Congratulations on planning a Christmas wedding! Christmas has to be one of the most romantic times of the year, so what better time to get married?
However, I know what you are thinking. How can I plan a classy, chic festive style wedding without it becoming tacky and themed? Well, I am here to the rescue with my top Christmas wedding ideas to create a cosy and memory-filled festive day.
Plus I will share my top Christmas wedding planning tips to ensure it all goes without a hitch.
Christmas Wedding Stationery
Start the day off with a bang. Tantalise your guests before the event gets underway with your Christmas wedding invitations!
But your wedding stationery doesn’t stop there. Consider your on-the-day stationery too to enhance all the festive feels.
Just because it’s Christmas, doesn’t mean you need to go for classic red and green. Soft neutrals can look really chis, especially with your pretty paper.
2. Golden Edge
Calligraphy script edged with gold leaf for a luxe wedding place name look.
3. Monochrome & Tassel
Monochrome paper looks stylish, always. Especially teamed with metallics and tassels for Christmas.
4. Advent Calender Table Plan
Christmas usually officially begins with the first advent calendar window is opened. So perhaps an advent calender wedding table plan is the best invention ever?!
5. Green & Gold
Emerald greens and gold teamed with stars is a beautifully Christmas style without the cheese.
Tartan is a fantastic print for Christmas, and used well can create a gorgeous festive style.
Sometimes you can add a little Christmas without going all in. This subtle night sky galaxy stationery is perfect for wintery weddings.
8. Wreath Table Plan
Use wreath hoops to craft a stylish DIY table plan that’s not over the top. For extra Christmas style, add more foliage!
9. Holly & Festoon Lights
A simple flourish of holly and a dashing of festoon lights takes this invitation to a festive wonderland.
10. Christmas Table Names
You don’t have to use decor alone to create a Christmas wedding. Choosing festive table names is a great way to inject your theme with festive fun. Here are some ideas:
Winter books (Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, The Snowman, A Christmas Carol)
Christmas films (Love Actually, Home Alone, Elf)
Festive songs (All I Want For Christmas Is You, Last Christmas, Fairytale of New York)
Christmas hymns (Silent Night, O Holy Night, Away In A Manger)
Festive locations (Lapland, Rockefeller Center)
Winter sports (Skiing, Ice Skating, Sledding)
Christmas food (Roast Turkey, Mince Pies, Brussel Sprouts)
Festive drinks (Baileys, Egg Nog, Mulled Wine)
TV specials (Gavin & Stacey, Friends, The Royle Family)
Christmas characters (Father Christmas, Buddy The Elf, Scrooge)
Winter animals (Polar Bear, Reindeer, Robin)
Winter plants (Spruce, Holly, Ivy)
Celestial (Stars, Moons, Star Signs)
11. Music & Readings
Here are some festive tunes for your ceremony right through to the last dance:
Hark The Herald Angels Sing
O Little Town Of Bethlehem
The Holly and The Ivy
Ding Dong Merrily On High
Josh Groban – Believe (From The Polar Express)
Michael Bublé – It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas
Bruce Sprinsteen – Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
Coldplay – Christmas Lights
Chris Rea – Driving Home For Christmas
Walking In The Air – Aled Jones (From The Snowman)
And some Christmas-feel ceremony readings:
The Night Before Christmas
Quote From Love Actually
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Chalkboards are always a wedding favourite and they suit a Christmas wedding beautifully especially draped in ivy.
Christmas Wedding Favours
Treat and delight guests to special festive wedding favours! Stocking-fillers are perfect as favours, you don’t need to spend a fortune either.
13. Candy Canes
A simple candy cane is not only the perfect sweet treat but is an understated Christmas treat.
14. Christmas Cracker
Make or build your own Christmas crackers! Not only will the gift inside go down a storm, but they are a really interactive table idea. With games inside, fun hats and a joke, it could just be the perfect wedding game idea.
