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Your Guide On How To Plan A Christmas Wedding

Your Guide On How To Plan A Christmas Wedding

The seasons are changing, and with chillier temps comes mittens and coats, snowy weather, and holiday cheer. While winter weddings are gorgeous, Christmas weddings are such a beautiful and unique part of the season. So if you’re looking at tying to knot for Christmas this year, we have some tips and tricks to integrate the holiday spirit into your Christmas wedding! 


Chances are, you already have a box of Christmas decorations somewhere — why not use them? Items like holly, tinsel, fairy lights, and even ornaments can all be repurposed, rather than repurchased, for your ceremony.

Red and green is an obvious choice for a color scheme, but if you’d like to branch out into more non-traditional colors of the season, try silver, gold, navy or burgundy. Any combination of these colors will give your ceremony a festive feel. 

Family and Friends

Traveling around the holidays is not only popular, but inevitable for some of our close family and friends. So if your family is already in town for the holidays, great! But keep in mind that, due to the weather, flights can get delayed or canceled, roads can get snowed in, and freezing temps can make it impossible for some to leave their home. The holidays are an important time for everyone, for a lot of reasons, so be aware of that when you’re considering guests. 

Holiday Practicalities 

Make sure you’re keeping an eye on holiday closures. This will impact vendors, ceremony locations, and even when you can file for your marriage license. All federal closures should be listed on their websites, but if you’re working with local vendors like your officiant or photographer, call in and ask about their holiday hours. 

The holidays can also drive up the price of services. The closer you get to Christmas and the bigger your order (aka the amount of commitment you need), the higher vendors may charge you. To avoid this, try and order everything you need as early as you can. 

Festive Traditions 

There are so many rich traditions around holiday time that can effortlessly incorporate into a Christmas wedding or elopement. Mistletoe is an easy place to start – you can use it as decor in your ceremony or reception, or use it for a fun photo op for you and your guests. If you want to set up a photo booth for guests, provide things like ugly sweaters, fake snow, or snowman props as fun and festive options. But the traditions you can use doesn’t stop at photos: have your favorite Christmas dinner mains or sides at your reception, serve holiday cocktails, or use gingerbread wedding cake toppers. You could even have a white elephant gift exchange table, or make an ornament to commemorate the day! 

Christmas is a sentimental and special time. It comes with a feeling of magic that is unique to the time of year. So if you want to have a Christmas wedding, follow these tips, and ask your ceremony planner how you can unwrap happily ever after this Christmas.

Article written by Tori Ward
Victoria Ward is a writer at Simply Eloped as well as a Keats Marginalia scholar and Storyfort finalist for her fiction and creative nonfiction. When she is not writing about elopements, she writes grants for her research and non-profit work.

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