Christmas weddings, or any winter wedding, has to be planned carefully and done just right. You have decided to have your wedding during the busiest time of the year, but the idea of getting married during the winter months is something you and your groom decided together. That’s why choosing your event venues and wedding spot and finding the flowers you need isn’t the same as if you were planning a summer wedding. With that being said, read on below for a few tips to help you to pull off your holiday wedding with style.
Choose Your Venue Carefully
The venue, you choose is extremely important in the winter months. Many churches are drafty and chilly in the winter time, especially if the snow and ice are piling up outside. Your biggest concern when choosing a venue for a Christmas wedding is warming the venue and making sure your guests are comfortable. Make sure to choose wisely and get some help from professional wedding planners if possible.
Choosing Your Decorations
In the winter months, it’s a little harder to find the right flowers to not only go around your theme, but that are actually in season, especially if you are on any type of a budget. If you are considering decorating your venue yourself, pink and white roses are the best flowers to get in the winter. Combined with gold and silver ornaments, they are a breathtaking choice of decoration.
Prepare for the Unexpected
As the bride and groom, you need to keep an eye out for the unexpected. Things happen in the summer when planning a wedding, but during the middle of the winter, even more, unexpected things can happen. Keep an eye on the weather right up until you go to walk down the aisle. You never know when a blizzard will make its way through or when the roads will just be too icy to risk driving on. Make sure that the venue and vendors you choose have a “what if” clause in their contracts so that you can decide together what to do should the weather take an unexpected turn.
Expect Some Unaccepted Invitations
While everyone will want to attend your wedding, you should expect some unaccepted invitations. Many people are super busy during Christmas and just can’t afford or take the time away to go to a wedding during the holidays. For the elderly, it is sometimes impossible to get out in extremely cold weather, and it is always possible that winter conditions make it impossible to drive on icy roads or fly as well. Don’t be upset by the refusals, just know that winter holiday weddings are a little harder to attend than your traditional spring and summer weddings are.
Choose Your Lighting Carefully
Don’t forget that the sun goes down extremely early in the winter months, and you don’t want to be caught unprepared with your lighting. However, you want your lighting to be in keeping with your winter, holiday theme. To keep that theme, try the lighting options below, but do so safely!
· Have a roaring fire in the fireplace of the venue you have chosen. This will give light to the room and added warmth to the occasion as well.
· String twinkling Christmas lights, preferably white, to add light and festiveness to the event.
· Use vintage lamps for an added elegance.
· Use big church candles to light the way, while being careful of the open flame.
These are just a few tips to help you pull off your holiday winter wedding in style. Remember, though a winter wedding is harder to pull off than a spring wedding, the venue and the bride will be gorgeous, the guests cozy, and the background for your wedding a natural beauty.