There are tacky (sweater) Christmas parties, and then there are tacky Christmas weddings. Whatever you do brides, please don't let your big day fall into the latter category! Believe it or not, there are plenty of ways to inject the magic of the holidays into your winter wedding celebration without making a whole cheesy theme out of it if you know what we mean. Here are five of our favorite festive ideas.
Toast to the season with a bottle of bubbly
Make that bottles (plural) actually. Because nothing gets guests in the holiday or wedding spirit quite like some champagne. Kill two birds with one stone and offer mini bottles with personalized holiday cards as guest favors or serve up signature cocktails featuring the spirit of the season, suggests celebrity wedding planner Andrea Freeman of Andrea Freeman Events. Warm eggnog, apple cider and mugs of hot chocolate with marshmallows are just a few other festive suggestions from Sandy Hammer, Co-Founder of collaborative event planning platform AllSeated.
Eat (modern classics) and be married
The quickest way to your wedding guests hearts is through their stomachs, duh! See if your caterer can come up with a creative menu that incorporates traditional holiday favorites with a modern twist. That way, your friends and family will still get that warm fuzzy feeling they associate with the season inside without the food being too literal.
Let there be Christmas lights
Twinkle, twinkle everywhere! Holiday weddings and string lights go hand in hand, says Freeman. "Pull yours out of storage, and display them in hurricanes with pine cones for a simple and elegant display." Really though, the teeny tiny starry ones look gorgeous in everything from mason jars to geometric glass vases depending on your personal style.
Turn up the holiday tunes
Sans the lyrics! Instead of turning your entire wedding reception into one big Christmas party, Hammer recommends incorporating elegant background instrumental holiday music during your cocktail hour only. It's subtle, sweet and far from cheesy. Plus, it's ridiculously romantic live, right?
Put a bow on it
Your favors, that is. A pretty ribbon tied around a jar of citrus herb salts, beautifully packaged kettle corn or homemade potpourri makes for a fabulously festive (albeit, not in your face holidays) parting gift for guests, offers Freeman.