Ask most couples and they will say they want a Summer wedding. Flowers in bloom, sunny long days and Pimms on the lawn. Often forgotten are the cosy rustic wedding venues, frosted lawns and sumptuous colours that Winter has to offer. Earlier nights mean the fairy lights can twinkle with abandon, snowy, crisp whites feature along with rich, warm tones. It really is a magical time of the year.
December and the lead up to Christmas lets you play around with colours, textures and even scents like no other season. You can add rich plums, ruby velvets, golden sequins and emerald greens to your scheme or even go black tie for that extra touch of glamour. Here are a few suggestions of décor ideas that your guests will really love:
Wedding favours – Make them edible – spiced biscuits or gingerbread groomsmen, candy canes, rich chocolate truffles and spiced chutneys all instantly spark the senses with scents that make you think of the cosy warmth that the festive season brings.
If you don’t fancy baking (or asking your mum-in-law-to-be/maid of honour/best man to get their apron on) then decorative wedding favours can also be a huge hit. Check out these adorable Christmas wreath place card holders from Ginger Ray. Personalised baubles will also double up as place card holders and be sure to make your guests get into the Christmas spirit and let’s not forget the easiest of favours – the Christmas Cracker! You can even have these personalised by the magic of sites such as Etsy.
Centre pieces and Flowers can be beautifully inspired by Christmas. Holly and ivy, fir wreaths, warm metallics, spicy reds and even scented candles. We love the idea of going green with a Christmas wreaths centrepiece and gifting them at the end of the evening to parents or the bridal party so that they can hang them on their front door when they get home. The same foliage can be used as aisle runners, button holes and even to drape over welcome signs or your seating plan.
The Venue – if you’re looking at a Christmas wedding then you want a venue to compliment your season. Think rustic barn wedding venues or country wedding venues as they’ll usually have more grounds as well as cosy and interesting spaces for photo opportunities or original features to dress up. Exclusive hire wedding venues can also help create that extra special feel, knowing that it’s just you and your loved ones for your big day. It’s also worth checking to see if they provide Christmas trees or other Christmas decoration, as this can make all the difference to your overall look.
Something Special – everyone likes to indulge at a wedding, and even more so at Christmas, so a Christmas wedding is the perfect time to go all out. You could hire in a Christmas themed photo booth, with elf hats and reindeers antlers aplenty. What about a hot chocolate station (with Baileys or Whiskey for the adults) as part of your drinks reception? Lashings of whipped cream, crumbly flakes and marshmallows to help warm your guests and create some amazing photo ops too. Perhaps you want to go all out and create a Christmas market theme with a pretzel stand, roasted chestnuts and mugs of mulled wine.
After this year, Christmas is more than ever a time for family and friends to come together. Whatever your decorations we know your big day will be the highlight of the year for everyone involved.
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