As the old Andy Williams song goes:
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,
There’ll be parties for hosting,
Marshmallows for toasting…”
If you’ve always loved Christmas, the family get-togethers, delicious food, seasonal drinks, decorated trees, carols then a Christmas wedding could be perfect for you.
Here are our tips for getting that Christmas wedding look down to perfection.
Think winter sparkle
Even if you don’t have snow on your wedding day, you can add a shimmering effect.
Candles placed inside lanterns arranged outside your venue will give a cosy glow as guests arrive. If your ceremony is in one place like a church then arrange for the lanterns to be moved to your reception afterwards so that they are in place for the party and festivities. In December it tends to be pretty dark by 4.30pm so lanterns will be practical as well as pretty.
Strings of lights arranged on bare tree branches alongside paths and by entrances will also add a welcoming touch and show the way.
As for your wedding dress, this is the time of year when crystals really come into their own, on your wedding veil, the bodice of your frock and on your shoes. You don’t have to have white or cream wedding shoes either you could go all out for sparkle with gold or silver. There’s always a place for metallic shoes in a well-thought out wardrobe.
Just because you’re marrying in deepest winter, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have beautiful flowers. Roses are perfect at any time of year. White roses would look spectacular, but if you want to add a splash of colour, then choose blooms in a deep red.
Your florist may also suggest using seasonal berries in your bouquet keep an open mind, you might be surprised at what is available to you.
As for your reception, well at this time of year you really can deck the halls with boughs of holly and mistletoe. And of course a Christmas wedding does need a traditional tree to set the scene. If you really want to make things festive, how about having a line of miniature Christmas trees in pots arranged along the entrance to your wedding reception, lit up with white fairy lights?
Christmas colour schemes
You have so many different options here. You could go for an all-white Christmas look. Or be traditional with deep reds, plums and forest greens.
If you want to be on trend and a little bit different, then teal green and gold makes a wonderful colour combination that is original and stylish.
Use your colour scheme on everything from your stationery through to your table settings. As for wedding favours, you could give each guest a bauble and for the children’s table you could give mini Christmas stockings with some little treats inside!
Smell is a key sense. Have some scented candles burning in entrance ways with spicy fragrances such as hints of cloves, cinnamon, eucalyptus and pine. If you have a real Christmas tree in your venue, then that will give a wonderfully seasonal aroma.
Eats and drinks
Christmas weddings call for delicious, warming dishes. Not a salad in sight! Serve your guests mulled wine on arrival, scented with cloves and cinnamon.
Everybody loves roasts so if you’re having a buffet, why not serve it carvery style and offer everybody Christmas turkey complete with all the trimmings?
If your wedding cake is a traditional fruit cake with white icing then it is basically a Christmas cake anyway! And you could offer mince pies along with tea and coffee after the speeches.
Gathering your Christmas wedding inspiration together
Think about all the aspects of Christmas you enjoy and start creating a mood board (Pinterest is perfect for this). Having your ideas all in one place will really crystallise your ideas and show you the routes you can go down.
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