I just love this time of year! Wrapping up for crisp cold days, mulled wine and cider, warm mince pies… and all things sparkly at parties! There’s something so magical about winter time, so it’s understandable that lots of couples organise their weddings around Christmas time and NYE.
If you’re planning a December or New Year wedding, I’ve pulled some together some of my favourite festive images for some contemporary styling this yuletide.
Perhaps the most obvious, but not as you know them! Adding Christmas trees in a stack like this (undecorated) is a simple way to add a festive wintery atmosphere. There’s not too much else going on in this room but the trees as the focal point at the front act as the alter for a ceremony, but you could also have them behind your top table. They change the whole ambience of the room – super simple but very dramatic. Image source.
Create a festive garland above your top table like this one crafted out of eucalyptus. You can also buy very realistic looking fake garlands that you can use in years to come, too. The added fairy lights are optional, but are super cute. Image source.
If you’re having a modern wedding, these contemporary wreaths still look festive without the heavy traditional feel. Super slick and super stylish. Image source.
This Christmas tablescape features clean white blooms, flashes of red, and gold accents. Anything gold or silver fits well with a festive theme, and also pairs perfectly with red. Image source.
All white works wonderfully for winter! Keep the table decor simple with white linens, white napkins, white plates and crockery, but add some branches of boxwood and lots of tea lights. Image source.
How cute are these?! These mini wreaths would make wonderful place cards that your guests are bound to take home with them. They could also double up as Christmas tree decorations, so you could have your place settings and favours combined here! These little wreath bases have rosemary wrapped around them and are finished off with red and white string. Image source.
Hot (Toddy) Bars
Serve your wedding guests warming hot chocolate with a hot drinks bar like this one. This would also work well with mulled wine or cider, just provide lots of garnishes to keep it festive; think peppermint sticks, cinnamon and marshmallows – yum! (Alcohol optional!) Image source.
Alternatively, you could make up DIY hot chocolate gift bags to hand out to your guests. These could be gifted as favours or else handed out with your late night buffet for a help yourself hot drinks station. Image source.
If you’re looking for an interesting and memorable favour idea why not create some personalised Christmas baubles? I don’t know anyone who has Christmas tree who doesn’t love collecting baubles from fun places they’ve been! Image source.
White and deep red or jewel-toned flowers look lush at winter weddings, consider adding a lot of greenery for a more modern look. The red keeps the colour scheme rich and ties in well with winter berry tones, but the white mix keeps the look of the bouquet cool and fresh – gorgeous! Image source.
Long Sleeves and Sparkles
A winter wedding is a perfect excuse to wear a delicate long-sleeved gown, the sequins on this dress almost look like frost they are so perfectly sparkling. Image source.
Sequins and Faux Fur
Dress your bridesmaids (or yourself!) in sequins and faux fur for a lux wintery look. I love the glam texture combo, and the sequin dresses are perfect party wear! Image source.
If you’re considering a festive wedding cake this gingerbread Christmas cake will tick all the boxes. Festive and flavoursome! The fairy lights are also a lovely touch to an otherwise simple cake. Image source.
You could also try Maid of Gingerbread for some festive treats too, check out my Supplier Spotlight feature on Maid of Gingerbread here.
Festive doesn’t need to be so traditional, I hope this helped inspire you with some more contemporary styling options. Some ideas for weddings, and maybe perhaps even just if you’re hosting Christmas dinner this year!