The most wonderful time of the year is also a wonderful time to have a wedding! Aside from the practical benefits that come with having a Christmas-themed wedding—such as cheaper venues and vendors and built-in options for music and decor—observers of the Christmas holiday know it to be, at its core, a celebration of love.
Perhaps you’re early in the stages of planning, and just know that you want to have a wedding during Christmas time. Maybe you envision every detail from Christmas carols as a ceremony prelude to little presents at each place setting, to a beautiful kiss under mistletoe at the altar. Wherever you are in your planning, if you’ve always dreamed of a holly jolly wedding, you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll unpack some tips and tricks for planning a Christmas-themed day that is nothing short of magical.
Give Your Guests Plenty of Time to Clear Their Schedules
Most people’s holiday calendars are pretty packed with social events, so make sure you give your guests lots of advance notice. Try sending your “save the date” invitations 6-8 months in advance so that all the special people in your life can be present.
Be Mindful of Weather
Does the region you’ll be getting married in typically have ice and snow around this time of year? Then you’ll want to have a plan for salting the parking lot, just in case. Will the weather be cold? Then you’ll want to have a plan for stashing coats at the reception. Were you planning on doing outdoor photos on the day of the wedding? Have a back-up plan in case the weather won’t allow for that.
These are the things you’ll want to consider as you plan your holiday wedding. Think about what Christmastime is usually like in the area your wedding will be, and make a plan for making your guests and yourself comfortable no matter the weather.
Remember that Less Is More
Listen, we get it—you love the holidays and want an undeniably Christmas-y wedding. But remember that less is more when it comes to decorations. While it’s tempting to go heavy on the red and green, velvet, sparkles, and glitz, these types of decorations can quickly become overpowering. Consider the main focal points of your wedding ceremony and reception, and be strategic about selecting where you want the theme of Christmas to really shine.
Use the Natural Beauty of the Season
If you’ve already spent time researching wedding costs and building a budget, you likely know that floral arrangements can be quite expensive. But with a holiday wedding comes ample opportunities to leverage the natural beauty of the winter season. Depending on the climate in which you live, there’s likely an opportunity for you to use winter greenery like evergreen boughs in your venue. Using these natural elements will lessen the cost of your floral needs and will add a pretty touch to your ceremony.
Incorporate Christmas Music into Your Day
From modern hits to classic carols, music is one of the most special parts of the holiday season. Including Christmas songs throughout your special day is sure to make for a beautiful ceremony and a crowd-pleasing reception.
Here are some song ideas for both!
- Merry Christmas, Darling
- White Christmas
- Someday at Christmas
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
- The Holly and the Ivy
- O Christmas Tree
Reception songs that are sure to get your guests up and dancing:
- Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
- Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas
- Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
- Santa Baby
- All I Want for Christmas is You
- Underneath the Tree
- Feliz Navidad
Stay True to Yourself
Because the Christmas season is a huge cultural moment in the US, it’s easy to get sucked into the kitsch and lose sight of what’s important: the love you and your soon-to-be-spouse share! No matter which choices you make when it comes to date, venue, decor, food, and music, make sure that you and your fiancé feel happy and loved as you approach your enchanting Christmas-themed wedding.