Have a Holly, Jolly Holiday Wedding

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… so why not make it even more wonderful with a holiday wedding? Whether you and your fiance have a winter anniversary or you’ve just never envisioned a summer soiree for your big day, a holiday wedding can be romantic and beautiful. With so many people taking time off for the holidays and students getting a winter break, your holiday wedding can have just as many attendees as any other season. These ideas and tips will inspire you to create your own winter wedding wonderland.

Holiday Wedding Ideas

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 Holiday Wedding Themes and Color Schemes

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When it comes to holiday wedding colors, you may naturally be drawn to use Christmas colors. And while red and green are gorgeous hues and certainly worthy of consideration, you’ll have all kind of elegant options for colors that shine in the winter. Here are a few ideas for holiday wedding themes and color schemes:

  • Winter Wonderland. Deck the halls with sparkling snowflakes, icicle lights and fake snow. Your bridesmaids can wear sparkly silver or elegant gray dresses and you can carry a bouquet accented with ice blue hues. Keep your color palette crisp for this theme.
  • The Holly and the Ivy. Turn this classic carol into your holiday wedding theme. Get creative with your reds, whites and greens and turn your wedding into an unforgettable Christmas party. You can wear a headpiece made of holly and ivy, work them into your bouquet and adorn your reception hall with them. If your wedding will be close to Christmas, this theme may be your best bet.
  • All White Everything. Typically only the bride wears white on her wedding day, but with an all white wedding, everyone can get in on the trend. All white reception venues are gorgeous and sophisticated. You can accent your party with white lanterns, sparkly white lights and some fake snow. Diamonds and pearls wear especially well with white. Just make sure you have a touch of an accent color (which can be neutral, like ivory or light silver, or bold like red or black) to really make your color scheme pop.
  • Purple and Gold. If you will be a New Year’s bride or don’t want to get crazy with Christmas colors, a purple and gold color scheme will look lovely at a winter wedding. A pretty purple bouquet will pop against a stark white wedding dress. Deep purple ornaments can be used in your centerpieces, which will pair perfectly with gold tablecloths. Purple and gold wedding invitations look beautiful as well.
  • Silver and Gold. Perfect for any winter wedding, this color scheme radiates elegance. If you choose these hues, prepare for a wedding day that truly sparkles.

Holiday Wedding Invitations

Your holiday wedding invitations will set the tone of your entire big day, so choose a style that coordinates with your color scheme or theme. There are many sites that have winter wedding invitations available, but one site, Purpletrail.com, will allow you to fully customize your design, and even put it on a magnet instead of a card if you’d like. Typically wedding invitations go out about six weeks before your big day, but with a holiday wedding, you may want to send them earlier as people will require plenty of time to plan. If nothing else, make sure you send out Save the Date magnets months ahead of time if you’re planning a holiday wedding.

Holiday Wedding Centerpieces

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Add elegance to your holiday wedding reception with beautiful seasonal centerpieces at your guests’ tables. Here are some centerpiece ideas:

  • Glass vases with holly and floating tea lights
  • Jars full of bouquets of candy canes
  • Beautifully arranged pine cones, spray painted to look like they’ve been frosted with snow
  • Vases of round, colorful Christmas tree ornaments
  • Poinsettias and candles
  • Flowers with baby’s breath
  • Small tree branches spray painted silver and arranged in a vase
  • Jingle bells, pine and garland
  • Get creative with cranberries! Whether floating in a glass vase or used as filler alongside candles, cranberries will beautify your holiday wedding centerpieces.

Holiday Wedding Food and Beverages

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With the abundance of tasty treats and seasonal fruits and veggies available during the holiday season, you can give your wedding guests a fabulous feast. Here are a few ideas for your holiday wedding food:

  • Spinach salad with pomegranates and oranges
  • Spaghetti squash salad
  • Roasted sweet potatoes
  • Warm brie with sauteed pecans and fruit
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Stuffed dates
  • Butternut squash soup
  • Lemongrass chicken
  • Roasted turkey
  • Filet mignon with fingerling potatoes
  • Lamb osso bucco
  • Eggplant parmesan
  • Butternut squash ravioli
  • Snowball cupcakes
  • Christmas cookies decorated with your initials
  • Truffles

 Holiday Wedding Favors

Sending your guests home with wedding favors is a great way to thank them for coming and will give them a special memento of your big day. Holiday wedding favors are particularly festive and fun! Here are a few suggestions:

  • Christmas tree ornaments with your names and wedding date
  • Engraved champagne flutes (perfect for New Year’s Eve weddings)
  • Frosted sugar cookies inside bags tied with pretty ribbon
  • Gingerbread man cookie cutters with attached recipe
  • Snowflake boxes with soap or chocolates
  • Snowball cake pops
  • Jars of cocoa mix and marshmallows, labeled with your wedding date
  • Goodie bags full of gingerbread tea, peppermint chocolates and candy canes
  • Snowflake picture frames
  • Snowflake tea light holders

We hope these ideas have helped you get inspired for your holiday wedding. Congratulations and happy holidays!

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