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Christmas Themed Wedding

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If you are planning on having a winter wedding, then why not consider having a Christmas themed wedding.

By choosing to have a Christmas themed wedding I would make the whole planning process that much easier as you will already have a seasonal colour scheme to work with.

People normally associate red and green with Christmas, but you don’t have to limit your decorative palette to just these two colours, burgundy, silver, gold, browns and light blue can work just as well to capture the essence of winter.

In each of the sections below you’ll find some great ideas on how to adapt your wedding to a Christmas themed wedding.

Christmas Themed Bride


  • Consider wearing a long white gown which could have faux fur around the trim.
  • Wear a long cloak or cape of rich velvet or brocade in a seasonal colour.
  • Wear faux fur mitts to keep out the cold.
  • If you’re trying to create an ice queen look then consider wearing diamonds or pearls, if you want to create more warmth then wear rubies of emeralds to compliment the rest of your wedding attire.
  • Have a sparkly tiara to capture the Christmas spirit or have a simple headdress made of ivy and holly berries.

Christmas Themed Groom


  • Wear a festive waistcoat, if you’d prefer something a little more subtle then wear a seasonal coloured waistcoat.
  • Use mistletoe or ivy with holly berries for your buttonhole
  • Wear a tuxedo or dinner suit with either red or green cumberland or waistcoat

Christmas Themed Wedding Participants

  • Bridesmaids and flower girls could wear rich red or green coloured dresses, in warm fabrics such as velvet and brocade. If you’d prefer something a little more subtle then why not have a simple white dress with a seasonal coloured velvet sash.
  • The bestman, page boys and ushers could wear matching waistcoats to that of the groom
  • In times gone by flower girls would scatter a trail of flowers before the bride as she walked down the aisle to be beloved, why not give the age old tradition a seasonal twist and have them throw faux snow instead. Use an aisle runner to make the clean up after the ceremony much easier.
  • Have you bridesmaids carry candles instead of posies.
  • Ask the Usher to handout miniature bells which can be rung as you leave the wedding venue as man and wife.

Christmas Themed Table decorations


  • Use candles for your table centre piece.
  • Place Christmas crackers on your guests tables, this will help encourage guests to break the ice as they read out the usual naff jokes.
  • Use a white table cloth which can then be spruced up with a seasonal coloured runner with matching napkins or how about sprinkling a little glitter around.
  • Add colour to the banqueting tables with pots of poinsettia. They are commonly found in red, however they are also available in white, pink and cream.
  • You could get a seasonal ice sculpture as a centre piece to the top table.
  • If you have a small wedding party for the wedding breakfast consider lighting candles at the table to create an intimate feel.
  • Use Christmas crackers, baubles, or mini stockings for name places.

Christmas Themed Wedding Stationery


  • Use blank Christmas card for wedding invitations.
  • If you choose to make your own there are many Christmas images that you can download from the internet, alternatively you can buy coloured card, glitter, ribbons and Christmas motifs in hobby craft shops

Christmas Themed Venue Decorations


  • Check with the venue as to whether they will have Christmas decorations up already, if there is then it may save you a lot of time as well as money.
  • If the venue will be decorated visit the venue a year in advance to see how they are laid out, ask if they will be using the same decorations the following year or similar. If so, you will know what you have to work with.
  • If you are decorating the venue yourself use seasonal ornaments such as holly bushes, mistletoe, pinecones and ivy.
  • Be sure to have a Christmas tree in your reception, you could decorate it with lights and tinsel in your chosen colour theme, if your unable to find your chosen colour then opt for white as this will work well other colours .
  • Decorate the tree with personal miniatures with your names and date of the wedding. Invite guests to chose one from the tree to take home as a keepsake.
  • Encourage your guests can leave your wedding presents under the Christmas tree
  • If the outside of the venue has bushes and trees then consider welcoming your evening guests by illuminating the entrance with Christmas lights or lanterns.

