A Guide On Planning A Holiday Wedding

December 9th, 2020 Wedding Ideas, Tips and Inspiration

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A Guide On Planning A Holiday Wedding 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The weather is a little chillier and there’s so much joy and excitement surrounding this time! If you love the holidays as much as we do then you might want to consider throwing a holiday wedding. It gives you the perfect opportunity to celebrate during the merry season and to host the holiday party of the year.

Lucky for you, winter weddings are kind of our favorite seasonal theme, so we came up with all the best tips and tricks to creating a chic and festive seasonal holiday wedding that will be unforgettable. 

How To Decorate For A Holiday Wedding 

For a little holiday magic, be sure to have the perfect balance of chic and festive. Don’t go too overboard with all the red and green but instead keep it classy by just sprinkling in the holiday traditions. 

Holiday Color Palettes 

While we love the rich tones of red and green, choosing just the right hue of these two colors is what will make your wedding elegant as can be. Choose a ruby red, everest green, glistening gold, or a sparkling white to make your wedding vibrant with holiday details but romantic with bold hues. And if you’re searching for something a little more formal, pick your favorite holiday hue and pair it with metallic or neutral accents to create a more balanced theme. 

Festive Holiday Decor 

Unwrap some of the season’s best holiday and winter decor and use it to add accents to your wedding day. To create just the right magic, here are some of our favorite festive winter wedding ideas. 

  • Garland

For the perfect backdrop, keep the festive mood up by using garlands of greenery as draping along the room. If you want to take it a step further, pair it with some ruby red bows or twinkling lights to make it gleam throughout the night. And if you want to add some additional greenery, include some pine-cone accented wreaths as statement pieces. 

  • Small Accent Decor 

Use candles, ribbons, roses and wreaths to create a winter wonderland party. Line your aisle walkway with candles and poinsettias and seasonal flowers to make a chic entrance that still embraces the holiday season. For some fun, add some mistletoe for your guests to hover under to set a romantic mood while also incorporating small ornament details that can be used as wedding table cards. 

  • Twinkling Lights 

Create a cozy and intimate night by adding twinkling string lights to your reception. Especially for the bride planning a backyard wedding, your guests will love how the lights will be replicating a romantic and starry night. 

  • Make It Snow

If snowflakes or snow are not naturally occurring on your wedding day, have your guests throw white confetti instead. It’ll set the scene for a white Christmas that will be just the perfect touch.

  • Winter Wordplay

From invitations, signage, cocktail names and more, take your wedding to the next level and use winter word play within your decorations. Include holiday slogans like “Tis The Season To be Married” or “Snow In Love”  to get your guests in the festive holiday mood. 

Holiday Wedding Food and Drinks 

With the winter and holiday seasons comes comfort food. Choose from holiday themed appetizers and holiday inspired spirits for a festive and decadent menu for your guests to enjoy. 

Holiday Comfort Food and Desserts 

Starting with appetizers and finger foods, include classic holiday comfort food favorites like mini grilled cheese with tomato soup shooters, a spud potato bar food station, and an array of mini quiches to let your guests enjoy during cocktail hour. For the main dish, think of holiday Christmas favorites- ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, roasted vegetables, some hearty foods that your guests can indulge in. To finish off, include a hot chocolate station with delicious marshmallows, peppermint sticks and whipped cream to satisfy your guests’ sweet tooth. Include gingerbread spiced cakes eggnog creme, and peppermint fudge to add in some decadent holiday favorites! 

Festive Signature Cocktails

As the night lingers on, let your guests enjoy some cocktails and signature wedding drinks! Delight your guests with an array of festive holiday spirits including pepperminitinis, white Christmas margaritas, cranberry mimosas, snowflake martinis, mistletoe mules and more. Go the extra mile and make your wedding cocktail list exclusively to only festive holiday drinks to really embrace the winter season! 

Winter Wedding Holiday Favors

Winter is an abundance of merriment ,  a festive time of year  that brings people together. It’s no wonder it also includes holiday wedding favors that your guests are sure to love. 

  • Cozy Blankets

Whether you’re planning an outdoor or indoor ceremony, be sure to offer your guests a nice warm blanket to cover themselves in during your vows. They can use these throughout the night and then take them home after! You can place these on each chair during your ceremony, that way your guests can stay toasty during the crisp air. 

  • Wedding Ornaments

Gift your guests something that can be shared in their home. Seasonal Christmas ornaments are a unique favor that matches the holiday season perfectly. You can include your name, date and location of the wedding to add some personal touches to it. 

  • Snowflake Maple Syrup 

Small simple favors like maple syrup are especially special during the winter season. They can use these for a snow day breakfast or just keep it as a souvenir favor. Not only is it delicious but the snowflake is the perfect symbol for the winter. 

Holiday & Winter Wedding Dresses 

With festive holidays, romantic winter decor and endless seasonal food options, it’s important to find a gown that matches the season. Choose from vintage mermaid wedding dresses to lace wedding ball gowns for the perfect holiday look that matches not only the season but also your style. 

Winter Lace Wedding Dresses

A gown so luxurious and sparkly calls for the winter season. Style Lisbon is a crystal beaded mermaid lace wedding dress that is decorated with pearls, rhinestones, glass, and sequin beading- giving you that extra shine that will make you sparkle as bright as the holiday stars. The delicate lace appliques placed along the long semi-cathedral train replicates snow frost and a snowflake pattern that makes this gown perfect for the holiday season. Not to mention the beaded jewels that add just the right gems all around. If you’re looking for something a little more grand with fairy tale details then Style Oralee, a sparkly lace wedding gown is your holiday wish come true. Decorated with a bouquet shimmer tulle skirt and dainty lace appliques that replicate falling snowflakes, this gown is perfect for your winter wedding soiree. Crystals, rhinestones, and glass beaded details add a sparkling sensation that will make each twirl you take breathtaking and timeless. 

Simple Holiday Bridal Gowns

For the bride searching for a gown with a romantic array of details for her festive holiday wedding, Style Surfside, a winter long sleeve lace wedding dress is her perfect pick. Decorated with soft lace, the long illusion sleeves are charming as can be and are perfect for the brisk weather, keeping you cozy while embodying grace. Stunning floral lace appliques give this gown ornate details that are eye-catching and match the winter season perfectly. Consider something with a little more sparkle, Style Fantasia glistens with beading and sequins, making it a match made in heaven for a Winter holiday bride. It’s form fitting mermaid silhouette sculpts to your body while the bouquet shimmer net and embroidered beaded lace appliques shine with sparkles to match the winter night stars. Along the sweep train the appliques glisten with an iridescent shine, leaving you to look like a queen from a holiday fairy tale book. 

With all these holiday wedding decorations and winter wedding dress inspirations, there is no doubt that your wedding will be the talk of the season! For more winter wedding inspiration be sure to check out our Pinterest page. 

A Guide On Planning A Holiday Wedding
A Guide On Planning A Holiday Wedding
A Guide On Planning A Holiday Wedding
A Guide On Planning A Holiday Wedding


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