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20 Ideas for a Festive Holiday Wedding

Be inspired to spread some holiday cheer at your wedding events.

Though we generally advise not to have your wedding on a major holiday, the most wonderful time of the year can be a joyous season to host your nuptials, whether you're religious or not.

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Photo: Harwell Photography

Happy Holidays! Though we generally advise not to have your wedding on a major holiday, the most wonderful time of the year can be a joyous season to host your nuptials, whether you're religious or not. The holidays are a time when people want to be around their loved ones, and a wedding provides a wonderful opportunity to gather your nearest and dearest to celebrate your love.

Though you may already have a theme or style in mind for your big day, a celebration during the holiday season provides a chance to add some festive décor to your ceremony or reception. When planning your special day during Christmastime, it’s important to find a balance between romantic holiday-inspired décor and an event that looks more like an office holiday party than a wedding. We've had couples choose to embrace the holiday spirit during just the ceremony – particularly if a church is already decorated for Christmas – as well as extend the magic of the season through to the reception. In lieu of more kitschy candy canes and reindeer décor, consider boughs of holly and evergreen garlands to keep your soirée feeling romantic and festive, yet not over-the-top.

To gather inspiration, we've pulled together 20 ideas from some of our favorite real weddings that took place during the holiday season. Click each photo to see more from these festive events!

1. Romantic Sleigh Ride & Cozy Attire

bride and groom with furs on horse-drawn carriage in snowstorm winter wedding
Photo by Handeland Tesoro Photography

2. Festive Wedding Invitation

holiday wedding ideas festive invitation suite red green
Photo by Harwell Photography

3. Jolly Red Bouquet

red and green christmas bouquet red roses holly berries pine cones holiday season
Photo by Robyn Rachel Photography; Floral Design by HMR Designs

4. Christmas Cookie Favors & Welcome Gifts

holiday wedding ideas welcome box with gingerbread man cookie
Photo by Harwell Photography

5. Evergreen & Pinecone Boutonnieres

mini pinecone boutonnieres for holiday season christmas wedding
Photo by Dalal Photography; Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party Constultants

6. Emerald Bridesmaid Gowns

bridesmaids for winter wedding in emerald green classic bridesmaid dresses
Photo by Karlisch Photography; Floral Design by HeatherLily

7. Red & Green Ceremony Décor

holiday wedding ideas red white green ceremony decor
Photo by Harwell Photography

8. Twinkle Lights

christmas lights decorate wedding venue holiday season
Photo by Dalal Photography; Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party Constultants

9. Christmas Carolers

holiday wedding ideas christmas carolers entertainment
Photo by Harwell Photography

10. Pinecone & Evergreen Swag Décor

large pinecones and fir greenery aisle markers christmas holiday season wedding
Photo by Dalal Photography; Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party Constultants

11. Festive Altar Décor

church wedding ceremony bride groom with pastor holiday decor christmas trees lights
Photo by Old South Studios

12. Getaway Car Wreath

christmas wreath on getaway car for holiday season wedding
Photo by Robyn Rachel Photography; Floral Design by HMR Designs

13. Flocked Trees & Ornaments

christmas trees at wedding, mini fir trees for centerpieces holiday season wedding
Photo by Dalal Photography; Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party Constultants

14. Santa Hats

holiday wedding ideas santa hat favors with sign ho ho ho
Photo by Harwell Photography; Linens by Nüage Designs

15. Red & Green Reception Décor

red roses, pine branches, pinecones, holiday season christmas wedding
Photo by Robyn Rachel Photography; Floral Design by HMR Designs

16. Festive Tablescapes & Globe Lighting

holiday wedding ideas decor red white green
Photo by Harwell Photography; Linens by Nüage Designs

17. Boughs of Holly

holly centerpieces red florals christmas themed wedding holiday season
Photo by Robyn Rachel Photography; Floral Design by HMR Designs

18. Holiday Cocktails & Champagne

holiday wedding ideas decor champagne flute with fresh rosemary herb
Photo by Harwell Photography; Linens by Nüage Designs

19. Chandelier Wreaths

christmas lights red and green christmas-themed wedding holiday season
Photo by Robyn Rachel Photography; Floral Design by HMR Designs

20. Holiday Wedding Cake

holiday wedding decor christmas tree cake table
Photo by Harwell Photography

Read the etiquette of planning a holiday wedding, discover five wintry drinks for your cocktail hour, and get expert tips on decorating your home for the holidays!

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