Winter Weddings in Israel: What you need to know

While many couples think that summer is the best time to get married, winter weddings are just as great. Check out Hatunot Blog's top reasons to go for a winter wedding in Israel.

Rainy wedding (photo credit: Liron Erel)
Rainy wedding
(photo credit: Liron Erel)
Mazal Tov! You're engaged and thinking of planning your wedding in beautiful Israel. With so many beautiful locations, wonderful wedding vendors and an indisputable energy, Israel's wedding scene is a great one. While many couples think that summer is the best time to get married here, we believe that winter weddings are just as great - if not even better. So if you are considering a winter wedding, here are Hatunot Blog's top reasons to go for it:

There is no actual winter in Israel
Even though temperatures do tend to drop from December to February, winters in Israel are mild with only a handful of rainy or stormy days. While Tel Aviv is known for its 300 days of sun, Jerusalem does experience more wintery days but we must say that Jerusalem is even more photogenic on cloudy days than on sunny ones. Speaking of photogenic, rainy days can be the most beautiful setting for wedding day photographs. Just so you know.

Israel has some great indoor wedding venues
While beach weddings are off limits during the winter, there are plenty of beautiful and romantic venues to say your "I Do's", some of them even offering beautiful beach views. Old Jaffa has a handful of indoor venues that are both authentic and beautiful such as Lauren's Gallery, Beit Andromeda and Bait Al Hayam. Other indoor venues we love are Villa Socca, Havat Allenby and Modern Restaurant in Jerusalem's Israel Museum.
Old Jaffa has a handful of indoor venues that are both authentic and beautiful ( Bait Al Hayam)Old Jaffa has a handful of indoor venues that are both authentic and beautiful ( Bait Al Hayam)
Old Jaffa has a handful of indoor venues that are both authentic and beautiful ( Bait Al Hayam)
Prices are lower in the winter
Since the winter is considered to be off season, prices in the wedding industry go drastically down - especially when booking your wedding venue. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the best of the Israeli wedding industry for lower prices and better value.

Beautiful wedding flowers
Ask any florist and they will tell you - the winter in Israel is the best time for flowers. With such an amazing abundance to choose from, planning your floral wedding decor will be much more fun not to mention the gorgeous fields of flowers that will await you for your wedding day photo shoot. When it comes to flowers, a winter wedding is totally a win-win situation.
Peony Bouquet - only in the winter (Mor Elnekave)Peony Bouquet - only in the winter (Mor Elnekave)
Peony Bouquet - only in the winter (Mor Elnekave)
More fun with hair and makeup
The Israeli summer takes its toll on bridal hair and makeup. Humidity levels are way up over the summer months and this often leaves brides with little options on their wedding day. The winter months however offer nice weather with zero humidity giving bride's plenty of flexibility in choosing their wedding day look without having to worry about the frizz effect.

Winter months offer nice weather with zero humidity (Ella Uzan)Winter months offer nice weather with zero humidity (Ella Uzan)
Winter months offer nice weather with zero humidity (Ella Uzan)
The best vendors are available for booking
During the summer months the best vendors in the industry are almost always fully booked. For those who are more last minute, chances are you will still be able to get that photographer you dreamed of and that floral designer even within a month's notice. Moreover, they won't be exhausted from doing three weddings a week and will be able to focus all their attention on your big day.

Lian Matias is the founder of Hatunot Blog, an English resource blog for planning a wedding in Israel. For more wedding inspiration and tips on planning an Israeli wedding visit the blog here: www.hatunotblog.com