By Louise Baltruschat Hollis
Photos by Adrianna Piorun Photography
Congratulations on planning a Christmas wedding! Christmas has to be one of the most romantic times of the year, so what better time to get married?
However, I know what you are thinking. How can I plan a classy, chic festive style wedding without it becoming tacky and themed? Well, I am here to the rescue with my top Christmas wedding ideas to create a cosy and memory-filled festive day.
Plus I will share my top Christmas wedding planning tips to ensure it all goes without a hitch.
Start the day off with a bang. Tantalise your guests before the event gets underway with your Christmas wedding invitations!
But your wedding stationery doesn’t stop there. Consider your on-the-day stationery too to enhance all the festive feels.
Just because it’s Christmas, doesn’t mean you need to go for classic red and green. Soft neutrals can look really chis, especially with your pretty paper.
Calligraphy script edged with gold leaf for a luxe wedding place name look.
Monochrome paper looks stylish, always. Especially teamed with metallics and tassels for Christmas.
Christmas usually officially begins with the first advent calendar window is opened. So perhaps an advent calender wedding table plan is the best invention ever?!
Emerald greens and gold teamed with stars is a beautifully Christmas style without the cheese.
Tartan is a fantastic print for Christmas, and used well can create a gorgeous festive style.
Sometimes you can add a little Christmas without going all in. This subtle night sky galaxy stationery is perfect for wintery weddings.
Use wreath hoops to craft a stylish DIY table plan that’s not over the top. For extra Christmas style, add more foliage!
A simple flourish of holly and a dashing of festoon lights takes this invitation to a festive wonderland.
You don’t have to use decor alone to create a Christmas wedding. Choosing festive table names is a great way to inject your theme with festive fun. Here are some ideas:
Here are some festive tunes for your ceremony right through to the last dance:
And some Christmas-feel ceremony readings:
Chalkboards are always a wedding favourite and they suit a Christmas wedding beautifully especially draped in ivy.
Treat and delight guests to special festive wedding favours! Stocking-fillers are perfect as favours, you don’t need to spend a fortune either.
A simple candy cane is not only the perfect sweet treat but is an understated Christmas treat.
Make or build your own Christmas crackers! Not only will the gift inside go down a storm, but they are a really interactive table idea. With games inside, fun hats and a joke, it could just be the perfect wedding game idea.
Spruce is traditional festive foliage that will certainly look the part on your place settings. Pair with wood for a chic Scandi style.
Who doesn’t love a bauble? Create personalised baubles to use as favours and guests will remember your day every year when they decorate their tree.
Is it even Christmas without gingerbread?! Make mini gingerbread treats for guests to enjoy in the evening.
Make stockings or Christmas sacks. If this is too much for your favours, they’d make great wrapping for gifts to your wedding party (or each other!).
Treat the little ones at your wedding to Christmas chocolates and milk of course!
Instead of a bauble, how about gifting guests a simple decoration to place in their home?
Hot chocolate jars are a great favour to DIY. Layer ingredients into glass jars for a visual and warming treat when they get home.
So you now have your stationery, music, readings and favours sorted. But what about the all-important Christmas wedding decorations?
When it comes to decor, you can keep things incredibly simple and relaxed. Plus keeping decor low-key will keep costs down (don’t ever feel like you have to spend a fortune on your day!). But, you can also go all-out with your wedding decorations.
Elements such as paper, flowers, candles, fabrics, lighting and even wedding backdrops can make a real statement. Let’s check out the festive decor inspo shall we?
There’s something so Christmassy about stars. Foldable paper stars are a perfect hanging decoration and are inexpensive. Some allow lights to be placed inside for a glow come evening too.
Host your wedding day at a Christmas Tree farm and let the pine trees do the talking. Add red and greens for a very traditional Christmas style.
Greenery garlands make for the perfect Christmas table. Add natural elements such as pine cones and team with lit candles.
Don’t stop at the tables, bring the greenery to the ceiling of your reception too.
Micro fairy lights added to Christmas wedding centrepieces will look ethereal and pretty.
Think about wrapping your wedding gifts to your wedding party beneath for an authentic look.
Add cute Christmas sayings and quotes to chalkboards and dot them around your venue.
You can easily pick up dried clementine slices, or dry your own as a scented place setting addition.
Midnight blue and gold make for the perfect festive colours that don’t shout Christmas from the rooftops.
Add a wedding day scent with cinnamon sticks. Pop in flowers, in your stationery or on tables for a festive aroma.
Bring the night sky in, with a clear span marquee reception. All the cosy feels whilst keeping toasty warm.
Instead of flowers, seeing as it gets dark early in December. Why not make use of the low light by adding candles to your aisle?
Provide a cosy outdoor den for guests who want a touch of fresh air. Construct a naked tipi and adorn with fairy lights.
Take inspiration from the Three Kings with rich, jewel colours on your wedding tables.
Moss is a beautiful way to add vibrant green to your wedding decor. Be sure to source from a sustainable supplier though.
Add sparkle with sequins to your wedding. You could add a sequin jacket to your dress or a simple table runner in sequin fabric.
Create a twinkling ceiling with suspended tea lights. The effect is sure to wow guests.
Photo: Kerry Diamond Photography via Woodland Boho Wedding
Take inspiration from snowy weather with an icy blue and white scheme.
Cocoon your entire wedding venue with a fairy light canopy for a glowing effect.
To protect against the winter chill, give out cosy blankets to your loved ones.
Bring all the magical vibes with fairy lights and candles.
When it comes to winter wedding flowers for a Christmas do, options can be limited due to the season. However, if you are creative and flexible, there are plenty of options.
Work together with your florist or flower supplier to save on the cost of wedding flowers. As well as find alternatives to flowers that may not be available in the winter months.
