The Dos and Don’ts of Planning a Holiday Wedding

Planning Advice

Planning a Holiday Wedding

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And with the holidays come holiday weddings. Of course, there are lots of pros and cons to saying ‘I do’ around any holiday and one of the best about Christmas or New Year’s Eve is how magical the whole season can be. Especially if there’s snow in the air! If you have your heart set on planning a holiday wedding, here are a few dos and don’ts to keep in mind.

DO give guests plenty of notice. Save the Dates are a must! People often make holiday plans well in advance, so it’s essential that you give them lots of notice that you’re planning a holiday wedding. That way, they’ll be able to plan accordingly.

DON’T expect everyone to be able to make it. Even with advance notice, some of your guests may have longstanding commitments or family traditions. Of course, this is particularly true if you’re planning a holiday wedding ON the actual holiday. Where usually you might expect about 10% of your guests to decline an invitation, that number usually jumps in December.

DO embrace seasonal details. There are lots of tasteful ways to include holiday décor at your wedding and one of the best is to keep it seasonal. Choose winter florals like poinsettias and calla lilies, or rustic winter elements like berries, pinecones, and sprigs of evergreen. And you can never have too many twinkle lights!

DON’T go overboard with your theme or colors. The goal is to pay tribute to the festive season, but in a tasteful and sophisticated way. It’s also very important that your wedding feels personal. For example, if you love a color that isn’t traditionally associated with this time of year, don’t be afraid to use it! It’s also a good idea to avoid holiday music at your reception, so you don’t create the feeling of an office holiday party instead of an elegant wedding.

DO treat guests to a seasonal cocktail. Cocktails are a great way to pay tribute to the season. For example, warming mulled cider, eggnog martinis decked with little candy canes, or pomegranate spritzers.

DON’T forget the coat check! This is a thoughtful detail that’s sure to be appreciated at a winter wedding.

DO make sure the venue and vendors you want are available. Many venues are closed for the holidays or have their own events planned. Vendors may also take time off to be with their families during the holiday season, so make sure that you have all the key players lined up before you send out those Save the Dates.

DON’T forget wedding insurance! Winter weddings can be unpredictable. For example, severe weather can affect transportation, or the power can go out. Make solid back-up plans, but also be sure to invest in wedding insurance for those factors that are out of your control.

Have you considered planning a holiday wedding?