Why do some people prefer to celebrate their wedding in winter? Residents of hot countries want exotic and winter tales in the wedding pictures. Romantics combine New Year or Valentine’s Day with a ceremony to dive into the atmosphere of holiday magic. Practical people choose the winter period for reasons of economy and lack of queues at the registry offices. And extremals say the vows right on the descent from the mountain slopes.

Whatever your reasons are, a winter wedding in Georgia means stunning magnificence of nature’s beauty and extraordinary impressions. Your ceremony will be wonderful if you take into account all the peculiarities of winter season in Georgia!

What are the weather conditions in Georgia during the winter period?

December in Georgia is the month with the biggest amount of rainfalls, so significant difficulties can arise with the road to the mountains. In Tbilisi, where snow is a rarity, during this period the weather is quite changeable and sudden rain can spoil you, not only your mood but also your wedding pictures. February and March are famous for their strong winds, which are difficult to hide from. And if you can escape from the rain under the roof of a cozy restaurant and warm yourself by the fireplace, the wind can thwart all your plans.

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January is the best month for a winter wedding in Georgia. Although this is the coldest period of the year, you can be sure that a sudden gusty wind will not ruin the bride’s hairstyle in a matter of seconds. The most reliable option for a winter wedding is Tbilisi. Even if the weather in the capital deteriorates, you can always go to  ancient Mtskheta, which is only half an hour from the city center. Often, when it rains in Tbilisi, the sun shines in Mtskheta and vice versa. A plan B like this can save your wedding photoshoot.

For couples who are not looking for easy ways and fully want to feel the snowy breath of winter, we can offer Europe’s highest mountains. If you have chosen Kazbegi as the place of your wedding ceremony, in order to get to your location, you will need cars that can overcome the snowdrifts. The journey will take from 3 to 6 hours, depending on the condition of the road. Even if you just decided to arrange a photoshoot on the edge of the snow-covered mountain cliffs, keep in mind that you need to spend the whole day for this. And in case of an avalanche, there is a chance that you and the whole team will even have to stay overnight in the mountains. Winter mountain roads are very unpredictable and often even dangerous.

Those who value reliability and stability can choose Borjomi. Roads there are not covered with snow, and the route goes through places where the probability of a dangerous avalanche tends to zero. Hotels and restaurants can welcome all the guests, and the snowy forests and mountains around will provide the necessary setting.

We recommend that you consider Georgia’s popular ski resort Gudauri only for a photoshoot. The peculiarity of the resort is that local venues are mainly intended for tourists who come there to conquer the snow-covered slopes and are not always equipped with truly comfortable conditions for celebrating special occasions. But if it’s only two of you, and you want to sign on the side of the mountain during skiing or snowboarding, there is no place better.

You also need to thoroughly think though your outfit. Winter wedding dresses look original and provide a space for imagination. You can go beyond the classical white: against the background of a winter landscape, any bright colors will make your wedding pictures look truly unique. Also, do not forget about warm coats. Relying on our experience, we can assure you that no matter how inspired you are, you won’t be able to stand the cold for more than half an hour without appropriate clothes.

How to choose a venue for a winter wedding in Georgia?

Tbilisi

As we mentioned earlier, Tbilisi is an ideal option for a wedding in winter. In winter, the restaurants of the capital are full of New Year’s lights and offer a variety of entertainment programs.

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Tiflis Veranda. Tiflis Veranda Restaurant is a classic-style restaurant. Suitable for couples who want to have a quiet wedding for two or four, taking into account the witnesses. The restaurant is famous for its unrivaled cuisine from the owner of the Michelin star, a chef from Istanbul, and a pastry chef from France. The program and design at the restaurant vary depending on the season. A stunning panoramic view of the whole city from the roof of the restaurant, decorated for the New Year, will allow you to feel the true spirit of Tbilisi and take unforgettable pictures.

Old Kopala. The cozy Hotel Old Kopala, whose restaurant is famous for its traditional Georgian cuisine. Suitable for a small and cozy wedding with a romantic dinner. Perfectly decorated for the New Year. The covered terrace offers a magical view of the very heart of the old city.

