How to Deal With The Elements at a Winter Wedding

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Winter weather can be fickle and unpredictable, and this needs to be taken into consideration when planning a winter wedding.  Depending on the geographic location, winter weather can be anything from clear and balmy, to downright nasty.  With so many possibilities, predicting the weather for a wedding that has been planned months in advance can be all but impossible.  Therefore, it is necessary to be prepared for a wide variety of possibilities, such as rain, sleet, snow, and extreme low temperatures.

While weather may not play a factor in the ceremony, it will surely play a factor when it comes to travel.  Since many wedding guests will be out-of-towners, it will be important to communicate with your guests a day or two before the wedding.  If the weather report is calling for snow or ice, notify your guests and inform them of this possibility.  If necessary, inform them of alternate routes to the location, or other information that will assist them in making the trip.

Once the guests arrive, they will need to park their vehicle.  Never assume that the wedding venue will automatically include snow and ice removal from the parking lot or walkways.  Even if this winter maintenance is provided, be prepared just in case of an emergency.  Arrive early at the wedding venue and check to make sure that all walkways are clean and clear.  It’s not a bad idea to have a bag of rock salt or a snow shovel in the trunk of your vehicle just in case.

If the weather is foul, make sure that there is an area in the front of the building where guests can remove their boots, change shoes, and hang their jackets.  Since most people will be dressed up for the occasion, have some consideration for their clothing.  Keep a variety of cleaning supplies in this area, such as paper towels, all-purpose cleaner, and disposable wipes.  Your guests will appreciate it if they need to wipe off their hands, shoes, jackets, boots, and other things that may have become soiled with mud, slush, or residue from rock salt or cinders.  Not only is this considerate to the guests, but it is also considerate to the owners of the venue.  

As you can see, the best way to deal with the possibility of bad weather is to be well-prepared for all winter conditions.  With a little planning, both you and your guests will leave the wedding safe, happy, and clean.


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