Deck the Halls!
If you want a stylish, elegant, yet simple wedding that captures the spirit of Christmas, this theme is perfect. Your special ceremony can become part of both your families' festivities. Having a wedding during the Christmas season also means that many churches are already decorated for the holidays.
- Flowers - Holly, sprigs of ivy and pine, small poinsettias as table settings with mistletoe as an accent.
- String the bushes in front of the church or Christmas trees inside the church with tiny white lights.
- Place X-mas silk evergreen swags in rented candelabras. Add a green velvet bow. Large green velvet bows are also lovely for pew bows.
- Purchase dozens of large, potted poinsettias and cluster them around the altar. Afterwards, the poinsettias can be given as either favors to guests or as a "thank you" to people who helped with your wedding.
- Stairways and buffet tables can be swagged with greenery roping along the sides, or place greenery roping on the table among the platters and dishes.
- Buy rolls of pretty metallic wrapping paper and bows in your wedding colors and wrap some empty boxes. Use them as centerpieces.
- Loop inexpensive bridal netting (tulle) through stairways, garlands and candelabras.
- Putting small colored Christmas ball ornaments (edible) on your wedding cake instead of flowers. The entire top tier could be shaped to look like a Christmas tree. Try lots of edible clear glitter to make a "snowy" cake.
- Consider a choral group or bell choir in your area. Many groups dress for the holidays in Dickens-type clothing of the Edwardian/Victorian era and sing authentic carols. This would set the mood of the season in a special way.
- Consider a harpist or children's group singing Christmas songs.
- Hire a string quartet to a mix of Christmas and classical music.
- Be sure to include eggnog, hot spiced cider, and hot chocolate as beverages.
- Christmas cookies (gingerbread men, bourbon balls, decorated sugar cookies, etc.) Sweet breads with whipped toppings (banana, cranberry nut, date nut with cream cheese and butter topping).
- Fill small bowls with holiday Hershey kisses and place on tables.
- Consider having a gingerbread house or church as the centerpiece on the main buffet table.
- Arrange for Santa Claus to make a surprise visit. He can dance with guests or they can sit on his knee. Use a microphone and have him ask guests what they want for Christmas. He can hand out favors (ornaments) from his bag.
- Instead of the traditional bouquet toss, plan for a wreath to be thrown.
- Hire a choir of children carolers sing as you enter during the processional.
- Bride and groom can depart in a horse drawn carriage or sleigh (provided there is snow, of course).
- Faux fur muffs for the bridesmaids can be an alternative to the standard bouquet, or ask them to carry candles decorated with some flowers, greens, and ribbons down the aisle.
- Suggested bridesmaids dress colors are teal, burgundy, deep green, Christmas red, red and green plaids, forest green, gold, silver, cranberry and midnight blue.
- Favors - How about long cinnamon sticks with greenery and flowers? Use scented candles, pine or cinnamon. They'll smell wonderful!
- Hang mistletoe over the bride and groom's seats.
- The bride would wear a long, luxurious, white, velvet cape both to arrive at the reception and as she departs.
- The bridesmaids would wear short, sleeveless, black cocktail dress. For added color use long colored silk scarves to flow down their backs.
- The bride's bouquet would be made of red and white roses with ivy and ferns, while the other flowers would be white carnations.
- Instead of a guest book, ask your guests to sign a Christmas tree skirt that you can use every Christmas.
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