As the snowflakes gently descend and the crisp winter air blankets the landscape, couples seeking a magical winter wedding find themselves drawn to the enchanting allure of Chestnut Ridge. Planning a winter wedding comes with its own set of considerations, and at Chestnut Ridge, we’ve compiled a list of essential tips to ensure your celebration is a winter wonderland dream come true.
1. Send Out Save-the-Dates in Advance:
Winter months are filled with holiday festivities and busy schedules. To maximize attendance, send out save-the-dates well in advance. Consider going digital for your wedding invitations to save costs and make sure receipt of it is at your guests’ fingertips.
2. Plan for Shorter Days:
Winter days bring early sunsets, so plan your ceremony and reception details accordingly. If daylight photos are a must, opt for an earlier ceremony time or plan for a memorable first look in the soft winter glow.
3. Always Have a Backup Plan… or Two:
Winter weddings bring a higher risk of travel delays and weather issues. Prepare for all scenarios by having backup plans A-E ready to go. Think about potential wind, rain, snow, and flight delays, and be ready for the unexpected. Thankfully, the ceremony and reception can both be in covered and enclosed areas at Chestnut Ridge!
4. Set a Cold-Weather-Appropriate Dress Code:
Flexibility is key for winter wedding attire. Consider a dress code that accommodates colder climates. Embrace the season’s charm with unique dress codes like white and denim for a memorable and stylish experience.
5. Offer Hot Welcome Drinks and Cocktails:
Warm up your guests with hot drinks upon arrival and departure. A hot spiked mule, hot toddy, or hot chocolate adds a delightful touch to your winter celebration.
7. Embrace the Wedding Theme:
Celebrate the season by incorporating seasonal elements into your wedding. Think jewel-tone floral arrangements reminiscent of emerald green Christmas trees and embrace the spirit of winter in a tasteful way through decor, florals, and food.
As a year-round Venue, Chestnut Ridge is committed to making your winter wedding a magical and unforgettable experience. With these tips in mind, embrace the charm of the season and create memories that will warm your hearts for a lifetime.