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Christmas Wedding Ideas

I have to admit this is one of my favourite times of the year, who doesn’t love Christmas, right? Ok, so maybe the Grinch and Ebenezer Scrooge don’t exactly love it, but hey most people do!  How can you not?!  And what a better time of year to get married? to be able to incorporate this magical time of year into your dream wedding day.  There are so many ways you could do this, here are just a few of my ideas on how to do it.

Firstly, just a bit of advice, when having a Christmas wedding It is a good idea to send out your Save the Dates as soon as possible.  Christmas time is probably one of those times of year most of us have already made plans, and have made them early, whether that’s spending time with family or friends or going away. 

For your Save the Dates you could make some Christmas baubles, or get some personalised Christmas decorations.  Why not send Christmas cards as your invitations, what better way to get your guests feeling all festive about your big day?

The traditional colours for Christmas are usually red, green and gold.  These are beautiful colours, and they do go well together, and they would certainly make you think of Christmas, but you could also consider crisp whites and icy blues or really deep reds and rich purples.

Your venue plays a big part in your wedding, it sets the scene and theme for your day, so you must have a fitting venue for your Christmas wedding, it has to be magical and inviting – somewhere that if it snowed, (which it could, fingers crossed!) it would be straight from a Christmas card, and just think of those wedding photos. 

You should try and speak to your venue early to see if you can match the décor on their tree to your colour scheme, this will make your day feel more personal.  If there is a fireplace, why not hang a gorgeous garland over the mantle and adorn it with stockings, if it is a real fire then you have to make sure it is lit on your big day, nothing screams Christmas like a roaring log fire.

If you’re like me Christmas is not Christmas unless you have a tin of Quality Street or Roses, so why not scatter a few tins around your venue for your guests to nibble on?!  hang mistletoe – pick the places well, as they will make fantastic kissing photo opportunities for all your guests and you two of course!

To get your guests feeling Christmassy and romantic why not get some quotes from your favourite Christmas movies and write them up on a little blackboard and have them hung around the venue, maybe next to the Mistletoe to get them in the mood!

If you are inviting children then why not put some presents under the tree for them all, maybe go that one step further and get Santa to come and give them out, this could be done whilst the mums and dads are in the drink’s reception.  Why not see if there is a small room you can turn into a chill-out zone and play Christmas movies – like The Grinch, Elf, Frozen to name a few.  

Your bouquet, where do you start, there are so many options.  You could include any of one of the following; Holly, Mistletoe, festive berries and pine cones these are all key elements to Christmas, be different, you could go with just baubles for your bouquet!!

Let’s not forget our Grooms, they need to have some festive fun with their buttonholes – they could have pine cones, small baubles, and snowflakes incorporated into them, you don’t always need to have a flower as a buttonhole, be different.

Now what to wear, do you want to look like Mrs Claus, that’s fine if you do it’s your day after all, or do you want something more classical?  There are so many absolutely stunning gowns available for winter weddings, incorporating long sleeves and high necklines.  You don’t want to get cold, especially when getting some amazing, possibly snowy, shots outside, so why not go for a dramatic cape or a fluffy bolero to keep you warm and really offset your gorgeous gown. 

Let’s not forget the gents, if it’s a UK wedding you can guarantee it is going to be cold, so why not wear a three-piece suit, not only will your man look very handsome, but he will also stay warm! A nice wool suit will keep Jack Frost from nipping at your toes! Navy’s, Greys and browns are all good winter colours, although you want to make sure it fits with your colour scheme and is not going to clash.  I know these colours are a bit drab for a wedding but it’s the accessories that count, your shirt, tie or cravat, maybe even a pocket square these can be the splash of colour.

In your ceremony, if you have Chivari chairs, then why not have sashes in your colours adorned with snowflakes.  If it is pews than hang Christmas baubles or pine cones off the ends with huge bows.  You could sing Christmas carols and have Christmas readings during the ceremony.  Then at your drinks reception, you could serve your guest pigs in blankets and mini mince pies with mulled wine.

Your table plan could be a giant advent calendar, you could think of some Christmas inspired names for your tables – Rudolph, Dancer, Prancer……

Ok, so you need to make your tables stand out and be full of the Christmas cheer, there are so many ways you can do this.  You could hang stockings along the top table, even maybe have them personalised, this way they have a memento from the day.  Your place cards could be pine cones spray painted in silver and sprinkled with glitter and a little card slipped into them.  A simple table centrepiece could be a fishbowl filled with glitter to make it look like a snow globe or large vases filled with baubles in your colours, you could have mini Christmas trees decorated in your colours, I could go on…… For your favours why not have homemade crackers or mini gingerbread men, you could wrap them up like mini Christmas presents or hot chocolate in jars, it is winter after all!

For your cake, you could have a traditional Christmas cake, it could be decorated with hundreds of snowflakes, or how about Christmas bauble cupcakes?

Why not have cinnamon or mulled wine or winter berries candles burning around the venue, if there is a no naked flame policy then use diffusers, this will really get your guests into the festive spirit.

For your evening reception why not make it like a Christmas market, you could have stalls around the venue with chestnuts roasting, pretzels and mulled wine. 

Well as you can see, I have many ideas on Christmas weddings, there are just so many, I could go on forever!  If you are planning a Christmas wedding, I’d love to hear about your ideas on our Instagram page @onyxweddings_events, look out for our Christmas posts and leave your comments.

Published on: 09 December 2018

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