If you’ve ever delved into the wonderful (and sometimes chaotic) world of wedding planning, you’re probably aware of how expensive booking vendors and venues can be during peak wedding season. So, why not opt to have your wedding during the “most wonderful time of year?” After all, many families make their way back home for the holidays and will appreciate not having to make a second trip. However, holiday-themed wedding planning isn’t always as easy as it sounds—and often brings up difficult questions like what the right appropriate amount of festive decor is, or how to decorate a space tastefully without being excessive. There are a number of ways to incorporate some Christmas magic to your wedding. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you do.
Don’t Go Overboard
A wedding can cost a lot. In 2017, the average couple in the U.S. spent $33,391 on their wedding. That’s in addition to the debt that—according to a Chime mobile bank survey—68% of Millennials are currently burdened with. A holiday wedding is a great way to knock vendor and venue prices down, but overcompensating with decorations can quickly add up and could even have you paying as much as if you had your wedding during peak season. This is something you’ll want to avoid if you’re not trying to break the bank on gaudy wedding expenses. Skip out on the 15’ Christmas tree and fake snow generator: instead, approach the theme more subtly. Make good use of garland, candles, and lights, so as to incorporate a hint of festive flair without overwhelming guests.
While a 15 foot Douglas-Fir decked to the nines might be overdoing it, a holiday-themed wedding isn’t complete without a few Christmas trees! It’s probably in your favor to go the artificial route and to buy them on the small(er) side though. This way, you’ll save yourself the hassle of the mess, while also opening up options for other colors—like this beautiful white Christmas tree. Miniature Christmas trees also make great centerpieces for your tables and help give your theme a holistic vibe.
If white Christmas trees aren’t your thing, stick to the basics! Red and green are timeless Christmas motifs that will help pull your whole theme together. This color scheme is easy to accommodate too, as garlands, wreaths, and other types of foliage come standard in green. You’ll also find that red flowers, tablecloths, and other essential decorative elements can be found in abundance. However, if you want to shake things up a bit, consider some alternative, modern winter colors.
One of the best parts of coming home for the holidays is indulging in all your favorite Christmas foods and drinks. Mulled wine and rumchata egg nog are two great drinks for your guests to escape the cold during your reception. For your main course: any traditional Christmas dinner will do! Roast turkey or ham work for most, but be sure to include some options for your vegetarian guests, too. As for dessert, the options are endless: Christmas puddings, mince pies, gingerbread cookies, the list goes on. Complete the experience with your favorite mix of holiday music and you have yourself a wedding guaranteed to put you on the “nice” list!