‘Tis the season to be married! What I love most about this time of year is the array of Christmas wedding themes you can choose between. To help you find your festive favourite, I’ve picked out 4 popular Christmas wedding theme ideas and included stylish ways you can wrap your stationery, colour theme, decorations and flowers to match.
1. A Traditional Christmas Wedding
For that familiar warm, nostalgic feeling, the classic colourings and patterns of Christmas are a wonderful way to acknowledge the season on your special day.
Stick to Red, Greens and Golds
We’re talking Santa reds and forest greens with splashes of glamorous gold throughout. From block colours within your bridesmaid dresses and tablecloths, to subtle nods through decorations, accessories and wedding stationery, there are lots of ways to incorporate this festive palette.
Deck the Halls
If you’re having a December wedding, check if your venue already has Christmas trees or decorations up. If they do – great! Grand fir trees make a stunning statement within this theme and a fantastic backdrop to your wedding pictures.
Add some Christmas magic with hanging baubles and mistletoe amongst bountiful fairy lights. And dial up the romance with warm candlelight from lanterns along the aisle, vintage candlesticks as centrepieces or tea lights amongst your table decorations. Speaking of tables, add magical moments such as candy cane Christmas wedding favours, Christmas crackers or individual stockings. Oh, and don’t forget the mince pies!
Wedding Invites from Santa?
Beautifully hand-written Christmas wedding invitations, especially those with curly calligraphy, feels like receiving a letter from the big man himself! If you include iconic symbols such as wreaths or mistletoe on the invites, you can mirror these on your table settings, place names and order of services too. For a more sophisticated style, add elegant gold edging detail or touches of traditional tartan.
Whichever style you go for, don’t forget the wax seal on the envelope where you can use a unique stamp such as your initials, a heart or Christmas holly. And to really honour the season, how about a traditional Christmas postage stamp too?
Traditional Christmas Wedding Flowers
Opt for an oversized bouquet filled with lots of deep greenery as a base for speckles of bright red roses or berries to rest. To really capture Christmas, you could even go for a wreathed shaped bouquet!
Photo 1: Mountainaire gatherings
Photo 2: Susan Alyse Photography
2. Create a Winter Wonderland
Whether you’re picturing Harry Potter’s Yule Ball or Narnia’s ice castle, a whimsical wonderland creates a sleek and elegant theme for your Christmas wedding.
Add Some Sparkles
Layer your space in a selection of silvers, blues, whites and pale greys. Textures work well here too: glitter, sparkles and metallic accessories – anything that shimmers and reflects light to create a chic, modern look.
Winter Wonderland Décor
Fairy lights are a must with this theme and the more the better! If your venue allows, hang billowing white drapes or large stars. For the tables, lay fresh white tablecloths and transparent chairs to create a beautiful base, and add pops of blues and silver within your tableware. Choose clear glassware, slim candles and tall sprigs or branches to enhance this mystical scene.
Magical Christmas Wedding Invitations
There are a few different styles for this theme, but core blue, silver and white hues should stay consistent. Look at watercolour or marble backgrounds, where white or silver edged fonts will stand out. I also love the idea of incorporating stars for a bit of a Luna or celestial theme too.
Single Colour Bouquets
An all-white bouquet including roses, snowdrops and heather, in a teardrop shape extends the elegance of this theme. If you want to try something a little different, add succulents or sprigs of pastel colours to break it up.
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Photo 2: Nicola Lemmon Photography
3. A Jubilantly Jewelled Christmas Wedding
If you’re flawed by the image of luxurious fabrics, opulent colours and ultimate indulgence, then this is the theme for you!
Let It Shine
Take inspiration from lavish, regal settings decorated in dramatic burgundy, princely purples, emerald greens and sapphire blues – the more the better to be honest because the great thing is, they all complement each other.
You can have a lot of fun with this theme: from simple touches of jewel-toned glasses and tableware to layers of textures such as crushed velvets, tassels or silky satin. You could also choose gold chairs fit for a Christmas bride and groom. Mulled wine welcome drinks fit fabulously into this backdrop, complete with dried clementines. Or really impress your guests with a champagne fountain or Ferrero Rocher tower!
Striking Stationery to Stun Your Guests
A shiny gold or silver geometric pattern complements this royal palette. I encourage you to pick a coloured envelope too – there’s something quite magical about a lavish invite standing out amongst bland, white bills in the post.
Warm things up with sumptuous roses, lisianthus and alstroemeria and flecks of gypsophila throughout your wedding day. These deluxe blooms look best within an oversized bouquet, surrounded by candles in a plush centrepiece, or create a stunning archway for your ceremony.
Photo 1: Tina Chiou
Photo 2: simply Pretty Pieces
4. Rustic Christmas Wedding Theme
Head back to nature with a bohemian and rustic themed wedding. This beautiful setting has a comforting feeling of home, perfect for celebrating your day with loved ones.
All Is Calm, All Is Bright
Soft and natural earthy colours create a peaceful and relaxed vibe. Use a mix of muted greens, pastel pinks and beautiful beiges as your base and add dashes of gold for a festive flourish. Pick rustic materials like wooden chairs, tables and signs to enhance the theme and layer cosy textures including fluffy faux furs, and chunky wool blankets to keep your guests seasonally snug.
Be at One with Nature
Stay away from tinsel and baubles and cover your tables with gauze table runners, wooden platters, cloth napkins instead, tying everything together with twine. Have fun foraging too and scatter festive holly, pinecones or even moss, as well as dried fruit and nuts including oranges, cinnamon sticks, walnuts, plums and cranberries.
Make sure your guests get in the Christmas spirit with a hot chocolate station, complete with whip cream, marshmallows and sprinkles. Or why not go against a classic Christmas wedding cake and opt for a tower of cheeses, or a gingerbread house?!
Beautiful Wedding Stationery
Stick with muted colours and add glistening detail with gold font (which can be mirrored throughout your wedding stationery), green foliage or forest animals such as stags, robins and hares. A tree-lined background creates a lovely image for your wedding invites, just be sure to wrap everything up with a piece of string and fresh sprigs to complete the look!
Rustic Wedding Flowers
Stick with soft palettes and foliage with spruce or alternatively, group pampas grass, feathers or dried flowers. If you’ve chosen a floaty, bohemian style wedding dress to complement this vision, I recommend a quaint flower crown too – stick with the muted colours or add touches of sunny yellow or pops of pink to add a little warmth.
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Photo 2: Via Pinterest
To Have and To Hold (Even When It’s Cold)
If you’re looking to plan your dream Christmas wedding, I’d love to help you to get started. From planning your initial ideas to being your wedding day support, I have a range of services available. To find out more, get in touch.