|Don't let this happen to you!|
Okay, so the weather outside is frightful, but a wedding is delightful, blah blah blah...you must, must be prepared if your dream is to have an Outdoor Wedding Ceremony in the throws of winter!!! First of all, get some coverage, a tent is a definite for this situation. You never know when the skies will open up and drizzle or flurry or out and out SNOW (see picture), and while the idea of snow falling as you speak your vows to your beloved is nice...wet, sticky, hairsprayed hair is NOT.
Second, have some kind of flooring. Either have a floor installed by an event company or throw down a tarp, believe me, it will save a lot of guests from frostbitten toes! It is my experience that partially frozen ground, covered by a bit of snow and gorgeous suede boots do not mix. Although my head was dry (thank you tent), my toes ached for days!
Another thing...be considerate. You know how at an outdoor ceremony in the summer, the couple might have programs made in the shape of a fan so the guests can cool themselves as they swelter under the sun? How about offering your guests a cup of hot cocoa or cider when they arrive? They're only going to be watching the ceremony so their hands are free to hold a nice warm cup of something.
Don't expect guests to sit. Don't even have seats. Cold seats = freezing you know whats. Need I say more?
Please think of your officiant. How about hand warmers? Its very difficult to turn the page of a ceremony script with numb fingers. Hand warmers are a nice token of your appreciation. They can be tucked neatly into a pair of gloves or a robe pocket! I bring my own, but your officiant may not. Check out the officiant in the picture, I can tell he's a smart man. How? He's the only one wearing a red, pom-pom hat. This may be the only thing visible after the avalanche that they are obviously in the middle of, settles.