I know so many of you dream of a gorgeous sun-filled outdoor wedding, but the weather here in in southern Ontario is just so unpredictable. While I totally believe in the superstition that rain on your wedding day is good luck, it's also pretty big bummer.
When planning with KJ and Co. clients, most couples are realistic about the threat of weather, though we cross our fingers pretty fiercely for a nice day. I'm just as disappointed as my brides when we have to move a ceremony - and especially photo sessions - indoors.
Since we can't rely on good weather, I stress the importance of choosing a ceremony location with an indoor (or covered) back up space that won't be a total let down should we have to go with plan B. Even though a tent might provide shelter, your guests could be making a dash to the restrooms in the rain, or hunting for sweaters, wraps and bugspray as the night cools off.
Spring through summer, who knows what sort of weather we might wind up with. My own June wedding had rain, so we moved things indoors and were happy to have air-conditioning on a hot day. In the fall, even if you luck out on a clear day, it could be cold and uncomfortable for your guests to sit outside. Considering the comfort of your guests is an important - and often overlooked - factor. On the sunniest of days, you run the risk of baking in the sun and everyone squinting in the photos. Truth be told, most photographers prefer an overcast sky for outdoor photos.
Another way to avoid the bummer of moving your ceremony all together is a late fall or winter wedding with a gorgeous indoor ceremony space and indoor photo locations. Some of my fave KJ and Co. weddings took place in the colder seasons.
Pictured above, Niveen & Robert were married in January 2015 in Toronto's Distillery District. They captured some outdoor photos in a romantic sprinkling of snow and hosted their indoor reception with some stunning decor and florals.
March 2014 couple Danielle & Daniel chose an awesome Toronto venue, The Burroughes Building. The loft space had such neat architecture and decor that there would have been zero disappointment if the weather hadn't allowed for a few outdoor snaps. It was the perfect spot for their modern indoor ceremony and reception. The exposed brick of the venue was a favourite backdrop for their photographers, A Brit & A Blonde.
Knowing the late October weather could turn out to be incredibly cold and rainy, 2015 couple Ainsley & Matt chose Toronto's Union Station as their back up photography space. Sure enough the weather leading up to their first look and photo session was poor, making it an easy choice over braving the rain in the Distillery District. The intimate indoor ceremony and cocktail reception that followed was a nice change of pace for wedding guests.
There you have three shining examples of cold weather weddings, where absolutely no one missed a warm and lush green outdoor setting.
One of the biggest and most obvious benefits of hosting your wedding in the colder weather months is that so many venues will offer a better rate. This discount on space rentals and food and beverage packages can make those jaw-dropping venues much more affordable, often leaving you more room in your budget to spend on decor and other details to wow your guests.
If you're looking for more inspiration, check out KJ and Co.'s Winter Weddings board on Pinterest.