Winter Wedding Tips On How To Keep Guests Warm


A stone chapel on a snowy winter night, with hilly mountains in the background.

Winter weddings may not be as popular as their summer counterparts, but they can be breathtakingly beautiful. Moonlight glimmering off of a sheet of unbroken snow provides a magical atmosphere that requires little decoration. Couple that with the fact that venue costs can often be reduced in the winter months, and a winter wedding date begins to look like the perfect option. Except there is one slight hiccup: Winter is cold! But never fear, we have you covered with these winter wedding tips that will keep you and your guests warm so you can enjoy the perfect wedding!

The Bridal Party

For many of your winter wedding guests, staying warm won’t be an issue, as the time spent outside is limited mostly to transport, but this isn’t necessarily the case for the bridal party. With a snowy winter backdrop, you won’t want to miss the chance to capture some gorgeous outdoor photos. Take advantage of the winter scenery by keeping your bridesmaids warm and smiling with long dresses paired with a shawl. This option gives your bridesmaids the opportunity to wear thermal leggings and warm boots without ruining the integrity of your pictures. With everyone warm and cozy, you won’t be rushing through your outdoor session and the genuine smiles will look a whole lot better than forced grins through chattering teeth.

Bride with her 2 young nieces in front of a stone fireplace.

Protect your Guests During an Outdoor Ceremony

If you plan on hosting an outdoor ceremony for your winter wedding, the number one best tip is to keep it short. Any longer than 15 - 20 minutes in frigid winter temperatures and people’s attention will begin to shift from your ceremony to thoughts of getting warm. Regardless of the length of the ceremony, be sure to inform your winter wedding guests in advance that the ceremony will be outdoors, so they can dress warmly.

As some people will inevitably underdress, having some blankets available, paired with heat lamps and a complimentary cup of hot chocolate will keep all your guests warm and cozy for the ceremony. Additionally, we suggest discussing a plan B with your venues, in case mildly cold weather happens to transform into a subzero blizzard.

Choosing the Venue

A venue with large glass windows and stone floors may be lovely, but it’s certainly not the best option for keeping the cold away from your guests. Venues with wood flooring and adequate space to keep seating arrangements away from doors and windows that could let in cold air will go a long way in keeping everyone warm the entirety of your winter wedding. If you absolutely fall in love with a wedding venue that doesn’t provide the best insulation, you can still improve the room temperature with decor options like rugs. Some venues even have fireplaces which creates a romantic atmosphere and a place to huddle up near for warmth.

Cup of hot chocolate on a wooden table

A Winter Themed Dining Experience  

One way to keep your guests warm and happy is by filling their bellies with warm and delicious food fit for a winter wedding. You can stick to the winter theme with steaming hot starters such as a seasonal soup or a bowl of chili.

For beverages, the winter theme wouldn’t feel complete without a hot chocolate bar. To add some spice to it, consider offering additional toppings: marshmallows, cinnamon sticks, liqueurs, Baileys and more! Think about what your favorite foods of the winter season are and see how they fit into your menu for a fine, fun and unique dining experience.


Let it Snow

If winter is your favorite time of year then it’s only fitting that one of your fondest memories should fall on a wintery night. Let go of your worries and embrace all your favorite parts of the holiday season to share on your big day, with these winter wedding tips on how to keep guests warm. 

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