"You're getting married in the middle of winter . . . in Minnesota?!" If I had a dollar for every time we have heard this from family/friends/co-workers, we could probably pay for our entire wedding! All jokes aside, it's safe to say that the people closest to us were pretty shocked to learn that we decided on a winter wedding. To be totally honest, getting married in winter is probably the furthest thing I could have envisioned for my wedding when I was a little girl. I always pictured a beautiful outdoor ceremony in the middle of summer: warm weather, sunshine, and the clouds above us. Even John and I were shocked when we decided on the exact opposite.
After we got engaged on June 7, 2015, we did not waste any time jumping into planning. When we were driving home after John proposed, we immediately began discussing different date ideas. I remember going back and forth like it was yesterday: We could set the wedding for the summer of 2016 and have about a year to plan everything. But at the time we both had one semester left of college. Plus I had just started a new internship and I didn't have sure-fire plans for a job post-graduation. We weren't sure that we would be able to save money and have the wedding of our dreams with that many uncertainties and a shorter engagement.
We also talked about pushing it out another year and getting married in the summer of 2017, but that seemed SO far away! Then, John suggested a winter wedding. It would give us about a year and a half to save and plan—not too long of an engagement, but not too short, either. After looking at different dates, we noticed that New Year's Eve 2016 falls on a Saturday. It was like it was meant to be! The more that we thought about it, the more we loved the idea: fur shawls, New Year's party favors, pictures in the snow, a hot chocolate bar. How could we go wrong?!
All in all, we are confident that we made the right choice. Our wedding will be unique to us and who we are as a couple. We always joke that now John won't ever forget our anniversary. Plus, escaping the frozen Minnesota winter to go honeymoon on the beach . . . can't complain too much about that!