December 29, 2010
Twenty-five percent of all marriages occur during the winter months! Weddings are special any time of year, but a wedding during the holiday season seems all the more magical. Maybe it’s the snow or the roaring fire that warms the heart and heightens the romance during this season. Or maybe it’s much more practical reasons that attract so many winter nuptials.
With so many holiday activities happening this time of year, here are a few tips for putting together a perfect winter celebration and why you might want to consider a winter wedding:
• There are significant cost savings by having a winter wedding. Venues are generally less expensive and vendors are more willing to negotiate during the “off-season”.
• If you are committed to a winter wedding ceremony reserve your venue well in advance. The holiday season is an extremely popular time of year for office functions and Christmas celebrations.
• In keeping with a holiday theme, have a tiered cake with each tier decorated as an individually wrapped present. A Yule log with holly accents or a snowflakes on cupcakes will add to the season’s festivities. How about hanging name cards on a Christmas tree at the entrance?
• Warm up your guests as they arrive by serving beverages such as cocoa or hot cider to help keep them toasty and cozy and to help them get into the mood of the season.
• Instead of a gift table, ask your guests to place gifts under a Christmas tree as carollers provide seasonal Christmas music.
• Advise your out of town guests of your holiday wedding plans far in advance so that they can book accommodations before the holiday rush and make travel arrangements to arrive a day or so in advance – just in case of inclement weather.
• If you choose a destination wedding at a lodge or chalet, think about planning a skating party, snowshoeing adventure or dog sledding as part of your guests’ activities the day before your wedding.
• And don’t forget to invite Santa to greet your guests, act as your MC, hand out wedding favours or just to wave good bye as you snuggle up together and depart in your one horse open sleigh.
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