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'Tis the season to say, "I do" to a winter wedding! The holidays may be a popular time to propose, but for some reason many brides and grooms still get cold feet just thinking about making it official when baby it's cold outside. Why? Probably because they can't get these popular winter wedding myths out of their mind. With the help of our experts, we're here to debunk them once and for all.
1. It's too cold for an outdoor wedding.
Fortunately, heaters, heated tents and even sunrooms and solariums allow you and your guests to be one with nature, even in the coldest climates, says event planner and designer Kristine Cholakian Cooke of Simply Charming Socials. If you plan on taking photos outdoors, and you absolutely should, she recommends being weather-ready from the get-go (something you'll need to instruct your friends and family to do as well). Have a pretty shawl or coat on hand and some chic boots and mittens if you'll be playing in the snow. "Winter accessories should be an integral part of your wedding day look, not an afterthought."
2. It's more expensive to get married someplace tropical when it's cold stateside.
Don't rule out a destination wedding just yet, brides. According to seasoned planner Sandy Malone, owner of Weddings in Vieques, while it is more expensive to get hitched in say, the Caribbean during the high season (mid-December through April), it's still typically less expensive than tying the knot in any major US city. "Do be smart and avoid holiday weekends that may bump up the cost of both accommodations and travel for your guests though."
3. Winter weddings cost less.
Eh, this isn't always true. "At the end of the day, venues and vendors need to cover a certain amount in order to walk out the door," explains Shawn Rabideau, president of Shawn Rabideau Events and Design. "Although some may offer discounts, that doesn't necessarily translate to a less expensive wedding."
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4. You can't have short bridesmaid dresses.
Oh but you can! Formal winter dresses come in cocktail length too, points out Cooke. Consider a sparkly sequin number, frocks in rich, warmer fabrics like velvet or tights to pair with your maids' looks."
5. Your floral choices are seriously limited.
Not necessarily. When brides think winter wedding, it's easy to automatically assume the seasonal floral choices will be limited to poinsettias or winter branches, notes Marc Wilson of Weddings by MWD Lifestyles. "Remember: we can get flowers from anywhere in the world at anytime of year," he says. "So yes, you can have peonies at your winter wedding!"
6. You have to stick to a winter palette.
Go bright or go home! A common myth is that you must stick to a wintry color scheme, and that's simply not true, tells Chancey Charm Charleston wedding planner Samantha Wiley. "We love incorporating bright colors regardless of the season." Though jewel tones and rich hues will seem more on trend, Cooke agrees that winter brides shouldn't be afraid to inject color in everything from their flowers to their linens.