Marani. For a fun company of up to 10 people, Marani Restaurant is perfect. This is a favorite place for residents of Tbilisi and visitors to the city. You definitely won’t be bored there — in the evening the restaurant is filled with sounds of live music, which you can enjoy while having a delicious dinner.

Tsiskvili. The popular restaurant Tsiskvili, whose name means “mill” in Georgian, is the place where real Georgian culture lives. If you decide to celebrate the wedding with all your family and friends, then a separate hall of the Tsiskvili restaurant, which fits up to 30 people, is suitable for you. You will not need to plan a separate program and order a special menu, because everything is provided here: live music, traditional Georgian dances, home wine, steaming dishes from the oven — the atmosphere of a great holiday of soul and body will take you on an unforgettable journey into the world of Georgian feast.

Borjomi

For those who dream of a quiet family holiday, the world-famous Borjomi resort is a great option. The road, as we said earlier, will be easy and without unpleasant surprises. Here you can combine the solemn ceremony with a real rest for all your guests.

Rixos Borjomi Hotel. The Rixos Borjomi is a five-star modern style spa hotel. You can conduct the ceremony in a snowy park that surrounds the hotel. On the 6th floor of Rixos Borjomi, there is a magnificent restaurant where you in the intimate circle of your family and close friends can celebrate one of the most significant events in your life.

Crowne Plaza Borjomi. Hotel Crowne Plaza Borjomi is located in Borjomi Central Park. Here you can not only enjoy beautiful views of the winter park and the surrounding snow-covered forests, but also relax in the spa, mineral baths and pool. The ceremony can be held in the park: it will be filled with the aroma of pine needles, New Year’s magic and mountain freshness. After the ceremony, you can have a romantic dinner in the quiet and comfy Crowne Plaza Borjomi restaurant.

Golden Tulip Borjomi. Golden Tulip is located in one of the main historical buildings of Borjomi. The architecture of this hotel combines Persian, Georgian and European motifs. The facade is decorated with mirror mosaics and a variety of patterns. In the world there are only three buildings made in a similar style. The interior of the hotel resembles scenery for the plots of Arabian tales. If you decide to fill your wedding with oriental magic and unsurpassed quality of service, then you will not find a better option.

Borjomi-Bakuriani narrow gauge railway

Not so far from Borjomi there is a ski resort Bakuriani, where you can get by the famous narrow gauge railway. Gustave Eiffel, the author of the tower of the same name in Paris, took part in the design of the bridge for this unique road. He had a hand in the creation of the Tsagveri-Tsemi bridge on the Tsemistskali river, along which the train passes. Now everyone calls it –  the Eiffel Bridge. The road from one resort to another is very picturesque.

Bakuriani

The Bakuriani ski resort is equipped with comfortable and safe trails for children, so this is a great place to relax with the whole family. The gentle slopes are ideal for the younger generation and for beginning skiers. A large number of animators on the slope will not let the kids get bored while you are at the ceremony or photo shoot. The stunning beauty of the mountain peaks and evergreen spruce will create the necessary fabulous atmosphere, always calm weather and bright sun will only play into your hands.

Hotel Terrace 8 by Mgzavrebi. Spa-hotel Mgzavrebi is located at an altitude of more than 2000 meters above sea level, has direct access to the ski slopes and a terrace where you can hold an unusual ceremony. The background to your wedding can be an even row of snow-capped mountain peaks covered with snow and bright green coniferous firs. This is a relatively small hotel, so you can easily rent it for your entire wedding. This place is best suited for chamber celebrations for up to 40 people.

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Gudauri

Second ski resort Gudauri is ideal for lovers of outdoor activities, original ceremonies and unusual solutions. How about replacing a wedding dress with a ski suit? 🙂 For those brave souls, we can offer to sign all the documents during the descent from one of the slopes of Gudauri. This option is suitable for young and active couples who dream of celebrating a wedding in a fun and unusual way.

Wedding in winter is an original and bold decision. In the hands of the experienced team Ori Wedding, which will create an atmosphere of comfort and holiday for you, you will not need to be afraid of the frost. Just remember to grab a warm scarf 🙂