Published on Mar 3, 2020
Christmas Wedding Ideas
A Christmas wedding you say, what a truly magical idea! Picture an open fireplace dancing with warmth, mulled wine and mince pies served straight to your lips, and Christmas carols echoing through the halls, all before sharing your vows and tying the knot. Sounds like something out of a fairytale, doesn’t it?
Combining the best elements of the winter season with your very own marriage ceremony, here are some jolly good Christmas wedding ideas we think you’ll adore.
Christmas Wedding Theming
When you envisage your wedding day you probably have some kind of theme in mind centred around a particular colour scheme, period in time or season. In this case, we’ve got two iconic Christmas wedding themes we think you should consider.
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Snow is falling all around you in Central Park. You can see the hustle and bustle of the city passing by. Yellow cabs pick up Christmas shoppers, holiday market stalls line the streets, festive decorations glisten in shop windows, the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Bring the magic of New York to your wedding and use all of these concepts in your own planning to create a truly captivating experience.
If your wedding day is a vision in white then you’ll have no problem incorporating a white Christmas winter wonderland theme. Drape the walkways, seats and tables in (fake) snow, and cover the ceilings with warm white LED lights to create an icicle effect. Line the aisles with elegant white trees that twinkle in the light, dangle snowflakes from the windows and fill the room with bouquets of white roses.
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Food, drinks and nibbles
As soon as anyone mentioned the C-word when we were young our faces would beam at the thought of Santa delivering us presents. Now, way past our twenties, it’s the thought of devouring a succulent Christmas roast with all of the trimmings, and the endless nibbles and delicacies that you just can’t contain your excitement for.
Cups of fruity mould wine and spiced` hot chocolate for all of your guests, mince pies and seasoned sausage roll canapes hand-delivered, and chestnuts roasting by an open fire. Sounding dreamy to you?
Festive alcoholic beverages
Don’t forget to stock the bar ready for the after-party. You’ve got your usual vodka and gin cocktails, champagne and prosecco, lagers and ciders to serve. But it’s Christmas time so you’ll need to throw in a few winter drinks for good measure; Bucks Fizz, good ol’ fashioned snowballs topped with a sweet cherry, a little cheeky port or sherry, or if you’re more into liquors a creamy orange chocolate Baileys or Tia Maria will seal the deal nicely.
Wedding Christmas Cakes
We recently published a blog called 25 Wedding Cake Ideas which you can use for cakey inspiration, just make sure you add your own Christmas twists! A touch of mistletoe, white or gold sugar powder, edible snowflakes are all subtle Christmas touches you can add to any wedding cake. If you have a sweet tooth then also look into making and decorating a gorgeous gingerbread house, and it wouldn’t be Christmas without mentioning the traditional Christmas pudding topped with whisky and cream.
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Christmas Dress Code
You’ve spent days upon days planning every detail you can think of for your big Christmas wedding so there’s no harm in requesting that your guests abide by a dress code for the ultimate wedding finesse. One idea is to ask the women to wear an item of red clothing (skirt, dress or shirt) and request the men to stick to a smart navy blue blazer and trousers. Or an even simpler idea is to hand out a decorative boutonnière for all of the men’s lapels, and elegant ribbons for the ladies to tie around their hair or wrists. These small coordinated details will really impress your family and friends.
Christmas Petting Zoo
Invite Rudolph and his friends to your wedding for a real sense of Christmas magic. A small friendly petting zoo where you can feed reindeers and antelopes the most delicious carrots, or big fluffy husky dogs will bring so many happy smiles to the children’s faces.
The happy couple are often taken away from their big day in a horse-drawn carriage. If you’re really looking for a unique winter wedding idea, hire a team of huskies or a couple of reindeers to dash you away in your very own Christmas sleigh.
For more Christmassy fun organise a huge Secret Santa for all of your guests to take part in. Set the budget low to five pounds, email or text everyone who they’re buying for and ask them to bring it along nicely wrapped on the big day. Even if all of the guests don’t know each other, it’s still a lovely gesture to send and receive a small gift. Make sure you select a volunteer to dress up in the big man’s robes to present all of the gifts for an authentic secret Santa experience.
Call in Saint Nicholas himself to hand out gifts to your nearest and dearest. The kids will absolutely love this Xmas idea. Set up a little Christmas grotto complete with tinsel, wreaths, baubles, lights and even one of Santa’s little helpers (or Buddy the Elf if you so wish). Small presents for the children from Santa will fill them with so much joy. He could even hand Christmas wedding favours to all of the adults too. Just make sure to hand him a naughty or nice list for a bit of added amusement!
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Christmas Photobooth / Photographer
You’re going to want to look back on your wedding day for years, so make sure you’ve got plenty of photos to smile upon. Depending on your budget, you could hire a photo booth or photographer with the specific role of taking group photos. Set up a Christmas backdrop, have a box of festive props including antlers, Santa hats that jingle and roast turkey hats that sing, bauble earrings, tinsel scarves, Rudolph’s bright red nose, and all of the other silly accessories that make you giggle.
Christmas Wedding Bouquets
Start by choosing your core makeup of colours; crimson reds, forest greens and dashes of snow-white. Combine mistletoe, winter berries and a couple of pinecones for an attractive and genuine Christmas bouquet.
Christmas Wedding Decorations
Fill your venue with tasteful seasonal decorations. Hang holly and ivy or snow dripped mistletoe wreaths from the pews. Luminate windows and dark spaces with candles and lanterns that flicker for hours. Tall fir Christmas trees adorned with delicate baubles, tinsel and lights, with beautifully wrapped presents lying underneath. If the budget allows, hire a snow machine to give everyone the white Christmas they’ve always wanted and deserve.
Christmas Songs and Carolers
Nobody wants to walk into a room of silence so have your wedding guests shuffle to their seats to your specially crafted Christmas playlist featuring hits from the likes of Elton John and Shakin’ Stevens. If you really want to liven up the atmosphere then hire a jolly band on Christmas carolers, or go that extra mile by hiring an angelic choir to sing your favourite wintertime hymns.