Hey there! I’m afraid I make no apologies for plunging head first into Christmas from this point onwards! We’re going full-on festive here at English Wedding Blog – and I have a perfect article this morning for anyone planning a Christmas wedding to enjoy. Thanks as ever to Kate from Queens & Bowl for sharing this one – it’ll have you feeling inspired, snuggly and festive in minutes. Enjoy!
Christmas is just around the corner and I’m sure you’re just as excited as I am and hopefully not too stressed with last minute present shopping (take a look at my gift guide if you need any help)!
Despite some of the more stressful aspects of the period, Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy – just like a wedding! As such, there are a lot of marriages at this time of year and for good reason too: a Christmas-themed wedding combines all the joy of the festive period with all the joy of the happiest day of your life.
It’s fair to say that unless you’re extremely organised and have a crack team of planners it’s probably too late to have a Christmas wedding this year, but if you’re in the midst of planning your wedding and feeling particularly festive, there’s nothing to stop you getting into the swing of things and planning for next year (or even the year after!).
For this post, I’ve put together a few festive wedding ideas – with a vintage wedding twist, of course!
Picking A Date
Before I get into the specifics of decorations and which vintage wedding accessories to wear, it’s probably best to talk about which date you should book. It makes sense that you’ll want to book a Christmas wedding for the 24th or 25th but unfortunately, the chances of getting either of these dates are extremely slim unless you book well in advance; not only are they very popular dates, but a lot of venues hold religious ceremonies.
I’d recommend not pinning your hopes too much on getting a date around Christmas and maybe settling instead just for a December date. The dates around New Year are always very popular!
The Wedding Theme
Obviously you have one theme for your big day sorted already – Christmas! But it’s not enough to just stick a Christmas tree in the corner of your venue and be done with it; you’ll need to pick certain colours for the event, as well as something to make the event stand out from the Christmas wedding crowd.
Red and green are the colours most commonly associated with Christmas, but they don’t exactly lend themselves well to a wedding (although they could work as your bridesmaids outfits!). I’d personally recommend going for silver and white, which gives off that ‘winter wonderland’ vibe while still resembling a traditional wedding.
In terms of adding your own twist, you can’t go far wrong than adding a bit of vintage to your big day! Play some classic Christmas tunes as your guests arrive and set a vintage Christmas dress code. I’m not saying you should get everyone to break out their best (or should that be worst?) Christmas jumper, but encourage them to wear a sharp 20s style suit or evoke a bit of flapper fashion in their outfit.
One of the best things about a Christmas themed wedding is that your invitations are more or less decided for you – Christmas card-style invitations! You can choose any design you like, but I personally feel vintage-style illustrations look classy and get the Christmas message across nicely!
The wedding dress
The most important part of any wedding, choosing a Christmas themed bridal ensemble can seem difficult. After all, who wants to walk down the aisle in a tinsel-lined dress?!
But you don’t need to be quite as obvious as that; think ‘winter’ rather than ‘Christmas’ and you’ll find it much easier to put together a classy outfit. Stick to silver and white as your colour scheme and opt for crystal vintage wedding jewellery for that ‘winter princess’ look! It’s important not to overdo the crystals, however, so mix it up with a few pearls. So if you have a crystal necklace, opt for pearl wedding earrings!
You might also want to consider buying a vintage wedding shrug too – not only are they effortlessly stylish, but they’re also perfect for keeping you nice and cosy on a chilly December day.
Most importantly of all, remember to make your wedding fun! Christmas is a time of joy and happiness and you need to reflect this on your big day. Make sure everyone is smiling and having a good time, and you’re bound to as well!