It’s the most wonderful time of the year – for a wedding!
Everyone comes together at this time of year, so why not make the most of it and celebrate your nuptials, too? Rich sumptuous colours, roaring log fires and hopefully a sprinkling of snow, winter weddings are magical and romantic.
We love a Christmas wedding, so here are some of our favourite theme ideas to get you in the festive spirit…
Dramatic lashes, scarlet lips, and a high neckline with just the right amount of skin; keyhole backs are on-trend. Float down the aisle in a gown with textured tiers that are light as snow or a gilded gown with intricate embroidery is a regal choice for Christmas time brides.
Photo: Bethany Ann Photography, Jessica Svoboda Photography & Sarah Crowder Photography
Bold accessories and colour tones really help your wedding day photographs "pop" and you'll definately stand out form the crowd with these ideas.
Darling bows add a girlie touch to these daring red-hot heels.
Display your accessories on a gold object to make them really pop in photos.
According to ancient folklore, the Druids regarded holly as a sacred plant and believed it had magical powers of protection. What better plant to include in your groom's boutonniere?
Personally, I've always thought that red bridesmaids dresses would be tough to pull off, but the cherry shade looks ultra-flattering on all of the 'maids skin tones.
Let’s think about Christmas colours – if you want to avoid the traditional greens and reds associated with the season, then there are loads of modern winter options for you to consider.
We love the look of berry shades such as deep reds and purples interspersed with winter whites. It’s a chic option for a Christmas wedding that feels luxurious and festive.
Purple calla lilies are a sophisticated choice, and you won’t need many of them to create an impact. Talk to your florist about what will work for you.
We think a beautifully decorated Christmas tree is an absolute must at both your ceremony and your venue.
Use the wedding colours you’ve chosen for your tree decorations.
Whites, silvers, golds and berry shades are classic and chic, while bright jewel shades of turquoise, emerald, ruby and amethyst will also look wonderful.
For your table decorations put a mini tree on every table, or, to make things look extra festive, you can drape some organza around your wedding tables or tie onto chair-backs and table centre.
Other great festive touches include personalised festive candy cane or snowflake and icicle napkin holder and place settings.
Holly wreaths and rustic woods and pinecones are another warming seasonal touch though perhaps use sparingly if there are lots of children on your special day, this avoids injuries.
Photo: Studio Lux, Shore Shotz, Sarah Crowder Photography, Rachel Pearlman Photography
Eat, Drink and be Merry
Christmas is the best time of year to splash out on great food and drink, so serve your guests a festive feast! You could offer your guests mulled wine and hot spiced apple juice as they arrive at your reception, with mini sausages to nibble on.
A version of Christmas dinner is a natural choice for your main meal. Most people love a roast – and it doesn’t have to be turkey. If you’re having a buffet you could serve up the main course carvery style, so as well as the traditional turkey with all the trimmings, you could offer a large ham and a vegetarian option.
For dessert, the options are endless – Christmas pudding, mince pies, Yule log, trifle… our mouths are watering just thinking about it!
We hope these ideas have inspired your festive wedding day, but a word of warning though before we go…
If you have booked a wedding at this time of year, make sure you get those "Save the Dates" out super quick to avoid any clashes of commitments over the festive period.