Christmas is such a magical time of year. The season is filled with festive and sparkly decor, delicious treats, and a warm and fuzzy feeling to boot. It flows seamlessly into the perfect theme for a December wedding as well!
With a Christmas wedding you can go with a more traditional feel, with the red and green and Christmas plaid details. You could add beautifully decorated trees, wreaths, and poinsettias to add to the classic Christmas feel. You could also do a red, green and white whimsical theme using fun papers in chevron and polka dot for a lighthearted holiday-themed wedding.
Glam it up with a winter wonderland, white and gold theme adding plenty of sparkle with lights, candles, and snowflake themed items. Add ice blue to your color palette for another twist on the Winter theme.
The truth is, there is a ton of fun ways to give a nod to the Christmas season during your December wedding, even if it isn’t your theme. If you are planning a wedding during the holidays, consider a few of these unique ideas you could only do during the holidays.
- Use Christmas Ornaments as Place Cards and/or Favors. You can make beautiful glass ornaments by simply pouring paint into the balls and swirling for a gorgeous marble effect and it costs next to nothing. Add a beautiful shiny ribbon and your guests will never know it was DIY. A large candy cane tied with a lovely ribbon is also a simple, lovely gesture.
- Arrive or depart on a sleigh or carriage. What a lovely touch to arrive in a beautiful sleigh if your wedding will be held outdoors in the snow. If you are here in the Houston area, you are probably not going to have snow. But, you can go with a carriage decked out with garland and Christmas bows. Don’t forget to add jingle bells for that extra holiday touch.
- Have carolers greet your guests. Surprise your guests by having them greeted by a chorus of carolers as they arrive. If you can’t find carolers, you could even ask your musicians to play classic Christmas tunes for guests to enjoy before the ceremony. It will set a joyful mood.
- Create a bar of festive beverages. If you are getting married in December, there is a really good chance the weather will be a bit chilly. Warm your guests up with a festive drink bar featuring apple cider, egg nog and cocoa. Be sure to have plenty of fun mix-ins like marshmallows, red hots, peppermints, peanut butter chips and more!
- Have guests ring silver bells as you make your exit. Thanks to Bing Crosby, the sound of silver bells ringing will always remind you of Christmas and mean best wishes. It is also a fun way for guests to send your off in holiday style.
- Pass out Santa and Elf hats and Reindeer ears to wear as they get silly on the dance floor. One of the new traditions is for brides and grooms to provide glow bracelets, glow necklaces and silly hats and glasses as the wedding turns to party central. Put a fun holiday spin on this by giving guests Santa hats and reindeer antlers.
- Have Santa make a surprise appearance. Your guests will be absolutely giddy when Santa shows up to party. You could put a fun twist on the traditional photo booth and let your guests take photos with Santa. He could pass out wedding favors and of course, take the bride for a spin on the dance floor.
- Rock Around the Christmas tree. When it is time for your guests to get down, be sure to include some fun, danceable Christmas classics such as “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” Just about every artist has a Christmas album with their own special spin on the song so find your favorite and add it to the playlist!
- Surprise your guests with a Cookies and Milk time. There are so many Christmas traditions that remind of us our childhood and cookies and milk it one. In lieu of a groom’s cake, serve cookies and milk to your guests. You may even pass it around as a late night snack.
- Serve up a scrumptious Christmas dinner with your favorites! You may want to spotlight the season with your menu. Consider serving up honey glazed ham or yummy smoked turkey with all the fixings. Mashed potatoes, dressing, and other mouth-watering accompaniments that will give your guests the warm fuzzies.
- Decorate a mantel instead of a gift table. Skip the traditional gift table and decorate a mantel with traditional Christmas decor. Hang His-and-hers Christmas stockings where guests can put their cards. Decorate a Christmas tree and place it to the side where guests can leave their packages. Also, swap a traditional guest book for a Christmas trees with ornaments where guests can sign and write a note. It is a keepsake you can enjoy for years after.
- Create a Mistletoe Moment! Surprise your guests by pulling out mistletoe when the officiant says you can now kiss the bride! It will make a fun photo as well as add a light-hearted touch to the moment.
Doesn’t this sound like fun? I know it’s a wedding I would love to attend. Do you have a great idea for a Christmas wedding? Leave us your great ideas in the comments below!