5 reasons to book your winter wedding
If you’re the kind of bride that doesn’t mind a little chill in the air, a winter wedding can be truly magical. Here are five reasons why you should add it to your wish list.
Spring and autumn are the most popular times for Australian couples to tie the knot – almost half of all weddings take place over just four months (March, April, October and November). In contrast, only 5% of weddings happen during winter – and we think those brides don’t know what they’re missing. Fewer couples means less competition for venues, celebrants, caterers, florists and more. You’ll be able to secure everything you need for your dream wedding with a minimum of fuss.
In the same vein, fewer couples can also mean a better deal on price. And with the average Australian wedding costing around $36,000, all smart brides will be watching their pennies. Prices will tend to be lower all round as venues and suppliers compete for business. Bargain-savvy brides can also push for discounts or extra services when booking. The best lesson here is ‘it never hurts to ask’.
They say rain on your wedding day is good luck, but in reality it’s the number one fear of just about every bride. Months of planning can be washed away in a sudden storm and you’ll always need to have a solid Plan B in mind. Winter weddings are generally held indoors (it’s a great season for grand ballroom receptions), so you won’t have to worry about inclement weather. Just plan a stylish wrap or bolero for your wedding dress and you’ll be ready for anything.
In winter, you can let your imagination run wild and create a unique theme for your wedding that your guests won’t soon forget. You don’t have to go full on Frozen, but some icy accents will make for a wedding that’s both glittery and glamorous. Or you can go down the route of rich wintery colours like burgundy, forest green and chocolate brown, creating a warm and welcoming theme that feels incredibly high end. And don’t think that winter means no flowers. Blooms like hyacinth, tulips, freesia, violet, sweet william, jonquil and poppies are at their best in the cooler months.
A winter wedding doesn’t mean you have to stay with the cold weather for your honeymoon. In fact, it’s a great time to escape the low temperatures and celebrate your first few days as man and wife in sunnier climes. Get married at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth and you can get 10% off your honeymoon stay at Sofitel properties in Noosa, Fiji and Bali. You’ll enjoy lazy sunshine days of swimming, watersports, cocktails and massages. Or, if you want to stick with the theme, head across the Tasman to Sofitel Auckland and rug up for romantic days strolling through the city, fine dining on the water and wine tasting on Waiheke Island.