5 Tips for Winter Weddings in Jackson Hole

The Tetons in winter | Jamye Chrisman | Jackson Hole Wedding Photographer

Winter weddings in Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park are unbelievably magical! From gorgeous winter light to stunning snowy peaks, Jackson in the winter is a truly special place. Winter weddings in Wyoming do come with a few extra challenges, however – snow, wind, cold temperatures, and unpredictable forecasts. Here are 5 of my top winter wedding tips to make sure your wedding planning and day-of are as fun and smooth as possible! 

Winter Wedding Tip #1:  Flexibility

A snowy winter wedding at Moose Creek Ranch | Jamye Chrisman | Wyoming Wedding Photographer

Be flexible – the weather can do anything.  It can snow lightly, blizzard, or it can be a beautiful bluebird day. I do my best to get outside photos if you want. I’ll find protected areas if needed to be out of the wind and still get the winter photos. Embrace the weather and we will get some gorgeous snowy photos!

Tip #2: Be Prepared for Cold Temperatures

Be prepared to be cold! Winter temperatures in Jackson can range from negative temperatures to single digits to right around freezing. Wear tights and boots under your dress if you plan to get any photos outside. Have a cute wrap or shawl for some photos if it’s just too cold for only the dress. Dress shoes for men tend to be really slippery and cold in the snow – I would highly recommend wearing different shoes/boots for any outside photos.

A leather jacket is a great way to add style to your winter wedding photoshoot!

Shawls, wraps, and winter boots, oh my!

Winter Ceremony Tip #3: If you want an outdoor ceremony do it!!! 

Just have your guests dress appropriately – they can always change boots and de-layer once they get inside. A hot cocoa bar/cider/hot toddies are great to have when guests arrive at the ceremony site so they can have something warm in their hands. Hand warmers and blankets are nice to have available too. A firepit can be a nice touch! Have fun! 

Blankets for winter wedding guests at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort | Jamye Chrisman | Wyoming Wedding Photographer

Keeping guests warm with hot drinks, lots of layers, and blankets!

Fires are a great way to have your guests gather and warm up! L: Wedding Tree, Jackson Hole. R: Four Seasons, Teton Village

Tip #4 for Winter Weddings in Jackson Hole: Be open to snowshoes 

Depending on where you are having your ceremony or taking photos, snowshoes might be the best (and only) way to get there in the winter. Later in the season, the snow banks around Jackson Hole are pretty big – snowshoes are a nice way to get over them easily and not have the snowbanks in the photos. I do have some well-traveled locations that I love where snowshoes are not required, too.

A bride walks over a snowbank during her winter wedding photoshoot in the Tetons | Jamye Chrisman | Jackson Hole Wedding Photographer

Snowbanks build up quickly here in Jackson!

Snowshoes can be a fun part of your ceremony and wedding photos!

A couple snowshoeing to the Wedding Tree in Jackson Hole | Jamye Chrisman | Jackson Hole Wedding Photographer

Winter Wedding Tip #5: Add color to your winter wedding with bright florals!

I LOVE a pop of color in the bouquets. There is so much white and green in the winter that flowers are a really nice way to add some color. 

A winter bridal bouquet with pops of red | Jamye Chrisman | Wedding Photographer

And finally, it gets dark early here in the winter.

Make sure you check the sunset time when planning your day. You might need to do an early ceremony or photos beforehand to have enough daylight for photos. I’m always happy to help with the best timing for photos and lighting!

Early dusk during a winter wedding ceremony at Rendezvous Lodge Jackson Hole Mountain Resort | Jamye Chrisman | Wyoming Wedding Photographer

Early evening dusk at the Rendezvous Lodge | Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Winter weddings in Jackson are magical and oh-so-romantic. If you love the winter and have dreamt of a winter wedding, Jackson Hole is the perfect place! 

Questions about winter wedding photography in Jackson Hole? Reach out any time – I would love to chat through options with you!

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