In recent years, winter weddings have become increasingly popular. They’re more affordable, venues are easier to book, and attendees schedules are generally more open. One of the best parts of a winter of a winter wedding, however, is the photography.
If the snow has fallen and the right locales are chosen, winter wedding photography can turn into something truly magical.
But it’s not all fun and playing in the snow. After all, the winter tends to be cold and unforgiving. Meanwhile, wedding attire wasn’t exactly made for the outdoors. That’s why you need to prepare on your end. While a skilled photographer should be able to handle the photo prep, the wedding party needs to be ready too.
Here are some tips to make sure your winter wedding photography is as painless as possible.
Be Mindful of the Dress
Fresh snow may look clean and white, but it can quickly dirty your dress if you’re not careful. Then of course there are the puddles, trees, dripping branches, etc. just waiting to dampen, snag, and stain that bridal gown you spent so much time selecting.
In every action made, the bride needs to be aware of her dress and her surroundings. Especially for pre-ceremony photos.
Bring Your Boots
Wedding shoes, both on the bride and groom side, were not made for winter. Unless, of course, you’re running with the winter theme and everyone is wearing boots. If not, it might not be a bad idea to have everyone bring a pair along. Especially if the snow is deep and/or some walking needs to be done.
Have a Backup Plan
Winter is the most unpredictable season there is. You could have a snow storm. You could have no snow. Temperatures could drop to below zero. Temperatures could be unseasonably high, melting everything in sight.
Think through everything that could happen, and plan accordingly. What will you do if you can’t take any photos outside?
Keep Track of Daylight
Days are short in the winter. Especially December and January. With all that’s going on with your wedding day, you’ll want to make sure photos happen during peak daylight hours. Otherwise, you’ll be left in the dark.
Use the Season
What’s the point of having a winter wedding if you don’t show it off a little? The end result of the wedding photography may be left in the hands of the photographer, but you can play a part as well. Discuss your vision with them. Look at other winter wedding photos. Be inspired. Get creative. And have some fun.
And when the photography is over, and everyone comes back inside, make sure there’s some quality food waiting for them. In need of catering services for weddings? Rudy’s has you covered all year round. Contact us today!