23 Christmas wedding ideas, from the ultimate dress to the most delicious cake
Christmas is a magical time of year, so what better time to tie the knot? Christmas weddings are the perfect chance to show off your personality and show your guests the time of their lives (helped along by some festive cheer, of course).
Here are our favourite Christmas wedding ideas to help turn your nuptials into a day that no one will ever forget.
1. Go Christmas boho with a winter floral crown
We can’t get enough of this one from BeadsBroochesBridal on Etsy – it’s just too pretty! Not only do the red, white and silver look perfect together, but they’ll also work against most Christmas colour schemes.
2. Spread Christmas cheer in every corner
A good table decoration is all in the details and, when your big day takes place during the most decoration-friendly time of the year, what’s the point in holding back?
Give your guests something to talk about during those awkward few minutes at at the tables. Ginger Ray have some super-cute tiny Christmas hats to stick on glasses and champagne flutes, and their straws with flags are pretty perfect, too.
3. Take your style cue from a certain Mrs Claus
None other than Victoria Beckham wore a short cream shift with faux fur detailing earlier this year and, although we’re pretty sure she didn’t mean it to be, it is quite possibly the most perfect idea for a Christmas wedding dress that we’ve ever seen.
Sleek and much more subtle than the usual Christmas wedding dress ideas on the net, the original will set you back about £1,800. Thankfully though, both Topshop and Lavish Alice have similar versions for a much more wedding budget-friendly £55 and £48 respectively.
And the ultimate bonus? You can wear this again and again.
4. Embrace seasonal decorations
A Christmas tree is magical in December – your venue might have an impressive one up already. Ask your venue about their plans for decorations early so you can plan yours around theirs.
Christmas decorations are also very easy and inexpensive to buy if you need to keep costs down.
5. Who needs fruit cake when you’ve got yule log?
Who doesn’t love a bit of yule log? It’s a Christmas classic and much more fun than traditional cake. For an extra festive twist, ask for chocolate orange filling.
6. Celebrate with sparklers instead of confetti
Let your wedding guests light the way (and show off for your photos) with some sparklers. They look gorgeous in the photos, too.
7. Bring the outside, inside
Brides in the US and Canada may be able to count on clean white snow every day during the Christmas season, but here in the UK our seasonal weather is less than predictable. If you’ve been dreaming of the perfect winter scene for your festive nuptials, then go all-out inside your venue instead.
Have some fun with your wedding photos and give your groomsmen bobble hats that match your colour scheme.
9. Have fun with festive nail art
You and your bridemaids’ nails are the perfect place to inject some Christmas cheer. Seasonal nail art is subtle and is even suitable for flower girls to make them feel part of the dressing-up process.
Just how perfect is this tweed bridal coat by Theia? Their Fall 2015 collection was inspired by snowcapped Altai mountains in Mongolia’s frozen Tundra, which explains why this coat looks so snuggly and warm but beautiful at the same time.
Perfect for a Christmas wedding…
11. Alternatively, try a classic white bolero
No longer a cover-up resigned to the nineties since the Duchess of Cambridge wore one to travel to Buckingham Palace following her wedding to Prince William, boleros have been given a new lease of life and are perfect for a Christmas wedding.
They can look a bit middle-aged (apologies to any middle-aged readers) so to avoid looking frumpy make like Kate and look for styles with 3/4 length sleeves and keep the length of the body at waist height. Stop it looking too handmade and go for a sleek off-white version in angora or cashmere.
A gorgeous shrug is a Christmas or winter wedding bride’s best friend – not only is it a bridal classic, but it also stops you looking too purple in your photos. It’s a win win!
13. Go lights mad at the reception
There’s nothing like walking into a wedding reception to be greeted by a room full of tealights, fairy lights and candles. The softer light is ultra-flattering in photos (it covers a multitude of sins) and looks magical at Christmas.
14. Classic white and red works…
15. …but so does white, gold and silver, like these flowers by Jay Archer:
16. Wear a dress straight out of a fairy tale
Not content with making our wedding days feel like fairy tales, now there are tons of planners, dressmakers and companies willing to make them into actual fairy tales. Well, kind of.
Not only is this Alfred Angelo dress too pretty for words, it’s also based on Elsa’s dress in Frozen. The dress was part of the Disney Fairy Tale Weddings collection by Alfred Angelo Collection, which debuted in October.
Also among the fairy tale creations were Tiana from The Princess And The Frog:
17. Recreate a Christmas market
Go as low-key or as big as your budget will allow… hire a German band, serve pretzels at the reception (perfect for lining your stomach) or even set up a stall outside giving out bratwurst, roast chestnuts and mulled wine.
18. Treat your guests to favours in tiny santa sacks
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