If your wedding day falls in December, why not make the most of the holiday season and transform it into a Christmas-themed wedding, full of festive fancy?
Here are eight tips to add a Yuletide twist to your wedding day.
1 Christmas colors
Whatever time of the year you get married, the flowers form a major part of your wedding decoration. In the winter months, wedding florist vendors can make beautiful arrangements with the traditional Christmas colors of forest green, snow white, and berry red. Frosty blues and silvers can also be added to centerpieces and floral arrangements to add some contrast.
2 The holly and the ivy
Of course, bouquets and buttonholes aren’t the only greenery you’ll want for a wintry wedding. Woodland arrangements of holly, mistletoe, pinecones, and ivy can give your big day the feel of a fairytale Christmas forest. Most wedding florist vendors love a challenge. Speak to them, and see what they can come up with.
3 Special delivery
Employ the festive theme from the very beginning by sending out Christmas cards as your wedding invitations. It’s a lovely surprise for your guests when their first Christmas card of the season is an invitation to your big day.
4 Santa’s little helpers
Page boys and flower girls look cute as buttons at the best of times. At your winter wedding, why not go a step further and dress them up like elves from Santa’s workshop? Candy cane stripes on their leggings, tinkling jingle bells on the ends of their pointy elf shoes, and floppy green hats will have every heart melting.
5 Hire a choir
One of the best things about Christmas is the carols. Whether your wedding takes place in a church, or somewhere more secular, a symphony of Christmas classics always sounds right at this time of year. Local choirs are always in fine voice during December, having been practicing for months, but be sure to hire them early because they get booked up fast.
6 Eat, drink and be merry
Tailor your menu to match your festive theme. Instead of serving the traditional champagne and canapés at the reception, why not offer your guests a steaming glass of mulled wine and miniature mince pies? And for your wedding meal, what better choice than a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings?
7 Dressing the tree
Make sure your wedding venue has a Christmas tree. Having a Christmas wedding without one is hard! If they’re amenable to it, ask if you can dress the tree to match the colors of your wedding. You can hang personalized baubles with the date of your wedding on them as mementos for your guests to take home. You can even wrap up wedding favors as presents and place them under the tree.
8 Don’t forget the big guy
What is Christmas without the man himself, Santa Claus? Hiring a Santa to be at your wedding reception is a sure-fire way to make it a day that everybody will remember, especially if he’s able to perform some sort of role in the day – perhaps the Master of Ceremonies.
There you have it: eight simple ways to make your Christmas wedding sparkle.