This is a repost from a couple of years ago, but I think it still holds true!
I love you through January 1st. You’re full of cinnamon smells, warm fireplaces, family smiles, and deals that I just can’t pass up. You come along every year after the beautiful fall promising that “this year you won’t stay as long”. I’m ok with you when you roll into town. By March I hate your guts.
But seriously, Winter, let’s talk timeline. You tend to throw a wrench into wedding timelines, with your short daylight hours and insistence upon nightfall. In November, you start to bring out the moon around 5:00pm. Do you have any idea how this affects my poor little bride’s health when they planned a ceremony for 3:00pm? By the time the ceremony is done, you’re creeping your pointy little carrot nose over the horizon and teasing me with a “C’mon, Leeann, I’m giving you 20 minutes. Let’s see how really good you are” and a misty chuckle.
And it’s because of you that I have to write this love/hate letter. To let you know that you can really throw things a bit off for my brides who dream of light snow trickling around them on their wedding day. The girls who meticulously plan their weddings with bits of holly and candles. They love you as much as I do, and they want you to be around.
But I must also say that because of you I need to give them fair warning – that you’re going to bring out the moon a bit earlier than Mr. Fall did. That you’re a little more impatient. That a First Look may be a great idea. That we may be able to band together against you and either select an early ceremony time or just take photos before you even rear your pocket full of stars. We’ll show you what’s up.
For winter weddings, consider a timeline that:
- Has an early ceremony start time. This will allow for the tradition of not seeing the bride before the wedding, while still getting beautiful photographs with family, bridal party, and your new spouse after the ceremony is over.
- A First Look. This will allow for us to take all of your photos prior to the ceremony, while still having a later ceremony time. This trumps tradition, but is also great for winter wedding timelines and beating pre-wedding nerves.