How to Pull Off a Classic Holiday Wedding

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Couldn’t you hear the dulcet tones of Michael Buble’ as you read those last words? The holiday season means snow-dusted pinecones, hot toddies by the fire, family gathered around the menorah and the kind of grateful togetherness that only happens once a year. The only thing better than the holiday season is getting married during the holiday season. If you’ve decided to get married in December, then you’ve just … Raised. The. Bar. To go all-in on a classic holiday wedding, and do it in a way that would make Rosemary Clooney proud, then follow this advice:

  1. It’s All About that Theme

Every wedding should align with a theme, no matter the season, but if you’re planning a holiday wedding, your attention to detail will need to be meticulous. You wouldn’t expect to see pink daisies on a Christmas table, right? Exactly. Every element of your floral arrangements, stationery, jewelry, colors, menu, and cocktails should softly imply winter extravaganza. Think snowflake adornments, faux fur muffs, red and green plaid table dressings, cranberry and prosecco cocktails, and pinecones nestled inside your centerpieces.

Incorporate Holiday Music

We’re not suggesting that you walk down the aisle to White Christmas (unless you want to), but adding in some holiday favorites during your cocktail hour will put everyone in the holiday spirit and create a festive ambiance. Think I’ll Be Home for Christmas, What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? And Merry Christmas Baby.

Create a Modern Twist on Holiday Classic Cocktails

Remember that you’re hosting a wedding, not a Christmas party. While you’re sticking to your theme, be creative. Ask your bartender to create a signature cocktail for your wedding. Some ideas to bounce around may include a Pumpkin Pie Martini, Winter Sangria, Bourbon Eggnog, or Mulled Wine. These fancy twists on traditional holiday cocktails will set the mood for a winter wedding. Cheers.

Offer Holiday-Appropriate Favors

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Handmade dreidels, ornaments, or cookies will make a perfect holiday treat for your guests. If your guest list is small, hand calligraph each guest’s name on his or her ornament favor for an added, personalized touch.

Consider an Evening Wedding

The days are shorter and colder in the winter, so why not embrace the evening air and plan a late day ceremony that will carry guests directly into your reception? Just make sure you save time for photos of you and your love under the mistletoe.

Sprinkle in Some Winter Treats

Talk to your caterer or pastry chef about incorporating into your dessert hour some winter favorites. Hot cocoa for the kids, DIY s’ mores or Sufganiyah will add a delightful sweet treat to the night.

Lean Into Winter White

You were likely already planning on wearing white, but may we suggest incorporating a shade of winter white? This clean, minimalistic shade that embraces a dollop of cream is the perfect complement to poinsettia crimson, silver snowflakes, and deep winter blues.

If you’re planning a holiday wedding, these small touches will help you create a winter wonderland atmosphere for your friends and family, and a once-in-a-lifetime ceremony that you will never forget.


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