Winter Wedding in Melbourne
Planning a wedding around good weather in Melbourne can be risky. Melbourne has a reputation for throwing down all seasons in one day, anytime of year.
Does that mean planning a winter wedding in Melbourne is a bad idea? Not necessarily. Here are a few tips for planning a Melbourne winter wedding:
Is it cheaper to have a winter wedding?
The lure of saving money by having a winter wedding crosses the mind of many couples, cheaper venues and suppliers mean more money for your honeymoon! Get ready to negotiate if your wedding is in winter, because venues and vendors still want to fill their books and are more likely to negotiate on price. Some vendors will drop their prices by as much as half to fill their calendars in the cooler months. That being said, popular venues may still charge a premium, but you’re more likely to get a booking there in winter.
Interestingly, it’s more likely to rain on your special day in Melbourne from September through to December than it is in June or July. On average, it rains 20 percent less in July than it does in November or December.
That being said, the fact is Melbourne only sees an average of 46 cloudless sunny days per year when compared to 144 in Perth and 107 in Sydney. The fact is we live in a city where the weather is unpredictable, so dont stress too much about what the weather is doing!
An indoor ceremony is likely the best option in winter as you’ll want to keep your guests warm. This option may not suit you if your dream is to have a beautiful garden style ceremony, but it also opens ups more opportunities to get creative.
Warehouse-style venues are really popular at the moment, which are great for the reception and equally cool for the ceremony. Having the ceremony indoors means your more likely to have the reception in the same location or close-by, something your guests will appreciate.
The other benefit of an indoor winter wedding is it will spare your guests from feeling uncomfortable if the weather is cold and windy, or hot.
Photography & Light
Capturing your special day in winter can be a little more challenging as the sun sets a lot earlier, which means less time after the ceremony for photos. A useful tip is consult your photographer about your schedule to ensure you have allowed enough time after the ceremony to take photos of you with your new wife / husband, as well as bridal party photos. Time goes quickly, so add in a little more time than you think you’ll need to make sure it’s a fun experience. If you start your ceremony by 4pm, this should generally provide plenty of time to shoot your photos in golden hour - when the sunlight is most flattering and makes for the best photos.
Shooting indoor ceremonies can be challenging with artificial light, but an experienced wedding photographer will handle it with no problems. It also means you can avoid harsh direct sunlight, which is out of the photographers control and can really be tricky for them to manage.
Conflicts with other weddings
Having your wedding in winter means you are less likely to have a clash in dates with a friend or family member who is also getting married. It’s also a great time to avoid wedding fatigue, people will on average attend 4 - 5 weddings through the months of January to February.
North Hemisphere Honeymoons
Who wouldn’t want a summer honeymoon on the Greek Islands, walks through Central Park in New York or a relaxing time sipping wine in a small French village? Planning a honeymoon straight after your winter wedding means you have some pretty amazing destinations to choose from for your honeymoon.
So just because you live in Melbourne don’t disregard the idea of a winter wedding right away. Many venues are set up will for winter wedding and the money you save could be the difference between a honeymoon on the Gold Coast vs Europe! If it rains, embrace it, you’ll get some really cool wedding photos - rainy days make for amazing reflections, saturation as well as black and white images.