We’re well in the thick of the winter weddings now and they do require a bit of extra preparation. Make sure you get the most out of your day and enjoy it as much as you possibly can by ticking off all of these things. In fairness, if you’re living in Ireland, you may as well keep this list handy throughout the year!


–     If you’re hoping to have an outdoor wedding, ALWAYS have a plan B. Not only is the weather unpredictable and you could find yourself wading through puddles, temperatures can drop so quickly. Irish winters can go from mild to freezing overnight! You might find that it’s just too cold on the day to brave the outdoors. Give yourself the option of an indoor venue so you don’t have to stress.


–     Always keep a couple of nice white umbrellas in the bridal car. You never know when the heavens are going to open. Don’t let all that hair and makeup go to waste when you’re going from the car to the ceremony or reception.


–     The winter season is probably going to influence the kind of dress you wear. You might want to cover up a bit more or choose sleeves over strapless. You’ll be looking at dresses so far in advance of the big day that it’s important to keep these little things in mind. Things that you might not need to worry about then will be big factors when your winter wedding rolls around!


–     Understandably, you’re going to want to show off your beautiful dress. It’s no harm, however, to keep a shrug or little matching jacket at hand. You might not use it at all but you might be glad of it when you’re standing outside the church greeting your guests!


–     Keep in mind when planning your wedding and choosing the time of the ceremony that it’s going to get dark early in winter.  After the ceremony, you’ll hang around for a while greeting your guests and then go and take some photos. Make sure you leave yourself enough daylight time for those photos.


–     Last but not least, be mindful of the time of year when choosing your decor and flowers. Ask your florist what flowers will be in season and come up with some ideas together. Have a similar conversation with whoever is decorating. IF you’re doing it yourself, think about what colours and styles will suit the season well.



What do you think of the checklist above? Have we missed anything? Do you think there is more to think about when having a winter wedding? Leave a comment and let us know!



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