Christmas Themed Wedding Favours

  • You could give your guests personalised Christmas candles.
  • Replace the traditional 5 sugared almonds with 5 Christmas chocolate Santa’s.
  • Mini Christmas stockings filled with traditional fruit and nuts or with chocolate treats.
  • Father Christmas could arrive bearing gifts for your guests.
  • If you have a number of children attending your wedding you might want to consider having Santa set up his grotto for the day.

Christmas Themed Wedding Photographs

  • A Christmas wedding wouldn’t be the same without snow. With increasingly warm winters the only way you can guarantee snow is by hiring a snow machine.

Christmas Themed Wedding Breakfast / Evening Reception

  • Serve your guests a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings along with seasonal desserts such as Christmas pudding and mince pies.
  • Warm your guest’s taste buds with a glass of mulled wine.
  • Decorate your wedding cake with Christmas motifs such as holly berry or ivy.

Christmas Themed Wedding Music

  • If you’re having a church wedding then why not include Christmas carols in the service.
  • Have a choir sing during your wedding ceremony.
  • Have the church bells play as you leave the church as newly weds.
  • Play Christmas carols during the photographs and during the interlude between the wedding breakfast and the evening reception.
  • Have you first dance to a classic Christmas hit such as ‘Last Christmas’ by Wham

Christmas Themed Wedding Transport

  • Arrive at the church or wedding venue in Santa’s sledge and ask that the chauffeur dress as Santa.
  • Have your wedding car decorated with tinsel rather than ribbon.
  • If you can get hold of any reindeer then why not have a horse drawn carriage take you to your wedding venue. You can still have Santa at the reins.
  • Have Christmas carols playing from your wedding transport.

Christmas Themed Wedding Flowers


  • Use seasonal wedding flowers with your wedding bouquet such as mistletoe, Star or Bethlehem, Hellebore and the Lily
  • For a subtle seasonal look use greenery such as holly, ivy or pine boughs.
  • To add more vibrate colour use red roses, red carnations, hypericum berries, pine cones, thistles and white gypsophila.
  • Bring your floral arrangement together by entwining it with ivy.

The Finishing Touch

If the venue has an open fire, be sure to ask that it be fired up on your wedding day so that guests who are taking a rest from dancing can sit in comfort, drinking mulled wine and eating chestnuts.

All Important

Check with the venue that they have adequate heating and that it will be on if needed, otherwise your guests may remember your wedding because it was so cold….

Christmas Themed Money Saving Tips

  • Start planning your big day a year in advance.
  • Save on venue costs by booking your wedding day for either the start of December or a few days after Christmas
  • Find out if your chosen venue will be decorated for the festive period. This may save you time and expense on having to budget for decorating it.
  • Go and see the venue the year before your wedding and find out if they will be using the same decorations the following year or similar to decorate the venue. This will help you to establish a colour theme.
  • Purchase Christmas cards and Christmas decorations in the New Year sales at a fraction of the cost
  • Choose decorations which are timeless and that won’t look dated when used the following year
  • Purchase evening gowns in the New Year sales for your bridesmaids, the fabrics will be warm and the colours will often reflect the festive season.

Decorating for a Christmas Wedding

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When decorating for a Christmas wedding, your only limitation is your imagination. A holiday-inspired theme creates a winter wonderland infused with holiday spirit that your guests will remember for years to come.

Beyond Red and Green

The simplest color scheme for your Christmas wedding is traditional red and green. The church, venue, or reception hall may already have decorations up in these colors, making decorating fuss-free and low-cost. But to really create a holiday fantasy, consider using other color combinations.



Attractive color combinations for holiday weddings include:

  • Blue and silver
  • Gold and forest green
  • Black, burgundy, and silver or gold
  • Champagne and red

Choose one color as the main focal point, using the secondary colors as accents throughout bouquets, ceremony decorations, and reception decorations.

