Here at Invitations by R Squared, we love every wedding … Spring weddings, beach weddings, fall weddings with the turning leaves …
If it’s a wedding, you know we’re going to love it. As lively as spring and summer weddings can be, sometimes it seems that a winter wedding is just perfect!
The white dress matches the images of snow we see everywhere, and people celebrate love and family during the holidays just like they do at weddings.
If you’re considering a winter wedding for these or any other reasons, one of the first places you’ll want to start is finding just the perfect venue that suits your wedding needs the best and will take care of you and your guests’ comforts.
Here are some things to consider when you’re looking for a winter wedding venue…
When you’re choosing a winter wedding venue, first thing’s first: where do you want to get married?
Because you have the freedom to choose where you want to marry, winter weddings are not much different than other seasonal weddings. However, there are some differences to consider:
- Keep in mind that geography greatly affects the weather you will experience during your winter wedding week and on your wedding day. Though many locations like Chicago lend themselves well to a spirited holiday wedding, they also are prone to very cold temperatures.
- If you choose an area with snow, you’ll need to make sure the venue is accessible and snow and ice are cleared away so guests don’t have any problems showing up.
- Make sure the venue has nearby parking and that guests have local and very close lodging options; having guests unable to attend your wedding because they are 30 minutes away and a road is closed will cause unnecessary stress.
Picking a general area for where you want to get married will help you narrow down your winter wedding venue choices.
In some areas, these may be more numerous than you realize.
Once you have an idea of where in the world (literally) you want to get married, start making a list of all your favorite winter wedding venues in that area.
Dreaming of a fairy-tale wedding, in Elsa blue and rose quartz, in a cozy little church in the snow-covered Rockies? We’ve discussed that here, among the Invitations by R Squared team. We love them all, but we do have our favorites…
Set amid Sedona, Arizona’s spectacular red rocks, Amara Resort & Spa offers indoor-outdoor ceremonies with views of the locally famous Snoopy and Cleopatra rock formations. In the New Agey spirit of Sedona, couples can soothe pre-wedding jitters with a crystal cleanse or healing mud treatment in the spa. Treat out-of-town guests to Southwestern dishes like lamb tostadas and king oyster mushrooms with local pine needles, or make it an order for two—lately Sedona has become a popular spot for vow renewals and elopements as well.
Off a winding road in the enchanting woodlands of Lake Placid, Whiteface Lodge offers a luxurious Adirondack base (cast-iron fireplaces, local-timber paneling, Tiffany-style lamps) for skiing or snowshoeing through Upstate’s pristine powder—and the mist rising off the resort’s heated outdoor pools creates a particularly magical effect. Indoor nuptials are set beside floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Adirondack Mountains, while those looking for a more unconventional spot can get married on the outdoor ice-skating rink.
Think rustic charm meets natural splendor of the hot springs meets cowboy boots and cocktails in the saloon, that is what wedding guests will expect at this winter wedding venue in Colorado.
The Dunton Hot Springs Resort is set deep in the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies and this restored ghost town turns into a winter wonderland with luxury cabins, an outdoor chapel, a saloon and landscapes. Enjoy sweeping views of 14,000 foot mountain peaks, alpine springs and frozen rivers as you say, “I do” under gently falling snow. Enjoy a world class dinner created by the finest chefs using organic ingredients to create the menu you have always dreamt about. Experience heli-skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling as a new married couple, as well as letting your guests experience the wide range of activities that await you in the winter months.
Typically thought of as a honeymoon spot (it’s been known as the honeymoon capital of the world), Niagara Falls is also a fantastic location for a picturesque winter wedding.
Weddings here can take place in a variety of locations – right by the falls themselves, lakeside or riverside. Niagara USA has specific ideas for each of these winter wedding locations, as well as a vendor list of top-drawer folks ready to help make your destination wedding dreams a reality!
Park City, Utah is a favorite destination among Hollywood’s elite, thanks in part to the annual Sundance Film Festival that takes place there and also due to the fact that there is no shortage of luxury hotels. The Montage, St. Regis and Waldorf Astoria are just a handful of the 5-star hotels that have a branch in Park City, and while they all offer wedding packages, one of our favorite options we found is Park City Mountain Resorts. They feature a selection of settings for both ceremony and reception; including a meadow, terrace or lodge.
The Drake Hotel in Chicago offers waterfront views of Lake Michigan and three magnificent ballrooms to choose from for your regal winter celebration. As part of their annual holiday tradition, they display elaborate Christmas decorations and host a winter-themed teatime in the Palm Court.
Winter wedding and receptions at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite, California, take place in the solarium,
where tall windows offer an unparalleled view of the majestic Glacier Point, and an indoor fountain of local jasper adds an outdoorsy element. The hotel’s public spaces feature giant stone fireplaces, rich tapestries, and stunning stained glass.
The Peaks Resort & Spa is located in Telluride, a beautiful mountain town in Colorado. Exchange vows out on the terrace or the deck overlooking the San Juan Peaks; the sunsets here are spectacular, so you might want to consider timing your ceremony accordingly. The resort’s elegant indoor space offers a panoramic view through glass windows, allowing you to enjoy the stunning scenery as you dine with your guests.
Located just a half-hour drive away from the center of Atlanta, Foxhall Resort feels like a faraway escape with its riverside location, stables, and wooded hills. The spaces at Foxhall are crafted with rustic timbers and stone, featuring windows that capture the sweeping views of the Chattahoochee River and the dramatic meadows.
Tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Inn on Biltmore Estate, in Asheville, North Carolina, is the epitome of lavish comfort. The grand chateau was completed in 1895, and it’s filled with priceless treasures, including original art by Renoir, 16th-century tapestries, and vintage furniture. The Gallery offers an intimate, quaint space fit for Cocktail Hour, and you can dance the night away beneath the 70-foot ceiling in the ballroom.
Historic yet urban, Bread & Chocolate at the Old Bag Factory in Goshen, Indiana, is a loft-style venue housed inside an old factory.
The brick and beam construction, paired with the winding string lights, foster a rustic, cozy atmosphere that’s perfect for winter weddings with a festive agenda. Plus, the ballroom suite features a former 19th-century vault that now functions as a bar!
We know that whatever venue you ultimately choose, it’s going to be glorious. Don’t forget, we’re here to help! Get in touch and schedule a consultation with the lovely Fran (our fearless leader!) so that she can help you unravel some of the strands leading up to your event. Once you’ve got your venue, you need to look at wedding paper suites. Send a “Save the Date” card, or not? Planned activities insert? So many options, and how will you know exactly what you’re going to need?
In the meantime, check out these incredible and inspiring mood boards that the team has put together (and continuously updates). There’s some fab ideas to be found here.
Your day is going to be the winter fairy-tale wonderland you’ve always dreamed of … and we couldn’t be happier for the both of you!