Winter weddings are increasing in popularity. Many people automatically assume that weddings will take place in the summer, with the invitations going out in springtime.
However, as a wedding videographer based in Manchester, I’ve plenty of experience filming weddings at different times of year, in diverse locations. I’ve seen how the trend for winter weddings is on the rise, and this is for several reasons.
Choice and Price
Because summer is still the peak time for weddings, arranging your wedding for winter can mean you have a wider choice of venues and dates, so availability is less of an issue. The same can apply for your guests when looking to book convenient accommodation nearby.
Also, because winter is a less busy time for many venues, you can find your money goes considerably further – venues have deals and special winter wedding packages. It’s much more of a buyer’s market.
A Change of Scene
Everyone wants their wedding to be different, and to be personal to them and the memories they’ll carry of it for years to come.
A winter wedding can add a whole new element of uniqueness in terms of setting. Whether it’s the monochromatic effect of snow and bare trees offset by bridal outfits and flowers; or the fireside glow of an indoor celebration, winter brings out different visual and other sensory elements.
When it snows in Greater Manchester and Lancashire it can mean inconvenience for some, but it also provides a gloriously picturesque backdrop for wedding films. There’s something about the crispness of the outdoors contrasted with the warmth indoors that brings a dramatic contrast into a filmed wedding narrative.
And you can always warm yourself, and your guests up with some mulled wine.
It gets dark that much sooner in winter, making it the ideal season for a cosy, atmospheric evening wedding celebration.
Think about soft lighting, firelight flickering on walls, warm furnishings and the tinkle of glasses amid the warm murmur and laughter of your guests.
I can capture all this on film for you, so you can relive the special, seasonal atmosphere of your winter wedding day.
Tips for Winter Weddings
Visually, consider how you want to your winter wedding venue to look. Obviously, if your weeding takes place between November and January you’ll be tapping into a festive feel that’s already well established. Here it’s then a case of what your venue can do to personalise it for you.
Post-Christmas, you can still make the most of the seasonal atmosphere. Think in terms of dark and warm colour hues offset by white and silver, and natural elements, such as bunches of twigs, dressed up in decorative lights. See what the venue can supply in terms of furs and other warming textures.
Consider your timing. Daylight is in short supply so you might need to have your ceremony earlier in the day. When it comes to filming it, be sure you have something warm to wrap up in between shots, and don’t keep your guests hanging around outside in the cold too long.
Finally, also plan your wedding transport carefully – winter conditions have a way of upsetting the best-laid plans, so think in terms of suitability. A classic car might not be the best choice of vehicle to get you to a venue if there’s snow on the ground. Leave plenty of time for everyone to get to where they need to be.
Don’t let the weather put you off though – there’s something quite magical about a winter wedding, in the right setting.
I’m a Manchester-based wedding filmmaker. I specialise in wedding videography, filming weddings in Manchester, Lancashire and across the North West. Contact me about your wedding plans, and let me help you to relive your wedding memories on film.