Contrary to many people's opinions, a wedding held in the depth of winter need not at all be a somber or altogether too solemn event. If anything, a winter wedding can help liven up spirits and infuse some levity by providing people with a much needed reason to get together and celebrate.
Winter is a tough time for most people who have to cope with it. Temperatures are quite low; the sun can be absent for days or even weeks in some places; and, thanks to the ever-present snow, ice and hail, conditions outside one's residence can be very tough – tough enough to prevent many people from being as active as they normally would be. Many animals and plants, having prepared for the arrival of the coldest months of the year by, for instance, stocking their larders and dropping leaves during fall, either curtail their activities dramatically or temporarily cease being active altogether and hibernate in order to save their energy. Human beings do not have the latter option and so they must attempt to try to go about their daily business even in the harshest of winters.
When planning a winter wedding, there are always certain things to consider. First you will have to realize that the weather might make it difficult for you to push through with your plans. You might realize, for instance, that the venue you wanted for the ceremony itself or for the reception will either not be available at all, or may become unavailable all of a sudden thanks to weather conditions. In addition, it may happen that some people who you invite to attend your wedding will confirm but all of a sudden will be sending you their regrets – or will simply send your their regrets immediately after having received their invitations. Of course such things happen during all weddings, but they appear to happen more often during winter weddings thanks to the weather, its unpredictable nature, and the effect they have on the environment, people, and their activities.
Logistically, based on what was already brought up, winter weddings can be a wedding planner's (and a groom's or a bride's) bona fide nightmare. The weather might force a sudden and rapid adjustment very close to the event itself, and even on the day of the event itself. Or the groom or even the bride might be snowed in elsewhere and unable to come to the ceremony. If the weather acts up all of a sudden, the power might suddenly vanish, leaving the entire event dead in the water. These and other such potential occurrences are examples of what might happen should the fickle winter weather come around.
That said, though, winter weddings can be wonderful ways to share a bridal couple's happiness with their family and friends when the weather cooperates and when all goes according to plan, because when that is the case, the guests will be only too glad of a chance to liven up a cold and otherwise much less hospitable day.