Countdown to the perfect Christmas wedding
Getting married at Christmas can be sensational. All those rich colours, aromatic scents and cosy textures to indulge in. A wedding can be a great excuse to prolong the festive entertainments and bring family together to warm up the chilly winter weather. Make sure, however, that you get the invitations out as early as possible, as people tend to get booked up quickly at this time of year and may need additional time to work out the logistics (and budget) associated with attending your special day. Here are some more ideas to get the yuletide ball rolling.
While reds, greens and golds are all traditionally festive colours that can look stunning on a wedding day, there are all kinds of other colour combinations that can work just as well. You could channel your inner ice princess with piercing blues and silvers, or opt for opulent plums and aubergines that will look great set against the low lighting of a crisp winter’s afternoon. Don’t forget that your wedding venues will doubtless have their own Christmas decorations up for you to take inspiration from too – find out what their proposed colour schemes are going to be and work out how to turn them to your own advantage.
A Christmas wedding opens up the options for wedding fabrics and styles far more than a summer one. Dresses can incorporate longer sleeves, heavier materials, longer trains and cosy wraps to evoke a cosy feel. Bridesmaids would look adorable with accessorising feather, maribou or synthetic fur gloves and shawls. Jewellery can also add massively to the overall effect of a Christmas wedding, with silver tiaras, necklaces, earrings, tie pins and bracelets adding festive sparkle for very little effort. Or go for a splash of colour with bold rubies, emeralds and jades.
Again, having the Christmas theme laid on for you will really help inspire ideas for your wedding decorations. Flowers can be bold and beautiful and you can add beautiful festive touches to them, such as holly or fir wreaths on the doors, gold-sprayed cones and seed heads on the wedding reception tables and swags of mistletoe and ivy draped along fireplaces, across the backs of seats and down the bannisters. Tiny springs of holly make stunning buttonholes for the men and the bridal bouquet can include all kinds of festive foliage. For an informal, fun feel, hang baubles and Christmas tree decorations all around your wedding venue – if you have children or indeed sweet-toothed guests of any age, add a few candy canes too, to provide a delicious treat halfway through the day.
Another key decision is what food and drink to serve at your wedding breakfast and how festive to make it. Will you opt for traditional Christmas fare, such as turkey or goose, or will you choose something different to avoid a festive overload for your guests’ taste buds? The decision is yours to make, however, you can always add little touches of Christmas food, such as mini mince pies with the coffee, or an indulgent yule log for the dessert. Favours are another area where you can have real fun, adding gifts such as a luxurious Christmas cracker, fun tree decoration or festive alcohol miniature. If you have any children on the guest list, a simple stocking full of things like colouring books, Christmas craft kits, chocolates etc. will help make the day extra special for them.