Wedding Planning

Planning a Christmas Wedding

‘Tis the season for a Christmas themed wedding, if you’re planning on getting married in December. Your wedding can be blessed with the holiday spirit, and guests can go home with visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads.

To plan the perfect Christmas themed wedding, start with the basics, your color scheme. Of course, we immediately think of red and green. If you do choose this color pattern, consider rich tones rather than primary colors. Incorporate crimson and evergreen instead of cherry red and Kelly green for a classy look. Bridesmaids may wear magenta dresses with ivory ribbons in their hair. But it’s not necessary to stick to red and green; consider palettes such as navy and silver; or violet and rich browns.

Christmas wedding themes can be easily incorporated into your Christmas themed wedding invitations. Craft stores carry many items that you can add to spruce up handmade invitations. Look for decorations in the form of snowmen, wrapped presents, Santas, mistletoe, stockings, snowflakes, icicles, reindeer, sleighs and Christmas trees. Also, you can find great Christmas clip art on the web that will help decorate your wedding stationery.

Consider using ivy, mistletoe and garlands instead of a lot of fresh flowers for your Christmas themed wedding. You might even use dried flower bouquets or cornucopias as centerpieces at the reception. Or, place potted poinsettias throughout the ceremony and reception.

When you think about Christmas wedding ideas for your Christmas themed wedding, consider having a Christmas tree at your reception, decorated in your wedding colors. You could hang ornaments on the tree to give to guests as favors; if you have a smaller guest list, consider personalizing each ornament with your guest’s name and ask them to find their ornament on the tree.

You’ll want to have strands of Christmas lights (preferably white; colored might begin to look tacky) at your reception. Drape them over doorways, staircases, food service tables, the wedding cake table, and just about any place that needs a little mood light. Glittering snowflake ornaments could be hung from the ceiling and are just the start to Christmas wedding ideas that will make your event special.

For a Christmas themed wedding dinner, it’s best to stick with traditional holiday elements: turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauces, sliced ham, etc. This will truly put guests in the holiday spirit. For dessert, place a variety of Christmas cookies on the table with the wedding cake. For a cake-topper, you might want to use a star, sleigh or bells.

If possible, the bride and groom may choose to arrive at the reception by horse-drawn carriage or sleigh. If budget allows, the sleigh could even be used to offer guests short rides during the reception. One of your Christmas wedding ideas might include having your sleigh driver dressed as Santa.

If you have an outdoor area at your disposal, a warm bonfire stocked with the essentials for Smores would be a great place for children to warm up while adults are socializing. You also may want to have a roaring fire throughout the night in the fireplace, if one is accessible. For music, mix Christmas carols (classic and contemporary) with other favorites. You also could arrange a Christmas music sing-a-long, or have carolers stop by at each table. This would be a great activity to get the children involved in the wedding.

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