Wedding bells—and jingle bells—are ringing for holiday-loving couples dreaming of a festive celebration. It’s the most wonderful time of the year to trade decking the halls for decking your wedding out in fun, festive features. From fashion to decor, we’ve got you covered with inspiration to get started.
We’ve compiled a list of unique and festive wedding details that’ll have your wedding radiating the holiday spirit. From signature holiday cocktails to wedding favors your guests can hang on their tree, it’s clear that every wedding planning detail is better with a holiday twist.
Use A Holiday Color Palette
Your color palette is typically one of the first wedding planning details that gets chosen. It sets the stage for every detail to come, from decor to fashion. Selecting colors like white, red, emerald green, and gold are sure to add a simple, festive vibe to your big day.
If you need help deciding on the perfect color palette, you’re in luck. We’ve gathered winter colors that fit any wedding theme and style for you. Get cozy and get your Pinterest boards ready for these winter wedding palette ideas.
Festive Invitation Suites
You can only make one first impression so make it a good one. Your invitation suite gives your guests a sneak peek at what’s to come on your big day.
A good rule of thumb—especially for wedding guests selecting the perfect outfit—is to stick with a color palette that compliments the wedding theme. Both you and your guests will use the invitation as a guide while preparing for the big day.
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Festive Holiday Wedding Decor
The holiday season is a magical time of year and your wedding should feel just as magical. Decor is the best way to personalize your celebration—especially for holiday loving couples. From tablescapes to florals, and even signage. Here are the festive features that will add more personality and a fun holiday twist to your chilly wedding.
Your welcome sign greets your guests. This is your chance to really set the tone for your day in style. To fully transport them into a winter wonderland, deck out your welcome sign with holiday details. From the sign style to the quirky font, your options are endless.
Florals and Greenery
Florals aren’t specific to spring weddings. Though the temperatures are cooler, there are still ways to incorporate stunning floral arrangements into your big day. Photographer and Junebug member Nikk Nguyen Photo says “to create that feeling of holiday magic as you walk down the aisle, select seasonal foliage that makes the Christmas bouquet of your dreams. Add reds, whites, holly, berries, and pine cones to spice up your arrangement.”
Using seasonal flowers—like roses, gardenias, and poinsettias—mixed with pine cones or red berries can make for stunning, wintery centerpieces. Nikk Nguyen Photo advises that couples “try adding springs of evergreen for a festive take on your ceremony programs, place cards, and other wedding stationery. You can attach them with ribbon for an extra flair of elegance. You can also opt for garlands or seasonal wreaths to decorate your venue. Your wedding will be smelling fresh and festive after you add a little green!”
Table Decor And Centerpieces
Whether you’re dreaming of floral centerpieces or thrifted table decor, select features that embrace the colors, flowers, and themes associated with the colder months. There are no rules when it comes to centerpieces—get creative by using candles, florals, and even pinecones.
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Drape Your Venue In Twinkle Lights
Nikk Nguyen Photo—photographer and Junebug member—thinks there are many holiday features that add that extra sparkle to your day and make the memory of your wedding that much more memorable. One of those elements is twinkle lights. “Instead of dressing your venue in artificial snow, substitute twinkle lights for a hassle-free winter wonderland. Don’t be afraid to string up lights around your reception area and ceremony location for an enchanting holiday wedding.”
Lean Into Festive Fashion
Winter couples have so much to look forward to when it comes to their chilly celebration. There’s something about winter fashion that makes getting married in the cold weather totally romantic. From patterns to colors, and even material—there are many fashion-forward options that scream holiday season.
For couples who’ve decided to have a wedding party, consider festive colors and materials—like velvet—for your wedding day crew.
Need an extra layer of warmth? There’s no better—or more functional—winter wedding accessory than a custom denim jacket or hand-painted leather jacket.
Non-Traditional Sweet Treats
If you’re hosting a winter wonderland wedding, use the chilly temps as an excuse to get creative with your dessert options. Consider trading a traditional tiered wedding cake for some seasonal treats. A crowd favorite—perfect for chilly winter weddings—is a smores bar.
Consider setting up a grab-and-go hot chocolate station. It’s a fun way to keep your guests warm and in the holiday spirit.
Signature Holiday Cocktails
Let’s be honest, the reception bar is always one of the most popular elements of a wedding reception. From the presentation to the drinks served—this is another chance to get creative and personalize your celebration.
Spice up your reception bar by creating signature holiday-themed cocktails and menus. We recommend getting in touch with your bartenders during the planning process for help in crafting up a holiday-infused cocktail you and your guests will love.
Recommended reading: The Ultimate Guide to Your Wedding Reception Bar
Have A Snowy Grand Exit
If the holiday season hasn’t gifted you with snowy weather on your wedding day, take matters into your own hands. Trade the famous sparkler exit for an artificially snowy confetti shower.
Recommended reading: Memorable Ways to End Your Reception
Festive Wedding Favors
The festivities can continue long beyond your wedding. If you and your partner are looking to show your appreciation to your guests, give wintery wedding favors—like ornaments, cozy blankets, or festive candles—as a keepsake and a thank you.
Cozy decor, delicious treats, and festive fashion—there’s so much to look forward to when it comes to a holiday wedding celebration. If you’re still unsure about hosting a winter wedding, check out these cozy weddings for inspiration to add a bit of warmth, magic, and sparkle to your big day.