How To Plan A Winter Wedding in Toronto

Today, I’d like to share some insider tips on how to plan a winter wedding in Toronto. Getting married in this beautiful city can be absolutely stunning, filled with snow-dusted landscapes and cozy, intimate vibes. Whether you’re a local or you’re considering a destination wedding, I’ve got your back!

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1. Choose the Perfect Winter Wedding Date

Selecting the ideal date for your winter wedding is crucial. Toronto’s winter weather can be unpredictable, so plan your wedding between early December and early March to maximize your chances of having a snowy wonderland.

While snowflakes falling during your ceremony would be magical, make sure to have a backup indoor venue just in case. Don’t forget to check for any local festivals or events that might affect traffic or hotel availability and ensure your chosen date aligns with your photographer’s schedule!

A bride and groom look out into then Nathan Philips Square skating rink after their city hall wedding in Toronto

2. Find the Best Winter Venue

Choosing the right venue sets the stage for your winter wedding. Think cozy, rustic, and romantic. Toronto has beautiful options, from historic estates to charming barns and chic urban spaces. Look for venues with fireplaces, large windows, or unique architectural details that can be highlighted with your winter wedding décor. One of my favourites is Old Mill (pictured below). Outdoor options with covered spaces are also great for those snowy photo sessions.

Don’t forget to ask about heating options for your guests’ comfort, and ensure ample parking for your winter wedding guests, so no one has to trudge through snow in their finest attire.

A bride and groom walk through a snow covered courtyard during their winter wedding at Old Mill in Toronto

3. Warm Up Your Wedding Wardrobe

Embrace the winter season with your wedding attire. For the bride, consider long-sleeved gowns, faux fur shawls, or even a touch of sparkle for a wintry vibe. Grooms can opt for stylish tweed suits or even go for a classic black-tie look, which suits the season perfectly. You’ll not only look stylish but also stay cozy.

Have umbrellas, blankets, and hand warmers on hand for your guests, just in case. And remember, winter weddings can be chilly, so advise your guests to dress warmly and provide a coat check for their convenience.

4. Invitations and Save the Dates

Your wedding invitations and save-the-dates will be the first glimpses of your winter wonderland wedding to all your guests. Consider designs featuring snowflakes, and winter scenes to set the tone for your special day. Opt for an elegant font and choose colour palettes to match your wedding theme.

Make sure to send your save-the-dates early, especially if your wedding falls close to the holiday season, as this will help your guests plan their schedules accordingly.

winter wedding invites

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5. Winter Décor

When planning a winter wedding in Toronto, your décor should take into consideration the season’s magic. Think evergreen garlands, pinecones, and frosted glass centrepieces for your tables. Illuminate the venue with soft, warm lighting like fairy/string lights, candles, and lanterns to create a cozy, romantic atmosphere.

Go for deep, rich colours like burgundy, emerald, and navy to add a touch of elegance. As a wedding photographer, I can attest that this décor will make your wedding photos pop with warmth and beauty, no matter how chilly it is outside.

A close up shot of garland décor at a winter wedding in Toronto

6. Work With Seasonal Blooms

While it’s true that winter in Toronto means fewer fresh flower options, you don’t have to panic. You can incorporate elegant winter blooms like white roses, amaryllis, and calla lilies into your floral arrangements. Add greenery, pine branches, and berries to create lush bouquets and stunning centrepieces. Seasonal flowers will not only enhance your wedding’s aesthetic but also save you money, as they are readily available during this time of year.

7. Create a Cozy Atmosphere

Keeping your guests comfortable and entertained throughout your winter wedding is something you definitely don’t want to forget! Offer hot chocolate, mulled wine, or signature winter cocktails to warm their spirits. You can also provide cozy blankets, wraps, or hand warmers as thoughtful favours for your guests to enjoy during the festivities. Set up a hot cocoa or s’mores station for a fun and delicious winter treat. These small touches will make for memorable moments and heartwarming photos.

8. Capture the Magic with Kotsy Photography

While planning your dream winter wedding in Toronto, don’t forget to choose the perfect photographer to capture every special moment. As the owner of Kotsy Photography, I specialize in creating timeless candid wedding photos that perfectly capture the magic of your day. My fun and easy-going vibe make couples & guests at ease, which not only enhances the wedding experience, but also leads to much better photos.

A bride and groom can be seen out of focus past a Christmas tree during their holiday wedding at Casa Loma

9. Plan for Winter Photo Opportunities

I can’t stress enough how magical winter weddings are for photography. Snow-covered landscapes, soft natural light, and the cozy intimacy of the season make for stunning photos. Coordinate with your photographer to capture the golden hour for those breathtaking outdoor shots. Also don’t forget to plan for indoor locations with plenty of natural light for backup. Whether it’s snowflakes gently falling around you during your first kiss or the warmth of your loved ones by the fireplace, your winter wedding photos will be nothing short of enchanting.

A bride smiles while the sun sets behind her during her winter wedding

In conclusion, planning a winter wedding in Toronto can be a magical experience, full of cozy moments and breathtaking photo opportunities. Remember to focus on creating a warm and inviting atmosphere for your guests, and plan for the unexpected twists that winter weather can bring.

And on that note, I’d love to hear more about your winter wedding in Toronto and to see if I’m a great fit for you and your partner. Reach out using the link below to get things started!

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