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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 it's generally advised to not 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 to strike this balance 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. Click the links below each image to see more from these celebrations!

Sleigh Ride

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Photo by Handeland Tesoro Photography; From Real Wedding: A Snowy Outdoor Winter Ceremony & Cozy Lodge Reception

Holiday-Inspired Invitation Suite

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Photo by Harwell Photography; From Real Wedding: Magical Winter Wedding with Luxurious Red & White Holiday Décor

Red & Green Bridal Bouquet

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Photo by Robyn Rachel Photography; Floral Design by HMR Designs; From Real Wedding: Christmas-Theme Wedding with Festive Red & Green Décor in Illinois

Holiday-Themed Welcome Boxes

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Photo by Harwell Photography; From Real Wedding: Magical Winter Wedding with Luxurious Red & White Holiday Décor

Wreath-Inspired Boutonnieres

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Photo by Dalal Photography; Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party Constultants; From Real Wedding: A Holiday Wedding with Woodsy Winter Décor Elements

Cozy Bridesmaid Dresses & Accessories

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Photo by Harwell Photography; From Real Wedding: A Magical Winter Wedding with Luxurious Red & White Holiday Décor

Wintry Ceremony Décor

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Photo by Harwell Photography; From Real Wedding: A Magical Winter Wedding with Luxurious Red & White Holiday Décor

Christmas Lights at Venue

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Photo by Dalal Photography; Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party Constultants; From Real Wedding: A Holiday Wedding with Woodsy Winter Décor Elements

Christmas Carolers

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Photo by Harwell Photography; From Real Wedding: Magical Winter Wedding with Luxurious Red & White Holiday Décor

Pinecone Aisle Markers

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Photo by Dalal Photography; Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party Constultants; From Real Wedding: A Holiday Wedding with Woodsy Winter Décor Elements

Wreath on Wedding Car

christmas wreath on getaway car for holiday season wedding
Photo by Robyn Rachel Photography; Floral Design by HMR Designs; From Real Wedding: Christmas-Theme Wedding with Festive Red & Green Décor in Illinois

Christmas Tree Décor

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Photo by Dalal Photography; Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party Constultants; From Real Wedding: A Holiday Wedding with Woodsy Winter Décor Elements

Santa Hat Favors

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Photo by Harwell Photography; From Real Wedding: Magical Winter Wedding with Luxurious Red & White Holiday Décor

Red & Green Reception Décor

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Photo by Robyn Rachel Photography; Floral Design by HMR Designs; From Real Wedding: Christmas-Theme Wedding with Festive Red & Green Décor in Illinois

Wintry Wedding Tablescapes

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Photo by Harwell Photography; From Real Wedding: Magical Winter Wedding with Luxurious Red & White Holiday Décor

Poinsettia & Holly Centerpiece

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Photo by Robyn Rachel Photography; Floral Design by HMR Designs; From Real Wedding: Christmas-Theme Wedding with Festive Red & Green Décor in Illinois

Festive Holiday Signature Cocktails

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Photo by Harwell Photography; From Real Wedding: Magical Winter Wedding with Luxurious Red & White Holiday Décor

Red & Green Wedding Reception

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Photo by Robyn Rachel Photography; Floral Design by HMR Designs; From Real Wedding: Christmas-Theme Wedding with Festive Red & Green Décor

Christmas Tree Cake Table

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Photo by Harwell Photography; From Real Wedding: Magical Winter Wedding with Luxurious Red & White Holiday Décor

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