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Festive Details for Your Christmastime Wedding

Embrace the holiday season without going over the top.

Here are some of our favorite images from real weddings that took place during the holiday season and showcase how to adopt the theme without allowing it to overpower your special day.

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Photo: Harwell Photography

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. It’s when people want to be around loved ones anyway, and a wedding is a great way to gather those nearest and dearest to you.

When planning your special day during Christmastime, it’s important to find a balance between festive décor and an event that looks like it takes place in Santa’s Village. After all, at the end of the day you’re planning a wedding, not a holiday party. One way is to select a venue that will already be decorated, perhaps via lights on the building, for the holiday season. Guests will enter your celebration seeing a winter wonderland as a backdrop, but you can still put your stamp on the wedding décor. Embracing the theme of Christmastime is best done by incorporating festive, but natural details, as opposed to excessive candy canes and visages of St. Nick.

Below are some of our favorite images from real weddings that took place during the holiday season and showcase how to adopt the theme without allowing it to overpower your special day. 

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

holiday wedding ideas festive invitation suite red green
Photo by Harwell Photography; Planning & Design by Suzanne Reinhard Events

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

holiday wedding ideas welcome box with gingerbread man cookie
Photo by Harwell Photography; Planning & Design by Suzanne Reinhard Events

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

holiday wedding ideas black bridesmaid dresses fur wrap red bouquets
Photo by Harwell Photography; Planning & Design by Suzanne Reinhard Events

holiday wedding ideas red white green ceremony decor
Photo by Harwell Photography; Planning & Design by Suzanne Reinhard Events

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

holiday wedding ideas christmas carolers entertainment
Photo by Harwell Photography; Planning & Design by Suzanne Reinhard Events

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

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

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

holiday wedding ideas santa hat favors with sign ho ho ho
Photo by Harwell Photography; Planning & Design by Suzanne Reinhard Events

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

holiday wedding ideas decor red white green
Photo by Harwell Photography; Linens by Nüage Designs; Planning & Design by Suzanne Reinhard Events

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

holiday wedding ideas decor champagne flute with fresh rosemary herb
Photo by Harwell Photography; Planning & Design by Suzanne Reinhard Events

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

holiday wedding decor christmas tree cake table
Photo by Harwell Photography; Planning & Design by Suzanne Reinhard Events

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