:: How To Stay Warm At An Outdoor Winter Wedding ::
So, you’ve secured an absolutely amazing outdoor venue for your winter wedding (and perhaps got an equally amazing off-season discount), but how are you and your guests going to stay warm? We have a few ideas for you, and would love you to share some of yours with us…
:: Appropriate Apparel ::
For the couple, consider non-traditional wedding wear; maybe even throw a themed wedding so you can wear a beautiful cloak or long coat. But, if you are opting for traditional, you can certainly wear a nice warm wrap in a color coordinated with your apparel or with your flowers. Leggings or even long underwear will help keep the chill away, and socks and/or boots will also help to keep you nice and cozy. For the tux wearer, a handsome overcoat and coordinated scarf would look absolutely snazzy.
:: Adorning Accessories ::
Be sure to let the guests know that the wedding will be outdoors and encourage them to dress accordingly. Plan to have a few throws, shawls and/or afghans on hand for those guests who come unprepared. For weddings on a budget, second-hand stores generally have an abundant supply of these (launder first).
:: Keep It Toasty ::
Outdoor heaters and fire pits are readily available for rent which will keep the wedding party and guests nice and toasty. Your venue may have a supply of these or you can ask for permission to bring some in. Just make sure to assign someone to ensure these are being used properly.
:: Warming Winter Beverages ::
For non-alcoholic beverages, consider serving hot apple cider, tea coffee, or cocoa as ways to warm your guests. Egg nog, hot buttered rum, Irish coffee, Peppermint Patties, mulled wine, and Hot Toddies are excellent choices for alcoholic drinks that will warm guests from their head to their toes. These beverages are delicious and will add lots of fun to the festivities. Mmmmm!
:: Comfort Food ::
If you are serving a meal outdoors hearty soups and stews would be good choices. The varieties are endless and can be chosen to blend with your wedding theme. How about serving several varieties of chili or chowders? Plus, these are all comfort foods and will add to the comradery at your celebration.
:: Party On ::
Get the party started! Whether you have a band or canned music, get your guests involved with a few participative style group dances… The Macarena, the Hokey Pokey, the Bunny Hop, the Chicken Dance, the Cupid Shuffle are just a few examples! These tunes will not only guarantee laughter, but will keep the party ‘jumping’…
Have fun and stay warm!