Planning a winter wedding?

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Are you considering having a winter wedding?

With winter weddings becoming more popular, I’ve put together a few things for any brides and grooms planning to tie the knot in the winter. It’s such a lovely time of the year to get married but there’s some important things to consider when planning your winter wedding.

TIMELINE

If you’re planning on getting married on a winters afternoon, it’s important to consider timings. For example, if your ceremony starts at 2.30PM and lasts roughly half an hour. That leaves us with about 45 minutes of daylight to do any group shots, confetti shots and so on. It’s important that this is factored into your timeline for the day. Group shots can be completed inside (as I’ve had to on a few occasions) but there needs to be enough clear space for it happen. This is best to run through your wedding planner at your chosen venue as they will have a clear idea of where is best when it comes to space. It’s also important to take into account that some rooms may be in the middle of switching around for the evening when you want to do your group shots.

wedding confetti shot from The Barnyard

2.30PM ceremony at The Barnyard so we managed to squeeze in confetti shot before we lost the light

PORTRAITS

With the days short, scheduling your portraits is an important thing to consider in your wedding timeline. We’re probably not going to get sun kissed portraits but we can create some stunning pictures once the sun has gone done. Be prepared though, it may be a little chilly, but totally worth the effort.

Ferry House Inn winter portraits

Portraits after dark at The Ferry House Inn

WEATHER

It goes without saying in the UK that the weather is unpredictable at best. It’s important to consider how this may affect your wedding day. If it’s raining then we can do the group shots inside but it’s always good to have a backup plan. Plan for the worst and hope for the best should definitely be put to use here. Although a little ran can really add to your portraits after dark.

A little rain can add something special to your after dark shots!

SUPPLIER AVAILABILITY

With winter weddings one of the advantages is that most wedding suppliers are at their quietest spell so you’ve got more chance of booking your first choice wedding suppliers. Also speak to your supplier about how they approach your winter wedding. As a photographer it’s very different and much more challenging to shoot a winter wedding. Make sure your suppliers are prepared (and have a suitable backup plan). In my case this means I normally deliver your photos sooner that I would than if it was peak wedding season - as my workload is typically less. 

If you’re looking for a winter wedding photographer then get in touch today, I’ll help you run through your timeline and how we can create some stunning portraits after dark.

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