How to Throw a Christmas Themed Wedding
By Lorna Urwin

09 November 2016

In less than a month, it’ll be time to break out the advent calendars and begin the annual countdown to Christmas. For brides with December wedding dates, it may already feel like the countdown has begun! If you’re thinking of blending some of the joy and sparkle of Christmas with your celebration, look no further for some gorgeous festive inspiration.

1/ Christmas palette

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While the most recognisable Yuletide colour palette uses the intense hues of marsala or berry red and emerald green, these are by no means your only options! With the popularity of the ‘white Christmas’ image, a clean and pale palette can do the job just as well. You might want to accent with metallic shades of gold, silver or bronze for a touch of festivity.

The extent to which your palette informs your look is completely flexible according to your taste. Flashes of colour in accessories, food or stationery keep things subtle, whereas lavish multi-hued floral displays or bright bridesmaid dresses give Christmas colour pride of place. 

2/ Warmth and sparkle

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Create an inviting atmosphere for guests through creative and generous use of warm lighting: think garlands of fairy lights and an assortment of candles (perhaps even Christmas scented versions). Of course, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a touch of magic. If you have a soft spot for all things sparkly and bright, a festive theme can be the perfect backdrop to indulge it! Consider small-scale features like glitter, sparklers or embellished dresses, or larger-scale features like fountain fireworks.

3/ Natural touches

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From sprigs of holly to sprays of pine, there are so many natural Christmassy items that you could easily go all out and create a dual Woodland Christmas theme! Wreaths have very festive associations and plain or embellished versions make great decoration. Or extend the theme to your bridal look with a headpiece or flower crown with Christmas character. 

For a more minimal approach, use a smattering of simple pinecone, a sprig, or berry adornments. These are perfect as napkin decorations, wedding cake décor or as part of your bouquets and boutonnieres. 

Don’t forget mistletoe! Combining both Christmas and romance makes it a perfect choice for inclusion in a wedding celebration.

4/ Food and drink

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You can use your menu to evoke Christmas in a number of ways. For some, it’s all about Christmas flavours - Roast turkey with all the trimmings, a dessert buffet featuring dainty Christmas puddings, mince pies and Yule logs, elaborate gingerbread houses and flowing mulled wine. For others, taking ordinary food items and giving them a Christmas makeover is a better option – doughnuts stacked in the shape of a Christmas tree, cocktails with an unexpected garnish (perhaps berries or cinnamon) or a sprinkling of rosy pomegranate jewels over vegetables or salads.

As the pièce de résistance of most wedding feasts, think about whether you might like to add a festive flair to your wedding cake too. Pile on the berries for a simple but effective topper on a traditional cake (a dusting of icing sugar snow will really enhance this look!), or take the theme further with a vibrant candy cane-inspired red velvet cake.

5/ Quintessential Christmas motifs

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There are certain items that immediately call to mind the joy of Christmas - including them in your wedding is a sure-fire way to light up the faces of your guests! A real Christmas tree (or trees) is a fantastic choice, whether miniature versions for your centrepieces or one larger tree as a focal point for the room. And what better to pair with a tree than presents? If you’ve chosen to offer wedding favours to your guests, present them as beautifully wrapped Christmas parcels. These can be a delightful surprise at guests’ place setting or placed under the tree for them to find at their leisure after the meal!

Some other evocative ideas along these lines include replacing traditional confetti with faux snow, placing Christmas crackers on tables for some extra fun over dinner and ensuring plenty of Christmas songs are included on the wedding playlist. Classics like Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas or All I Want for Christmas is You would make perfect first dance songs!