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Getting married in Winter can bring many issues but not all have to be negative. One positive about a winter wedding is that you can be prepared for what may be in store. In Ireland, our weather is so unpredictable so if snow is forecast make sure to follow some of these tips to ensure it doesn’t cast a bad cloud over your wedding day experience.
Shoes & Coats
Ok, let’s be realistic – for photographs you are going to need to be wrapped up whether you are going to whip off your furry bolero or keep it on for the images you are going to need something to cover up. Don’t forget your bridal party they need to be kept warm too. No one is happy when they are cold. There are so many jackets, cloaks, boleros, furry accessories that can add to your full ensemble that will fit perfectly in with the snowy background.
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Those feet are going to get cold too! Save your pretty shoes for inside wear and swap to some pretty or traditional wellies. Not only will they keep you warm and dry they make fantastic photos!
Speak with your suppliers about contingency plans if you are getting married in the depth of winter. This can also apply to heavy rain and storms as well as snow. Anybody that is transporting something the morning of your wedding e.g. cake or who works outside i.e. photographer, videographer, car driver and your entertainers need to have a contact number for a member of your bridal party (do not put this stress on yourself) and a plan intact in case of snow. It is always best to be prepared!
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This is a defintite positive for your wedding day – despite the freezing conditions you will be amazed by the magic that will be present in your photographs! Research some of your favourite snowy images and discuss with your photographer and videographer before the wedding. You won’t be able to spend too long outside but enough time to capture some of the best wedding photos you could think of. Be sure to bring along some helpers for the photographs – you don’t want the dress getting wet or dirty (you can try your best!).
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Hire a wedding planner for on day coordination
Most weddings run smoothly without the need for a wedding planner. However, if snow if forecast there is more chance of a few mishaps throughout the course of the day. To prevent this happening hire a wedding planner to take control of the day so that you don’t have to worry about a thing. Definitely worth the money for a stress free beautifully snowy wedding day.
Leave more time than usual for everything. Snow will slow everybody and everything down by half. Ensure people leave their houses to get to the Church much earlier than you would have originally. A late ceremony will slow everything down later where you may need the extra minutes. Photographs might also take some more time. You are going to want to take some shots outside and with people getting coats and hats etc you are losing minutes everywhere. Try keep as to the schedule as possible.
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If you are having a Winter wedding it is always a great idea to have hot drinks available to your guests on arrival at the venue. Be it mulled wine, hot chocolate, liqeur coffees or flavoured teas there is lots to choose from to warm up your guests and get the party off to a great start. Fabulous yummy accompaniments such as cookies, cupcakes, mince pies and potted warm desserts will go down a treat!
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The little extras
Often enough it is the little details at weddings that make yours stand out from the rest. Purchase or rent some blankets for your guests for those who wish to go outside (e.g. smokers), little hand warmers will also go down a treat and if you have plenty of kids going to the wedding why not provide them with some snowman making equipment that may keep them entertained for hours!
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