Hosting a Christmas Wedding

Photo credit: Lisa Schiller
Photo credit: Lisa Schiller

With beautiful decorations adorning homes, offices, and stores, magical twinkle lights brightening the longer nights, Christmas carols playing on pretty much every radio station, and an overall sense of holiday cheer in the air — December really is the most wonderful time of the year. If you are hosting a Christmas wedding this season, it’s time to harness the magic of the season to create an affair that your friends and family will not soon forget. Below we discuss some ideas for infusing holiday cheer into your December nuptials.

Make your invitations extra special with a holiday theme

Hosting a Christmas wedding gives you the chance to think outside of the box when it comes to your save the date cards and invitations. Instead of opting for traditional invitations, we suggest going all in on the holiday theme. This could mean adding some extra sparkle to your invitations, incorporating Christmas colors and patterns, or even adding a beautiful red wax seal to each invite. We also love the idea of displaying your invites on a mantle covered in seasonal greenery during your reception.

Greet guests with warm, holiday beverages

If you are hosting a Christmas wedding, chances are it is going to be chilly outside! Keep guests warm and toasty by welcoming them to your ceremony or reception with the season’s most beloved warm beverages. Some delicious warm drinks that are certain to keep your friends in good spirits no matter how frightful the weather may be included mulled wine, peppermint hot cocoa, or even just some classic hot tea and coffee!

Add fun, seasonal touches to your wedding attire

One easy way to add some Christmas spirit to your December wedding is to incorporate holiday touches into your attire, as well as that of your bridal party. Some ideas that we love include switching out more traditional shoes for a festive pair of green velvet heels, keeping your bridal party warm with faux fur muffs or capes, opting for flattering cranberry colored bridesmaids dresses, and sticking with seasonal flowers and colors for your groomsmen’s boutonnieres.

Go all out with Christmas decor

One of the best things about planning a wedding during the holiday season is the decor! Christmas trees, fresh greenery, glitter, and twinkle lights are not only perfect holiday decorations, they also create the backdrop for a dreamy and magical wedding reception. For table decor you cannot go wrong with beautiful table runners that incorporate fresh pine, sprigs of holly, red roses, and other seasonal florals. When it comes to centerpieces and floral displays embrace the season by sticking to seasonal blooms like amaryllis mixed in with greens and Christmas ilex. A few other fun Christmas wedding decor ideas include adding in these rustic reindeer, filling glass vases with ornaments, and of course adding twinkle lights wherever possible!

Send guests home with Christmas-themed wedding favors

Another perk of hosting a Christmas wedding is that it creates a ton of cute and affordable options for party favors. These elegant (yet hilarious) naughty or nice favors are sure to be a hit with guests while personalized ornaments will help friends and family remember your wedding for years to come when they decorate their tree.

Have an extra festive wedding send off

With the spirit of Christmas in the air, your December wedding send off is bound to be extra special. When it is time to make your grand wedding exit, make it a tad more festive by adorning your getaway car with a holiday wreath. As you leave, have guests bundle up and send you off in holiday style by ringing Christmas bells, lighting up wedding sparklers, or trying out some of these creative wedding send off ideas.