15. Spruce & Wood
Spruce is traditional festive foliage that will certainly look the part on your place settings. Pair with wood for a chic Scandi style.
Who doesn’t love a bauble? Create personalised baubles to use as favours and guests will remember your day every year when they decorate their tree.
Is it even Christmas without gingerbread?! Make mini gingerbread treats for guests to enjoy in the evening.
Make stockings or Christmas sacks. If this is too much for your favours, they’d make great wrapping for gifts to your wedding party (or each other!).
19. Kids Favours
Treat the little ones at your wedding to Christmas chocolates and milk of course!
Instead of a bauble, how about gifting guests a simple decoration to place in their home?
21. Hot Chocolate Jars
Hot chocolate jars are a great favour to DIY. Layer ingredients into glass jars for a visual and warming treat when they get home.
Christmas Wedding Decor
So you now have your stationery, music, readings and favours sorted. But what about the all-important Christmas wedding decorations?
When it comes to decor, you can keep things incredibly simple and relaxed. Plus keeping decor low-key will keep costs down (don’t ever feel like you have to spend a fortune on your day!). But, you can also go all-out with your wedding decorations.
Elements such as paper, flowers, candles, fabrics, lighting and even wedding backdrops can make a real statement. Let’s check out the festive decor inspo shall we?
22. Paper Stars
There’s something so Christmassy about stars. Foldable paper stars are a perfect hanging decoration and are inexpensive. Some allow lights to be placed inside for a glow come evening too.
23. Christmas Tree Farm
Host your wedding day at a Christmas Tree farm and let the pine trees do the talking. Add red and greens for a very traditional Christmas style.
24. Greenery Garlands
Greenery garlands make for the perfect Christmas table. Add natural elements such as pine cones and team with lit candles.
25. Hanging Greenery
Don’t stop at the tables, bring the greenery to the ceiling of your reception too.
26. Micro Fairy Lights
Micro fairy lights added to Christmas wedding centrepieces will look ethereal and pretty.
27. Christmas Tree (& Wrapped Presents)
Think about wrapping your wedding gifts to your wedding party beneath for an authentic look.
28. Seasonal Signs
Add cute Christmas sayings and quotes to chalkboards and dot them around your venue.
29. Dried Clementine Slices
You can easily pick up dried clementine slices, or dry your own as a scented place setting addition.
30. Midnight Blue & Gold
Midnight blue and gold make for the perfect festive colours that don’t shout Christmas from the rooftops.
31. Cinnamon Sticks
Add a wedding day scent with cinnamon sticks. Pop in flowers, in your stationery or on tables for a festive aroma.
32. Clear Span Marquee
Bring the night sky in, with a clear span marquee reception. All the cosy feels whilst keeping toasty warm.
33. Aisle Candles
Instead of flowers, seeing as it gets dark early in December. Why not make use of the low light by adding candles to your aisle?
34. Outdoor Den
Provide a cosy outdoor den for guests who want a touch of fresh air. Construct a naked tipi and adorn with fairy lights.
35. Jewel Colours
Take inspiration from the Three Kings with rich, jewel colours on your wedding tables.
Moss is a beautiful way to add vibrant green to your wedding decor. Be sure to source from a sustainable supplier though.
Add sparkle with sequins to your wedding. You could add a sequin jacket to your dress or a simple table runner in sequin fabric.
38. Hanging Tea Lights
Create a twinkling ceiling with suspended tea lights. The effect is sure to wow guests.
Photo: Kerry Diamond Photography via Woodland Boho Wedding
39. Icy Blue
Take inspiration from snowy weather with an icy blue and white scheme.
40. Fairy Light Canopy
Cocoon your entire wedding venue with a fairy light canopy for a glowing effect.
41. Provide Blankets
To protect against the winter chill, give out cosy blankets to your loved ones.
42. Fairy Lights & Candles
Bring all the magical vibes with fairy lights and candles.
