January 27th, 2011
You’ve decided summer is just not your time of year, you hate bugs, and you certainly don’t want heat rash on the day of your wedding! Your going to Banff ( or Canmore, or Lake Louise, or or or…) to have a fabulous, snow covered, winter wonderland wedding. You can see it now, crackling fireplace, hot apple cider cocktails, snow glistening under the moonlight right outside the window, and a tow truck with shining lights pulling your Uncle Fred out of the ditch. Wait a minute, you didn’t picture that last one did you? Winter weddings are still a fabulous idea, there are just some unique logistic considerations when your planning a winter wedding in the Canadian Rockies. Luckily, right after we finish shoveling the driveway, we’re going to share them with you.
Don’t Create a Tight Timeline
Winter driving conditions can increase the chance of wedding day delays. Make sure your ceremony venue, commissioner, and musicians don’t have another wedding booked for at least 3 hours after yours. Allow people time to slow down if road conditions require it.
Don’t Forget Something Cute and Warm
You certainly don’t want to be wearing a ratty old jacket to your wedding. Include a cute outdoor accessory in your attire budget. We’re totally in love with this cashmere vintage coat in Etsy shop yystudio
or this super adorable White coat with Ruffles from Kelly Ewing
Don’t Leave Your Guests Out in the Cold
If you’re a Calgary bride, and all of your guests are coming from Calgary, you don’t really need to clue them in to Canadian winters. If you have guests coming from far and wide ( like most of our couples do) you need to explain what the phrase ” minus 20 with a windchill of minus 29″ means. Be sure your southern guests are prepared with appropriate footwear, jackets, mittens/gloves and scarves. How about sending your guest a warm cozy pair of Cableknit mittens with your invitations? While you’re at it order a few pairs in a bright colour and have them on hand for your photoshoot!
Don’t Think Winter Weddings Have to be All About Snowflakes and Glitter
I’ve seen some gorgeous winter weddings decked out with shimmering snowflakes, and ice luge, and blue uplighting. Don’t feel like you have to stick to that type of design! Try using a contrasting design (cold outside, warm inside). There are so many ways to style winter weddings to accentuate the warmth of cozying up next to a crackling fire! Think about the textures and colours of a wood cabin on a winter’s night. I’m not going to give away many details here, keep an eye on our blog , we’ll be featuring a fabulous and unique winter wedding design !
Don’t Rule Out Group Transportation
If you have decided on a venue that does not provide accommodations, don’t rule out providing a shuttle for guests. Depending on the size of your guest list you can choose from a large limo, a luxury bus, or a large motorcoach. While icy roads can be a bit intimidating for Uncle Fred, most professional drivers have seen it all! If properly planning and scheduled transferring your guests can ensure everything runs smoothly. Once at the venue have some taxi vouchers available for those guests who decide to leave before the first shuttle.
Do you feel like you need some help planning your winter wedding in Banff, Canmore, or Lake Louise? We can create a winter wedding planning program designed just for you! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 403-688-9915! You can also get more great ideas in our monthly ezine “My Delightful!”, just click here to sign up!
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