Have you ever considered planning a winter wedding in Sydney? While spring and summer have always been the most popular seasons for weddings, there are definitely benefits to choosing a winter date for your wedding.
Maybe all you can think of is the dreary freezing cold weather and can’t possibly imagine how a winter wedding could fit into your dream day.
Before you totally rule out this option, let me share with you 8 awesome benefits you could be missing out on if you’re not having a winter wedding in Sydney.
8 reasons why you should consider a winter wedding in Sydney:
- Better availability of venues and vendors in winter
- Winter wedding specials offered by vendors
- Cheaper travel and accommodations for out-of-town guests
- Flattering light for photography (read: stunning sunset shots)
- Greater comfort
- Seamless wedding timeline
- Cosy feels and chocolate desserts
- Wedding flowers that won’t wilt easily
1) Better availability of venues and wedding vendors in winter
Wedding suppliers such wedding venues, photographers, caterers and florists are generally less busy during winter compared to the peak seasons of spring and summer. So you’ll potentially have more options to choose from when you are planning a wedding in Sydney.
Nonetheless it’s best to get in sooner than later as COVID has resulted in many wedding postponements from 2020. So newly-engaged couples who are now planning their wedding are “competing” for the same dates as couples who are re-booking for 2021 and 2022.
2) Winter wedding specials offered by vendors
If you like the idea of maximising your wedding budget, then consider a winter wedding in Sydney. Many Sydney wedding venues offer discounts or special winter packages with big savings. This can mean more money to spend on other things like the honeymoon or even more savings going towards your first house deposit!
For example wedding venues, such as Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Australia, Centennial Homestead, or one of the Grand Pacific Group venues (The Tea Room QVB, Gunners’ Barracks, Sergeants’ Mess, Dunbar House, and The Blue Room Bondi), offer winter wedding package specials. Just google “winter wedding specials Sydney”.
3) Cheaper travel and accommodations for out-of-town guests (as well as extended stay for the bridal couple)
Low seasons also mean that friends and family can grab travel and accommodation deals to attend your wedding while possibly squeezing in a vacation on either side of your wedding date.
Some wedding venues with accommodation can even offer you an extended stay and you can make some really special memories, now that the stress of the wedding day is over and you can relax after your big day.
Check out wedding venues such as Bells at Killcare in the Central Coast which has an in-house luxury spa sanctuary. They even have spa packages for brides, grooms and entourage!
4) Flattering light for photography
Instead of the harsh bright sunlight you usually find in summer, the light in winter is softer and more flattering.
The sun takes longer to set and you can make the most of the sunset. Have your wedding photographer plan a shoot during the magical golden hour to take advantage of winter’s beautiful light.
5) Greater comfort
Yes! With cooler temperatures, winter is definitely a more comfortable month. Particularly for those who are wearing suits – groom, groomsmen, bride’s attendant/man of honour, and guests.
Plus you don’t have to be worried about getting hot and sweaty and look like you’re melting in your wedding photos. And brides don’t have to stress about overheating in your makeup.
Also if you’re loving the trend of wedding dresses with sleeves, the cooler months are definitely a great time for those wedding gowns.
Or for the modern bride or courthouse wedding, maybe something different… like a suit!
WINTER WEDDING in SYDNEY
Some Winter Bridal Dress Options
6) Seamless wedding timeline
Winter weddings also allow you to have a more seamless wedding timeline. Translating to more time to spend with guests.
For example, plan for a wedding ceremony in the afternoon (with a start of say around 2 pm). Afterward, head off to take some sunset shots.
With the sun setting much earlier during the winter months, you and your partner can have time to relax and have a few cocktails with your wedding guests at dusk before entering your reception. Unlike summer months where you’d have to leave the party to get those sunset shots.
7) Ramp up the cosy feels
Wintertime is a great time to ramp up the cosy feels. Imagine candle-lit venues, cosy fireplaces.
Wedding menus that feature locally sourced fresh produce which celebrate the season. Mains that include filet mignon, lamb shanks and roast duck.
Not forgetting wintertime is also a boon for chocolate lovers! It’s practically the best time to offer desserts with rich, creamy flavours – sweet mini bites like miniature doughnuts, cupcakes, and marshmallows that go with (boozy) hot chocolate. And wedding cake flavours such as chocolate mud or mocha with ice cream served on the side.
8) Wedding flowers won’t wilt in the heat
With the cooler weather in winter months, wedding flowers such as floral arbours can last better outdoors and your wedding bouquet can last longer out of water and not risk looking wilted in your wedding photos.
While you might think there are less floral choices for a winter wedding in Sydney, there are still many varieties to choose from.
WINTER WEDDING in SYDNEY
A Few of my Favourite Winter Floral Options
To give you some ideas, popular winter wedding flowers in Sydney during June, July and August include:
- Blushing Brides
- Calla lilies
- Cymbidium Orchids
- Sweet Pea
- Tulips – standard tulips, double tulips, parrot tulips
I’ll be more than happy to discuss the best floral solution for your winter wedding.
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