hosting a Christmas wedding with sparklers

Hosting a Christmas Wedding

beautiful wedding sendoff with a bride and groom
Photo credit: Lisa Schiller

With beautiful Christmas 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, santa claus, and Christmas tree — December really is the most wonderful time of the year with fall leaves. If you are hosting a Christmas wedding this fall 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

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!

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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 in a mason jar 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 a party favor. These elegant (yet hilarious) naughty or nice favors are sure to be a hit with weeding guests while personalized ornaments will help friends and family remember your wedding for years to come when they decorate their tree.

Christmas themed wedding favors

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.

Lighting Ideas for a Christmas Wedding

A. Enchanting Twinkle Lights for a Festive Atmosphere

Twinkle lights offer a magical and versatile option for a Christmas wedding:

Canopy of Starlight: Create a romantic ambiance by draping twinkle lights overhead, resembling a starlit sky.

Twinkling Backdrops: Design mesmerizing photo backdrops using twinkle lights for a touch of magic.

Illuminated Pathways: Guide guests along illuminated pathways lined with twinkling lights.

Wrapped Trees and Columns: Wrap outdoor trees and columns with twinkle lights for a winter wonderland effect.

B. Creative Lighting Ideas

In addition to twinkle lights, try these creative ideas for a festive ambiance:

Candlelit Elegance: Use candles in various sizes as centerpieces and tea lights for a warm glow.

Hanging Lanterns: Hang lanterns with candles or fairy lights from the ceiling for a whimsical touch.

Marquee Letters and Signs: Spell out festive phrases with illuminated signs for a playful element.

Projected Snowflakes or Stars: Use projectors to cast snowflakes or stars onto walls and ceilings.

Up-lighting in Holiday Hues: Bathe the venue in red, green, gold, or silver up-lighting for a seasonal touch.

Remember, strike the right balance between warmth and brightness to create a magical lighting experience. Use dimmer switches to adjust the intensity throughout the celebration, ensuring an unforgettable and cozy Christmas wedding.


Q: What are some popular Christmas wedding themes?

A: Some popular themes include Winter Wonderland, Rustic Christmas, and Elegant Holiday. However, you can get creative and incorporate your own unique ideas as well!

Q: Are there any potential downsides to hosting a Christmas wedding?

A: Depending on where you live, weather conditions could be a concern. You should also consider the fact that some guests may have other holiday obligations and may not be able to attend.

Q: What are some fun Christmas-themed wedding favors?

A: You could give out personalized ornaments, hot cocoa mixes, or small gift baskets filled with holiday treats.

Q: How early should I start planning my Christmas wedding?

A: It’s a good idea to start planning at least 12 months in advance, especially if you’re planning to get married during the holiday season.

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