We’ve picked a date! My fiancé (N, for those of you who are new around here), and I will be getting married January 30, 2016. Yes, January.
Now comes the question we’ve been asked most often since we picked the date and venue: Why winter?
1. More flexibility with vendors.
Here’s an example: I’d like a good photographer but cannot fathom (nor can I afford) paying $3,800+ for a wedding package. We don’t need (or want) 8 hours of photography coverage at our wedding. A January wedding allows us to hire a photographer at an hourly rate (something many won’t do during peak season, as they might be giving up the opportunity to get a full package day booked – totally understandable). This applies generally to several other vendors. If we aren’t competing with lots of other June weddings, we have a chance to negotiate a bit more.
2. January is usually depressing.
If you ask me, the most depressing day of the year is December 26th. The magic of Christmas is over! As a result, January usually well, sucks. We decided that having a wedding in January would mean that not only would January 2016 not suck, but every January after that would at least bring the joy of our anniversary.
3. A chance of snow.
Wedding photos with snow showers? I can’t contain myself. As someone who gets her hopes up at every chance of snow, this makes me practically giddy. Though I hope it doesn’t snow enough to cause travel issues. That’s our biggest and only worry at this point.
4. It won’t be in the middle of other friend’s weddings.
We are at “that age”. Our friends are getting engaged left and right. I have a feeling that Fall of 2015 and Spring/Summer 2016 will have us attending a ton of weddings. I know of at least 3 already. That said, a January wedding definitely won’t cramp their style and will ensure that our wedding isn’t smack dab in the middle of a ton of other weddings.
5. I want to wear sleeves.
This is possibly the stupidest reason ever, but I couldn’t stop thinking about a long-sleeved wedding dress. I just couldn’t. I get that they aren’t super popular (although I’d make a solid argument that they’re making a comeback) but I kept envisioning myself in a long-sleeved lace wedding dress, standing next to N in the snow. Just typing this I bet I have a stupid happy look on my face. I might bail on the sleeves (I haven’t picked out my dress yet – here are 10 things no one tells you about wedding dress shopping), but I at least want the option.
6. It’s less likely to interfere with other people’s vacations.
People vacation more in the summer. Because we are having a small guest list and therefore really want everyone to be there, we thought it best not to schedule it when people may have vacations planned.
7. The timing was right.
Getting engaged at Christmastime, as 16% of people do, puts you in an awkward spot in terms of timing. If you want to get married in the spring or summer, you’ve either got to plan a wedding in a hurry or wait until the following spring/summer, which feels like forever (to me, at least). If you want to get married in the fall, it’s about the right timing (10 ish months). However, many venues and vendors are already booked (depending on where you live and the type of venue you want). For us, waiting until say June 2016 just felt too long. We have several other friends getting married in Fall 2015. So January it is!
Did you get married in the winter time? If so, do you have any advice or anything to add to this?