How are we holding up, Pittsburgh? I’d say 2020 has been a journey, but it’s felt more like a roller coaster ride I didn’t choose to go on. Between all of the ups and downs, I’m starting to look ahead to the unprecedented 2021 season, and have two predictions.
Prediction #1: A lot of vendors and venues are already booked up for the peak wedding months (May through October). That means all of the newly engaged couples who put a ring on it this holiday season will have to choose between waiting a little longer (I’m talking 2022 and beyond), or expanding what their ideal wedding month is.
Prediction #2: No one wants to say it…..but 2021 late winter/early spring is a gamble. Weddings might happen, but they also might not. I have March and April 2021 brides already postponing. You hate to see it, and I hate that I’m saying it right now. I really do.
So! If you JUST got engaged this winter, or are currently an early 2021 bride gritting her teeth….consider a winter wedding. Why? Because a winter wedding is freaking awesome, and this blog post will make you a believer. Scroll on for all the frozen goodness!
Mother Nature’s confetti:It’s a unique and beautiful thing! We are so lucky to be living in a city with all four seasons, and snow is a very real possibility for your winter wedding. Snowfall adds that touch of magic reminiscent of Christmas morning, and I can’t help but smile looking back at my favorite snow scenes.
Counterpoint: It could be 60 and sunny!
If snow isn’t your thing, you might end up with better weather than April or May. There is nothing more welcome than a mild and sunny winter wedding day. My November 2019 couple got exactly that at their Pennsylvanian reception!
Prime time golden hour
In the winter months, the sun sets earlier, which creates a natural time for your bridal portraits. In the summer, I’m dragging my couples away from their dinner or dance floor to get the perfect light. In January, it will hit right between the ceremony and reception, which is perfect!
My editing time is nonexistent
No seriously…I’ll likely have 75 images to you before you’re at the brunch table. In my slower months, I can put more brain power into your wedding, and give each couple even more attention. This allows me to be extra present behind the camera day of, and also in the editing chair.
Save some dollars
Winter winters are typically less expensive. Vendors are not only available, but likely offer seasonal discounts. You can also get your dream venue for a steal–especially on a Friday or Sunday, and they’ll likely have some killer holiday decor up, which sweetens the pot even more. Ask if they can leave their Christmas/Winter designs up to capture the mood. Another bonus: If you time it around the holidays, everyone is already in town, and in the celebration spirit. Might as well get married! This applies to Valentine’s Day too y’all.
Party ‘til Midnight
HELLOOOO New Year’s Eve wedding! If you want to trade the winter coziness for a dance floor that doesn’t stop, consider December 31. Many folks are already off on New Year’s Day, and have no excuse to miss the countdown. I personally love working NYE weddings and popping champagne as the ball drops with my couples.
And that’s just off the top of my head. But while I’m on the subject…
A Winter Engagement Session is Awesome and Here’s Why
Bonus content: If you are planning to get married in the prime wedding months, consider a winter engagement shoot!
My availability is off the hook
I know a weekday shoot is difficult to swing with your work schedule, so meeting up on a Saturday or Sunday is much more realistic during the winter months. With less weddings on the weekends, I’m also able to hold multiple shoot dates for my couples dying for some snow photos.
Three words: Christmas Tree Farm!
My favorite location for a winter engagement session are the many Christmas tree farms in and around Pittsburgh. Bring a cozy blanket and we’ll find the best spot in a sea of evergreen! These photos can also work for your holiday cards too…just saying.
Don’t overlook a session at home
If the outdoors aren’t calling your name, I also love shooting couples in their home. Snuggled on the couch sipping coffee by the fireplace, baking something delicious together in the kitchen, or even hanging on your porch–I love all of it!
Give winter a chance. Because it’s awesome.
Dawn Derbyshire Photography loves love.
I strive to create an inclusive, welcoming space for my employees, vendors I work with, AND my clients of all races, religions, sexual orientations and identities. All of my clients (and their love stories) deserve respect, are cherished, and are valued by me and my business. You are welcome in my business, my life, and my heart.