Just because the snow starts to fall in New England doesn’t mean all the special events must end. In fact, the off-season for weddings and... Read More
Just because the snow starts to fall in New England doesn’t mean all the special events must end. In fact, the off-season for weddings and events can be the perfect time for them…but there are a few drawbacks you’ll want to keep in mind.
Read on to learn the pros and cons of winter events in New England.
You’ll get better venue availability.
If you’re looking to book a special event or wedding outside of May to October in New England, you’ll be getting your pick when it comes to venue availability. Since the majority of brides and event planners are looking to book in the spring through the fall, winter dates are far less sought after.
You’ll receive venue and vendor savings.
And speaking of venue availability, you’ll also likely enjoy better venue pricing too. Many venues and vendors alike offer event clientele off-season savings.
You’re already inside.
Winter event venues remove one of the many big decisions (and worries) in event planning: you’re already hosting the event indoors. Since you don’t want your guests to freeze in the cold, you’ve already booked an indoor venue. Conversely with summer events, you may choose an outdoor event, where there’s more cause for concern of poor weather (and therefore a rain plan has to be in place).
Your guests and vendors won’t have “event fatigue.”
When it comes to both vendors and your guests, the winter offers far less “event fatigue” than the busy summer months. In other words, no one will be “weddinged” out by the time your big day rolls around because they haven’t attended 5 other weddings in the past two months.
Your guests might have potential travel issues.
Winter weather can cause problems for both air and vehicle travel. Even once guests are in town, there may be day-of travel issues if there’s snow, hail, or freezing rain. Do your best to give guests plenty of time to get to the venue or, better yet, host your event in the same hotel or property where your guests are staying!
Your guests could have accessibility issues.
If you have any guests who need handicap accessible entrances, winter may pose a problem. While venues are required to keep entrances clear of snow and ice, there’s always a potential for snow the day of your special event or wedding, in which case there could be fresh powder or even ice on the ramps or stairways.
The holidays could conflict.
Another potential winter event issue? The holiday season. With so many holidays at the end of the year, it’s possible that your special event could coincide or conflict with guests’ plans. Be sure to send out invitations well in advance so guests can make arrangements around your special day.
Winter events are gorgeous, but it’s important to keep these pros and cons in mind for your New England winter wedding or special event.
And for help with New England event rentals, give us a call at Sperry Tents Seacoast!