Winter weddings are a great way to change things up from your typical wedding day. They come with some nice perks such as off season rates from most vendors as well as some variable whether that can make for some really dramatic photos. There are however some important things to consider if you are going to have a winter wedding.
(1) It's going to be really cold.
Obviously. But as obvious as that sounds, until you are outside for an hour and half getting your bridal photos done, you don't realise just how cold that will actually be. Wedding dresses are not by nature 'warm' so it's important to make sure you have a coat or a warm throw, or even a blanket on hand while you are waiting for the next shot to be set up.
(2) It will be darker than you think and faster than you expect
Winter days, especially if you get a rainy one, are a lot darker than your typical summer day. This means that your photos have the potential to be a bit darker, this can be a cool thing if you're into that, but if not it's a good idea to let your photographer know if you are happy for them to use additional lighting sources and when you're happy for them to use them. For example, with getting ready photos you might be happy with a bit of flash and / or a continuous light, but during a ceremony this can be distracting. If you don't want flash used during the ceremony then you might need to be aware that some photos may come out a little darker.
The sun also sets much earlier during winter and if you plan to have a late afternoon ceremony, then you might need to consider doing your bridal photos before the ceremony. Don't be fooled by the 'expected sunset time', while the sun might set at 5:22pm on your wedding day, it will start to get darker much earlier than that. If you have a 4pm or a 4:30pm ceremony, it leaves very little time for group photos and bridal photos before you run out of natural light.
(3) It will rain.
Planning for rain is really important for a winter wedding. This means making sure you have umbrellas on hand. Another pair of shoes especially if you plan on some adventurous photos e.g. in a potentially muddy vineyard, or at the beach etc and decide how far you are prepared to go when it comes to getting wet. The rain can be a lot of fun in photos, but deciding how far you want to take things will let your photographer know how far to take things, or even how to set up a shot.
Finally and most importantly, embrace the moments, winter weddings can be unpredictable but that also means they can be a lot of fun.