Christmas Wedding Flowers
When it comes to winter wedding flowers for a Christmas do, options can be limited due to the season. However, if you are creative and flexible, there are plenty of options.
Work together with your florist or flower supplier to save on the cost of wedding flowers. As well as find alternatives to flowers that may not be available in the winter months.
Mistletoe may just be the most romantic and Christmassy wedding flower ever! Perfect for hanging at the top of the aisle and at your top table.
44. Christmas Wreath
Add Christmas wreaths to your decor, such as on the back of your chairs or suspended on the wall. How about making a giant one for a wedding photobooth backdrop?
45. Greenery Ceremony
Add ample foliage to your ceremony with a greenery hoop, pew ends and pedestal arrangements.
46. Wicker Stars
Find natural-looking Christmas decorations and embellish with fresh flowers and foliage.
47. Snowy White
Snowy white blooms look elegant and sophisticated at winter weddings.
48. Deep Red
Rich red flowers look sumptuous and add a dash of glam to a wedding.
49. Dried Flowers & Pampas Grass
Your wedding flowers don’t have to be fresh. Dried flowers are hugely popular at weddings with fluffy pampas grass looking great all year round.
50. Dusky Pink
Intersperse greenery with dusky pink tones for a warm bouquet style.
51. Dried Buttonhole
Pure white buttonhole flowers made from dried greenery, grass and seed heads look really elegant.
Add a touch of spruce to traditional wedding flowers for a festive feel.
More is more, especially at Christmas, so why not go for an extra large bouquet?
A colour pop of red berries is just perfect for a Christmas floral arrangement.
Tie up buttonholes and bouquets with festive ribbon.
Christmas Wedding Entertainment
Now we’ve taken a look at wedding day style, let’s see how you can infuse all the fun at your festive wedding!
56. Sleigh Rides
Provide sleigh rides for the ultimate wedding day fun. Or create a sleigh for photos!
57. Father Christmas
Surprise children and adults alike with a visit from Santa! Get Father Christmas to give our wedding favours, have a Christmas sing-a-long or pose for wedding photos.
58. Snow Machine
Hire a snow machine for a touch of magic on the dance floor or during wedding drinks.
59. Secret Santa
Ask guests to join in with a secret santa. Set a budget and a theme, then allow guests to swap presents on the day.
60. Glitter Bar
If there’s ever a time for glitter, it has to be at Christmas right?
61. Elf On The Shelf
Create an interactive experience for your guests by setting up an Elf On The Shelf challenge. Put an elf on each table and guests compete to create the most havoc.
Alternatively, create your own elf scenes and ask guests to find them throughout the day.
62. Snowy Confetti
Swap your colourful wedding confetti for white petals or paper, for a snowfall-inspired confetti throw.
63. Christmas Games
Other Christmas wedding game ideas that could prove fun:
Festive scavenger hunt (find the bauble/reindeer/Santa)
Christmas crossword puzzle
If it snows bring sledges
Classic board games
Where’s Santa? photo board
Faux snowball fight
Sparklers are always fun and make for a fantastic photo opportunity.
65. Festive Photo Booth
Put together a fantastically festive photo booth for guests to take snaps.
What better way to end the night than with majestic fireworks? Set to Christmas music for the ultimate night’s end.
67. Christmas Dress Code
Give the chance for guests to dress up with a festive dress code. How about:
Glitter and sequins
Black tie and ball gowns
Fancy dress contest
Red and green
68. Jingle Bells
Incorporate festive jingle bells with a fun ring for a kiss game. Each time someone rings the bell, the couple has to kiss!
Christmas Wedding Food & Drink
We all know Christmas is almost all about food and drink. It goes without saying that festive cuisine is a must-have for a Christmas wedding.
69. Cookie Bar
Comforting cookies in glass jars! Be sure to serve with warm milk.
70. Cookie Wall
Instead of jars, present cookies on a wall!
