It's the most wonderful time of the year—for a Christmas wedding! If you're a holiday enthusiast like we are, you might want to consider throwing a winter wedding close to Christmas. A December wedding can be the perfect opportunity to celebrate the season and basically throw the best holiday party ever. But how do you celebrate in a way that feels more elevated than, say, your annual tacky sweater party or White Elephant gift exchange?
Lucky for you, weddings are kinda our thing, so we've come up with some pretty chic—yet festive!—ideas that will certainly put you (and all your guests) in the holiday spirit. Our number-one rule for the season? Don't go overboard! Instead of having fake snow on every table, mini stockings as favors, and red and green everything, keep your décor elevated by sprinkling a dose of holiday magic sparingly and intentionally.
To inspire you, we curated a list of 17 Christmas wedding ideas that are creative, seasonally appropriate, and totally classy.
Style the Invitation Suite
Just as the invitation suite sets the tone for the big day, the invitation suite will likely set the scene of your wedding photo gallery and/or album. For this reason, it's a great place to embrace the season by styling paper goods with accents like ornaments, ribbon, and greenery.
Make Special Signage
From invitations to signage and cocktail names, you can take your Christmas wedding to the next level by using special language throughout the day. At this real wedding, the couple not only named their signature cocktail "Jingle Juice"—they made it known by adding a festive jingle bell straw (with a name tag!) to each crystal-cut glass.
Serve Tree-Shaped Canapés
Certain dishes can easily take on a holiday form—quite literally! Just look at these Christmas tree-shaped canapés made with cucumbers, cheese, and nuts.
Embrace a Holiday Palette
We've mentioned this before, but think before you go all out red and green for a Christmas wedding. Instead, we say pick your favorite holiday hue and do it up with metallic and neutral accents like this midcentury modern rental furniture, textured linens, and flocked Christmas tree.
Have Jingle Bells
Give everyone a jingle bell favor—then, make them double as escort cards before dinner. We love this elevated take on the Christmas tradition so much that we say embrace it and have everyone ring the bell at the same time before toats begin. Trust us: It'll create a moment you (and your guests) won't soon forget!
Here's an idea for favors that your guests will actually want to keep: Have a calligrapher write everyone's names on pretty glass ornaments. There are a million ways to creatively display them for your guests to grab on the way to their seats—or out the door!