Joel and Nicole Knechtel were married in a cold and blustery December evening at Woodinville’s Hollywood Schoolhouse.

Joel & Nicole Knechtel

And there was so much love and warmth inside the Schoolhouse as Joel and Nicole exchanged vows in front of 150+ family and friends.  What makes for a warm, intimate and memorable Winter ceremony, no matter if your guest list is15 or 150?

“High Touch” Guest Directions:  Take good care of your guests by interacting with them several times before the actual wedding day to insure they have proper directions and information to get to your wedding venue.  It’s dark outside for a Winter evening wedding and oftentimes if a guest isn’t familiar with the location of your venue, they get lost and turned around – especially in an area without much street lighting. 

Include detailed driving directions and “area landmarks” in your invite and also email this information a day or so before your wedding day.  This way, you are insuring prompt arrivals and happy guests!

Candles, Candles & More Candles:  There is nothing better to warm up a ceremony space than candles.  So, for your Winter wedding, consider going all out with candles.  If your venue or location doesn’t allow burning candles, consider flameless candles.  They are affordable and can be used after your wedding.

Consider The Clock:  During the Winter, I have couples who design their day around a mid-day or mid-afternoon start time.  They want to take advantage of natural light for photos and often get great Winter deals on a venue/location for a mid-day wedding ceremony and celebration.