Last week we shot our last wedding of the 2017 wedding season and it was a lovely winter wonderland complete with snow! It was one of our most beautiful December weddings to date. It got me thinking that our future brides could learn a thing or two from our experience with December weddings (after all, December is probably one of the most challenging months for planning a wedding!) and since Christmas is next week and we’re full of holiday spirit around here, today I thought I’d share a few tips for planning a December wedding.
Consider venues that will accommodate both your ceremony and reception. Bonus points if you can also get ready there on the morning of your wedding day. This will make things easier on both you and your guests so that they don’t have to travel to various locations in potentially cold or bad weather. Just starting your search for a venue? Click here for our NJ Venues Guide.
Make sure your venue has grounds available to you so that you don’t have to travel to a local park for portraits.
On that same note, make sure the grounds at your venue have lots of evergreens so that you have plenty of greenery in your portraits.
If you’re planning a December wedding, expect that your venue will be decorated. Keep this in mind as you choose your own wedding decor so that it will be a beautiful complement to wintry greens.
The weather is always unpredictable, but winter weather especially could be a challenge. What if there’s a blizzard on your wedding day? Our friend Jeanne, a NJ Wedding Planner, wrote a great article on this topic – please give it a read. Here is the link: Do I Need Wedding Insurance?
Look up the sunset time on your wedding day and be sure we’ll have plenty of daylight for your wedding portraits. A first look around 1pm is highly recommended for winter weddings so that you don’t get stuck doing all of your portraits in the dark.
Not all venues will have classic red and green holiday decor so find out how your venue will be decorated before making any decisions on your own wedding color palette.
Choose a color palette that will be appropriate for the time of year. Click here for some December wedding color inspiration.
For a list of recommended flower options, check out this article: Top 10 Flowers for Your Winter Wedding.
I don’t know about you, but I just love a wedding dress with sleeves. They are always so elegant and they’ll keep you warm, too!
Shawls and furs will be most welcome and they are the perfect winter accessory, too!
Whether you take a break to huddle and warm up with your ladies or you go inside for a quick hot drink, take short breaks from being outside to warm up a bit.
I hope these tips are useful to you when planning your December wedding! Thank you the following vendors who are featured in this post:
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