SSummer and early fall are the most popular seasons for weddings, but it’s hard to deny that Pittsburgh’s winters can be gorgeous and give your special day an extra-romantic look. But how do you plan a wedding with snow and freezing temperatures?
Wexford based wedding planner Madeline Kelly, Owner of Madeline Kelly Events, says that a winter wedding can be a great option for many couples, especially if they want to hold their ceremony and reception indoors.
“I tend to get the impression that winter weddings are a bit more elegant,” Kelly says. “I feel like winter weddings are always a little less casual because they take place indoors and because it’s dark a little earlier. … They always take on a little more of a sense of sophistication and elegance.
Kelly also enjoys winter weddings, as they can give guests something to look forward to when not much else is happening.
“A good thing about the winter months is that the chances of your wedding weekend competing with other family and friends” [events] is a little lower, ”she said. “Customers are so inundated with plans, trips and other commitments in the summer. … They can actually spend a Saturday or Sunday attending an event [in the winter]. “
Off-season weddings are also generally cheaper, and Kelly says they may offer more venue options for those with a shorter guest list.
Some venues require couples to spend a minimum on food and drink, and it can be difficult to meet that minimum if your wedding is smaller. However, most sites will waive these minimums for winter bookings, as this is usually their “off season”.
Kelly also says the weather usually won’t be an issue unless you have guests from out of state. She says many couples fear taking photos in the winter, but that’s not often a problem either.
“There are certain seasons that [clients think] may be a little more suited to photography, but that’s not necessarily true, ”she says. “I had a wedding last February, and of course the trees were bare and it was freezing cold… but these photos turned out to be amazing, great, super romantic. It has just snowed freshly. It wasn’t a lot of snow, but it was enough to make the photos really, really unique and different.
“There is a distinctly different energy,” Belveny says. “Anytime you have… snow or wind you will get such a different and amazing photo, especially if it’s not something typical like snow or high winds or something like that. The only thing that’s… not so easy with snow is it’s so unpredictable.
She emphasizes to her clients that the weather on their wedding day will not affect their photos.
“I will be able to give you amazing photos, no matter the lights, no matter the weather,” she says. “So I stick with that, and it still works.” At the end of the day they’re like, “I’m so glad we ended up doing this. “
“You can find the best light within two hours of sunrise or within two hours of sunset,” says Sasala. “So anything outside of that can be a bit more difficult and may require the use of a reflector. … Usually in winter the weather is quite cloudy during the day, so you don’t need to be so much in that time. … You can film all afternoon or in the middle of the day and you will still have a nice soft light.
Sasala says she enjoys capturing the snow in wedding and engagement photography when she can.
“If you get light snowfall throughout a session, it’s so pretty and so romantic,” she says. “I had a session two years ago where it was snowing lightly all the time, and it was just amazing. … The first thing I recommend people this time of year is to just have your floppy hat on.
“It can be hard to have a good attitude when it’s cold or raining outside, but I think that’s also important. … Have a good attitude. There might be challenges we face during the shoot… but then we can overcome them and create some awesome footage.