12 Reasons to Have an Elegant Winter Wedding

'Tis the Season to be Married

<p>bridesmaids in mismatched grey dresses</p>

Photo by Corrina Walker Photography

When you're newly engaged and contemplating what month to have your wedding, let's face it, December isn't exactly the first month that comes to mind. December generally means holidays and celebrations, food, and family time—not necessarily wedding dates. But if you love all of the things that make this month so special, that's precisely why you should seriously consider having a December wedding.

Getting married in the off-season comes with perks, like more available dates at your venue, reduced rates, and less stress about the weather, since your celebration will likely be indoors. There are also fewer weddings in December and winter in general, so your event is sure to stand out, and your guests won't have as much "wedding fatigue" as they do during the spring and summer wedding season. Plus, you'll have endless inspiration for photos, decorations, and signature cocktails!

If your partner proposes around the holidays, having a December wedding date means you'll have 12 months for wedding planning—an ideal timeline—and you can start checking out venues stat!

Keep reading for 12 reasons why it rocks to be a December bride or groom.

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Venues Are Already Decked Out to the Nines

lounge area decorated for the winter season

Photo by Love is Rad

Strands of lights, fresh (or faux) seasonal greenery, bows, ribbons, candles, and more—many venues are dressed in their holiday finest during the month of December, which makes for great photo ops! Plus, you'll save money on decorations, so you can use the extra cash to splurge on beautiful florals or a luxe menu.

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Décor Decisions Are So Much Easier

A couple's first kiss at a winter wedding

Photo by James + Schulze

If the venue is already decorated for the holidays, that's one less thing December couples have to think about. Resourceful DIY brides and grooms can utilize on-site décor in creative ways—we love the idea of tying strands of ribbon with names and table assignments onto a decked-out tree! And if you celebrate Christmas, why not frame your altar with lit-up trees?!

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Your Colors Are a No-Brainer

Christmas-themed wedding tablescape

Photo by Alicia King Photograph 

Red, green, gold, silver, blue, white—the holidays have a distinctive color palette. December couples can take cues from the season when deciding on a color scheme for invitations, bridesmaid dresses, tabletop decor, and flowers, of course.

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Finding Inspo for Your Playlist Is Easy

Bride and groom dancing at wedding reception

Photo by Robin Harper

Naturally, December couples embrace the sounds of the season, which give the reception a festive feel. Looking for ideas? Spotify has dozens of holiday music channels to explore; we like the idea of instrumental or jazzy renditions of the classics, which are perfect for such an elegant occasion as your wedding reception.

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...Ditto for Your Guest Favors

Hot cocoa mix wedding favor

Photo by Amilia Photography

Keepsake ornaments, holiday sweets, mulling spices, splits of Champagne—when it comes to guest favors, December couples take their cues from what they love about the holidays. In the spirit of the season, couples may decide to make a donation to a charitable organization in lieu of spending funds on favors. The bottom line: When it comes from the heart, guests are sure to love it.

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Because a Cozy Cover-Up Is Just So Right

Bride and groom walking hand in hand, the groom in a black scarf and bride in a fur shawl

Courtesy of Plum & Oak

Whether the wedding is in Florida or Philadelphia, every December bride or groom needs something cozy to wrap around their shoulders. Real or faux fur; cable-knit or hand-knit; a shrug, a shawl, a capelet, or a full-on coat—it's all about personal style and what looks best with your dress or suit. An added bonus: This special garment will keep you warm and cozy for many years to come.

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Photo Ops in Winter Wonderland

Couple holding hands with snow in the background

Photo by James + Schulze

December couples in cold-weather climates aren't worried about the possibility of snow—in fact, they're hoping for it! What better excuse to ditch the heels or dress shoes for a bit, slip into some comfy boots, and cuddle up with your spouse for a quiet, intimate moment surrounded by jaw-droppingly gorgeous scenery?

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Or, Hit the Beach If You Can

Bride and groom looking at each other at seaside venue

Photo by Katie Ruther 

For December couples lucky enough to live in a sunny climate—or who travel to some gorgeous, warm-weather location for their destination wedding—a photo session on the beach is an absolute must! While beach and tropical weddings tend towards light and bright colors, there's no reason why you couldn't have some holly or evergreen sprigs in your bouquet, or place poinsettias around your ceremony structure in a nod to the season.

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Your Guests Are Already in a Great Mood

Bridesmaids and groomsmen walking down the street

Photo by Love is Rad 

As far as calendar months go, December is a joyful month, marked by social outings, quality time spent with loved ones, and some of the best eating of the year. December brides and grooms have it easy, as generally, wedding guests will arrive in good spirits and in the mood to celebrate—and that's before the first glass of bubbly has even been poured.

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Holiday-Themed Photo Booth Pics

bride and groom in photo booth

Photo by KT Merry

Santa suits, ropes of garland, New Year's Eve accessories—December couples have no shortage of possible props for their photo booth. Keep it simple with a backdrop of metallic fringe, or create a more elaborate setup (holiday mall décor, anyone?) for added silliness.

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Three Words: New Year's Eve

Bride and groom celebrate New Years Eve wedding with guests

Photo by Carly Michelle Photography

What could be better than ushering in the New Year surrounded by your nearest and dearest? While New Year's Eve weddings do come with added costs due to the high demand for vendors (and venues) that night, there's something undeniably special—and memorable—about a New Year's Eve wedding.

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Three Last Words: The Best Anniversaries

bride and groom posing

Photo by Lynn Dunston Photography

For December couples, the chance to celebrate your wedding anniversary during the holidays makes the whole feeling of the season that much more special. Plus, with the extra days off around the holidays, it's the perfect month for planning anniversary getaways—sun and sand, snow and slopes, or a weekend city escape, you've got options.

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