Christmas Wedding Ideas
By April Van Woerden
Posted on December 10 2014
Christmastime is nearing once more—and we can't help but dream of an Emerald & Rouge Christmas Wedding. If you've ever considered a holiday wedding, let us inspire you with these swoon-worthy Christmas wedding hints, tips, and ideas.
1. Keep the Christmassy decor to a minimum. Less is more with any themed wedding. Walking down the aisle holding a mini, decorated Christmas tree might sound like a good idea (and maybe it is!) but keep in mind that there are more subtle ways to achieve your themed wedding. A bouquet of bright white peonies accented with evergreen sprigs and bright red pepperberries will also remind all your guests that it is Christmas Day as you're walking down that aisle.
2. Incorporate Christmas music. Perhaps you don't want to dance the night away to a remix of Alvin and the Chipmunks 'Christmas Song'—but don't be afraid to season your event with a handful of Christmas tunes. We, for one, cannot imagine a scene more gorgeous than a bride walking down the aisle to a live rendition of 'Ave Maria' on the piano and cello.
3. Keep the bold Christmas colours to an accent. Again, less is more with any themed wedding. You can effectively season your wedding day with bright and bold reds and greens without covering every surface with Christmas themed decor.
Dress your bridesmaids in floor-length red velvet gowns. Keep your dress classic and white, while wearing emerald velvet bridal heels. Decorate your groom with an evergreen and pepperberry boutonniere and an emerald velvet bowtie (to match your shoes!). Wrap each of your flower girls in a red sash or adorn their heads with berry floral crowns. Simple, yet bold, accents will go a long way in achieving your wedding vision.
4. Use the floral design to your advantage. When decorating your venue and tables, choose flowers that are subtly-Christmassy to achieve your theme. By incorporating wintry types of flowers, such as evergreens, berries, dahlias, ranunculus, and juliet roses, your centrepieces will vibe Christmas without screaming it. Unless poinsettias are your favourite flower, there is no need to feel you must cover your venue in them in order to achieve that 'Christmas feel.' Likewise, a Christmas tree on every table might be overdoing it—but one or two grand, crisp, classic, all-in-white Christmas trees? Well, that sounds divine.
5. The place settings. Have fun with your place settings. Frame the plates with moss and pussy-willow or tie the menu and napkin in an emerald green bow. Choose one bold feature, while keeping the rest of the tablescape fairly simple—with classic crystal stemware, crisp ivory dinnerware, and antique-inspired silver flatware, all atop an ivory tablecloth landscape.
6. The food and drink. While you mustn't need incorporate candy canes and gingerbread men, do be sure to liven the festive feel with cranberries in your champagne and frosted berries on your cake. Get creative with your food and drink, especially with the garnishes!
7. Wedding favours to get in the spirit of giving. Wedding favours are a thoughtful, simple way to incorporate Christmas giving into your Christmas wedding. Whether burlap wrapped evergreen saplings, jingling bells to ring during the recessional, Christmas oranges at every place setting, or a non-Christmassy favour wrapped in holiday paper—your wedding favours are sure to please.
8. Start with the save-the-dates and invitations. Simple as that. When it's time to send out your wedding invites, make sure they gush with 'Christmas.' Let your guests know that your holiday wedding (possibly, Christmas day wedding!) will be the event of the season with this stunning emerald green invitation suite.
9. And while #9 is not a necessity, it is certainly a 'yes, please!'—make sure to plan your Christmas wedding somewhere where the landscape is guaranteed to be covered in lush, crisp winter white snow.
For more winter wedding inspiration, check out our 'Winter Weddings' Pinterest board!