71. Christmas Dinner
If your wedding isn’t too close to Christmas day itself. Think about having Christmas turkey and all the trimmings!
72. Chocolate Fountain
Indulge in a chocolate fountain for the evening party.
73. Chocolate Stirrers
Give out chocolate sitters to add pizazz to hot drinks after dinner.
Give our s’mores for marshmallow toasting around the fire after dark.
75. Ferrero Rocher Tower
Ferrero Rocher, After Eights or perhaps Terry’s Chocolate Orange, are the classic Christmas choccie treat.
76. Mulled Wine
Heat up your drinks reception with mulled wine.
Desserts are made to be indulgent and profiteroles may just be the ticket!
Sweet or savoury pies are a great food option. Dish out minis for a cute Christmas canape.
79. Hot Chocolate Bar
Set up a hot chocolate bar for a warming treat post ceremony.
80. Christmas Pudding
Following your wedding breakfast treats guest to a flaming Christmas pudding.
81. Dessert Table
Can’t choose one pudding? Then give lots of treat options at your wedding.
Zhuzh up wine bottles with sweet Christmas hats.
Love a cheese board? Why not make a cheese tower as a wedding cake alternative?
84. Christmas Cocktails
Look for some Christmas cocktails for special drinks. Here are some ideas:
85. Mince Pies
Serve warm mince pies with ice cream for the perfect wedding day dessert.
86. Gingerbread House
Gingerbread houses evoke the perfect Christmas nostalgia, look great and taste amazing.
Christmas Wedding Cakes
Wedding cakes often make up the centrepiece of a wedding. They can be a real talking point, both for visuals and flavour. So of course, its a key part of a Christmas wedding day style!
First up, let’s take a look at Christmas wedding cake flavour ideas:
Christmas Cake/Fruit Cake
White and gold make for a stunning cake decoration combination.
Decorate a simple cake with spruce for instant Christmas vibes.
Create an ice effect with a glitter finish.
90. Cotton Wool
Cotton adds a touch of softness to a cake design.
91. Tree Stump
For a natural Christmas style, have a cake that looks like a tree stump.
92. Christmas Puddings
Have mini Christmas puddings made and pop them on a cupcake tower.
93. Rough Icing
Roughly iced cakes look amazing decorated with simple flowers.
94. Pine Cones & Berries
Pine cones and berries are the perfect accompaniment for a Christmas cake.
For a softer style, watercolour effects can look magical.
Feathers are a fabulous way to decorate a wedding cake.
97. Log Slice
Pop your cake on a log slice for a festive wedding cake stand idea.
98. Red Green & Gold
Perhaps the best Christmas colour palette? Red, gold and gold look amazing.
99. Chalkboard Cake
Add a cute festive message on your cake with a chalkboard effect.
This geode effect cake looks perfectly festive.
Christmas Wedding Dress & Suit
We’re going to turn our thoughts to outfits now! Christmas wedding dresses and suits to be precise, with a little accessorising to boot.
Choose a wedding dress embroidered with stars.
Beaded gowns will add a touch of glam.
Not only is velvet warm and tactile but it looks so luxe!
Embellished wedding dresses look so sparkly and pretty.
Glitter fabric and veils make for the best festive outfits.
Use tartan for accessories or suits for a warm and cosy look.
Classic lace dresses with long sleeves are a timeless dress choice for brides.
Swap wedding shoes for long boots, ideal for cold weather!
109. Faux Fur
Faux fur accessories are not only going to keep you warm but will look so elegant.
Keep warm and make a statement with beautiful tights.
Cosy coordinating socks make for a perfect gift to keep feet warm.
And so there we have it! You now have all the ideas you’ll ever need for your dream Christmas wedding. From food and drink to decor, favours, attire, cakes and games I have you covered!
Now its time to make note of your favourite ideas to incorporate into your theme! Hooray.
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