Your Yuletide Wedding

A Traditional Holiday Wedding

Make your wedding and your Christmas season even more memorable with a Christmas time wedding. Combining the joyful spirit of the holiday season, and the beginning of your lives together is a wonderful way to celebrate love, giving, and family - all the things that make Christmas such a special time.

Send invitations early to limit the conflicts that the busy holiday season may pose for your guests. Creative invitation ideas include traditional, heavy white paper with a winter themed snowflake or snowman shapes, Christmas inspired angel shape, poinsettia or holly motif. Make your invitations your Christmas greeting cards, or send your invitations disguised as gifts, with small Christmas tree decorations included.

Above all, incorporate your favorite Christmas traditions into your wedding theme. Red and green are certainly the traditional colours of choice, and readily available at most ceremony and reception locations. Use these existing decorations if it suits you, or make your own Christmas theme with different colours like burgundy and green or gold and crème. Add additional touches in silver or gold to personalize the reds and greens of the season to your taste.

Your dress should be warm and comfortable; consider wearing a festive red cloak and accenting the bridal party in red as well. Continue the theme with a splash of color in your flowers. Your Christmas wedding flowers can range from red roses, white stephanotis and greenery to ornamental berries and evergreen boughs. White or red poinsettias, evergreens and other greenery will help set a festive, wintry atmosphere.

At the ceremony, decorate with wreaths and garlands to accentuate what the site has available to you. Use Christmas hymns or a children's choir for your ceremony music and say your vows in front of a Christmas tree for a truly festive Yuletide wedding ceremony.

Your holiday wedding reception should be warm, merry and bright. Choose your reception venue based on comfort, warmth and intimacy. An old mansion, inn or church would be a perfect site for your holiday nuptials. Foster an environment of togetherness and holiday cheer; a venue with a fireplace and a roaring fire or a ballroom with many comfortable seating arrangements will make your winter wedding most memorable for your beloved guests.

Adorn your reception with small evergreen trees decorated with Christmas ornaments, bows and lights. Hang twinkling white lights and set candles everywhere to cast a dazzling, magical glow over the festivities. Faux snow, glitter and silver streamers will add a romantic shimmering light to your festive wedding.

Keep the warm, glow of the season going with holiday beverages like hot chocolate, eggnog and specialty coffee to warm up your guests instantly. Festive cocktails like cranberry martinis and champagne punch make great holiday refreshments.

Serve your guests traditional holiday fare like turkey dinner or roast beef with all the trimmings. Serve each guest bread pudding, a mini Yule log, or trifle for a great holiday dessert or set up a dessert buffet for hungry guests to enjoy well into the night. But don't forget the wedding cake! Decorate a cardamom spice cake with butter cream frosting and gingerbread colored piping or decorate each tier to look like a wrapped gift complete with holiday bows and ribbons.

In between dashes to the dessert table, dance the night away under faux snowflakes suspended from invisible strings to reflect the magical holiday light. Send your guests home with hand painted tins of hot chocolate mix with marshmallows, a selection of warm winter teas, or gourmet coffee. With these yuletide wedding ideas, your winter wedding will surely be a joyous and memorable event for you and your guests.

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