Mistletoe may just be the most romantic and Christmassy wedding flower ever! Perfect for hanging at the top of the aisle and at your top table.
Add Christmas wreaths to your decor, such as on the back of your chairs or suspended on the wall. How about making a giant one for a wedding photobooth backdrop?
Add ample foliage to your ceremony with a greenery hoop, pew ends and pedestal arrangements.
Find natural-looking Christmas decorations and embellish with fresh flowers and foliage.
Snowy white blooms look elegant and sophisticated at winter weddings.
Rich red flowers look sumptuous and add a dash of glam to a wedding.
Your wedding flowers don’t have to be fresh. Dried flowers are hugely popular at weddings with fluffy pampas grass looking great all year round.
Intersperse greenery with dusky pink tones for a warm bouquet style.
Pure white buttonhole flowers made from dried greenery, grass and seed heads look really elegant.
Add a touch of spruce to traditional wedding flowers for a festive feel.
More is more, especially at Christmas, so why not go for an extra large bouquet?
A colour pop of red berries is just perfect for a Christmas floral arrangement.
Tie up buttonholes and bouquets with festive ribbon.
Now we’ve taken a look at wedding day style, let’s see how you can infuse all the fun at your festive wedding!
Provide sleigh rides for the ultimate wedding day fun. Or create a sleigh for photos!
Surprise children and adults alike with a visit from Santa! Get Father Christmas to give our wedding favours, have a Christmas sing-a-long or pose for wedding photos.
Hire a snow machine for a touch of magic on the dance floor or during wedding drinks.
Ask guests to join in with a secret santa. Set a budget and a theme, then allow guests to swap presents on the day.
If there’s ever a time for glitter, it has to be at Christmas right?
Create an interactive experience for your guests by setting up an Elf On The Shelf challenge. Put an elf on each table and guests compete to create the most havoc.
Alternatively, create your own elf scenes and ask guests to find them throughout the day.
Swap your colourful wedding confetti for white petals or paper, for a snowfall-inspired confetti throw.
Other Christmas wedding game ideas that could prove fun:
Sparklers are always fun and make for a fantastic photo opportunity.
Put together a fantastically festive photo booth for guests to take snaps.
What better way to end the night than with majestic fireworks? Set to Christmas music for the ultimate night’s end.
Give the chance for guests to dress up with a festive dress code. How about:
Incorporate festive jingle bells with a fun ring for a kiss game. Each time someone rings the bell, the couple has to kiss!
We all know Christmas is almost all about food and drink. It goes without saying that festive cuisine is a must-have for a Christmas wedding.
Comforting cookies in glass jars! Be sure to serve with warm milk.
Instead of jars, present cookies on a wall!
If your wedding isn’t too close to Christmas day itself. Think about having Christmas turkey and all the trimmings!
Indulge in a chocolate fountain for the evening party.
Give out chocolate sitters to add pizazz to hot drinks after dinner.
Give our s’mores for marshmallow toasting around the fire after dark.
Ferrero Rocher, After Eights or perhaps Terry’s Chocolate Orange, are the classic Christmas choccie treat.
Heat up your drinks reception with mulled wine.
Desserts are made to be indulgent and profiteroles may just be the ticket!
Sweet or savoury pies are a great food option. Dish out minis for a cute Christmas canape.
Set up a hot chocolate bar for a warming treat post ceremony.
Following your wedding breakfast treats guest to a flaming Christmas pudding.
Can’t choose one pudding? Then give lots of treat options at your wedding.
Zhuzh up wine bottles with sweet Christmas hats.
Look for some Christmas cocktails for special drinks. Here are some ideas:
Serve warm mince pies with ice cream for the perfect wedding day dessert.
Gingerbread houses evoke the perfect Christmas nostalgia, look great and taste amazing.
Wedding cakes often make up the centrepiece of a wedding. They can be a real talking point, both for visuals and flavour. So of course, its a key part of a Christmas wedding day style!
First up, let’s take a look at Christmas wedding cake flavour ideas:
White and gold make for a stunning cake decoration combination.
Decorate a simple cake with spruce for instant Christmas vibes.
Create an ice effect with a glitter finish.
Cotton adds a touch of softness to a cake design.
For a natural Christmas style, have a cake that looks like a tree stump.
Have mini Christmas puddings made and pop them on a cupcake tower.
Roughly iced cakes look amazing decorated with simple flowers.
Pine cones and berries are the perfect accompaniment for a Christmas cake.
For a softer style, watercolour effects can look magical.
Feathers are a fabulous way to decorate a wedding cake.
Pop your cake on a log slice for a festive wedding cake stand idea.
Perhaps the best Christmas colour palette? Red, gold and gold look amazing.
Add a cute festive message on your cake with a chalkboard effect.
This geode effect cake looks perfectly festive.
We’re going to turn our thoughts to outfits now! Christmas wedding dresses and suits to be precise, with a little accessorising to boot.
Choose a wedding dress embroidered with stars.
Beaded gowns will add a touch of glam.
Not only is velvet warm and tactile but it looks so luxe!
Embellished wedding dresses look so sparkly and pretty.
Glitter fabric and veils make for the best festive outfits.
Use tartan for accessories or suits for a warm and cosy look.
Classic lace dresses with long sleeves are a timeless dress choice for brides.
Swap wedding shoes for long boots, ideal for cold weather!
Faux fur accessories are not only going to keep you warm but will look so elegant.
Keep warm and make a statement with beautiful tights.
Cosy coordinating socks make for a perfect gift to keep feet warm.
And so there we have it! You now have all the ideas you’ll ever need for your dream Christmas wedding. From food and drink to decor, favours, attire, cakes and games I have you covered!
Now its time to make note of your favourite ideas to incorporate into your theme! Hooray.
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