Last winter I had the joy of participating in a winter elopement styled shoot at Lake Easton. I teamed up with some of the best wedding vendors in Washington to create a winter wonderland elopement. Heather Carrilo and Sarah Jane dreamed up the vision and everyone involved helped bring it to life! Planning this elopement got me thinking so today on the blog, I thought I would share with you some of my best tips for planning a winter elopement or wedding.
Tips for Planning a Winter Elopement or Wedding
Dress Warm and in Layers
If your winter wedding or elopement is taking place outside, you will definitely want to wear clothing that is warm and comfortable. Wearing leggings or long johns under your wedding outfits will help keep you layered without taking away from your attire.
You can also get creative by adding accessories to wear on top. Think of items like a white fur wrap, white gloves, or matching white jackets. You can also bring a blanket to cuddle under together which is sure to add the cutest cozy vibes.
Some other accessories I recommend couples bring to help keep warm are hand and feet warmers. These little guys will help keep your hands from looking icy blue in all your photos.
Lastly, don’t forget to wear warm winter shoes or boots. You can find tons of stylish options to go with your outfits, but this is an item you definitely don’t want to forget about. No one wants to get cold feet on their wedding day. 🙂
Share Some Hot Drinks or Cocktails Together
Now that you have your outfits all picked out, it’s time to think about ways to keep warm from the inside. Having hot drinks or cocktails to share not only makes for cute photos but is also a great way to keep yourself warm.
If you’re planning on having a reception dinner, you may also want to consider warm, seasonal foods like soups or other hot dishes. Just think how good that is going to look after coming in from the cold outdoors after your photos.
Having a winter wedding can mean that the weather may be more unpredictable. Even if you are planning for snow, it’s best to be flexible and allow for extra time in case there are delays. If your wedding is taking place around the holidays, this becomes especially true. There may be more traffic than normal, so while we will do our best to be prepared, also remember that being flexible is the key to having a relaxed wedding day.
Planning a winter elopement or wedding is extra magical. Not only are you celebrating one of the happiest days of your life, but there is also a hint of magic in the air. In order to make the most of your winter elopement or wedding, keep these tips in mind.
Ready to start planning your dream day? Head over to my contact page to get started! I can’t wait to meet you!
Shout out to the amazing vendors for this shoot:
Photographer: Olivia Louise Photography
Venue: Lake Easton, WA
Wedding Coordinator: Heather Carrilo and Works by Sarah Jane Photography
Florist: Keira Grech Design Company
Hair & Makeup: @pattiarthurgomes and Pacific Brides
Cake & Desserts: Layered Cake Artistry
Wedding Dress: @_thekindredsoul
Menswear: The Haberdasher
Jewelry/Ring/Accessories: Leather & Wood
Calligraphy/Watercolor: Watered Down Art
Cocktail glasses: Chalk Full of Love
Ribbons and fabric: Silk & Willow