10/31/2012 08:49 EDT | Updated 10/31/2012 08:49 EDT

Wedding In Winter: 6 Reasons To Host Cold-Weather Nuptials


Wedding season is over, which means it might be the perfect time to get married. Irony? Perhaps. But Lauren De Koster, owner and principal planner at Twelfth Night Events, says there are plenty of reasons to plan a wedding during Canada’s coldest months. Read on to find out more.

6 Reasons To Host A Winter Wedding

Cheap And Cheerful

Brides can take advantage of off-season pricing for venues, hotel rooms, photographers and florists. During the winter months, vendors aren’t in such high demand and might be more open to negotiating prices. Bonus: you won’t have to fight your BFF à la Bride Wars for your first choice venue.

Oh, The Memories

Attending a wedding can be fun and everything, but by the third or fourth wedding in one summer, you’ve not only run out of outfits to wear, the events also all start blurring together. A winter wedding, however, is different and unique so yours will stand out from the crowd. First of all, there’s snow. Second of all, there’s snow. Not to mention it means your guests can access a totally different, un-recycled wedding wardrobe (what? That’s important).

Guest List Envy

Summers are so short in Canada. People book their weekends well in advance. People are busy with cottages, family obligations and other people’s weddings. If you have a winter wedding, people are more likely to be available and they are probably more anxious to get out of their house and put their party outfit on. So, everybody wins.

Winter Is Pretty

No offence to summer or anything, but there’s a reason Instagram goes crazy the first snowfall of the season. It’s pretty. That means your wedding photos will be pretty too. A little snow plus a few twinkle lights and ta dah! Instant wedding decorations. Forget about the typical golf course photos and start thinking about natural rosy cheeks.

Say Yes To The (Winter) Dress

First and foremost, a winter bride can take advantage of summer dress sales at the end of wedding season. Secondly, after the holiday party season ends, fancy dresses (read: bridesmaids) also go on sale. Think of the fun capelets or cover-ups you can choose from to keep you cozy to and from the reception or ceremony. Bonus: you and your groom won’t be sweating it out during photos (that means no melty makeup).


A beach destination is the number one honeymoon choice for newlyweds and doesn’t it make more sense to enjoy the sand and surf in the winter? Enough said.