Winter weddings can be so cosy, romantic and magical, but there are a few things you need to be mindful of when planning. Here are my 5 top tips for a winter wedding to help you get the most from your day…
Have an early ceremony
We all know that once the clocks go back the nights really draw in fast. If you are planning a winter wedding I would recommend a ceremony start time of no later that 1pm. This ensures you have enough daylight hours remaining for family portraits and Bride & Groom portraits after you’ve said your “I Do’s”.
Wrap up warm
Make sure you have a fur stole, cute cardi or a lovely wrap to keep you warm in-between photos. And remember your bridesmaids will need to stay warm too!! These not only look great, but will also give you a variety of different looks in your photos! Another great idea is to think of your guests and have a basket of warm blankets on hand for them to snuggle up with as temperatures drop in the evening.
Lighting is key!
You can’t have good photos without good light!! Think about how you can introduce extra lighting to add atmosphere and cosyness to your reception venue. Fairylights, candles, uplighters, and light up letters are all great ways to add interest and ambience to your winter wedding.
I’m lucky that I get to work with lots of adventurous couples who aren’t scared to brave the cold weather in the name of great photos! Be prepared and have some cute wellies to wear under your dress so that your lovely wedding shoes don’t get wet or muddy. This always adds a quirky, fun element to your photos as well!
Winter weather can be very unpredictable, so be prepared to go with the flow and embrace it!! There is a high chance it could rain or be very cold and windy, but as long as you take this in your stride and don’t let it worry you, I promise you will still get amazing pictures at the end of it. After all, the weather is a big part of your day, and I love using umbrellas as props and capturing beautiful, moody windswept portraits.
You can see an example of a beautiful Christmassy winter wedding I photographed here. If you are planning a winter wedding, please do get in touch. I would love to hear from you!