Christmas wedding ideas – celebrating in festive style
Are you tying the knot over the festive season and looking for some great Christmas wedding ideas? If you are, a whole host of bright options open up for your wedding. Should you wish, you can throw the usual and traditional out of the window in favour of all things rich, opulent, warm and colourful. Obviously, you don’t have to do that, but it seems such a waste not to embrace the season with a little nudge towards the festive when making your winter wedding choices.
We’re suckers for all things romantic, and somehow, getting married at Christmas seems just about as romantic as it gets. Even more so than Valentine’s Day! The declaration of everlasting love between two people melting everyone’s heart on a cold winter’s day! Too much? Ok, that’s enough of that.
Slushy stuff – though not snow – (slightly) aside, Christmas provides a great opportunity to be bolder with your colour scheme, and quite original with your choice of table settings, decorations etc. From your dress and bouquet to the cake and centrepieces, the opportunity to bring Christmas to your wedding and make it even more memorable is an exciting prospect and one we think you should grab with both hands! As well as some fabulous examples on our Pinterest page, here are some ideas we have come up with:
Depending on how daring you are, you could, of course, opt for a deep red dress; but if that is going a bit too far, how about a deep red sash around the waist of an ivory or white dress, coupled with a pair of red heels? Alternatively, gold would be a fantastic festive splash of colour and would be a more subtle nod to the festive season.
For the groom, you will want to match the flowers in the buttonhole with the rest of your flower theme, of course, but how about a deep red or red patterned waistcoat under the suit, with a red silk handkerchief in the top pocket – you get the idea. The example here shows the groom wearing a white buttonhole, but with red ribbon binding the stem, for a more subtle look. We think that, against a grey suit, this look is very stylish look.
Rather than a veil, for a real winter look, you could wear a white fake fur stole. It is the perfect accessory for a cold, crisp winter’s days. Bridesmaids would look great in rich, plums, reds or gold dresses, and again, little fake fur shrugs. White fake fur muffs for younger bridesmaids can look adorable, as well as stopping them from shivering! If you are going to wear a fur wrap, or stole, then putting your hair up loosely with some flowers or jewelled clips, like in this example, is perfect. You don’t want anything too heavy going on as the fur is dramatic enough. You can get some amazing realistic fake furs these days, that are soft and sensual to wear.
To add some festive flair to your wedding flowers, you could obviously replace the usual urns and vases of flowers with Christmas trees or bare branches of varying sizes, decorated in the colour scheme you have chosen with lots and lots of little lights and even some christmas baubles – maybe even some with your names and wedding date on as a memento of your special day.
Table centrepiece decorations could be frosted berries, twigs sprayed in golds, silvers or reds, poinsettias, or even boxes wrapped in shiny Christmas gift wrap tied with bows or sprigs of mistletoe.
Bouquets and buttonholes in reds, golds, plums or greens are a fabulous choice for Christmas weddings. You could utilise nature’s finest seasonal offerings including winter berries, ivy and fir cones to add to the Christmas style. Take a look at some of our favourite examples of winter blooms to use in your bouquets and displays. Try binding hand tied bouquets with gold or red ribbon and jewel studded. Flower girls could scatter red or white rose petals and wear crowns of ivy and berries; although, depending on their ages, it might be wise to use fake rather than fresh berries!
Instead of wedding favours in little boxes or bags, you could have them in Christmas crackers, or wrapped like little christmas gifts – more work, of course, but fun for the festive season. A mini Christmas cracker containing a couple of special chocolates on each place setting would look fun and festive. Alternatively, a Christmas bauble with the bride and groom’s names and the wedding date, would be a lovely keepsake. Christmas bauble placeholders for the table, like these, are stunning on a Christmassy wedding table.
As for your cake, a great look for Christmas is to have a tiered cake with each tier decorated to look like a wrapped gift, with the “parcels” getting smaller as they build upwards. You could go for a subtle look, with the same colour theme, but different designs for each tier, like in this example. Alternatively, you could choose to have each tier decorated in different colours and designs, to make a real colourful statement of your cake. If you aren’t keen on that idea, any cake can be decorated with baubles, beads or seasonal flowers to make it look bright and festive. The use of ivy, poinsettias and red roses would make a stylish topper for a white iced Christmas wedding cake.
Wherever you choose to hold your wedding and reception, you can embrace Christmas. If you are having a church wedding, there is no place more festive. From decorated Christmas trees at the entrance and inside the church, to poinsettia flowers, ivy and berries as pew ends, Christmas will ring out. If you are having a civil ceremony at one of the many venues throughout the UK that cater for weddings, you can still make a real Christmassy statement. With a blank canvas to work with, you can create a winter wonderland, with the use of white and silver. Or, if you want to make it a more opulent affair, you could go for reds and jewel colours to make a rich and sumptuous Christmas setting. Obviously you will work with the venue to find out what they can provide and what they will allow. You could maybe look at photographs of previous weddings they have accommodated at the same time of year to see what works in the space you have.
To summarise, there are no rules with any wedding. What you choose is all down to you and your own unique and personal taste. You might want to arrive at the church on a reindeer drawn sleigh with you dad dressed as Santa, your bridesmaids dressed as Santa’s little helpers and the best man as an elf! If it is your ideal wedding, that is all that matters! However much you choose to embrace the Christmas theme for your wedding, it is still a magical time to tie the knot, so have a very Merry Christmas Wedding!