9 Tips for January Weddings

A bride and groom kissing against a winter sky next to the ocean.

January is a beautiful time of year to tie the knot. With snow falling in many parts of the country, you may be getting married in an absolute winter wonderland at this special time of year. Plus, the freshness of a new calendar year presents the perfect time to start your marriage. Plan your January wedding to perfection with the tips below to help you along the way.

1. Make Your Invitations Festive

Since January is such a special time of year, why not make the invitations reflect that? Have a touch of festivity on them to mark the time of year. A sparkly invitation with snowflakes is a great way to showcase the winter month.

2. Choose Wintry Florals

A January bride holding a bouquet of jewel-toned flowers.

Flowers that are on theme for the winter are a January wedding must! An all-white bouquet is a festive option. Or, you could go with deep shades of red or other jewel tones. Flowers can really present an artful nod to the season!

3. Account for Extra Travel Time

Winter weather could mean travel delays or a slower trip from one part of your wedding to the next, such as the ceremony to reception or cocktail hour. Build time into your day-of schedule to account for potential delays so that you and your guests don’t feel rushed. For this reason, it’s a good idea to consider hosting everything at one venue if possible. This cuts down on a lot of stress with traveling, especially if the weather is bad.

4. Serve Warm Beverages

A bride and groom at their winter wedding with hot beverages.

Drinks can really warm up your guests if the temperatures are chilly on your wedding day. Use cocktail hour as the perfect time to serve something warm and delicious. A hot toddy is a classic warm cocktail, or you could go with a warm mulled cider. Another option is hot chocolate. This could be memorable for your guests if you set up a hot chocolate bar with a range of toppings and treats to use in building a yummy cup of cocoa.

5. Have a Coat Check

Plunging winter temperatures mean that guests will likely have coats with them when they arrive at your wedding. Ensure that the venue has a coat check so that nobody has to keep track of their jacket all night long.

6. Wear the Right Footwear

Two brides outside wearing vintage dresses and boots.

You’ll need to account for the weather and any snow or ice on the ground when it comes to your January wedding shoes. Cold temperatures in general are something to consider when choosing your wedding footwear during the winter. Consider making a statement with a pair of boots, if needed!

7. Give Festive Favors

Wedding favors that play on the winter theme are a great touch for your January wedding. Consider giving out something like pashmina scarves for people to use for warmth while they celebrate. Another idea is hot cocoa mix packets for guests to take home. There are so many options out there that work for this theme!

8. Stay Cozy

A bride and groom in the snow.

Speaking of your ensemble, make sure you’ll be warm enough on the big day. Some kind of faux fur shrug is a way to keep things chic but cozy as you brave some cold temperatures for photos.

9. Check on Venue Decor

A winter wedding venue decorated with twinkle lights and candles.

You’ll want to check with your venue on what type of decor they’ll have up in the space before the big day. Many places may still have holiday decorations up on the walls or scattered about, so you may want to figure out if those items will be present and if you’d rather have them removed in preparation for your wedding festivities.

You and your guests alike will love your January wedding. There’s so much to be said about a winter wedding and just how magical it can be, so lean into this sparkly time as you plan your own snow-y affair.

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