GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Subzero temperatures may not be ideal for a wedding day, but a snowy scene can make a beautiful backdrop for those brides who choose to brave the cold. We talked to experts in the wedding industry in the Grand Forks, N.D., area and gathered some tips for couples who chose a chilly month to exchange vows.
Here’s their advice:
• Dress: When choosing a dress for a winter wedding, Nancy Zalewski, owner of Kristen’s Bridal, said luxurious satins and brocades are wonderful. She also recommended that brides buy a fur stole or cape to keep warm.
For the entire bridal party, she recommended using a static guard. “The winter is so cold, and it keeps fabrics from sticking to you, especially for the guys.”
• Hair: Alyssa Kaye, a hairstylist at a Regis Salons, said soft, loose up-dos are in this winter, along with simple down hairdos. But whichever you choose, Kaye advises using a hair oil to tame static caused by cold, dry weather. “Right after you shower, use an oil and let your hair completely dry before you curl it,” she said. She also suggests using hair spray before curling to further help with static and hold the curls longer.
• Event styling: For centerpieces and other decoration details, Zalewski said metallic accents and jewel tones are perfect. She suggested buying metallic ribbon at a craft store and incorporating it into the centerpieces and bouquet.
• Photos: For winter wedding photos, photographer Shawna Widdel, owner of Shawna Noel Photography, suggests bringing accessories. “A lot of brides will wear winter boots, so their shoes don’t get destroyed in the snow,” Widdel said. Shawls, scarves, mittens and hats also make cute accessories and keep the bridal party warm during photos.
• Bouquet: “If you are going to take photos outside, we usually recommend that people don’t bring their flowers with them,” Widdel said. “If it’s colder than 10 or 15 degrees, the flowers will wilt.”