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What to Look For in a Winter Wedding Venue

Thinking of hosting a winter wedding? Here’s what you need to look for when scouting winter wedding venue options.

Winter wedding venues - Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club

If you’re considering hosting your celebration in one of the cooler months, you’ll want to be extra picky when choosing your location. All winter wedding venues should have a few key ingredients, and we’ve laid them out for you here. From a solid heating situation to sweet views, these are all the things your space should be equipped with.

Here’s what to look for in a winter wedding venue.

A solid heating situation

Your big day should not be filled with shivers and chattering your teeth! Make sure the winter wedding venue you’ve got your eyes on has a solid heating situation so that no one catches a chill on your big day. If you want to be extra accommodating to your friends and family, you could supply blankets or winter accessories (you know, gloves, hats and/or scarves) so that everyone stays toasty warm throughout your ceremony and reception.

Winter wedding venues - Sun Peak

Close proximity to your hotel

If there is particularly bad weather on your wedding day, transportation to and from might be tough. To avoid having latecomers or being late yourselves, choose a winter wedding venue that’s close to where you and your guests will be staying the night. You could even book the ballroom or event space inside your hotel to make getting to and from 100% painless for everybody.

Winter wedding venues - The Old Mill

Ceremony and reception capabilities

Having two winter wedding venues - one for your ceremony and another for your reception - is completely normal. However, if the snow is coming down in buckets or the roads are particularly icy on your big day, getting from point A to point B could get tricky. To avoid any hassle (i.e. road closures or accidents), we suggest sticking to one dual-purpose wedding venue, instead of two. P.S. this will also save you money, so it’s a win-win.

Winter wedding venues - Chateau Lake Louise

Room for a coat check

There’s a good chance that many (if not all) of your wedding guests will come wearing their parkas, so you’ll want to have space to store them. Make sure your dream winter wedding venue has a dedicated coat check space or a room that could be used for a coat check so that no one has to wrap their Canada Goose around the back of their chair.

Winter wedding venues

Stellar views

Last, but certainly not least, you’ll want to make sure that you’ll be able to take advantage of the winter wonderland outside for your wedding photos. Check to see if there are big floor-to-ceiling windows, a terrace or a rooftop where you can sneak away to grab a few portraits on your big day. Seriously, winter photoshoots can be absolutely magical, and you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity.

Winter wedding venues -Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

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