Hot summer days are not a prerequisite for a spectacular wedding. Though many brides-to-be dream of outside wedding receptions and wedding dresses are often made with warmer weather in mind, you would be limiting your options if you didn’t consider the charm of a winter wedding.

Bride wearing a faux-fur jacket

So to help you make the best choice for your big day, we compiled a handy list of the top reasons to have your wedding in winter.

Top 5 reasons to have your wedding in winter

Reason #1: Comfort food

Think hearty soups for starters, slow roasts for main courses and lots and lots of chocolate for dessert. There’s no better time to serve your guests all the foods they crave but don’t allow themselves to enjoy during bikini-season. Spoil them with a DIY hot chocolate station and mini hamburgers and doughnuts as a midnight snack.

wedding canapé snacks

Reason #2: Everything stays fresher for longer

There are no worries about your cake melting or your flowers wilting in cooler weather. Everything will stay crisper and fresher for longer – including you and the groom! No need to worry about having to touch up your makeup every 10 minutes so you don’t have a shiny face in your photos, the groomsmen will be comfortable in their suits, instead of rolling up their sleeves and the ice for the drinks will stay frozen. A win all around!

wedding couple looking beautiful

Reason #3: More available dates

As silly as it sounds, summer only has so many Saturdays. And if you’ve fallen in love with a particular venue, having to wait two years in order to get your perfect date just doesn’t seem worth it. Your venue is likely to have available dates for you to choose from, much earlier, if you book a winter wedding.

lady holding a calendar

Reason #4: Lower venue fees

It’s widely known that winter is a quieter time for the wedding industry. That means that, in addition to getting your preferred venue on an earlier date than you would have if you waited for summer, you would likely get it at a better rate as well. Also, because it’s a less busy time of year for weddings, it’s likely less busy for wedding suppliers as well, which could mean even further discounts.

table setting at winter wedding

Reason #5: Discounts on honeymoon accommodation

Providing that you pick a destination in the same hemisphere, you should get low season discounts on accommodation too. Though you might not have a typical seaside honeymoon, working on your tan, some sub-tropical destinations are much nicer to visit in winter because they are actually too hot and humid during summer. Ask your travel agent for the best winter destinations… We guarantee you’ll be surprised by all the options available to you.

At Bona Dea we work with you to make the day you’ve always imagined a reality. The beauty of a wedding lies in the details… Come share your dream with us! Contact our team of wedding planners today to book a viewing.