Christmas Themed Wedding Ideas

Can’t decide if a Christmas themed wedding is right for you?

You don’t have to look like Mr. and Mrs. Claus to pull off a festive wedding. Paying attention to details and sticking to your chosen wedding theme will help you create a memorable day on any budget.

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Santa

I don’t recommend anyone in the wedding party actually dress up as Santa. Depending on designs and colors, this can be a fun or sophisticated theme but it is still a wedding.

  • Decide if you want the bright red, white and silver of North American Santas or more regal ivory, gold and raspberry of Santas of the World. Don't mix the two.
  • For a fun theme, include elves and for a more sophisticated theme make it fireplaces and stockings.
  • Arrive at the church in a horse-drawn sleigh. Depending on where you live or just how far you are willing to travel, make it extraordinarily memorable with a reindeer-drawn sleigh. The sleigh driver could be dressed as Santa.
  • Use black plastic Santa boots filled with flowers for centerpieces.
  • Hang Santa ornaments from a tree.
  • Hang stockings by the fireplace – one for each member of the wedding party is perfect. If you are not lucky enough to have a real fireplace, considering having one constructed from MDF for use at your reception.
  • Fill miniature stockings or Santa hats with Christmas candy for wedding favors.
  • Catering staff may wear Santa aprons, if you supply them.
  • Use lots of faux fur or feather boas to trim just about everything.

Wreaths

Wreaths can be made from nearly every material imaginable and in every color possible. Depending on the size of your reception hall, this Christmas themed wedding idea just may not have enough scope for all the decorations. Consider combining with ornaments or trees or jingle bells for added depth.

  • For a traditional Christmas themed wedding, stick with greenery, pine cones and plaid bows.
  • For a more modern twist use wreaths constructed of glass ornaments in 2 to 3 colors. Ice blue, white and silver make a stunning combination.
  • Wreaths made from jingle bells have also become quite popular lately.
  • Lay wreaths on the table with candles in the middle for centerpieces. Or instead of candles, choose large crystal bowls filled with glass ornaments.
  • Use wreaths to decorate the front of the head table.
  • This is the ideal theme to wear a head wreath.
  • Bridesmaids wearing dresses in evergreen velvet would be stunning.
  • Transform a dance floor to resemble a large wreath by placing boughs of greenery and pots of pine cones in circular fashion around the edges. Well-located potted branches or small cedar trees would help define spots to enter the dance floor and create vertical interest.

Candy Canes

Even though we rarely eat candy canes in our family, it just wouldn’t be Christmas without at least a dozen well placed throughout the tree.If you love candy canes and decide that this is the Christmas themed wedding for you, there are basically two routes to take this theme. Either traditional red and white with a hint of green or the very contemporary multi-colored where nearly everything goes.

  • A large tree covered with candy canes will definitely drive this theme home.
  • Candy cane ornaments are pretty easy to come by for wedding favors, or you can get creative and make them.
  • Rent large candy canes to form an archway. Be careful not to start resembling Santas workshop – you want people to know they are at a wedding and not at the North Pole.
  • Use party lights shaped like candy canes around doorways and for the front of the head table.

Ornaments

Christmas ornaments for a Christmas themed wedding is a beautiful decorating item. They essentially come in every color and shape imaginable. This theme is probably best if traditional round and possibly teardrop shapes are used in only 2-3 colors. You can use multi-colored ornaments but it may start to look like anything goes.

  • Fill crystal bowls with ornaments in your theme colors and use for table centerpieces.
  • Give ornaments personalized with your names and wedding date to guests as wedding favors.
  • Cake decorations can be made to resemble ornaments.
  • A large tree with lots of white lights and ornaments can be used as a focal point in the reception hall. When decorating a tree go for 100 lights per foot of tree. This will give you the sparkle you want and allow lighting throughout the tree and not just on the tips. Lots of lights will reflect off all your ornaments for a dazzling effect.
  • Hang large plastic ornaments from the ceiling over the dance floor or over the head table. I don't recommend both unless you have a fairly large room. To pull this look off, go for a variety of shapes and sizes.

Deciding to get married in December doesn't always mean a Christmas themed wedding. There are several winter themes for your wedding to choose from also.

Don't forget to have a look at the christmas invitations to fit your theme.

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