If you’re considering a winter wedding in Austin, then there are a few things you need to consider and factor into your plans. Thanks to the relatively warm weather that we enjoy in this part of the world, it’s certainly absolutely possible to plan a winter wedding here. But with that said, you should also take the time to consider the specific and unique challenges of this time of year and this location if you want to maximize potential. Read on for some top tips on how to plan a winter wedding in Austin, TX!
How to Plan a Winter Wedding in Austin, TX?
When it comes to the time of year, the main consideration is the weather. While Austin never gets cold and snowy, the temperatures can drop a little and especially in the evenings. For that reason, you may choose not to have your wedding entirely outdoors.
You can still enjoy some of the benefits of an outdoor, winter wedding though! Why not consider using a marquee for example? Or perhaps a location that has a large garden space. This will be perfect for taking group photographs, and perfect for enjoying canapés before the main event. But as it gets cooler, you can then head undercover and not have to pray to the weather gods!
As well as affecting your choice of venue, the weather should also have an impact on the clothes you pick. Of course, you won’t be able to control what your guests wear! (Though some bride-and-groomzillas would certainly like to!) What you are in control of though, is your own outfit, and that of your bridesmaids and ushers.
Be considerate of the slight chill and the potential for rain. That means avoiding overly revealing bridesmaids outfits, and it means choosing a color scheme that works with the winter months. Generally, cooler colors are more customary for the cooler weather, so think blues, greens, and similar.
The chance of rain is low here even in winter, but you should always prepare for every event. That means
This type of color scheme can also impact on other aspects of your decorating. For example: how about nice white flowers? You can likewise use light blues.
Of course, one of the very most attractive options for maximizing the benefits of darker evenings is to use lots of small fairy lights. This can create a truly magical look for your event as the sun goes down, and combined with the right color scheme it has a beautiful wintery appeal.
One great thing about having a wedding during winter is that it actually lends itself to photography! This is something that a lot of people don’t realize: assuming that beautiful sunny days are the best for photographs. But there are a few flaws in this theory:
- Bright sun leads to over-exposure, forcing a photographer to reduce their aperture and thereby harming the attractive depth-of-field effect
- The bright sun causes harsh shadows that can obscure faces or make it difficult for a photographer not to be visible in the shot!
- It can cause skin tones to look overly bright, reducing the amount of visible detail and once again, generally harming the aesthetics
- Bright, clear skies are actually very dull in photographs and often come out as plain white!
In other words? Make the best use of that soft lighting and dramatic skyline by making sure you get everyone outside for a photo!
While it’s of course fine to eat anything at any time of year, there are certain foods that lend themselves to a winter banquet! We’re talking about warming foods that will keep your visitors feeling comfortable and snug during the weather. Likewise, this is a time for more festive, seasonal foods (depending on just how deep into winter you go!) and even warming alcohols and hot beverages!
As you can see then, there are many great ways to make the most of a winter wedding in Texas! And if all those perks weren’t enough, remember that your wedding venue is also likely to be much cheaper in winter! As will many other aspects of your wedding. That means you can really pull out the stops in other areas to make your wedding a wonderful winter extravaganza! How about an ice sculpture?
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