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How to plan winter wedding Ireland

10 Top Tips to help Plan a Winter Wedding in Ireland

 10 Top Tips to help Plan a Winter Wedding in Ireland

With winter around the corner, I thought it would be a nice idea to share my top tips for planning a winter wedding from the point of view of a wedding photographer. All of my tips are based on my experience.

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Winter is the best time of the year for lovely sunset photos. I am a Sunset Master Photographer :) If I do say so myself!

First and foremost, you need to know that from 4 pm there is no daylight so if you want any daylight photos, you must plan your timings well.

The day is very short and all of my tips are to help to get the best wedding photos and to ensure a stress-free wedding day.

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Be ready for the cold. Cosy fur shrugs and pashminas are beneficial for the bridal party if you want photographs taken outside but don’t want your Bridesmaids or the Bride to turn blue!


Plan your ceremony as early as you can! 22nd of December is the shortest day of the year. Remember that the day is too short of having your wedding ceremony at 3 pm as by 4 pm it’s basically nighttime.


When deciding on your church and reception venue, it’s a good idea to factor in the weather. What is the distance between the church and the venue?

How easy will it be for your wedding guests to travel that distance if it’s snowing etc?

Just keep this in mind when planning—less travelling in winter is better for you and Your Guests!

TOP TIP:  Please do not plan any pub visits before Your photos! A day is very, very short! And at 4 pm, there is no daylight.


It’s a great idea to have spare shoes in the boot of the Bridal car if you would like photos somewhere, besides, for example, the beautiful tree in Rathsallagh after darkness as it can be very wet. It’s genius to have spare shoes ready to go so that you are not destroying your lovely Louboutin’s or Jimmy Choo shoes :)


Winter wedding photography is very challenging for any wedding photographer. You need to ensure they have experience dealing with winter conditions and can cope with the lighting or, more importantly, the lack of lighting.

Any cut in the budget for your wedding photographer can make a HUGE difference in the quality of your wedding photos.

I explained there:

The average price for wedding photographers in Ireland

Inexperienced wedding photographers should not take on winter weddings as making BIG and costly mistakes is so easy.

Winter Wedding Ireland
Winter Wedding Ireland


Greet guests: 10 seconds for each person, and if there are 200 quests, it will take approximately 35 minutes.
You can ask your priest to announce at the end of the Mass that the Bride and Groom will greet guests in the hotel, not outside the church, as it’s cold.
Also, I have seen Mass without Holy Communion in the last few months. This change in the ceremony saves approximately 20/30 minutes, and many priests are OK with that.
With a Winter Wedding, every minute saved is essential :)

This could cut the time at the church by 30- 50 minutes and give you more time with family and friends, or you can use this saved time to take daylight/sunset photos.

I did a small test for sunset photographs and winter timing a few weeks ago in Ballymagarvey Village:

Imagine this timeline: If your wedding ceremony was at 3 p.m. in Ballymagarvey Village, but the Bride was a bit late as guests were still arriving, the ceremony would start at 3.20 p.m. The ceremony would take 45 minutes, and then there would be a greeting line after the ceremony. 

We would be lucky to start taking your wedding photos by 4.30 pm. Your winter wedding photographs would be taken in pure darkness.

TOP TIP: Winter Wedding at Ballymagarvey when the ceremony is at 3 pm on site, please plan first look then at, for example 1.30 pm 

In this case, by dropping the greeting line, you can take some stunning sunset photos in the back of Ballymagarvey Village!!!

Irish Wedding Venues Ballymagarvey Village

Be sure to have the family photos taken SUPER fast. It’s a cold day so keep the list of photos needed as short as possible so that you will not subject your family to getting cold while they wait for everyone :) Also, your family are much more likely to scatter off as they will not want to stay outside getting cold!

See more details there:

Family photos on Your Wedding Day

For a winter wedding, I always advise avoiding any visits between the church and the hotel (pubs and landmarks, for example) as the day is very short.

I love winter weddings, and I’m always very busy shooting winter weddings, but I wanted to take this opportunity to share some small tips based on my experience :)

Enjoy your planning, and see you soon!

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