It’s become pretty standard to think of summer, or even spring or fall, when it comes to having a wedding. Summer is often dubbed “wedding season,” after all. But there are four seasons, and there's one doesn’t get enough attention when considering when to have a wedding: winter. For those that want to hold their special day in this chilly season – and even showcase some of our state’s most endearing qualities – there are wonderful winter wedding venues available here in Minnesota.
Hazeltine National Golf Club is one option to consider for an elegant winter wedding. There’s plenty to love about its Minneapolis-area wedding venue. The area provides breath-taking views of the snow-covered, world-renowned golf course and Lake Hazeltine. Sure, it might look a little different in the winter than summer, but some freshly-fallen snow make the view just as beautiful. Hazeltine has an elegant ballroom that can accommodate more than 400 guests, plus there are culinary artisans to prepare the wedding meal and experienced wedding planners available to help plan everything down to the minor details.
Winter weddings have benefits
So, what are the perks of a winter wedding? A lot of things, actually:
Minnesota winters can be long and send folks into somewhat of a hibernation mode, so a winter wedding is an event to look forward to for friends and family – something that will break up the long, cold days.
There’s always a lot going on during summer, a season that feels like it passes in the blink of an eye with all the activity. On the flip side of the summer weather for weddings, winter chill is not a bad thing: no bugs, humidity or overheating guests! Still, you should have plans in place to accommodate the weather conditions, depending on your winter wedding venue. For example, heated entryways or valet parking so guests don’t have to be overexposed to bad weather, and a coat check is a good idea, too.
When it comes to planning, most venues have better availability during the less-busy winter season.
The same goes for the various wedding vendors couples want to use for their day. Some of the prices might also be much better during the winter, when vendors are looking and happy to take your business.
Your guests might also have a better chance of attending if you choose a winter date, too. Think about it: young couples might get invited to multiple weddings in one given summer, and some of those could fall on the same day. But a winter wedding should fall in a less-busy schedule for many folks, especially if it’s after the holidays.
Think of the beauty
Wedding photos with gorgeous green grass are a lovely touch (particularly at our golf club), but think of how beautiful those photos would be with freshly fallen snow as a backdrop. Minnesota really is a winter wonderland – and a real change for out of town guests who may not be familiar with the beauty that goes along with our wind chills. If you want to stand out, a winter wedding is definitely something to consider.
Hazeltine National Golf Club is a private golf club located in Chaska, Minn., about 30 minutes southwest of downtown Minneapolis. The club opened in 1962 with a mission to build and maintain a golf course suitable for the conduct of national championships. Hazeltine is one of only two courses in the United States to have hosted the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Amateur, and Ryder Cup. Hazeltine’s meeting and event space, golf shop and specified services in the learning center are open to the public. More information about becoming a member at Hazeltine is available at www.hazeltinenational.com.