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6 Fabulous Ideas for Getting Married at Christmas

Are you planning on saying “I do” during the holidays? What a great present for you and your future spouse to give each other – the gift of a lifetime together. It’s a busy time of year even without planning a wedding, but just imagine getting married at Christmas. There is a magic to the season. Add in love, and it is perfect! But there are ways to plan ahead for a successful holiday wedding, and here are a few tips.

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Plan Well Ahead of Time

As with any wedding, you need to give family and friends plenty of notice to ensure that they can be a part of your big day. Sending out save the dates 6-8 months ahead of time is a good idea. We all tend to make holiday plans well in advance, so letting your guests know that a Christmas wedding is in the works will aid in their end of the year plans.

Horses and Hot Cocoa Winter Bridal Session as seen on Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog - rsvp card

Consider the Décor of the Wedding Venue

Getting married at Christmas in a church? Many hotel and church venues are already decorated around the holidays, so knowing what will be in place when you get married is key when you are considering your wedding décor. Don’t feel as though you are limited to red and green, either. Pondering colors such as silver, white, or gold won’t clash with already existing décor. Also, be sure to book your venue well in advance as many are booked a year in advance for Christmas parties and possibly longer for holiday weddings.

Horses and Hot Cocoa Winter Bridal Session as seen on Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog

Incorporate the Holidays into Your Look

Of course, your friends want to be a part of your big day! Finding gorgeous bridesmaid dresses is a must, yet incorporating sparkly jewelry and a faux fur wrap add to the element of the season. For the bride, a colorful wrap or blanket scarf would make a statement…especially when having photos inside!

Holiday Berries Winter Styled Shoot as seen on Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog - fur wrap, stole, hair, makeup, bridal

Utilize Fresh Greens

Evergreen plants, holly, and pine cones can be used in arrangements and floral crowns. Not to be overdone, these holiday-themed natural elements can be combined with traditional flowers such as roses and anemones to soften the look while just giving a hint to the Christmas season.

Horses and Hot Cocoa Winter Bridal Session as seen on Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog - hair, makeup, bridal

Have Decor Nod to the Holidays

We all love seeing presents under the Christmas tree, so how fun would it be for your guests to put their wedding gifts under a live tree? It’s a perfect idea if you are getting married at Christmas! White lights add to the holiday feel, and they can be utilized in so many ways to liven up a space.

Holiday Berries Winter Styled Shoot as seen on Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog - shoes, plaid

Warm Up Your Guests

Instead of a traditional bar, why not have two signature drinks? A “his” drink of warm mulled wine or spiked apple cider would be perfect when offered alongside a “hers” option of an adult hot chocolate topped with whipped cream. What a treat around Christmas time!

Holiday Berries Winter Styled Shoot as seen on Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog - favor, place card

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  • Mary Burris - I think a holiday wedding would be extra stressful. You’ve given some great tips on helping to ease that stress and have a beautiful wedding.

  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables - These are such fun ideas! Winter weddings are so gorgeous!

  • Dalene Ekirapa - A wedding at Christmas sounds so awesome. With festive spirits, anyone would love that so most importantly, proper planning is a must and it’s better to rock Christmas colors.

  • Annemarie LeBlanc - I don’t have friends or family that got married around Christmas time. Most people in our family get married in January or June. Nevertheless, I still think this Christmas wedding theme is fantastic. Oh, those shoes! So lovely!

  • Beth Seliga - Thank you so much for sharing this lovely collaboration. I think winter weddings are amazing!

  • Marjie Mare - Those are wonderful ideas and bring back great memories for me. I got married on Christmas Eve 23 years ago.

  • fashionandstylepolice - I got married Christmas time 9 years ago. It was a lot of fun. I love your tips here. Spot on all of them!

  • Claire Justine - I bet a Christmas wedding would be magical. I can just picture it now. So lovely! 🙂

  • Jennifer - Oh! I love that you got married on Christmas Eve. That sounds like one of the most romantic things ever. Have a great anniversary!! My 24th was just on November 26th, so we got married around the same time. So fun!! <3

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra - Getting married during this season is not common in my family, but I do love the pop of color in this photoshoot. Fresh greens for a headdress and the red shoes look so lovely!

  • Aia - As much as possible I don’t want to get married on Christmas season but you have great ideas here.

  • Kate Werth - Oh my GOSH those shoes are amazing!!!

  • Jennifer - Ha! That makes sense – it is a busy time of year and getting married then definitely isn’t for everyone. <3

  • aisasami - Xmas would be a perfect season for getting married! It’s a magical time of the year!

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