To incorporate an even stronger Christmas theme, you could choose one aspect of the holiday or season to focus on when decorating. Incorporate your chosen theme into ceremony and reception decorations. A Christmas theme could center around one or more of the following holiday wedding decoration ideas:

  • Snowmen
  • Snowflakes
  • Reindeer
  • Penguins
  • Candy canes or peppermints
  • Gingerbread men or houses
  • Angels

Decorating for a Christmas Wedding Ceremony

Start your Christmas theme as guests arrive at the ceremony. Make luminaries using candles and plastic jugs or white lunch bags to line the walkway to the entrance. Large wreaths with bows in your wedding colors can be placed on the front doors as guests enter.

Pew décor can be small wreaths or even a white bow with mistletoe in the center. A miniature swag of ivy, evergreen, or metallic garland would work nicely as part of the pew décor. The same swag can be used on a larger scale on altar rails or handrails on altar steps; use it to line a balcony, too.

Other ideas for decorating for a Christmas wedding ceremony include:

  • Putting miniature white lights in large Christmas trees at the front of the ceremony venue.
  • Lighting candles in the windows of the entire room and having a candlelit service.
  • Using an aisle runner with silver or gold flecks; or even one with covered in a poinsettia design.
  • Arranging winter wedding flowers at the front of the altar.

Plan to have a large mistletoe arrangement in the exit doorway for guests to enjoy as they leave the ceremony venue and head to the reception.

Christmas Wedding Reception Decorations

Because your guests will be spending the majority of their evening at your reception, you want to be sure that the Christmas theme is incorporated into your reception location. Your head table, room décor, centerpieces, and cake table can all be decorated with a Christmas theme.

Head Table Decorations

To decorate the head table, have a garland of ivy or evergreen sweep across the front of the table. Intertwine some small white Christmas lights into them, and have holly and berries woven into the swag. Hang a large mistletoe decoration above the newlyweds’ chairs. Use red or green pillar candles to light up the table.

Place small Christmas trees both ends of the table. Decorate them with simple glass ornaments; tying bows on the tree in the wedding colors looks lovely as well. Be sure to have the miniature lights strung around the trees.

Room Décor

You can add a lot of holiday pizzazz by really creating a winter wedding scene. Hang large snowflakes from the ceiling at varying heights using fishing line. String icicle lights around the edge of the room.

Candy canes are great Christmas accents.

Create a cozy lounge for guests by renting or purchasing an electric fireplace. Bring in overstuffed chairs, bean bags, a holiday rug, Christmas tree, and stockings to create a homey feeling in one area of your reception. Keep young guests occupied by serving milk and cookies in this area, and make Christmas coloring pages and crayons available to keep kids busy.

A stunning addition to your room décor would be to include an ice sculpture. Get your names and wedding date carved into wedding bells or a heart, or go even more Christmas themed and have a snowman, reindeer, or tree carved.

Get a doorway arch for your main entrance, or make your own using garland, berries, wire, and lights. If you or someone you know does woodworking, have him/her create and paint a candy cane archway, complete with stripes.

Table Centerpieces

Continue with your Christmas decorating theme by having table centerpieces that match the rest of your reception. Use candles in the center of your tables that can double as wedding favors, or cover small boxes in wrapping paper and tie with a ribbon.

Silver wedding bells atop a mirror with a large red, blue, gold, or green bow are simple and festive centerpieces, or small craft trees, bowls of simple ornaments, or gingerbread houses are great options. Small floral arrangements, especially those using poinsettias, are also perfect centerpieces. Consider using silk wedding flowers to save money if your flower of choice is not in season.

Finally, Christmas tree toppers, like angels, snowmen, or Santas make perfect centerpieces and require minimal fuss.

Cake Table Decorations

A perfect Christmas wedding would have a winter themed wedding cake. Make sure the table looks as great as the cake by putting faux snow on the table. Add some small porcelain snowman figurines or holiday village pieces to accent the table. Use plastic icicles to continue the snowy theme, or hang a garland swag around the table.

You may even want to place small and simple ornaments that follow your theme on the table. Be sure to take the hooks off so no one accidentally pricks a finger.

Decorating for a Christmas wedding is only limited to what you can think of in terms of décor. Whether you include simple accents or go all out, the Christmas touches will add a dash of festiveness to your wedding decorations.