Winter Wedding: Less-Expensive, Unique Option

By William Loeffler, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Sunday, January 31, 2010

“Wedding planner Katherine Shaw, who is organizing the couple’s reception, relishes the creative potential of a winter wedding. Shaw, who owns Trends to Traditions in Cranberry, married husband Conan at a Christmas-themed wedding in St. Louis.”

To see the latest winter wedding planned by Trends To Traditions, click below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMTy4F95zKs

Bachelors, beware: it may indeed be a cold day when you finally say “I do.”

When planning the big day, many couples are opting to walk down the aisle in January or February.

A winter wedding can be considerably cheaper. It also provides the opportunity to pull off the kind of singular event that will stand out from the endless parade of June nuptials.

Winter’s frigid temperatures also can be a blessing in disguise, Peluso says. “People don’t like to get dressed up in the summer for formal affairs. It’s actually a plus to have it cooler.”

That motivated Shannon Jordan and Vernon Botts of Highland Park to set Feb. 20 as their wedding day.

“We sort of looked at the pros and cons,” says Jordan, 25. “Neither of us like the heat. He doesn’t want to be worried about sweating in his tux. You’re already worked up anyway. The last thing you want to worry about is wiping sweat off.”

She also chose that particular day because it was close to the anniversary of their first date.

Jordan says it will take a cold day indeed to dissuade her from having photos of the wedding party taken outside. She’s ready to deploy black faux-fur wraps or coats to go with the bridesmaids’ silver-and-raspberry dresses, and a white wrap for herself.

“I would say that probably 85 percent of people think it’s a great idea,” says Jordan of Highland Park. “A lot of people have never been to a winter wedding. They’re excited because it’s one less wedding they have to deal with in the spring and the summer.”

They’ll marry at Heinz Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh campus in Oakland. Their reception, whose theme is 1940s Hollywood, will take place at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association. It’s across the street, which means guests won’t have to drive in the event of inclement weather.

Wedding planner Katherine Shaw, who is organizing the couple’s reception, relishes the creative potential of a winter wedding. Shaw, who owns Trends to Traditions in Cranberry, married husband Conan at a Christmas-themed wedding in St. Louis.

“February’s always a good time especially because of Valentine’s Day,” she says. “It’s a very romantic month.”

About Trends To Traditions

From a complimentary consultation to all inclusive coordination, we offer customized packages and guidance for over 70 possible wedding aspects and service providers. We serve the couple as: coordinator, director, etiquette coach, business manager, family mediator, creative planner, referee, and friend. We evaluate the couple’s needs and desires and match them to the vendors who will best meet their criteria. We help them budget most appropriately, according to their priorities. As Pittsburgh Wedding Planners, we negotiate for better prices and perks. We orchestrate the event from start to finish or simply help a client find one specific service. Katherine Shaw, owner, graduated from Theatre and Film school in 1992. Until the turn of the century, she planned events for the NFL, NHL, the AFL, and the WB network. She is certified as a Wedding Director through the National Bridal Service, is a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants, and has coordinated at least partial aspects of over 600 weddings and events in her career. She is supported by a talented staff with an impressive and diverse background. View all posts by Trends To Traditions

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