Advice on Winter Wedding Photography

Advice on Winter Wedding Photography

Are you getting married in the winter? Nice one! I love a winter wedding. It’s beautiful, moody and seasonal! Getting married in winter is becoming more and more popular due to the rapidly increasing summer wedding prices. With the idea of winter wonderland weddings, quirky fur coats and wedding boots, and other cool winter wedding ideas, what’s not to love?

I put together this page of information when planning a winter wedding, to try and help with smooth planning. Having photographed weddings all over the country right through the year, I have experienced a few do’s and dont’s.


  • Consider having an early ceremony. The earlier the ceremony, the more chance of amazing light and good weather.
  • Wrap up warm. You definitely don’t want to be blue in your wedding photos
  • Plan your travel well. The roads can be quite bad in the winter months, so try avoid having a long journey between venues.
  • Have the lights turned up during the ceremony, to avoid the need for flash.
  • Have fun with winter. Get out for some awesome foggy wintery photos.
  • Get creative with colourful shawls or wedding boots like previously mentioned – not everything needs to be white.
  • Keep hydrated. Consider warm cider as a wedding reception drink (yum!)


  • Have a later wedding ceremony if it can be helped. Getting married later on in the day takes away all chance of outdoor wintery foggy photos. If you aren’t bothered, then this won’t affect you much.
  • Expect bright and airy photos that you see from summer weddings. The light in the UK impacts photography so much that it changes the overall look of photos.
  • Have moody colourful uplighting during the ceremony. Shooting in limited lighting is challenging enough for crisp moody photos, throw in some purple lights and you’ve got a recipe for colour casts. If you’re creating a moody candlit ceremony – awesome! but make sure to inform your photographer – and celebrant, so that flash can be used where necessary.