Winter Weddings in the Yarra Valley
The days are cooling down and Winter is just around the corner. Say goodbye to humidity and hello to crisp days with clear blue skies where everything smells fresh. We welcome back long sleeves, gloves, mulled wine, candlelit venues, drinking wine by the fire and celebrate having the perfect excuse to snuggle up with your partner.
While there is no question Spring and Summer are great seasons to get married and are a popular choice for many couples, Winter Weddings are beginning to make a come-back. It is no longer a time for hibernating and planning our special day, instead its time to take advantage of all the ‘cool’ benefits of holding your wedding in the cooler seasons of the year. Here are 3 top reasons why:
- VENUE AVAILABILITY
The truth is many brides have the perfect venue in mind the minute they are engaged and the fact is that many other brides will be vying for the same venue. So, if you are not flexible in your dates you may miss out on your dream venue and this can be a huge factor in stress when planning your wedding.
While Winter weddings are certainly becoming more popular, having your wedding in Winter means you are not always faced with the same issue when selecting your chosen venue. Availability is generally a lot more flexible outside of the more ‘popular seasons’ so if you do have a particular date you are looking to secure your wedding, chances are you will be lucky enough to secure it – don’t rest on your laurels though, the minute that ring is on your finger you should really start making calls!
It’s also important to make sure the venue you have your heart set on has a wet weather option that you will be happy with too, so if the unexpected happens it will do so without disappointment and you can enjoy the entire experience no matter what.
If you are open to a Winter Wedding another benefit is that venues, being more readily available, can have special offers and discounts available to you that ordinarily would not apply. As do suppliers like photographers, celebrants and bands as it is not as busy a time for them which means you can get a lot more for your dollar and look at upgrading the wine list (at least for the bridal table), spend more on decorations for your wedding reception or even more money to put aside for your honeymoon.
It also means if you had your heart set on a destination wedding, however were thinking you may not be able to afford it, with more flights on sale during winter and accommodation and venue prices lower, you may find it is a more affordable option than you had originally thought.
Whichever option you choose the money you have saved is worth more in your wallet than the suppliers, so this is a great incentive to consider Winter for your special day.
- EXTENDING THE GUEST LIST
Your wedding day is one of the best days of your life, so it makes sense that you want to have all your closest family and friends attend to celebrate with you on your special day. While many brides have difficulty in sticking to a budgeted number of guests, it can be disappointing to hear that loved ones may not be able to attend your wedding, especially if you choose a destination location, due to the cost of travel and accommodation.
Another benefit of having a Winter Wedding is that not only are venues more available, there is generally more availability for accommodation and flights which can lead to reduced pricing and cost for your guests attending the wedding. Most venues that also have accommodation onsite are also known to offer special package deals for guests attending the wedding. Flight pricing during winter for destination locations such as the Yarra Valley, can tend to be a lot more affordable too which means the wedding of your dreams can be experienced by the people in your life you really want there.
If the Yarra Valley is on your wedding wish list, your dream wedding can be realized at the Yarra Valley Lodge. Set on 1000 acres and picturesque natural landscape of the Yarra Ranges as your wedding backdrop, it is one of the most romantic wedding destinations for all seasons.
Photography by Will Chao
Winter truly is a season you should consider for your Wedding. In addition to these great reasons think about the clear blue skies, less chance of rain, crisp fresh air and no humidity to effect make-up and hair and you will both look radiant in the winter sunshine!
Ms Zebra Says: The Yarra Valley Lodge looks like such a gorgeous setting to embrace the cooler weather and natural landscape of its surrounds. A picturesque spot to say “I do”!
About Yarra Valley Lodge: Beautifully appointed and set at the foothills of the stunning Yarra Ranges, Yarra Valley Lodge is positioned in an area of outstanding natural beauty surrounded by superb manicured gardens and rolling green hills. Yarra Valley Lodge is a perfect destination for your wedding – whether it be boutique and intimate or large cocktail celebrations – featuring magnificent reception venues with an idyllic natural backdrop all within a comfortable drive from Melbourne.