There's just something about winter weddings. They speak romance, love, warmth and timelessness all in one. When you begin planning your Atlanta wedding, consider having it in the winter months. There are many perks to what is considered an "off-season wedding" and it should not be over looked!
Yes, getting married in the warmer months does have it's attraction. An outdoor ceremony is always beautiful among the lush greenery and blooming florals/trees. Guests can dance the night away in an outdoor tent under cafe lights or have cocktails on the patio in the warm sun.
But let's be real. It gets realllllllllllly hot in Georgia.
These beautiful days and evenings are short-lived by the sweltering southern sun. Many a wedding is spent sweating in the heat as the couple exchanges their "i do's." There is a large amount of lemonade consumption and most guests find themselves escaping the outdoor festivities to the cooler indoor sanctuaries.
Here are five reasons that you should consider a winter wedding.
1. The weather
The average daytime summer temperature is 90 degrees. Yikes!!! Your guests will actually thank you for having an indoor wedding where it is warm and cozy on a frigid day. Most winter weddings will occur indoors. This automatically rules out the wedding week stress of inclement weather on an outdoor ceremony. Instead, you can focus your time and energy to seeing your out-of-town guests, attending bridal showers and getting ready to marry the person of your dreams!
2. The cost
Weddings can be downright expensive. While budgeting is always a good idea, most brides end up finding themselves spending more than they would have originally anticipated. Winter weddings can be very budget-friendly. Because wedding professionals typically book less weddings in the winter, they are more likely to offer better deals in the off season. This could mean anything from discounts on the price of booking your venue to discounts or complimentary items/services from booking your vendors.
3. Travel and vacation
If you are a working bride, you know how difficult it can be to get time off from work for wedding planning, wedding prep days and even the wedding week itself. If you plan your wedding over a holiday week, this burden is automatically relieved. Most companies offer time off for holidays and you don't need to even ask or use up those precious vacation days. Your guests will usually have the same sentiment. They won't be worried about making your ceremony on time while beating rush hour traffic. They can ease into the day just like you are and everyone wins!
4. It's unexpected
Since most of your friends will be having those summer soirees, your wedding will automatically stand out and be unique. Friends will be talking about your big day for years to come because it was something different and memorable. Offer guests hot chocolate upon arrival. Throw some warm winter blankets across the ceremony seats. Have a s'mores roasting station as part of your desert bar. The list goes on and on of a million different ways to make your wedding stand out from the rest.
5. The flowers, of course!
Winter brings on a slew of possibilities in the floral world. Some of my absolute favorites come to life in the winter months and I consider my "off season brides" so lucky! Here are are just a few of my absolute favorite winter blooms...
Floral pictures in this post: Fifty Flowers