When talking about ‘the wedding season,’ people don’t tend to think of the colder months. However, for many of us, winter is definitely the most magical time of the year. The catchy jingles, twinkling lights, and snowy nights set the mood for romance — and there’s no shortage of brides wanting to tie the knot during this time. If you’re looking to mix some holiday spirit into your nuptials, or simply love the bleak beauty of a snowy December day, having your wedding during the winter is a sure way to heat things up during this chilly season.
To ensure a flawless celebration, we’ve gathered 12 Christmas Wedding Ideas that your guests will love and will talk about for many more Christmases to come.
1. O Christmas Tree
J Morgan Flowers recommends bringing out the holiday cheer by welcoming guests at the reception with a Christmas tree dressed in your wedding color palette.
2. Mistletoe and Wine
Keep guests warm by offering a nice variety of wines. You could even provide some delicious, piping-hot mulled wine, a popular beverage amongst Europeans this time of year to shake off that winter chill.
Alcohol can be one of the biggest expenses on your wedding budget checklist, so a great money saving tip is to serve alcohol in hand-crafted, wooden boxes with french curved-feet instead of buying bottles.
3. Dreaming of a White Christmas
Jamie O’Donnell recommends adding some white feather lights to your decor, which creates a fluffy snowball effect and gives your event a gorgeous ambiance. You can hang them from the ceiling, or simply stack them on top of each other to make the illusion of an adorable snowman.
4. Baby It’s Cold Outside
Make sure the cold is the least of your concerns on your special day. Accessorize your wedding gown by wearing a faux fur wrap or bolero to protect yourself from the chilly weather.
5. It’s Gonna be a Cold Christmas
To beat the cold, your bridesmaids can rock out in dark red dresses paired with cool leather jackets. The squad will look fiercely chic as they fulfill their bridesmaids’ duties during the ceremony.
6. Waltz of the Flowers
Make sure your floral bouquet matches the winter vibe by selecting the perfect color palette for the season. Stick to bright red poinsettias, combined with pearly white roses and pine leaves for a dazzling arrangement.
Have you picked your wedding flowers yet? Read our article on how to choose the perfect floral arrangements for your wedding.
7. Cold December Night
Keep your guests feeling warm and cozy by serving hot, seasonal drinks. Delicious caramel hot chocolate, trendy pumpkin spice lattes, or the old time classic eggnog are all great choices.
8. Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
For some rustic-inspired vibes, gather guests around an open bonfire. Everyone will love the warm and homely atmosphere while they roast marshmallows and make tasty s’mores by the fire.
9. Let It Snow
Plan a ‘First Look’ between you and your future spouse out in the snow-covered field. Your photos will capture the beauty of the season in a true, winter wonderland fashion.
10. Silver and Gold
Add touches of glittery gold to your wedding-cake frosting for an ethereal look. Top your cake with fresh flowers of your choice, and scatter about a few pine cones for a gorgeous display.
11. Underneath the Tree
Wreaths are the way to go for your Christmas wedding decor. You can use them as beautiful backdrops for the ceremony, reception, or even photobooths. Go for a simple green wreath, or include more holiday-inspired add-ons like ribbons, berries, and acorns for a more festive arrangement.
12. Hangin’ ‘Round the Mistletoe
Nothing sets a romantic mood quite like mistletoe — so spread the love and hang little sprigs around the most picturesque areas of your reception. Who knows, maybe your wedding will create some new love stories as well.
Do you have any other Christmas wedding ideas that we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments — we would love to hear from you! Or if you’re still in the process of wedding planning, why not check out our article on 12 Ways to Make Sure Your Wedding Guests Have a Blast for more inspiration?