‘Tis the season to be married

‘Tis the season to be married

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I am feeling unapologetically festive so let’s discuss Christmas weddings!

Christmas is a magical time of year and especially magical if you find yourself getting married. If you love Christmas so much that you want to bring a little festive magic into your wedding day, here’s some ideas of how you can go about injecting some Christmas cheer into your day.

Décor:

Check with your venue whether they decorate for Christmas or not. Venues such as hotels will more than likely decorate public areas which is great news for you! But other venues may also put up some décor, our venue Rivervale Barn puts up the most amazing tree each year. I’m visiting Rhinefield House Hotel in the New Forest in the coming weeks, I’ll be sure to take some snaps of their décor for you all.

But otherwise think deep reds, greens and golds and plenty of warm lighting with candles or fairy lights. You could consider using candy canes as name cards which add to table décor and act as a favour.

Some florists might be able to provide mini trees for centrepieces, though expensive it would certainly look the part. Make sure they’re able to be replanted as you can use them as gifts and take one home yourself and watch it grow throughout your married (if you’re having a back garden wedding you could even include the tree planting in your ceremony).

And don’t forget mistletoe! Christmassy and romantic…

Gifts and favours:

As mentioned, candy canes make cute favours. You could also have something individually wrapped for each guest or even mini baubles filled with your favourite tipple. If you’re after something edible individual gingerbread men or mini jars with a homemade hot chocolate mix (Jamie Oliver has a great recipe). You could even get imaginative with crackers – fill them with sweets maybe.

Gifts, be they proposal or thank you gifts are always good fun. You could personalise baubles for your loved ones. Or if you’re giving flowers, picking beautiful seasonal blooms is the most sustainable and wallet friendly way to go.

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Food and drink:

Arguably the absolute best part of Christmas. The most obvious food choice would be to serve a classic Christmas dinner for your wedding breakfast. But you can make changes elsewhere if turkey and trimmings isn’t quite what you were imagining for your first meal as a married couple. Instead of serving canapes and bubbly during your drinks reception you could serve mini mince pies and mulled wine. In the evening replace your cocktail bar with a boozy hot chocolate bar – any younger guests can stick to plain hot chocolate and will love feeling involved.

Let’s not forget the cake. Plain white decorated with wintry berries and pine looks lovely. You could decorate it with tasty iced gingerbread biscuits…or why not have a gingerbread house in place of a cake?!

Attire:

If you’re after dresses for yourself or your wedding party think sparkles. Sparkles and deep, rich colours and fabrics. Beautiful velvet gowns in emerald, red or navy look stunning next to white or ivory. Don’t forget to get a coverup as it’s going to be chilly! Faux fur shrugs can give vintage, wintry feelings.

For anyone wearing a suit you could opt for a statement jacket. A plush velvet jacket in those beautiful deep tones mentioned earlier will carry your theme into your wedding party. If for example you’re a groom wanting to stand out from your groomsmen, you can opt to have a different colour jacket for example. Or maybe you can be the only one wearing a bow tie.

Hopefully you’ll feel inspired to plan your Christmas wedding after reading this!

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