Our great Canadian winter can be one of the most charming yet overlooked times of the year to get married. Considering our winter season lasts generally 7-8 months of the year, and here in Calgary we are so close to the beautiful snow capped Rocky Mountains, there are a plethora of reasons to consider  having yourself a winter wedding… Let me list my favourite few reasons!

Flexibility – First off, you get to be much more flexible on choosing the date since your friends & family’s other weddings or summer vacations are less likely to conflict with your date, and also the venues are generally more available in the winter. This means you might get your dream venue without having to book a year and a half out, and gives you a larger variety of venue and vendor options to consider. There may even be price cuts for “off-season” dates, depending on the venue – Bonus!

Unique Design – Winter weddings are also a great way to make your wedding stand out among the sea of summer weddings. You will have and have endless opportunity for creating 100% unique and cozy little details that summer weddings just can’t incorporate. Being cold outside gives you ample opportunity to warm up the space with comforting decor and unique twists, such as hot chocolate stands and crackling fireplaces.

Fuzzy Details – I have to also say, as a proud Canadian, we love our gorgeous snow capped mountains and winter scenery around Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise. Who doesn’t love matching this with the cozy look of sweaters, toques, mittens, fur shawls, and more swoon worthy winter accessories that look so cute in mountain weddings.

So before you count out getting married in the winter – Picture your bridal party going ice skating on the beautiful ice at Chateau Lake Louise between photos… Think about your First Look with gentle falling snow surrounding you as you kiss… These are only a few heavenly scenarios of whats possible!

Currently at JYW, we are designing a “Mountain Luxury” style winter wedding for two absolutely lovely clients getting married in Canmore, Alberta in November 2014… I cannot wait to show you the fabulous details as they unfold… Keep posted!



Image via Emily Steffen