The holidays are a magical time of year, so if you’re dreaming of a fairytale winter wedding, December may be the perfect month to tie the knot! It’s already a season of tradition, of getting family and friends together – and of romance! When better to get merry and married?
A holiday wedding doesn’t have to mean candy canes and eggnog or even the traditional green and white palette. Just a few festive touches are often all you need. Here are seven of my favorite holiday elements for tastefully injecting some seasonal magic into your wedding.
Festive florals. Include natural wintery elements like berries, pine cones, evergreen or sprigs of holly or mistletoe too. Snowdrops and lilies are also classic winter blooms and poinsettias and amaryllis flowers are perfect seasonal choices.
Christmas trees. Adding a festive element to your décor can be as simple as having a decorated tree at your ceremony or reception. You could use it as a single, sparkling visual focus or have smaller trees dotted throughout the venue to bring the outside in.
Wreaths. Wreaths have been popping up in weddings throughout the year, but they really come into their own during the holidays. Hang pine or eucalyptus wreaths from the ceilings, add them to church doors or getaway cars or have your bridesmaids carry them instead of bouquets. And did you know? They’re a symbol for everlasting love!
Glitter and sparkle. Who doesn’t love a bit of glitter during the holidays, especially as we head towards New Year’s Eve? Glam up your girls in shiny sequin gowns, or have your guests throw tinsel instead of confetti. Not every detail has to be so holiday literal.
Twinkle lights. You can never have too many string lights, especially at a holiday wedding! White lights add a lovely, fairytale glow, especially when combined with crisp white décor. Now is also the perfect time to stock up.
Ribbon bows. Well-placed bows are reminiscent of presents this time of year and are an especially lovely, nostalgic way to evoke the season. Wrap up your favors to look like gifts, present a square ring box or pillow with a red ribbon bow or blue or add velvet ribbons to bouquets. You could even choose a wedding dress with a stylish bow – very much on trend this season!
Festive food and drink: Everyone loves festive flavors like sugar cookies, gingerbread and mulled cider. Create a dessert display of different types of cookies or serve mulled wine and ginger snaps to guests as they arrive. At cocktail hour, bring out candy cane martinis and little bite-sized versions of holiday classics.
Happy holidays to you!