Winter weddings are becoming increasingly popular year over year. It may sound weird, but winter weddings offer just as many, if not more benefits than those weddings that take place during peak months. The music is great, the food is delicious, the venue is dreamy, and most importantly – its more affordable. However, just like couples and planners of outdoor weddings during the busy season are worrisome of weather so are people who have winter weddings. Weather can be a serious pain in the butt to anyone. There’s probably not too many people out there who want to get married in the rain. Kissing in it is one thing, but dressing up and spending a lot of money on things only for them to get ruined is something completely different.
With great planning, comes great preparation and just like there’s a way to plan a wedding around rain, there is also a way to plan around snow. In this article, I will outline important tips for how to remove snow for your winter wedding. Unlike rain, snow is much more picturesque. In some sense, you want it to snow so you have a more romantic setting, but in other ways snow can be dangerous for the guests of your wedding. To effectively remove snow and keep your guests safe, designate staff members or volunteers to monitor snow and handle icy conditions. These individuals should be prepared with proper snow and ice removal equipment such as ice melt, snow blowers, and shovels. Snow can fall fast. To be safe, I recommend renting a two-stage gas snow blower so that parking lots and sidewalks can be wiped clean quickly. Make it a rule of thumb to remove snow whenever there is a half inch or more present. Shovel doorways, lay down plenty of ice melt, and remove any dangerous icicles that may be hanging above. Be sure that a routine check throughout the wedding is performed every hour to keep track. Keep a log of what snow removal has been done, the location of the removal, and a time stamp for when it was completed. Isolate any problem areas such as where there might be a lot of slush in a pothole, or other hazardous areas that can be tricky in snowy conditions. Finally, make sure mats are in place to soak up water from foot traffic near the entrances and replace them if they become water logged during the wedding. Keeping people from slipping indoors is just as important as keeping them from slipping outdoors.
You want guests to ‘get down’ at your wedding, not fall down. Follow the tips in this article to be prepared for snow removal at your winter wedding.