By Paula Clark Ramirez with Historic Mankin Mansion

It comes as no surprise that the most popular wedding months in Richmond are historically May, June, September, and October—and with good reason! Early summer and early fall are temperate and traditional. Nature itself supports weddings in these months with colorful spring trees and flowers in full bloom or leaves turning the brightest shades of autumn that one can imagine. The appeal of these months is clear.

Did you know, however, that hosting a winter wedding can offer some of the most stunning backdrops as well as practical advantages for couples planning the wedding of their dreams?

Virginia Ashley Photography

While there are weeks in winter with snow and ice, overall Richmond winters are fairly temperate compared to other destinations. It’s cold enough to offer all of the benefits of winter’s romantic time of year – the opportunity to choose seasonal menus with robust dishes and heavier sauces, or coffee bars and hot chocolate stations (spiked or not spiked, as you wish!) Plus, the weather is usually stable enough to allow your guests to travel safely to and from the area, giving you the certainty you deserve when dreaming of your wedding day.

As a quieter time of year in the wedding industry, you’re far more likely to get your first choice of available wedding pros, even when planning on shorter notice. Some may even offer advantageous seasonal rates. Accommodations also experience periods during the off-season of lighter traffic, so you may even be able to offer your guests lower rates on their hotel stays.

Nicole Vance Photography

A Richmond winter wedding also offers couples extra help in saving on decoration costs, as venues are already dressed to impress for the holidays. You can still personalize with the colors of the season in your wedding party attire, personal flowers, and table décor. Also try including incredibly popular vibrant colors, natural greenery, and touches of metallics for your own trendy take on winter wedding looks.

Finally, there are so many fun things to entertain your guests in Richmond for the holidays, from world-class performances of The Nutcracker and the tree lighting to highly anticipated presentations by the acclaimed Richmond Symphony. You have options galore with more to offer your guests than almost any other time of the year.

If you haven’t yet considered a winter wedding in Richmond, you may want to take another look at your prospective dates. Be sure you don’t miss out on one of the most celebrated, magical, and advantageous wedding seasons of the year!

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort and Bed & Breakfast. They have lovingly restored this National Landmark to its original grandeur and are honored to share the treasured estate with couples and their families. Learn more at www.historicmankinmansion.com