Although the weather may be cold and snowy outside, December is a beautiful time of year to have a wedding. If you have always loved the thought of a winter wedding, you’ll be glad to hear that winter weddings are a very popular trend these days. There are so many creative Christmas wedding ideas that you may want to consider trying. From sending Christmas themed wedding invitations to leaving the wedding on a sleigh, these ideas will capture your interest. Let’s get started on planning the perfect Christmas wedding that you and your guests will never forget.
Sending the Invitations
Because your wedding will be a Christmas wedding, it makes sense that you would send out Christmas invitations. There are so many unique and creative ideas for sending out Christmas invitations. To begin, you’ll want to choose a pattern that looks Christmassy. Perhaps a blue card with snowflakes on it would look nice, or maybe a green wedding invitation card with red berries and garland designed on it. If you want, you can include some Christmas saying on it, but this isn’t necessary. Your guests will most likely understand that you are having a Christmas wedding when they take a look at the wedding invitation card.
Choosing a Venue for Your Wedding
For a Christmas wedding, it doesn’t matter too much where the wedding is located. Of course, it would be nice if it was somewhere where there was snow, but you can still have a Christmas wedding without snow. There are many beautiful winter wedding destinations to consider having your wedding at. Perhaps you’d like to have your wedding at The Homestead Preserve in Hot Springs, Virginia. It is the perfect place for a Christmas wedding, and it is very rustic looking.
If you are wanting to have a small Christmas wedding, consider having your wedding at the Handpicked Homes at Taos Valley in Taos, New Mexico. The Turpin Meadow Ranch in Moran, Wyoming is another great place for having a wedding. This destination features beautiful chalets and cabins, as well as beautiful horses and farm-to-table dining. This place is the best place to go if you want a small, country wedding.
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Decorating Your Christmas Wedding
Next, you’ll need to start decorating your Christmas wedding. There are so many Christmas wedding decorations ideas that you can use. One idea is to use pine boughs. Pine boughs are a fantastic way to decorate tables, doors, and the reception food table. You can wrap pine boughs around candles for a decorative centerpiece. Or you could hang the pine boughs onto doors and tie a red ribbon around it. Another idea for decorating a Christmas wedding is to use pine cones. Not only do pine cones make great table centerpieces, but they also are perfect as escort card holders. Simply stick the card inside the pine cone, and the escort card should stay in place.
When decorating your Christmas wedding, make sure you use the colors red, green, and white a lot. Other colors, such as gold and silver, will work as well. Red is the main color that you will be using for a Christmas wedding. Consider having the table runners be red, your bridesmaids’ dresses red and consider holding a bouquet of red flowers. We’ll take a look at some great winter wedding flower bouquets later in this article.
You may want to consider hanging winter wreaths on the doors of the place where you will be getting married. There are many other winter wreath design ideas besides the traditional pine bough wreaths. Consider what will work best for you. Holly is another great decoration to use at your Christmas wedding. There are so many ways you can use Christmas Holly. It could be used as a centerpiece, hung on doors, or used for decorating your wedding arch. At the altar, many people decide to hang a mistletoe. This isn’t necessary, but it would definitely be cute and romantic to have a mistletoe on display when you have your first kiss as a married couple.
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Should I Decorate with a Christmas Tree?
A rather new trend that many brides are doing is decorating their Christmas wedding with Christmas trees. If you think you would like a Christmas tree at your wedding, try to keep it simple. For example, don’t add too many lights and ornaments to the tree, as they could be a distraction at your wedding. The best route to go is to use a real tree and a few ornaments that all match each other. That said, some people have gone all out at their weddings and used ornaments of different colors. Some people have even used colorful trees, such as pink-colored trees. In conclusion, you can use any kind of trees and decorations you want. But it is best if you go simple so that it isn’t a distraction at your wedding.
Christmas Wedding Favors
The ideas for Christmas wedding favors are endless. Some people give out ornaments with the guests’ names written on them. Candles are another great idea. Consider giving out candles that have a Christmas scent. Jingle bells are another popular wedding favor. Simply tie a ribbon onto a small bell. Candy will also work as a Christmas wedding favor. Candy canes are a great wedding favor to give away. To make it even better, consider giving out a hot cocoa kit, which would include the hot cocoa packets, marshmallows, and candy.
What to Wear for Your Christmas Wedding
The last thing you want is you or your bridesmaids to be cold on your wedding day. Make sure you dress extra warm. Wear tights underneath your dress and consider going with a long-sleeved wedding dress. You may also want to wear a fur cape or sweater. Many brides wear fur jackets over their wedding dresses, especially when they go get their pictures taken outside. Make sure your bridesmaids are dressed warmly too.
Besides staying warm, you’ll also want to dress in Christmas colors. Consider having your bridesmaids wear red or golden-colored dresses. As for the bouquets, choose flowers that stand out. You may want to wear a flower crown that contains the colors red and green. As for your dress, choose something that stands out as a winter wedding dress. Sparkles are always nice, as they can look like snowflakes on your dress. For some beautiful Christmas dress options, check out this wedding dress store.
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Great Flowers to Choose
Now it is time to take a look at some flowers to consider using at your Christmas wedding. These flowers can be used as your flower bouquet, or you can use them as table centerpieces. Some of these winter wedding flowers can be used for other winter weddings and not just for Christmas weddings.
Winterberry is often used for home decor. However, it makes the perfect Christmas wedding flower bouquet as well. Its bright red berries make it stand out. This shrub would also make a great table centerpiece or could even be used in a wreath.
This next Christmas wedding flower option is beautiful and perfect for Christmas weddings. They are available all throughout fall and winter, even though most people consider them spring flowers. Keep in mind that this type of flower is expensive to buy. For a cheaper option, try using Lisianthus.
This is another popular flower. In season from October to April, the amaryllis is the perfect choice for any bride searching for winter season flowers for their wedding. Amaryllis come in shades of red, white, pink, purple, cream, yellow, orange, and coral. The best color for a Christmas wedding is red.
Most people think that tulips are only around in the spring, but the truth is that they bloom from November to May. Tulips come in a wide variety of colors and can be used to create many different styles of bouquets.
Star of Bethlehem
Can it get any more Christmassy than having a flower bouquet named after the star of Bethlehem? Also called Ornithogalum, this flower has the shape of a star, which is how it got its name. The star-shaped blooms are white and grow in clusters. Their size is on the smaller side, so they are often used to fill out bouquets.
Food and Drink Ideas
Once the ceremony is over, people will be ready for the wedding reception. Choose foods and drinks that are popular during the winter. Perhaps you could have a hot cocoa bar so that people can make their own hot chocolate. Eggnog is another great drink to serve. As for the food, try serving comfort foods such as soups, roasted vegetables, and anything else that is hot. And for the cake? Pour some cranberries over a naked cake with white frosting.
Leave the Wedding in a One-Horse Open Sleigh
What do you do when the wedding is over? Go ride away in a one-horse open sleigh, of course! Many brides have done this for their Christmas weddings instead of riding away in a car. Riding in a sleigh is definitely a great photo to get after you are married. Tie a sign on the back of the sleigh that says, “Just Married”. If you want, you can tie some garland onto the sides of the sleigh.
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Having a Christmas wedding is much easier than you think. When planning a Christmas wedding, you’ll want to use Christmas colors as much as possible. Some people even have a Christmas tree at their wedding. Make sure you don’t go overboard on the Christmas decorations. Too many Christmas decorations can be a distraction at your wedding. When the wedding is over, it may be fun and romantic to go on a sleigh ride with your new husband. I hope today’s article has helped you understand more about having a Christmas wedding.