You Might Want to Be A Winter Bride. Here's Why!

Being a winter bride is basically the best! From planning my own December wedding (in SIX weeks!) to participating in themed styled shoots year-round, there's just something magical and unique about planning to say your I-Dos in the winter.

Anastacia McCarthy Bellagambii, Austin wedding photographer and owner of Wild Stag Photography  has this to say about winter weddings: "I feel that winter weddings and even bridal sessions have the added benefit of magic that the other seasons just can’t provide. Just like any other time of the year, the season has its own sense of unique magic and aesthetic it can create for the occasion."

I'm sure you'll warm up to a winter wedding yourself once you've considered these advantages!

Holiday Decorations are Now Wedding Decorations

Holiday decorations aren't just for Christmas parties! And it's likely that your venue will already be decorated for the season, so there'll be fewer decorations you'll need to take care of yourself.

If you aren't a fan of bright and airy pastels that dominate spring weddings, the richer hues of forest green and deep burgundy might make you the bouquet you'll truly swoon over.

Just picture it -- garlands on the banisters, white poinsettias down the aisle, sprigs of pine in your bouquet, and vases filled with twinkling lights and glittering ornaments as your centerpieces. Did you just sigh a little? 

You Won't Be a Hot Mess

winter bride updo with holiday hairpiece  | Christmas hairstyle
According to Anastacia, "the benefits of a winter wedding is that the bride doesn’t have to worry about the midday sun and heat affecting her makeup."

Your hair, your dress, and your besties will thank you!

And you'll hear fewer complaints about a black-tie wedding, too, when your guests won't be concerned about the sweltering heat and humidity. They may even be grateful for the extra layers and length required for formal wear.

These are some of my favorite formal dresses available at Nordstrom that you may want to check out if you have a winter wedding to attend on your horizon:

It's All About the Accessories

From cloaks and capes to fur wraps and mufflers, winter brides and bridesmaids have the cream of the crop to pick from.

Anastacia agrees. "While covering up for warmth may be required, there are tons of accessories that make winter brides look as dreamy as ever."

Winter doesn't have to mean Christmas-y or holiday-themed. Go simple with a plaid blanket or chunky scarf or go full glam with a fur stole or long cape. Do you envision a white winter wonderland or rustic ski lodge? There's a winter fashion statement that's just for you out there!


Warm Winter Treats

"Treats such as s’mores and hot chocolate have been on the rise for couples to share with their guests and it is a perfect time of year for both," Anastacia says. Consider mulled wine, hot apple cider, and toasty pastries for your guests to enjoy. Your love may be keeping you and your honey warm, but make sure there's plenty of gooey goodies to go around for all your guests!

Found Your Mr. Darcy? Now Find Your Pemberley!

As a winter bride, you'll have your pick of locations to shoot your bridal portraits and probably even to book your wedding and reception because it's the "off-season." Booking in the summer months can come with a weighty price tag because vendors and locations book up so quickly. The winter months just aren't as busy, so you'll likely get more attention and more flexibility.

San Gabriel Park in Georgetown is the hidden gem you didn't know Austin had for your engagement photos or bridal session! If you time it just right, you won't have to worry about crowds cluttering your background and the water will look oh-so-dreamy.


Stunning *Snowy* Wedding Photos

If you're lucky enough to live where you'll be celebrating a white Christmas in addition to you winter nuptials, you can capture some luxe and unique photos like these winter brides and these 27 photo winter wedding photo ideas you might want to steal for yourself.

"In the end," Anastacia says "it doesn’t matter what time of year love is brought together. But like any season, winter can be just as warm and romantic as the rest."

Styled Shoot Organizer: Anastacia McCarthy Bellagambii // Wild Stag Styled Shoots
Makeup: KC Mac

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