How do you feel about winter weddings? For some people, it might seem like a crazy idea, but for the wedding planner Roberta Pompeo, while spring and summer may be the traditional wedding seasons, there is a multitude of reasons why couples should consider a winter wedding.
“White snow, romantic venue and a castle wedding reception will all assemble magically to make a fairytale wedding wishes come true. Winter (December, January, and February) sets the scene for a truly romantic wedding and if you are lucky enough to get a dusting of snow, your wedding photos really will look like a fairytale winter wonderland”, she claims.
Want to have a winter wedding? Check out some tips from our wedding planners to plan winter weddings.
Of course, it may vary from country to country. In Iceland, for example, it can be highly unpredictable especially in wintertime. “Therefore we at Luxwedding think it is very important to have a plan A, B, and C for your wedding. If you think calm weather with sun and heat is important, Iceland is probably not the best place for you. However, though you can’t count on it, the weather can be pretty nice in Iceland. I even think the most beautiful weather is when it´s snowing in the wintertime! The average temperature in the wintertime is between – 3°C and 2°C. Yet it might feel a lot colder if the wind is strong”, tells the wedding planner Vigdís Bjork Segatta.
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Flowers in winter weddings
According to Roberta Pompeo, flowers have a more limited supply during winter. “You can embrace a more dramatic look and feel to your décor with bouquets and arrangements of pine cones, feathers, or even break tradition with a brooch bouquet”, she explains.
What to wear in the wintertime?
Vigdís Bjork Segatta suggests that it is best to wear layers of clothes when it comes to winter weddings. “In Iceland, this applies both for the summer and winter time. Bring wool as your first layer, fleece as your second layer and windproof raingear as your third layer. You might only use your first and third layer in the summertime and all three of them in the wintertime. You will need a buff/scarf, gloves and warm socks in all the seasons. But you may want to have them extra warm in the wintertime”, she says.
Roberta Pompeo also mentions that winter weather can also be a lot more comfortable for men wearing suits, whether it be the groom, groomsmen, or their guests.
“Most brides and grooms want to wear wedding dresses and suits at their wedding in Iceland. I recommend that brides wear a long dress so they are able to wear comfortable boots underneath on their wedding day. It´s also a good idea to put on good wool tights, wool shirt, and warm socks underneath the wedding dress or suit, especially in the wintertime. This is important if you are going for a photoshoot in Icelandic nature. Remember to have warm winter coats with you to put on between photos!”, suggests Vigdís Bjork Segatta.
Low season for weddings
Winter is considered to be a low season for weddings – and couples can benefit from it. “Choosing a Winter date is a great way to have your dream wedding at your chosen venue, without having to wait for a peak season date. There are potential discounts. Most venues will have seasonal pricing, with reduced rates for winter. For many of our couples, winter weddings are a more affordable way that might not have been possible for a peak season date”, says Roberta Pompeo.
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Vigdís Bjork Segatta agrees: “In the winter time, accommodation and transport prices are lower. There will be fewer tourists traveling around. Have your wedding photos taken in front of a frozen waterfall or in the snow. In Iceland, you have a good chance of seeing the Northern lights!”.
Winter activities and honeymoon
And last, but not least, if you are planning an overseas honeymoon, Winter is usually the best time to go. “The weather in Asia and Europe is often best during the Australian Winter, and provides couples with the perfect conditions for a warm overseas escape”, claims Roberta Pompeo.
Vigdís Bjork Segatta recommends combining some awesome winter activities with your trip to Iceland such as Ice caves tours, Glacier tours, Super jeep trips, Heli-Skiing or Snowmobiling. “After a long day out in nature, you can warm up in one of our geothermal pools or hot tubs and hopefully watch the Northen lights dance in front of you”, she states.
About the author: Vigdís Björk Segatta is from Iceland and she has traveled extensively throughout her country. She has combined her passion for traveling with my planning and creativity skills to become a top wedding planner. Vigdís has both bachelor and masters degrees in business studies, which enable her to deliver a professional service to her clients to a high standard. To learn more about Vigdís and her incredible work in Iceland, visit her profile page here >>https://beliefweddingplanners.com/profile/vigdis-segatta