Hello! I’m back! After another hectic wedding season post pandemic… Tis the Season! There’s something so magical about this time of year and I absolutely love a winter wedding. They can be so cosy and festive, even better when they are close to Christmas and everyone is already in the spirit! I’ve already had some of my 2023 and 2024 clients asking me for festive ideas, so I thought I’d put this together to get in the mood! Here are 10 simple Christmas wedding ideas that you can use to add an easy festive nod to your big day, or go all out and make your nuptials a full on Christmas wedding!
Alternatively, steal these ideas to level-up your festive dinner party – perfect if you’re hosting Christmas this year.
- Festive Favours
There are so many possibilities for Christmassy favours. From a simple candy cane to gingerbread, these can also double up as place cards with the addition of a name tag. What about a seasonal liqueur like eggnog, Baileys or Irish Cream? You could even personalise these with your own wedding label. Plus, anything edible is much better in sustainability points.
- Christmas Film Table Names
Everyone loves a Christmas film. Why not name your tables after festive favourites new and old? From vintage classics like Santa Clause the Movie to the latest Hallmark schmaltz, the possibilities are endless! You could even include some movie facts or a quiz on the table for your guests to answer about your chosen films – great ice breakers to get folks chatting with minimal effort.
- Seasonal Beverages
Warm your guests up with some mulled wine or hot cider during your drinks reception. Maybe you want to serve mince pies instead of the traditional canapés? Hot chocolate stations also tend to go down really well, either straight after the ceremony or later on in the evening. Guests can serve themselves with toppings like marshmallows, chocolate shavings and spices to choose from. Make mine a Baileys hot choc pls.
- O Christmas Tree
A twinkling Christmas tree can make a gorgeous alternative to florals at a Christmas wedding. A big tree dressed in white lights can be really impactful, or you might want to go all out with colour and chintz with a traditional (or not so traditional) tree. Table centrepieces can be in the style of a wreath, or you could simply dress the tables with holly, mistletoe or eucalyptus. Bonus points for Christmassy scents filling your dining room. Christmas wedding ideas no brainer here.
- Pine Cone Place Cards
I love the simplicity of standing place cards in pine cones, they’re a ready-made natural stand and if you’re really lucky you can forage them yourself, making this a budget friendly and sustainable idea too. Either au naturel or sprayed gold or silver, pine cones are ever so festive and a super cute touch.
- The Scent of Christmas
So much of the atmosphere of an event is the scent. Luckily, there are so many wonderful fragrances that you can use to add festive atmosphere to your wedding. Think spices, gingerbread or something more citrusy. Scented candles are great if your venue allows them, if not scented oil diffusers or plug in fragrances work equally well.
- Go Crackers
No Christmas dinner is complete without crackers on the table. Whether you go for the traditional type with silly presents and rubbish jokes or fill your own with bespoke favours, it’s a great way for your guests to have fun together pulling their crackers. Another good ice breaker too if you make it a point of interest in your schedule for a fun photo op too.
- Let it Snow
Now it might not be possible to line up real snow for your wedding day, and frankly you might not want it considering the travel disruption that often comes hand in hand with it! But what about using large white confetti or even confetti which is specifically designed to look like snow, it makes such great photos! You could even go all out and get a company to dress the venue with fake snow if you want a truly white wedding! Sugar icing can also be used on edibles for a frosty look on grazing tables and dessert stations.
- By the Roaring Fire
You might be lucky enough to have a venue where there are fireplaces with real fires already in situ. If not, how about fire pits outside? Nothing says Christmas like warming yourself by a roaring fire and if you can provide marshmallows for toasting, that can only be a bonus!
- Twinkling Lights
Last but by no means least, lighting is so important for creating a festive atmosphere. If it’s allowed by your venue, maybe you want to dine by candlelight or perhaps your nuptials will be lit by twinkling fairy lights strung overhead. A Christmas wedding is a chance to get really cosy and turn that lighting down low.
Wishing you a fabulous festive season and happy planning! Hopefully these Christmas wedding ideas help get you in the mood!
I’m hoping to be back with more blogging more regularly soon! (I still have some 2019 weddings to show you…! Covid and having a baby got in the way of website updates a little bit!!)
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