The festive season has well and truly arrived, and for lots of bride and grooms to be, there’s plenty of eye candy around every corner to inspire a Christmas wedding.
So, if you’ve booked your own wedding at the most wonderful time of the year, or you’re simply contemplating it at the moment, read these tips for planning your magical day.
Start planning now
There’s no time like the present to start planning your Christmas wedding. And, with the festivities that surround us at this time of year, there’s an abundance of material to get you started.
Most importantly, though, you’ll find that a lot of venues get booked up quickly with festive occasions, so it’s worth securing your dream location as early as possible. Also, don’t forget to send your save-the-dates out quickly, as the Christmas period is an especially social time in everyone’s calendar.
Soak up the Christmas spirit
Doing ‘research’ for your Christmas wedding provides the perfect excuse to go even bigger this Christmas. (If you even need an excuse!) So, make sure you take the time to visit Christmas markets, sample all of the seasonal food and drink, and also check out prospective wedding venues.
It’s a great idea to create a mood board or scrapbook for your wedding. Use it to make note of the things you enjoy at this time of year, as well as quirky festivities you spot, big or small, that can be used for your wedding day.
Visiting potential wedding venues at Christmas provides a window of opportunity to see exactly how they could look for your wedding, and will give you a good feel for the atmosphere. Most, if not all, venues will be decorated for the festive season, with rich warm hues, winter evergreens, and a sea of twinkling fairy lights. For many couples, these signature delights are the main draw of a winter wedding and are more appealing than the colours and flowers associated with warmer months.
While some outdoor venues, like the beach, may be off the cards in winter months, others simply come alive; so don’t write off getting really close to nature. Barn wedding venues, for example, are often situated in a beautiful, rugged environment, while providing a cosy space for the celebrations to take place.
Barns also look magical when decked out with rustic features, such as candles, lanterns and sprayed pinecones, which are particularly fitting at Christmas. You can read more about Barn wedding venues in Cornwall, as well as tips for planning a rustic wedding on the blog.
Choose your attire
Choosing attire for your whole wedding party will involve a little extra consideration at this time of year. Firstly, if you’re having a wedding in the UK then there’s no escaping that December chill. With this in mind, your wedding and bridesmaid dresses will benefit from warm, yet stylish, faux fur wraps or coats, and the groomsmen will also thank you for a toasty suit material, such as tweed.
As well as staying warm being a key priority, Christmas boasts divine classic colours that many couples choose to feature in their wedding. Think reds and greens, as well as silver and gold. Even if you don’t go all-out with these colours in your main dress, it can be lovely to add seasonal tones in the detailing, such as the boutonnières or bouquets.
Opt for a festive feast
A real highlight of a Christmas wedding is the hot and hearty food that’s commonly on offer. Kick-off your reception by welcoming guests with hot canapés or mince pies, and go on to serve something truly wholesome, like a winter veg stew with dauphinoise potatoes. And to leave guests feeling completely satisfied, a warm dessert and coffee is the perfect end to the feast. It’s time to eat, drink, and be merry!
Think about the photos…
By now, you’ll have a pretty good idea of how your Christmas wedding will look, and, needless to say, it’s a magical setting to achieve striking photos! Get in touch to discuss photography options for your special day.