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Planning a Christmas Wedding

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, your family is gathered around you, and the church is already decorated. Why not have a Christmas wedding? Here are some ideas and tips to have a fantastic Christmas wedding with all the trimmings.
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Wedding Colors:

Red and green are natural colors for a Christmas wedding – It is likely that your church or reception site will already be decorated in red and green for other events and holiday parties. But don’t feel limited to this palate. Other possibilities, which will work with existing decorations, include:

  • silver and light blue
  • silver and white
  • gold and cream
  • burgundy, forest green, and gold (as long as the existing decorations aren’t too primary)

Wedding Cake:



Having each tier look like an individually wrapped package is a popular look that is perfect for a Christmas wedding. You might also do a take on a buche noel or yule log, with a tiered chocolate cake that has holly – either real or made of gum paste – cascading down the side. Use marzipan, an almond paste used in many holiday desserts, as a filling.

The Bride Wore:

A Christmas wedding dress needn’t be that different from any other kind. Wear the one that flatters you most, and top it off with a long red velvet cape. Or embrace the trend of color in wedding dresses by adding a beautiful red silk sash to the waist of your gown. You could also seek a dress with lots of sparkly beads and sequins to evoke the snowiness of the season. And of course, a faux-fur wrap and muff are always fun.

Christmas Wedding Invitations:



You’ll want to reflect the season and your theme, but you won’t want it to look like a holiday card. The solution? Forgo a folded card, opting for the traditional thick white card, with a border and engraved or thermo-graphed text. You can highlight the Christmas wedding theme in the border with white snowflakes, an elegant holly trim, or a drawing of a poinsettia.

Since people make plans for the holidays early, and often have many parties and events to attend at this time of year, you’ll want to send your invitations a little bit early – about 12 weeks before the event. You might also consider “save the date” cards in addition to the invitations, which will ensure that those most important to you will be able to attend.

Bridesmaids Attire for a Christmas Wedding:

My favorite bridesmaid look for a Christmas wedding is long dresses with shrugs or capelets and a big faux-fur muff. But you can dress them in your wedding colors, give them long wraps or sparkly accessories, all of which will help evoke your theme.

Flowers and Décor:

Since flowers can be more expensive at this time of year, think creatively. A mirrored platter with pillar candles and sprigs of holly is both elegant and romantic. Buy ornaments in bulk on-line, and create centerpieces of bowls or vases of ornaments. For a simple but elegant look, put pots of poinsettia with a ribbon trim in the center of each table. Fake snow used to be tacky, but there are now very good products available. Set candles or small flower arrangements in the middle of snow. And for my favorite touch, use fake snow instead of an aisle runner. Or, you can always hire a snow-making machine to really make your Christmas wedding a winter wonderland.

Christmas Wedding Decorations

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Your wedding will be a romantic, winter wonderland when you use Christmas wedding decorations. If you’re planning a Christmas wedding, decorating supplies will be plentiful. In fact, holiday decorations are inexpensive and readily available; beautifying the church and place of reception for a yuletide wedding can be done in a manner fitting almost any budget.



Elegant Christmas Colors

Even if you’re having a Christmastime wedding, you’re not limited to decorating with red and green. Try one of these elegant color combinations that are fitting during December:

  • Champagne and red
  • Black and white/ivory
  • Evergreen and gold
  • Silver or gold and plum purple
  • Maroon and gold
  • Sage and brown

Using a slightly different color combination during the holidays will be an unexpected touch to your wedding. It also helps keep the wedding from becoming too over-the-top if you want a more understated Christmas theme.

Christmas Church Decorations

Many churches have Christmas decorations up all ready. However, you can always add to the existing decorations by using these festive ideas:



  • Poinsettias make lovely Christmas decorations for inside the church. Line the aisle with pots of red and white poinsettias and place several at the altar as well.
  • Use fragrant fresh greenery on the pews instead of bows and ribbon. Wrap evergreen branches around hurricane vase candleholders and over balconies.
  • A big red bow can mark the entrance to each pew. In the center of each bow glue a plastic golden cherub or a silver-colored musical note.
  • Intertwine small white holiday lights around railings and balconies for a merry, yet elegant display and don’t forget candles. If candles are real, keep them away from flammable decor; otherwise, use LED candles. For a bit of color, select colored lights and slide silk flower blooms like poinsettias or roses over the tiny bulbs. Shop the catalog at Fairies World for lots of good light choices.
  • On a communion table, pay homage to the Christmas story by displaying a tabletop manger scene. Buy handcrafted manger scenes at Christmas Mangers.

Don’t forget to add a little sparkle to the outside of the church, too. Greet guests with a large evergreen wreath, complete with bow in your holiday wedding colors. Drape bushes with light netting, or place luminaries along the sidewalk leading up to the entrance.

Trim a Wedding Tree

Deck the reception hall with a lighted Christmas tree or two. This will make an elegant focal point for the room and ornaments can follow the theme or color scheme of your wedding. Christmas wedding decorations can be done for little money; you can even pick up ornaments at dollar and discount stores store. Use these ideas for trimming a wedding tree.



  • Ask the wedding guests to bring an ornament to give the new couple.
  • Tuck silk versions of flowers from the wedding bouquet into the tree
  • Provide small baskets of ornaments for guests to carry home as thank you gifts or leave on the tree.
  • Glass pickle ornaments are traditional German gifts. After the tree is decorated, the pickle is hidden. The wedding party gathers around the tree. The first person to recognize the hidden pickle receives an extra gift.

Instead of a gift table, incorporate wedding presents into the decor by placing them under one of the Christmas trees. Just don’t forget to have someone take them home when the reception ends.

Christmas Wedding Table Decor

Table decor and centerpieces should also follow the holiday theme. Linens, such as tablecloths and napkins, should be in your holiday colors. Christmas centerpiece ideas include:



  • Purchase a small wreath or two for each table. In the center of each wreath, place a thick, colorful round holiday candle which will be lit just before the reception begins, giving the room an elegant glow.
  • Arrange plastic or glass angels around the tabletop wreaths.
  • Baskets filled with pinecones or gold and silver or metallic red or green Christmas ornaments will also fit in with your Christmas wedding decoration theme.

Deck the Halls

Additional ideas for decorating for a Christmas wedding include:

  • Drape fresh greens along walls, railings, tables and fireplaces and intertwine these with small white Christmas lights.
  • Fake snow can be sprayed on the corners of the windows for a wintry scene, and small evergreen boughs can be randomly strewn on table tops for color.
  • Since romance is in the air, hang mistletoe in various locations around the room, or at least over the bride and groom’s table.
  • Deck the halls with stuffed Christmas stockings. Hang the stockings at the wedding reception table. Fill each stocking with small gifts, one stocking for the bride and one for the groom.
  • Decorate the wedding cake with small ornaments, ribbons or candy canes.
  • Send guests home withe favors of an elegant engraved Christmas ornament or candle. For an environmentally conscious gift, you can give your guests an evergreen seedling to be taken home and planted.

Shop for unique wedding decorations at Robert Moore’s Christmas Town. Buy wedding decorations especially made for a Christmas themed wedding at Beau Coup.

Cheery Christmas Decorations

If your wedding falls during the holiday season, use the holiday to your advantage by incorporating Christmas wedding decorations into your wedding. It’s festive, it’s elegant and your guests will remember it for years to come.