June 6, 2006. Written by Paula Jones
Getting married at Christmas ‐‐ what a great idea for a theme!
If you’re getting married around Christmas time ‐‐ congratulations! It’s a wonderful, romantic time of year to have a wedding… and we have plenty of ideas to help you enjoy the perfect Christmas wedding.
If you’ve chosen to have a religious ceremony, a wedding at Christmas‐time gives you the perfect opportunity to sing carols to your heart’s content. Choose your favourites, and you can guarantee that your guests will sing along loudly too.
A winter wedding also lends itself to decorating the church with ivy and berries, and having loads of romantic candles. If you definitely want to have candles around the church, it’s always a good idea to check with the vicar or priest first.
If you’re having a civil ceremony, you won’t be able to incorporate Christmas as it obviously has religious meaning. However, there’s nothing to prevent you from having a winter theme with rich colours and flowers.
It goes without saying that it’s a great idea to choose invitations that suit your Christmas theme. When it comes to sending them out, bear in mind that people make plans over Christmas, so may need a little extra warning to ensure they keep the date free. Post your invitations around 12 weeks before the wedding or, to be really safe, send out save the date cards as soon as you book your venues.
Walking down the aisle as Father Christmas might not be a great idea, but you can certainly incorporate some Christmas spirit in to your wedding attire. The colder months give you the perfect opportunity to wear a wedding coat or wrap, perhaps with some luxurious fake‐fur detail. This also gives you the option to keep warm during the ceremony, and take your coat off at the reception or when you’re dancing in the evening.
If you’re opting for traditional Christmas colours such as reds and gold, you could use them for bridesmaids’ dresses, and for ties, cravats or waistcoats for the men in the wedding party and be prepared for any winter showers, or even snow, with a stylish umbrella.
With any reception, you should always work with the existing décor to complement your wedding so, for example, it’s not a good idea to plan a red Christmas theme if your venue’s carpet or walls are pink. Consider the colours you have in your reception room, and work around them. If your venue has hints of red, gold, ivory, burgundy or green, creating a Christmas theme will be easy. Equally, if it’s decorated with cooler colours such as blue, lilac, white or silver, you can create a wonderful ‘icy’ theme.