Planning Winter Weddings
Planning Winter Weddings
There are basically two kinds of winter weddings. The first are those white weddings you might expect to see in colder climates. Snow on the ground, brides draped in luxuriously thick fancy coats or shawls and decorations clearly meant to give the impression of a winter wonderland.
Then you have the winter weddings in San Diego. The ones that can still take place on the beach, because we always have that January heat wave that convinces everyone it might just be summer. Guests may be donning a few extra layers than normal, but otherwise – only the calendar indicates the close proximity to Christmas.
So maybe we don’t get the winter wonderland weddings down here, but you know what we do get? Clear and sunny skies with less humidity anyone? Better weather leads to better hair days, intact make-up and a happy groom who isn’t sweating out of his suit.
Admit it; you’re kind of starting to come around to the idea of a winter wedding now, aren’t you?
That is the beautiful thing about San Diego; even our winters are amiable to outdoor celebrations. So there is nothing here saying that you have to get married in June if you want a wedding with your toes in the sand. In fact, June might be far more likely to bring you a heavy layer of fog blocking out the sun you wanted so desperately in the first place. The winter months would never do you wrong like that if you can dodge our once-in-a-blue-moon winter storms. Its worth the gamble.
Let’s say you kind of want that winter wonderland feel though? Well, let’s not forget that Big Bear is just a few hours away, with all the snow your little heart could possibly desire. And there are plenty of decoration ideas which could separate your nuptials from a summer fling as well. Avoid the pastels and opt for a cooler color scheme instead; deep blues and metalics, for instance. Honor the chill outside with reception goodies sure to celebrate the season – a hot chocolate and s’mores bar for the kiddies, and a schnapps and hot toddy bar for the grownups. Make a pair of perfect boots the focal point of your bridal parties clothing theme, opting for dresses that work with the shoes, not the other way around. Create your own snowflakes to adorn the tables, and rely on candles and fireplaces to light the room.
You see, you can get that winter wonderland vibe even right here in San Diego if you choose. Or, you can just take advantage of our warmer climate at the coast and use the winter months to throw a summer wedding when everyone is already in town for the holidays and all your younger relatives are out of school. The beauty there is that those winter months often have less competition for reception halls and hotel packages, making the planning stage slightly less all-consuming as well. Want a truly warm wedding within driving distance? Maybe with a little mid-century of Americana flair? The dessert is 2 hours away and if you were to get married this Saturday, January 11th the weather is slated to be 79 degrees during the day. Sweet stuff.
So many people get locked into the idea of spring and summer weddings, but here in San Diego – we have nearly 365 perfect wedding days to choose from. So don’t get too caught up in what season to plan your exchange of vows, because no matter when happens, you will easily be able to execute the wedding of your dreams here.
Caveat: Do skip the winter holidays time though… if we do get cold icky weather it is usually then. Not to mention travel for guests and dodging family obligations is challenging for everyone.
If a winter wonderland is what you have been dreaming of all along, then so be it. Don’t forget your sunscreen.
I can’t wait to photograph the festivities for you!