So your big day is finally here. You have a beautiful winter wedding planned with a backdrop of crisp white snow and a cozy warm venue to dance the night away. Everything seems to be ready. But is it? The preparations for winter weddings differ from those of the other seasons. Replace thunderstorms with snowstorms, grass stains with salt stains and perspiration with overly dry skin and you’ve got a whole new environment to plan in. Of course, all weddings (no matter the season) have the same general concerns, but an additional set of precautions must be followed to ensure your winter wedding goes as planned. Follow these simple suggestions to winter-proof your wedding and keep you and your guests warm, cozy and moisturized!
Layer Up – I know, who wants to cover up their beautiful gown? But it’s cold (way cold if you’re in Canada). So alas, some sort of cover up is a must. Lucky for you, there are plenty of gorgeous options out there to accent your dress. Shrugs, boleros, capes, and elegant wool or fur coats. And let’s not forget to protect those hands! Some cashmere gloves or a classy muff will keep you prepped for those close ups of your newly adorned ring finger.
Static Guard – A girl’s best friend. Dry air caused by central heating often results in some unsightly wardrobe malfunctions or hair disasters. Prevent these fashion nightmares by carrying a tote sized bottle of Static Guard in your purse. Don’t have any? Hairspray or a dryer sheet are often used as replacements.
Sidewalk Salt – Make sure the walkway is salted for you and your guests to avoid any accidental slips.
Boots – If you plan on moving between venues, have a pair of boots waiting for you and your bridesmaids to avoid getting wet or ruining your shoes and dress. Some of the best wedding pictures are when a bride is photographed wearing some knockout boots with her dress in the snow.
Moisturize – The winter chill can be tough on skin, add to that the drying effect of central heating and you may have an unhappy bevel of bridesmaids. Pack a travel-sized bottle of hand cream and lip chap in your purse, because I promise you, you will need it. Bath and Body Works usually has great deals where you can buy in bulk for under $20 so you can stock up for your girls. And don’t forget your guests! Make sure you have a basket of moisturizing products available in the bathrooms to keep them comfortable throughout the night.
Tissues, Tissues, Tissues – Cannot be emphasized enough. Ladies, there’s nothing more upsetting than spending hours getting dolled up to have it ruined by tears and running noses caused by icy winds (okay and maybe a little happy sobbing). A little concealer wouldn’t hurt either to keep away that rosy nose.
But most of all, enjoy yourself. If you remember these little pointers leading up to your big day, it’ll run much smoother so you can focus on your hubby, your guests and yourself.
Happy Winter Planning!
Nicole Gray, Design Assistant