How to plan a winter wedding

Weddings take place throughout the year, but some months have traditionally proven more popular times of year for happy couples to tie the knot. Though Oc­tober and September are the two most popular months to marry, budget-conscious couples may want to con­sider getting married in winter.

December, January, and February are the least popular wedding months, but the experts at WeddingWire note that getting married during the slow season has its benefits. Vendors, includ­ing wedding planners and venues, may offer their services and facilities at discounted prices in winter to account for the slow season. And guests might be thankful to have a fun event to look forward to during a time of year when social schedules tend to be less busy. Many wedding compo­nents will stay the same regardless of when couples walk down the aisle. However, couples may need to take a few things into consideration as they begin planning winter weddings.

• Avoid holiday weekends.

• Research local weather.

• Purchase wedding insurance. Each policy is different, but wedding insurance policies should protect couples’ investments if storms force local officials to declare a state of emergency that prohibits travel. Make sure the policy covers both cancellations and postpone­ments. Winter weddings can help couples save money. Planning such affairs may require paying attention to details that would not garner much consideration during other times of year

A PUSH FOR PRIVATE VOWS

Weddings are very special occasions for two peo­ple who are in love. The popularity of private vows ex­changed before a wedding ceremony is growing. This trend provides yet another way for couples to personalize their weddings. The Knot, a premier wedding planning resource, notes that there are many reasons to share pri­vate vows.

• You do not like being in the spotlight or become shy in front of crowds.

• There are words you would like to share with your future spouse that are deeply private, and you don’t want to express those feelings to every person at the wedding.

• You do not want to censor your thoughts or words.

• You desire an intimately private and personal moment together before the fanfare and rush of the wedding.

• You’d like to recite loving words in a native language that some guests may not understand.

• You desire the potential for some very great candid photos if you invite the photographer to be there at a distance.

• You want to create a lasting memory that is only yours as a couple to share.

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