Outdoor weddings will continue to be a popular choice for couples well into 2022. While getting married in the winter can be magical, the weather can also make an outside event a bit more challenging to pull off. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to keep your guests warm and comfortable during your big day so their focus is on celebrating the happy couple—not on trying to fight off the cold!
1. Keep guests in the loop.
If you’re hosting any or all of your wedding day outside, you should let guests know beforehand so they can plan their outfits accordingly. Put a note in the invitation suite and also include that information on your wedding website so family and friends can arrive dressed for the weather.
2. Choose an enclosed tent.
No matter what the season may be, an outdoor wedding calls for a Plan B. A tent is a perfect option, and you’ll definitely need one that closes on all sides to block out the cold air. Even if the area where you’re tying the knot doesn’t get too cold, it’s still a good idea to go with a fully enclosed tent in case of rain and an extra windy day.
3. Space out heaters.
Patio heaters have become increasingly popular as people are entertaining more outdoors, and they're available in different styles and sometimes colors. That means heaters can easily be incorporated into your event space.
4. Hand out wraps.
Place a basket near the entrance to your ceremony and fill it with colorful pashminas that guests can take to wrap around them if they feel a chill. You can easily find them in a variety of shades and they won’t break the bank when you buy in bulk.
5. Give a cozy favor.
Send guests home with personalized blankets (including your wedding date or monogram) that guests can also use during the event if needed. You can place a blanket on each seat for a warm and cozy look!
6. Serve up warm drinks.
In addition to the usual cocktails, wine, and beer served at the bar, ask your bartender to come up with one or two signature warm drinks that guests can enjoy. Think a creative play on hot apple cider, hot buttered rum, or even a hot toddy.
7. Organize drink tastings.
Family and friends can take a break from the dance floor to sample various whiskies or bourbons, which is not only a fun activity, but it can also help keep them warm.
8. Create warming stations.
Set up fire pits around your wedding venue where guests can sit comfortably and enjoy that warm drink. Want to give them a special treat? Offer up everything they need to also make s’mores, which is always a crowd-pleaser!
9. Pass around comfort foods.
There are certain foods that are perfect for a cold, winter day, such as a tomato soup, macaroni and cheese, and grilled cheese sandwiches. You can serve mini versions of them during the cocktail hour—easy to hold while everyone mixes and mingles with one another.
10. Set up a hot chocolate bar.
During dessert, give guests an extra sweet treat with a hot chocolate bar that features all of the fixings, including marshmallows, sprinkles, and whipped cream. Add some warm chocolate chip cookies and everyone will leave happy!
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