What’s more magical than saying “I do” during the festive season? Imagine a groom in a black tuxedo, standing next to his bride in a cozy fur wrap. Sounds like a scene from a classic winter wedding, right? Even if you’re planning a perfect winter wedding, then you must consider the following must-have essentials to turn your special day from normal to a fantastically classic wedding.
If you are hoping for a fairytale wedding, then winter season offers the perfect setting. The falling snowflakes, burning fire and mistle-toes will set the mood for festivities and romance. In addition, you can get great bargains for the wedding arrangements in this period. We bring you five reasons to have a white wedding in winter.
Indians prefer to hold wedding ceremonies as auspicious mahurats happen in mid October. Choosing the décor for winter weddings can be tough, so here are some unusual ideas that are suitable for weddings at this time of year:
Everyone knows the weather is unpredictable most of the time. One cannot be sure about rains, the scorching heat and snowfalls. We all want our wedding day to go as planned and never have any mishaps taking place. When the weather and the wedding go hand in hand it is all good. It is always better to be prepared for the worst though. For those who would have their wedding outside it matter’s a lot. Love your wedding regardless of what happens. Do not fret and follow these few guidelines to make sure you have a wedding with minimal disruption by prevailing weather conditions.
1. When winter’s strike
Winter weddings may be absolutely gorgeous but the fact is that it may snow at any point and this needs to be taken into consideration. In such cases always have another option ready.
a. It is impossible to change the venue as a whole, but you could probably have a tent or a hall nearby booked for such emergencies.
b. Make sure you have heating facilities at the venue ready and if there is unexpected snowfall, have umbrellas and shelter areas at near access.
c. If at all you need to move your wedding indoors, arrange friends and family members to guide the guests to the new venue and give directions. It would be best if you can also arrange travel for them as well.
d. The bride and bridesmaids may need to keep another pair of boots ready, as it could get all wet and slushy in the snow. Also have warm coats and scarves ready if you are not able to move into a warmer place soon enough.
e. Serve warm drinks that would soothe everyone in the cold weather. Hot chocolate is everyone’s favorite.
2. The scorching heat
The summer time is when wedding dates soar to a high, along with temperatures. As much as summer is the best time to throw a wedding, it may also sometimes prove to be a bit of an issue. When it is blazing hot outside, you and your guests can be annoyed at the weather. If you are planning a summer wedding outdoors then there are a few things you need to keep in mind:
a. Send out your invitations way in advance as summer is usually a vacation time for most families and if you do not invite them early enough, they may have made other plans, missing your wedding. You could have it besides a poll or a beach, so you get some cool winds or can dip into the pool.
b. Make sure there is some sort of shade where guests can cool down in the scorching heat. A tent or a marquee can be of help in such scenarios. Arrange air conditioning or coolers with the event managers or caterers so that guests would not feel lethargic and tired in the heat.
c. Have loads of cool drinks and beverages on the menu. Have stewards serving them regularly to all the guests. Also make sure there are lots of water bottles available for guests as hot weather is sure to make them dehydrated.
d. Make sure you select a bridal gown that is comfortable in the heat. Puffy, long gowns can be a hassle as they could stick to you in the heat and cause rashes later on. Everyone should be comfortable in what they wear, so cool fabrics would be the best option. If you are the groom, you could probably opt for a linen suit
e. Serve food that will suit the weather. Heavy food and heat don’t go hand in hand. Having a barbecue feast or grilled items would be a great idea. Serve frozen cocktails, salads and lots of fruits instead of soups and cakes.
3. The muggy rains
Even though rain on your wedding day is considered lucky in some cultures, it can be one of the worst nightmares for the bride. It can spoil more or less everything you have planned for the wedding of your dreams. But worry not, there are always options to get you through the nasty rainy conditions:
a. Shift the venue as far as possible or if it already in a covered area, make sure you have enough space for all the guests to comfortably stand. If the venue is outdoors and you are expecting rain, always keep another option ready – like a hall nearby.
b. If the rains are heavy then water can seep in making a mess out of everything. So flooring needs to be considered while making your wedding preparations. Discuss with the event planner on your options with flooring. Going cheap can sometimes be disastrous.
c. Have umbrellas ready for your guests. It is impossible to arrange umbrellas for all your guests, but try and source some from friends and family and it will definitely come in handy for those monsoon weddings. You can also ask guests to carry their umbrellas if you know that the chances of rain are high.
d. Your clothes are sure to be ruined in the rain. Make sure you have another set of clothes ready for the reception – something you can change into quickly. Also have alternate hair dos as getting wet unexpectedly can cause your hair and make up to be a mess. The last thing you want is to look messy in your wedding pictures.
e. if you are adamant on taking your wedding pictures outside, then get some colorful umbrellas and quirky boots and play around in the rain with the groom. Make the most of the rains and use them as a backdrop for your pictures.
The fall season is probably the perfect time to get married. It is the most striking time of the year and it is pleasant. Getting married during this time has a different feel to it and would be great. It is a romantic time for nuptials. The fall season gives that extra glow and the color of leaves at that point of time are extraordinary. The weather is rather mild and you can gain advantage and plan your wedding beautifully. All these factors make a fall wedding warm and intimate. Take a look at the ideas provided to you to help you plan a fall wedding. There are other seasons but each have their drawback. Experiencing a fall wedding is something the bride and groom should most certainly not miss out on.
Plan to select a venue which has lots of tree with the shed leaves to get the feel of the fall. Any quiet and elegant place can do wonders. Select the venue according to your and your fiancee’s tastes. It can be a 18Th century church or modern clubs and chapels, or even a country inn, park, or a backyard but filled with trees.
Tip: Planning the venue should not be such a problem during this time of the year. In fact you should go for something which would get you married out in the open. The ambiance of the outside decoration is more stunning than ever. Take for an instance a barn or something, it would also give your photographs a more obsolescent look and you are bound to love it.
