How to Plan a Winter Wedding

How to Plan a Winter Wedding

Photo by: Stella Blue Photography

At the Wadsworth Mansion, we’re known for our grounds. We have stunning trees, manicured lawns, and some gorgeous views. It’s not surprising that many of our couples use the outdoors to the fullest during spring, summer, and fall weddings. However, we are in New England, which means that winter brings freezing temperatures with it. Even with the cold, though, you can create a truly magical winter wonderland wedding by following a few tips.

Katie and Chris share a kiss after their ceremony in the West Ballroom during their December 2021 wedding.
Photo by: Chike Photography

Keep Things Intimate

While you can absolutely hope for the best weather (as I write this, it’s 60 degrees in December), you may just wind up with snow, ice, or a mixture of both. Fortunately, the mansion looks absolutely magical in the snow (don’t believe me? Check out the picture to the right). However, it does mean that you’ll want to try keep most things inside. If you keep your guest count to 100 or less, you have a lot more options to do just that. You can seat 100 guests in one of the ballrooms for dining, and then use the other ballroom for your ceremony, cocktail hour, or even just as a lounge area. If you have 50 guests or less, you can even do your ceremony in the Loggia, and use the two other ballrooms however you like!

Consider a Tent

If you’re worried about rain or cold weather, you may want to consider getting a clear top tent. Tents with clear tops act like miniature greenhouses, absorbing sunlight and heat during the day and keeping the space warmer than the outside air. When the temperatures drop, you’ll still want to get some tent heaters to keep things warmer. Our advice is to use a tent for ceremony and cocktail hour while the sun is still up. When the sun sets it will still be cold beneath the tent even with heaters, so you’ll still want to potentially plan to have dining and dancing indoors.

Photo by: Lynne Reznick Photography

Remember the Time

Design + Plan @wildflowereventsdesign
Photography @keliphotography
Venue @thewadsworthmansion
Florals @leslieleefloraldesign
Bridal Boutique @wildbloombridal
Mobile Bar @corkandcraftct
Stationary @cat_wilcox
Table Pieces @borrowedblu
Linen @bbjlinen
Models @biancamatira @hahnzy94

As winter approaches, there are less and less hours of daylight. As you plan your timeline, make sure to check when the sun sets and plan around that. You’ll want to be sure you have enough daylight for pictures and while your ceremony can be held after nightfall, you may want to consider holding it at sunset just to get some pictures of your ceremony done while the sun is still up. Believe me when I say that your photographer will thank you for it.


Having a winter wedding can be a truly amazing and beautiful experience. There’s something magical about a snow-covered landscape, or having a roaring fire in one of the fireplaces that family and friends can gather around. At the end of the day, your wedding is going to be amazing, but remember that these tips can make it even better.

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