Don’t let our snow and chilly temperatures intimidate you—Colorado is a place where you can get married year-round! No matter which season you choose, your wedding is sure to be magical. Spring, summer, and fall are the most popular wedding months in our great state, but it is also completely possible to host a fabulous winter wedding in Colorado. If you’re dreaming of a wedding day blanketed in snow, today’s blog post is for you. Keep reading to discover a few tips for planning the perfect winter wedding in Colorado!
Tip 1: Keep Guests Comfortable
Brooke and JC’s celebration at Devil’s Thumb Ranch is a fine example of a beautifully-executed Colorado winter wedding. Spectacular views and scenery make Devil’s Thumb Ranch one of my very favorite wedding venues in Colorado. Although both Brooke and JC are from Texas where it rarely snows, they fell in love with Devil’s Thumb and decided it was the perfect location for their destination wedding in Colorado. With the help of their wedding planner, A Vintage Affair, they came prepared with everything needed to ensure that guests remained comfortable throughout their snowy ceremony!
The Vintage Affair team set up baskets of pashminas that guests could grab before the outdoor ceremony began, which ensured everyone stayed warm during the gentle snowfall. Fur wraps and jackets for the flower girls and attendants served the dual purpose of providing warmth and creating cute wintery imagery. If heavier snow is anticipated on the day of your outdoor ceremony, providing transparent umbrellas is another great way to keep your guests dry and comfortable.
Tip 2: Provide Hot Beverages
Working with your wedding planner or venue to create a hot beverage bar is another lovely way to ensure guests stay warm throughout your winter ceremony. Offering hot chocolate or tea during your outdoor wedding is a surefire way to sweeten up your guests’ mood, too!
Tip 3: Create an Oxygen Bar
Who isn’t looking to breathe a little easier on their wedding day? If you are planning a destination wedding in Colorado, you might want to consider providing guests with an oxygen bar experience. Out-of-state attendees may not be used to breathing at a higher altitude, and an oxygen bar is a fun (and trendy!) way to ensure maximum comfort at your winter wedding and reception.
Tip 4: Choose the Right Venue
Brooke and JC chose to forgo a tent wedding to ensure that guests remained warm throughout their ceremony. Ranches are typically equipped with a variety of venue spaces including heated outdoor structures, which will provide more protection than a tent during heavier snowfall.
Tip 5: Dress for the Occasion
When it comes to choosing a bridal gown, you might want to consider wearing a long-sleeved dress just like Brooke did for her winter wedding in Colorado. Her stunning Inbal Dror dress featured lots of lace and photographed beautifully against the wintery backdrop. JC, her groom, wore a winter jacket that provided warmth while still maintaining an elegant and classic look. As big snowflakes fell from above, both bride and groom looked radiant in their winter wedding portraits—nothing could have spoiled their festive mood!
You can view even more images from Brooke and JC’s lovely winter wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch right here on Style Me Pretty. If you are searching for more winter wedding ideas, please feel free to send me an email! As a Colorado wedding photographer, I have many more tips about how to create a cozy winter wedding that I would love to share with you.