Over the years, the Tentickle International team have been involved in the organising and set-up of many magical winter weddings – from rollicking celebrations on castle grounds in Ireland, to sleek inner-city rooftop parties in the heart of Berlin. As such, we have had a fair amount of experience in creating weatherproof settings for ceremonies and receptions when the weather is not at it’s most predictable.
Here are a few tips on weatherproofing your winter wedding (no matter where in the world you may be):
Gear Up Your Entire Crew
If you’re getting married in Europe or any Northern Hemisphere country in wintertime, you have to be sure to gear up. Brides and bridesmaids should be ready with long-sleeve dresses, thick tights and/or cover-ups (think pretty stoles or matching printed wraps), while the gents should invest in some nice thick blazers and trousers. If a portion of the proceedings will take place outside, and the pictures normally will, everyone has to bring some sensible footwear. You don’t have to take your pictures in your wellies or hiking boots (although those could look fun in a few!), but it makes a big difference to have some non-slip shoes on hand when you’re battling a soft or slippery surface.
Create Cosy Spaces
It’s a bit touch-and-go to opt for an outdoor ceremony or reception in the depths of winter, but it can be done – provided you have adequate cover and heat. If you have your heart set on getting married in a moody moor or on a windswept cliff’s edge where you shared your first kiss, it will take a little bit of planning, but you can have your wish. What you’ll need is a sturdy, weatherproof wedding marquee with sidewalls that are resistant to wind and water. Ideally, you’ll want to choose a tent that is constructed from fire-retardant fabric so you have the option of putting heaters or burners underneath.
Keep Your Guests Comfy
One of the reasons why winter weddings are not the norm, is because it can be a bit of a mission for the guests to make their way to a far-off destination in inclement weather. Make your wintertime wedding a hit by laying the groundwork for a fuss-free journey. Provide proper directions to the venue, and (if at all possible), have your ceremony and reception on the same premises, so they won’t have to move to a second location. Also, be ready with complimentary umbrellas, warm drinks upon arrival and plenty of canapes to enjoy in a toasty, covered space while you head off to take your photos.
Having these fail-safes in place on the day of your winter wedding will give you the peace of mind to sit back and enjoy the day as it unfolds. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the Tentickle team if you would like to know more about our wedding stretch tent solutions and more – we’re happy to share our expertise in the lead-up to your big day.