Raise your hand if you think a winter wedding is just downright magical! *raises both hands and waves enthusiastically* We know Pittsburgh can be kind of gloomy this time of year, but that might be even more reason to say “I do” in the first quarter. From gorgeous weather (yes, snow can be gorgeous!) to likely having your pick of vendors, there are so many perks to getting married in the winter months. Here are just a few!
It could save you money.
Everything is cheaper in the off-season, and that goes for weddings too. If you get married anytime between November and March, and especially in January or February, you could actually save money. Many vendors run specials to fill up the downtime during the winter months and your wallet could reap those benefits.
It’s cozy and romantic.
Who doesn’t love winter? Sure, it’s freezing but that’s all the more reason to snuggle up next to someone you love. A fireside ceremony, hot drinks, rich textures, and cozy fabrics can create an ambiance that is warm and inviting for your guests.
You could have absolutely breathtaking photos.
Although it may seem stark, there is nothing more beautiful than a white wedding dress against crisp snow. It’s even better when there are some snow-covered pine trees and even a grayish sky in the background. If you opt for a winter wedding and the weather cooperates just right, your portraits could be totally out of this world.
You can embrace a dark or rich color palette.
We’re all about those jewel tones and dramatic shades. They don’t always work for a summer wedding, but they are 100% perfect for a winter affair. A color combo that embraces berry, navy, emerald, pewter, black, marsala, plum, bronze, or the like will look downright ravishing.
Your favorite vendors are probably available.
Wedding pros book up FAST! Don’t believe us? Check out this post on when to book your wedding vendors. But things are a little slower in the off-season. Your #1 pick for a venue, photographer, florist, and others might have a bit more availability in the winter months.
It might mean a bigger party!
Summer weddings often compete with vacations, sports schedules, and other commitments. People aren’t too busy in January and February. This could mean that more of your family and friends can attend and celebrate this momentous occasion in person.
It’s completely outside the box.
EVERYONE gets married in May, June, September, or October. Literally almost everyone. Those are the most popular months for weddings! Don’t be like everyone else. Go for something totally unique and memorable instead!
Would you ever consider a winter wedding? If you’re planning one, why did you decide to get married during this time of the year? Comment below or tag @burghbrides or #burghbrides on social media so we can see your winter wedding photos!
7 thoughts on “7 Perks of a Winter Wedding”
I adore winter weddings and love incorporating fur and wool into the bridal look! Great post
I LOVE winter weddings and a bride with a faux fur wrap? Stunning in photos.
Those faux fur wraps get me every single time.
Winter weddings are gorgeous! As a Florist, I want to caution against taking your photos outside before the ceremony. If the flowers freeze or chill to much, they can quickly turn to mush during the ceremony.
If you are having an inside ceremony, do that first, so flowers stay nice for the incredible photos after!
You may not even realize your flowers have frozen until it’s too late; with a little planning, all brides can have the best experience for their special day.
that’s a great tip! thanks for the expert insight!!
Looking for help with a Christmas wedding. Looking for a smaller cozy fireside venue. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you!
Yes! Bella Sera has a beautiful stone fireplace that is a highlight of their event space. You can find them in our Vendor Guide under Wedding Venues.