White wedding

Winter Wedding?  Not the Billy Idol “White Wedding” kind.  The winter kind.

Needless to say Summer and Fall are the most popular times to have a wedding, .  The weather is warm and being outdoors is part of the charm.  Most often booking venues, lodging and caterers is much more difficult.  Most couples find they have to book 6 months, a year or more in advance to find the perfect spot.  Budgets tighten and nerves fray.  In other words, Summer seems like the perfect time of year to wed.  However, in reality it can be hot – very hot.  The weather is unpredictable.  Humidity can be off the charts, quite often.  Unfortunately, many a well-coiffured bride has ended up drenched.

 White wedding

The event space at Helsinki Hudson

Enter the Winter Wedding.  Winter is an overlooked time to get married.  For example, inside venues like Helsinki Hudson and Swoon are warm and cozy.  Lodging establishments like The Croff House, The Barlow and other are much more willing to offer discounts for group bookings.  Caterers hunger (no pun intended) for the business, as well.  What could be more beautiful than saying your vows as the snow gently falls?  Arriving at the wedding in a horse drawn carriage?  Toasting your new life together next to a blazing fireplace?  In other words a White Wedding is ideal.

Now, there may be some concerns about weather related travel.  What if it snows?  True, that could happen.  On the other hand, the good news is that Hudson is an Amtrak stop.  In addition, the Albany airport is very adept at dealing with snow removal and rarely shuts down.  Finally, any of the businesses in town would understand weather-related cancellations and make accommodations to reschedule or – even worse – cancel.   Make these arrangements ahead of time without worry.

So, if you haven’t considered getting married in the Winter you may want to rethink the benefits – lower rates, better availability and greater opportunity to create something with less lead time.  Just think – the whole world might be decked out in white just for your special day!