you’re the DIY type) by using the decor that’s already provided. I had to do nothing to church in which we were married. It was already decked out in greenery, lights and candles. Tadaa!
  4. Better chance of getting your dream venue. Every single wedding-planning timeline I looked at on Pinterest or in magazines led me to believe I needed to book my venue at least a year out. Hello stress! I’m going to let you in on a little secret…if you’re planning for a date in the winter, most all venues will still be open even three months out. And even better yet – a lot of venues offer off-season pricing at a discount.
  5. Flowers. They’re cheap and easy. You don’t have as many choices as in Spring or Summer when the majority of flowers are in bloom. I walked into Whole Foods the day before my wedding and found the perfect bouquets for a total of $60. Boom.
  6. Winterscape pictures. I was adamant against taking photos outside because I am the biggest baby when it comes to cold weather. But I’m so glad my photographer forced me into it. (Full disclaimer – I chugged half a glass of champagne immediately beforehand, so that helped.) Freshly fallen (or falling) snow is the perfect magical setting to capture how happy you and your partner look on that day. Summer backdrops can’t quite do the same.
  7. No strenuous arm workouts. In winter you can get away with wearing a long-sleeve dress to hid your un-toned arms 🙂
  8. It is perfect timing for a honeymoon.
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    The view from breakfast on day 2 of our Hawaii honeymoon.

    I’ve had so many friends recommend booking your honeymoon soon after the wedding, or it will never happen. So if you get married in winter, what better than a warm-weather getaway to celebrate your new big commitment to each other! We waited a few weeks after the wedding so we could get our lives back in order, and then jetted off to Hawaii leaving negative temperatures and a foot of snow behind for 10 days and it was HEAVEN.

  9. Hot Cocoa Bar. Needs no explanation. Yum.
  10. Time to party! Whether you choose a fun holiday like I did, or a random weekend in winter – your friends and family will be looking for something fun to do after being cooped up inside for far too long. This is such a great opportunity to give them a reason to dress up, eat good food, drink a little to much and dance the night away.

-R

 

Tips for Bar Hopping in Frigid Temps

Winter Bar Hopping

This weekend is supposed to be absolutely freezing — just one of the many perks living in Minneapolis. But heaven forbid winter turn me in to a hobbit. And I would hate for that to happen to you, so here are some tips to help you make it out to the bars, even though the sub-zero temps may try to hold you back.

  • Rule #1 – Pregame. Your alcohol blanket will become your best friend when venturing out for the night. Well, unless it backfires and you end up puking in an alley somewhere (not that I’m speaking from experience…) So be careful with this one, you don’t want to cross that fine line.
  • Ignore the haters – wear Uggs. You will be thankful for this outdated fashion statement when your feet are toasty and you aren’t struggling to make it across the icy/slushy/wintry streets in heels.
  • Have a cab driver’s personal number. Waiting outside in the cold trying to catch a cab at the end of the night is the worst. Have his number, call or text him as you begin rounding up the troops, give him your location and he’ll be waiting outside with a warm car. There is nothing better than that at the end of a good night out. Well that and Taco Bell of course.
  • Don’t bring gloves or mittens, you’ll just end up loosing one of them. It’s one of life’s cruel jokes. Instead, have strategically placed hand warmers you can use when outside and stash away when you get into the bar. And if you lose one – they are totally disposable so no worries! TIP: Open the hand warmers when you start pre-gaming. That way they’ll be nice and hot for you when you are ready to leave and need them the most.
  • Wear a cute scarf and/or hat. Lucky for you, scarves and hats done well never go out of style. If you can pull them off, definitely incorporate one or both of them into your outfit for the night. You won’t regret it…
  • But you will regret the mini skirt. STAY AWAY FROM THAT. Please. Want me to judge you at the bar? That’s how. Seriously, no one likes the girl in the skimpy party dress at the bar in the middle of winter. Who are you trying to impress?