2. Food Menu
You can bring the feel of autumn while deciding the menu. Try including the food items which are more brown, like nuts, chocolate etc. Take the advice of an expert chef and plan the food items suitable for autumn season. Take into account the fall weather – it is neither too cold nor too hot. Decide upon the soups, main dishes, and desserts accordingly. Fall is the time when we have full appetite and hence you can even opt for fried and crispy things to leave the guests licking their fingers and wanting more.
Tip: Surely the advice you get from caterers too would be the same that is to have food which reminds one of the season. A fall season has the famous pumpkin and that is the best thing to have but too much of it would also not be a good idea. Do not have to much of anything that matter. You could check out DIY food ideas for a fall wedding.
Make sure that the decorations are as earthy as possible, as earthy colors match well with the fall season. You can decorate the menu with leave made wreaths or sheaths, as a complement to rich jewels. The tables can be decorated with linens and flowers. If the ceremony is in the night, you can light candles. You can also make velvet napkin bands. Brown is a good color for decorating the venue of the marriage. You can also use pumpkins for decoration.
Tip: Decoration should be such that it blends in with your surrounding and does not make the wedding venue look to gaudy. The fact that you are getting married during the fall is a great thing in itself. The fall season itself is so eye-catching that getting married out in the open without decorations would do. You could go for the vintage decorations too.
4. Flower Arrangements
Flowers add a beautiful touch to fall weddings. Dried flowers are the best choice for a fall wedding. It is a good idea to sprinkle the narrow space in between with rose petals.The flowers should be compatible with the general theme of your wedding. Roses and daisies can be used with berries. It is also good to mix in leaves to have a wonderful effect. However, ensure to avoid too dried flowers, which might be rough and difficult to hold.
Tip: Frankly you do not need a special person to arrange the flowers for you. You could just do it yourself. Use a few flowers of the fall and tall standing vases. Dried flowers look great too and give a rustic look to the wedding. Make sure the flowers do not break and are kept away from children too. You could also have light colored candles.
Favor your guests with small gifts which you can buy from the local market. You can feel free to gift them candles, sachets, or flowers. You can also give them sweets or mini pumpkins. Make sure that you make favors which they would enjoy and remember. Home made jams are a good choice, but you should try it only if are good at making them. Make the wedding favors as personalized and creative as possible. It also makes sense to order customized gifts carefully chosen for your guests.
Tip: The guests favors should be such that they have not taken a notice to such favors before. You could have snacks or you could have floating candles. You could pile up a couple of things, you could have coasters in the shape and color of fall leaves. The things to do are unlimited. You could write something on dry leaves too for each of your guests.
The wedding cake can be the best bet to remind everyone of the fall season and the joy it accompanies. The cake should have a good icing, with proper decoration with colors. Spice cake is a nice serve. Pumpkin flavored cakes too are delicious. Though there is no necessity that you have to choose a spice cake or a chocolate one, these ones match the time and season. It would be good if you can decorate the cake with marzipan fruit.
Tip: It is not necessary that you are required to have the complete wedding according to the fall theme. Which means haveing a pumpkin in everything might not be appealing to the guests. Have a normal cake but ad a hint of the fall in out. Probabrbly into the design of the cake or cut decoration around the cake.
I am having a winter wedding, and since there aren’t quite a lot of choices in colors of winter flowers, I am a bit confused with the right kind of color for my winter wedding bouquet! It is simply giving me a hard time, as roses are steep price, and I am not able to decide the best color for my wedding! Can some wedding expert please assist me with some suitable winter wedding bouquet colors?
Hi, I am really excited as I am getting married next august with mum, me and my aunt doing the flowers. We did it for my sister as well few years back. I am looking for some fall wedding color schemes for flowers. I have contacted one florist and he said that he will give me the flowers on the prices even low from the wholesaler. Is in it exciting! As now I am getting such an exciting offer I am on a plane and want to extract the best out of it. So can anyone tell me about the colors you think suits best for fall wedding theme? As one has to get up at crack of the dawn to go, and I am also not 100% sure that whether I will get the specific flowers, so think being flexible is a good idea.
My wedding is going to be in late October, and it is going to be an outdoor wedding. We have arranged for everything, however, we have left with wedding favors as such! Since we have arranged for a sweets fountain thing in our wedding, I thought it to be unique to ask the guests to take as many candies from the fountain in the paper bag for home. Nonetheless, my dad has advised to arrange for some small candy boxes decorated with fall leaves and keeping the candies in them, to later presenting to the guests. I wanted to know from some wedding expert whether it makes a nice autumn wedding favor as such!
Which color makes the most suitable spring wedding dresses for my bridesmaids from soft green, and soft lavender?
Since my wedding is going to be in spring, I have got for myself a soft pink colored wedding dress, to match with the pink and lavender flowers for my flower bouquet. However, I am still not getting any idea to arrange for the bridesmaids dresses. My sister has advised of light green, whereas I am pondering over soft lavender colored teal length wedding dresses for them. Can some fashion professional please advice, which of these makes the most suitable color for spring wedding dresses for my bridesmaids in concurrence with my wedding dress?
Hi, I am really excited as I am getting married next august with mum, me and my aunt doing the flowers. We did it for my sister as well few years back. I am looking for some wedding ideas for fall on flowers. I have contacted one florist and he said that he will give me the flowers on the prices even low from the wholesaler. Is in it exciting! As now as I am getting such an exciting offer I am on a plane and want to extract the best out of it. So can anyone tell me about the colors you think suits best for fall wedding theme? As one has to get up at crack of the dawn to go, and I am also not 100% sure that whether I will get the specific flowers, so think being flexible is a good idea.