Why choose a winter wedding?

I've been fortunate enough to be a year round wedding photographer, not just shooting weddings during the summer months but also shooting weddings in spring and autumn and even lots of winter weddings. Most of my winter wedding couples choose to get married in the mountains of Austria (read more about this Austria wedding photographer). The views up there are absolutely stunning and a pretty spot to take photos is never far away. Guests can dress up in gorgeous long dresses and handsome suits without sweating their socks off in the hot summer sun. Plus winter weather is the perfect time to cosy up with hot chocolate, good food, mulled wine and fluffy blankets. A perfectly romantic setting for a wedding.

A bride and groom on snow filled wedding day in Europe

Photo-wise your wedding photographer is in for a treat as well. Sure enough the amount of hours with daylight are limited in winter but it's a lot easier to plan your wedding portraits during the perfect light of sunrise or sunset as the sun rises much later than during summer and it also sets much earlier than in summer.

A bride and groom on a snowy mountain in Brixen im Thale in Austria

5 tips for your winter wedding

1. Plan your wedding portraits during sunrise or sunset. The light is at its softest and warmest during these times and will results in the most beautiful photos of your day.

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A winter elopement wedding in Kirchberg

2. Lots of winter weddings take place in the mountains (where you can go skiing ;) ). Think about  where you want to plan the dancing part of your wedding. Up the mountain seems pretty and romantic, but it might not be a wise thing to do if it means some (i.e. elderly) guests and vendors (i.e. with a lot of equipment) might need to cut the evening short in order to catch the latest ski lift. (Unless the venue is reachable by car obviously.)

Bride and groom looking at the view over the Austrian Alps, captured by destination wedding videographer Wit Photography

3. Think about what (shoes) you'll be wearing. You obviously want to have your coat handy (maybe a coat that also fits your wedding ensembles) but don't forget that wearing high heels is not that fun when you're ploughing through the snow. So tell your wedding planner/maid of honour/masters of ceremonies to bring your fancy shoes with them for you to wear inside. And wear snow boots/hinking boots/moon boots outside.

4. Keep the temperature in mind. If you're opting for an outdoor ceremony in the snow (which is awesome btw), if you will be taking your guests on a carriage ride or are having your wedding ceremony in a relatively cold church make sure you have lots of blankets for your guests.

5. Don't plan the ceremony too late in the day. The best photos are made in natural light. So ideally you'll want your ceremony as well as your wedding portraits and formal group photos to take place when there's still daylight.

Rose gold wedding rings in the snow during a winter wedding.

Are you planning a winter wedding in Austria, Switzerland, Norway, France or somewhere else in Europe and are you looking for a photographer? Send me a message and I'll check asap if I'm available for your wedding date!

Bruidspaar op hun winterbruiloft in Oostenrijk

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