It's cold outside, the fire crackles, the smell of mulled wine hangs in the air, and holly and mistletoe are the wedding decorations adorning the door frames. Then, with a fanfare, in comes the bride! No, it's not the most common wedding theme, but if you love Christmas as much as we do, we bet you'll love the wedding ideas we're going to share with you here. Don't miss our gallery of 40 photos, which will give you lots of wedding theme ideas for your magical Christmas wedding.
Winter wonderland wedding
Start by making a mood board with all the white winter wonderland elements you think would fit in with your wedding decor and style. Remember that there are many shades of white; we recommend picking a soft, creamy white, so that it is inviting and not too cold. Choose white fabric for the table linens and any other elements, such as ribbons or bows, making sure the textures also combine well. Add some greenery or white flowers to complete your winter wonderland look.
Tasteful wedding colours
You can choose the traditional Christmas red and green as your wedding colour scheme, but add lots of fresh flowers and greenery to make the look luxurious and elegant. Or opt for royal blue for a more modern touch. Share your ideas with your wedding venue hire so that they can show you some examples or options for bringing Christmas elements into your decor.
Woodland Christmas style
For a Christmas woodland theme, you'll need lots of natural elements, including plenty of pinecones and green foliage. Ivy, holly, and mistletoe are standard, but you can also include pussy willow and evergreen boughs. Gypsophila wedding flowers are perfect for Christmas, as are other delicate white flowers such as snowdrops and lilies, combined with deep red blooms like amaryllis or ranunculus.
How to dress for a Christmas wedding
Most likely, your guests will come dressed in Christmas colours, so the bride will stand out in an all-white traditional wedding dress, but she can add a Christmas sparkle with her accessories -- red or gold wedding shoes, for example. Similarly, the groom could have a touch of red or gold in his tie or bowtie, buttonhole or even his socks, for a fun twist. The bridesmaids could wear white to fit a winter wonderland wedding theme, but red, green, or blue dresses are perfect for a Christmas wedding as well.
A Christmas bouquet
Add a touch of mistletoe to the wedding bouquets, as well as some pinecones or aromatic eucalyptus leaves with their pods for a wintery look. Choose lovely winter flowers in deep red, combined with forest-green foliage and accented with some frosted green leaves. Tie it together with a long red ribbon, or make a statement with a cascading bouquet.
With elements of Christmas sprinkled through your wedding flowers, attire, and decor, the Christmas spirit is sure to infect everyone and make it a very special day. Your wedding favours can be wrapped like little Christmas presents for everyone or treat your guests to packages of chocolate bark, shortbread or gingerbread. And don't forget to have the DJ play some of your favourite Christmas tunes!