A winter wedding, especially in a place like New York, can be magical, and there’re great reasons to have one ranging from being able to book your dream venue during the off-season, to having something to look forward to in cold dreary months of January and February. There are also steps you can take, prior to and on your wedding day, to ensure you have the most seamless experience on your wedding day, and end up with amazing photos.
1) Plan and start your day early. The light disappears really quick in winter months, and it will start getting dark at 4pm. Try to schedule your First Look as early as the timeline allows. Collaborating with your photography team on your timeline for the day is a great way to ensure you get the most out of winter daylight.
2) Pick a venue with good indoor space and lighting. Although most venues tend to accommodate all seasons, some just stand out with details like their brick/wooden walls, or intimate lighting that provides that perfect cozy winter vibe.
(The Pierre, New York)
3) Get creative with your decor. A lot of couples like to steer clear of holiday-themed decor, but winter decor doesn’t have to be all about holly and winter branches. You can bring warmth and summer to your wedding with colorful decor, or go for a moodier, more winter appropriate theme.
(The Brooklyn Winery, Brooklyn)
4) Account for winter weather. Although this also necessary for any wedding regardless if it’s taking place in the winter or summer, there’re a few important details to keep in mind. Allow for additional travel time for your guests, and have some winter wear/accessories ready to keep yourself and your bridal party warm.
5) On that note—do make sure to go outside to take photos, even if it’s only for a short while! You’ll not regret it when you see the photos after the wedding.
Having snow on your wedding day is great for photo ops, but even if there isn’t any, it’s still a great idea to take photos outside. The winter sky can be incredible and the winter light adds a touch of drama to the photos that you can’t always get in other seasons.
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