Although most couples choose summer for their weddings, others prefer the Christmas holidays. Christmas is a time of year when folks are already in a party mood, so why not schedule your wedding when everyone’s humming, “Joy to the World?”
Shoot for a date after December 25th rather than before. This way more guests are can attend, and they won’t be as holiday frazzled. What’s more, many workers have the week after Christmas off, making it easier for them to attend your Christmas wedding.
How can you make your Christmas wedding special? Here are a few Christmas wedding tips…..
*Invitations—Send them out a bit earlier than normal so people can have plenty of time to calendar in your big day before other holiday festivities start filling up their day planners. You may want write something such as…”Come and share in the joy of Christmas as Joe Blow and Sue Brown join in holy matrimony on December 27th,….
*Wedding colors—Since red and green are holiday colors, why not incorporate them in your wedding? They don’t have to Crayola crayon reds and greens—those bright primary colors that little kids use, but can be more subdued shades such as light rose and hunter green. However, if even shades of reds and greens are still too intense for you, you can choose other Christmas colors such silver and white.
*Decorations—Wrap Christmas lights around the church aisle pews. At the reception, string them on walls or anywhere else you can find to drape them. Display Christmas garlands around the wedding party table, complete with pinecones, holiday candles and other Christmas decorations. And, don’t forget the mistletoe. If possible, hang it above the bride and groom’s table. Who knows? You just may be setting up another couple for a future wedding.
*Tree-No Christmas wedding is complete without at least one Christmas tree. If you’re having your reception at a church hall, chances are there’s already a tree set up.
*Food—If you’re planning a first-class reception with a formal sit-down dinner, you’ll want to include traditional Christmas foods such as turkey and ham, complete with your favorite holiday side dishes and cranberry sauce. But, if it’s simpler shindig, perhaps all you’ll need are some Christmas cookies, holiday desserts, and red or green punch like we do here down south in Dixie.
*Music—Why not include a few Christmas carols in the church ceremony before the bride walks down the aisle to “Here Comes the Bride?” And, for the reception, there are many holiday songs for your guests to kick up their feet on the dance floor. Of course, don’t forget those Christmas favorites for lovers such “Merry Christmas, Darling” and be sure to include “Rockin’ Around the Christmas tree” and “Jingle Bell Rock.” .
Flowers—Arrange bright red poinsettias throughout the church—they’ll probably already be there, anyway, so you won’t even have to worry about buying them. At the reception, be sure to have some stunning Christmas wreaths hung.
*Candles—Besides the traditional white and silver candles, add some red and green ones on the altar. If you’re marrying before Christmas, use an advent wreath.
*Favors—Christmas ornaments and wrapped holiday cookies make excellent favors for your guests.
*Tinsel sendoff— As a final note, substitute Christmas tinsel for rice when you and your groom exit the party to escape for the honeymoon.
On the other hand, maybe you want to get married at Christmas time, but just don’t like winter. Do as my niece did—-Have a holiday beach wedding. My niece’s beach wedding was one of the best I’d ever attended. We lived in Connecticut at the time, so it was a welcomed excuse to break away from the cold northeast and fly to the Florida Keyes for a few days. The best part was joining the bride and groom, walking barefoot in the sand in the winter. It felt great to go to a wedding, hillbilly style, and not have to wear those dreadful pantyhose!