As the popular holiday song goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”! And a wonderful time to have a wedding for many couples as well! There are quite a few inherent benefits to scheduling your wedding within the Christmas holiday season and so many simple and effortless ways to add a touch of the Christmas spirit to your wedding event. Let’s take a quick look at the perks of a Christmas wedding!
First, you might save some money by having a wedding during the weeks directly before and after Christmas. If you’re having your ceremony in a Christian church, the facility will already be decorated for the holiday. You’ll be able to save some money on your flowers and décor there. Also, some venues offer discounts for booking during the winter season. Find out if that includes the month of December (probably not) or the first weeks of January (probably, yes!).
You’ll most likely be able to save money on décor in other areas as well. Many venues (particularly hotels, restaurants and clubs) might already have holiday decorations displayed, such as garlands, wreaths and white string lights inside and out. Not only will you save money with these decorations already in place, but they will also add another level of interest and beauty, especially to evening photos and video.
In addition to the possible benefit of some cost savings, a Christmas themed wedding is also very easy to accomplish. There are lots of readily available glittery decorations and accessories that convey that holiday cheer for a Christmas or winter themed wedding. And one of the easiest ways to accomplish a Christmas themed wedding is simply with your flowers. Bouquets and centerpieces can be filled with pine cones, holly & berries, poinsettias or other bright red florals. Bouquets look especially festive accented with ilex or pepper berry, cedar boughs or dusty miller and gathered with red, green or plaid ribbon.
Brides can add a holiday touch to their attire in more abstract ways. A white ruffled wedding gown suggests fluffy white snow. Consider accessorizing your wedding dress with a ribbon sash, especially one adorned with sparkling crystals or a bow. Or add a red accessory such as shoes, a hair clip or jewelry.
Grooms and groomsmen can sport a boutonniere of holly & berries and/or wear red, green or plaid accents such as in their vest, socks or bow tie. And bridesmaids’ dresses in red, black, hunter or emerald green or midnight or navy blue are perfect for accentuating your Christmas or winter wonderland theme.
And again, Christmas décor ideas are really almost limitless. Suggestions include plaid accessories, glistening snowflakes, hurricane vases filled with clear marbles, silver or gold glitter on candles and berries on branches in tall centerpieces. Another favorite, easy DIY project is to spread Mod Podge on large pillar candles, mason jars or on plain candle jars and roll them in Epsom salt for instant sparkling, snowy candles!
Decorate mantels and tables with evergreen garlands or boughs. Incorporate large bows and add white lights strung around doorways, columns and ceiling beams at your reception venue. And nothing expresses the Christmas holiday theme more than a lit Christmas tree. So liven up all the dark corners with beautiful ones all decked out for the occasion!
Need more inspiration? Check out Meghan and Brad’s Christmas wedding, Katie and John’s holiday wedding highlight, Dorothy and Ken’s New Year’s Eve wedding, Jessica and Brian’s December wedding event and Julia and Andrew’s Christmas-time wedding!
December 12th, 2016
by Kristi Chapman
in Tips & Ideas