Don't want to be a hot mess on your wedding day or just hate the thought of adding yet another wedding to your friends and family's hectic summer schedule? Then you'll warm right up to these winter wedding advantages. From less stress over the weather to free holiday decorations (heck yeah!), here's why you'll be grateful to get married in a winter wedding.
1. Less Stress
One thing Dezhda "Dee" Gaubert, owner of No Worries Event Planning, loves about winter weddings is the lack of stress about the elements since they typically take place inside. The risk of rain and wind can make the planning period extremely stressful and potentially costly if you need to add a tent, she says. "Also, guests are frequently exposed to heat and cold in all outdoor weddings and they can be very uncomfortable. Taking Mother Nature out of the equation means less stress for you, your vendors, your guests and your family."
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2. No Humidity
Living in the south (Charleston, SC to be exact), one of Pure Luxe Bride wedding planner Francesca DiSalvo-Follmer's favorite winter wedding perks is the lack of humidity, which, if you're from the south, you know is a huge plus. Both your hair and makeup will thank you.
3. More Venue Dates & Better Rates
As wedding planner Kelli Corn of Kelli Corn Weddings & Events points out, most locations and vendors book up quickly during the summer months at a high rate, whereas those same locations and vendors are available for a lower price during the colder months. Because the winter months aren't as busy as others, they'll also be able to focus more of their attention on your big day, adds Debbie Ley, Venue Owner of The Corner District. "Fall is tough for vendors and venue owners as they're juggling so many events, brides, families, vendors and logistics. You'll have more flexibility to come in and set up early or break down late, as there's likely not another event right after yours that the venue needs to prep for right away."
4. Bonus (and Free!) Decorations
Although the time of year might not be the reason you chose a winter wedding, there are many benefits to a celebration aligned with the holidays, notes Corn. "For one, any venue you select will most likely be decorated for the holiday season adding a more celebratory feel to your special day." And, at no cost to you!
5. Cheaper Travel and Accommodations
Travel and hotel stays are at peak pricing in the summer, when school is out and families take their vacation, tells Gaubert. Thus, "winter weddings allow guests to take advantage of off-season pricing for their travel and accommodation options." This is a win-win for everyone, we think!
6. The Wedding Fatigue Won't Be Real
The spring and summer months can get so jam-packed with weddings that your family, friends and guests can start to get a serious case of wedding fatigue, says Rachel Silver, Founder of Love Stories TV. "A January, February or March wedding is likely to be the only one your guests attend that winter (unless of course you're living in South Florida or somewhere warm!), which makes it something that people will really look forward to." Another bonus? "You're likely to get your wedding film back faster in the winter because your videographer is less slammed in the summer/spring months."
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7. It's Something Out of the Ordinary
Smash And Co. wedding calligrapher Ashley Meyers Combs' favorite advantage is simply that it's something different! "From color palette to flowers and décor, there are elements of the season to inspire your theme that will stand out in a sea of peonies." If your style is romantic, she recommends trying shades of winter white and lots of greenery, and if you're going for a rustic-cozy vibe (think "Aspen Cabin"), use lots of wood and deep hues. "Embrace the season by throwing blankets over guests' chairs or keep them warm by serving a hot signature cocktail."
8. It's the Best Time for Black Tie
If you're planning a formal wedding, you can bet you'll hear much less complaining from your guests in black tie attire when it's cold outside, says Tracie Domino, founder of Tracie Domino Events. "Tuxedos weren't meant for outdoor ceremonies and cocktail hours in the heat of the summer, however, they are the perfect choice for indoor winter weddings, as are gowns covered in sequins."
9. You Won't Be a Hot Mess
Some people seriously don't deal well in the heat. It makes them irritated, cranky and can turn any gal into a total bridezilla, not to mention a sweaty mess. Wedding planner Leah Weinberg, owner of Color Pop Events points out that when it comes to weather, you can always add layers to combat the cold, but in the hotter months, well, you can't exactly take off your clothes. "If you're stressed about being hot and sweaty for your wedding photos, than a winter wedding is perfect for you!"
Way to spill the beans, little bro! French Montana’s brother, Zack Kharbouch, hinted to paps that French and Iggy may be getting married soon! Is he for real? Click through to watch his not-so sly confession!
Are Iggy Azalea and French Montana about to make a major announcement? Iggy was out with French’s younger brother, Zach Kharbouch, on November 26 at Catch in Los Angeles. Zach told TMZ reporters they were on a “family date.” A cameraman asked Zach if they were related, and he said “soon to be.” Pause right there, Zach; does that mean Iggy is going to become his sister-in-law?
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He either just pissed Iggy off, or revealed something huge, because Iggy overheard him say that and looked livid! Or, at least annoyed. This is how rumors get started!
If French and Iggy really are engaged, then their relationship is moving at light speed! The couple have only been together since August 2016, and things have been red hot ever since. But still; that’s less than five months! Add to that the fact that Iggy had only gotten out of her engagement with Nick Young in July. Maybe not the best time to get engaged again!
But the heart wants what it wants, right? Iggy and French have been having a blast together, and it seems like things are getting serious; she’s on “family dates” with his brother, after all! They took the most adorable photos ever together at French’s 32nd birthday party on November 10. Iggy, French and Zach posed together in a photobooth and made silly faces. When Iggy and French got the chance to be alone, their shot was a little more romantic. He’s resting his head on her shoulder, and looks so happy.
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There’s a big of debate about whether Sara Park asked for now-husband Hieu Luu’s phone number, or if he asked for hers when they met in New Orleans through mutual friends about five years ago.
“I think he asked for my number, but he says I asked for his,” Sara explains. “I was trying to get him to meet me at a music festival the next day, so maybe it really was me who asked.”
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Nuances aside, it took a few months for the stars to align for the busy medical student (Sara) and medical resident working nights (Hieu). And a few months after the pair got together, Sara graduated and moved to Tucson for her residency.
“I wasn’t a believer in long-distance relationships,” Sara says. “But of course, Hieu convinced me — and we made it work with him in New Orleans and me in Tucson.”
About three years later, while Sara’s mom was visiting her from Korea, Hieu took the ladies out to a steak dinner and popped the question with a ring the couple had picked out together.
Sara and Hieu toyed with the idea of having their wedding in the city where they met, but decided on Dallas, where Hieu’s parents live, after seeing the scenery at Texas Discovery Gardens. The couple loved the butterfly garden and floor-to-ceiling windows.
The fickle Texas weather held out beautifully for their January 30, 2016, vows. Sara selected soft pink and mint and for a fresh take on winter elegance.
But more than colors or views, the couple wanted their guests to have fun. They forewent many traditional wedding aspects of Hieu’s Vietnamese culture and Sara’s Korean culture to keep the ceremony short and sweet — and to leave plenty of time for dancing. The couple did manage three different outfits throughout the reception: a traditional white gown and suit, a modern take on traditional Korean wedding attire, and a Japanese gown and suit.
About 120 guests dined on an assortment of Asian-inspired courses of lobster, spicy eggplant, crab, quail, bean soup, and fried rice from Kirin Court. Annie’s Culinary Creations made the gold and white cake, chocolate-covered strawberries, and macarons.
While guests raved about the food, as well as the music (provided by Glenn Roush from LeForce Entertainment), Sara and Hieu have more intimate and romantic memories too.
“We’re not the most verbal couple, but we wrote our own vows,” Sara says. “When he gave me his vows, it showed how much heart he put into it.”
“When I first saw my wife walking down the aisle, she looked so beautiful,” Hieu says. “That was my favorite part of the whole wedding.”
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