Wonderfully Wintry Yuletide Weddings / by Katrine Mikkelsen

‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year!’ as the song goes. And I have to say I wholeheartedly agree with Andy Williams on that point. I also can’t think of a better time of the year to get married. Christmas with its images of snowy trees and glistening, glimmering candles twinkling merrily, chestnuts roasting on the open fire, warming mulled wine and all other delicious delights and sounds is the picture-perfect backdrop to any wedding.

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If you’re having a Christmas wedding then there are some lovely ideas that you can use to accentuate your theme, such as, Christmas cards as wedding invitations, a sleigh ride to your ceremony or venue and, of course, you can have so much funwith the decorations. From mistletoe, holly and ivy for a more Victorian look, to full on bling with glitter, tinsel, personalised Mr and Mrs stockings over the fireplace or top table and shiny baubles. A vital decoration, which should not be missed no matter the style of your Christmas wedding, is a beautifully decorated Christmas tree. Not to mention Christmas crackers on the tables and table names that are Christmas themed too. If you’re out to have as much fun as possible and you’re really keen on making your wedding feel ultra-Christmassy then you could even have your wedding attendants, boys and girls dressed like elves. If you’re really into the Christmas theme you could hire a Father Christmas to attend the wedding and hand out your favours to your guests, young and old.

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Another easy idea, which would work well with any December wedding no matter how whole hog you want to go with the Christmas vibes is to have Christmas carols sung in the church and Christmas music at the party later on. For a softer touch, you could have acoustic Christmas songs sung after the ceremony whilst people are having their welcome drinks and canapés during the photos and then turn to more mainstream music for the rest of the night. You can have too much of a good thing after all! For canapés and welcome drinks then look no further than mince pies, pigs in blankets, mini roast dinners in Yorkshire puddings washed down with mulled wine or cider, or hot chocolate for the non-drinkers.

For the wedding breakfast, look no further than a traditional Christmas dinner with the full works and Christmas pudding with brandy butter for pudding. Wedding cake? Christmas cake, of course! Or, maybe even a Yule log for you chocolate lovers. Favours can be simply and effectively done with candy cane or spicy iced biscuits shaped like snowflakes, stars or stockings. Or, a vendor passing out bags of red hot roasted chestnuts! 

But the most important aspect of any Christmas wedding is, of course, the bride’s dress. There are so many wonderful ways to style your outfit to suit a gloriously glitzy Christmas wedding. 

My favourite fashion look for a Christmas wedding is a bridal coat or cape. I utterly adore the drama that this extra outer layer adds to a gorgeous bride’s entry.

 

   Soft sandy, beige vintage fur coats or crisp ivory velvet cloaks with hoods all look breath-taking as a bride makes her way down the aisle. Particularly when teamed with a festively themed flower crown made of glistening verdant holly and ivy or full blooming dark red roses and a matching bouquet.   Christmas wedding dresses frequently have sleeves but not just because of the colder climate, but in part due to the trend towards lace sleeved wedding dresses since Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011 when she became Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Her floral lace sleeves perfectly suited the cooler spring weather from her wedding in April 2011 but the style lends itself just as well for any cooler seasons or climates.  You can have so much fun with winter wedding outfits by being bold with texture. Think ostrich feathers, angora wool or velvet, faux fur trim against soft shimmering almost liquid silk or thicker, more structured taffeta and brocade. Vintage make up looks with bold red lipstick and glossy curls will make you look like a snow princess on your Big Day. Or for a snow elf look try a more natural, dewy look with silvery accents to your make up. The options for a Christmas wedding seem to be endless and you can have so much fun with your theme, which is what makes it the most wonderful time of the year to get married!   Finally, I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

Soft sandy, beige vintage fur coats or crisp ivory velvet cloaks with hoods all look breath-taking as a bride makes her way down the aisle. Particularly when teamed with a festively themed flower crown made of glistening verdant holly and ivy or full blooming dark red roses and a matching bouquet. 

Christmas wedding dresses frequently have sleeves but not just because of the colder climate, but in part due to the trend towards lace sleeved wedding dresses since Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011 when she became Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Her floral lace sleeves perfectly suited the cooler spring weather from her wedding in April 2011 but the style lends itself just as well for any cooler seasons or climates.

You can have so much fun with winter wedding outfits by being bold with texture. Think ostrich feathers, angora wool or velvet, faux fur trim against soft shimmering almost liquid silk or thicker, more structured taffeta and brocade. Vintage make up looks with bold red lipstick and glossy curls will make you look like a snow princess on your Big Day. Or for a snow elf look try a more natural, dewy look with silvery accents to your make up. The options for a Christmas wedding seem to be endless and you can have so much fun with your theme, which is what makes it the most wonderful time of the year to get married! 

Finally, I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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