The Ultimate Guide to a Christmas Wedding

It’s the most wonderful time of the get married! A wedding for Christmas should be at the top of every couple’s holiday wish list. Imagine an intimate gathering of your friends and family to celebrate your marriage during a joyful, magical holiday season. What else could you possibly want for Christmas? 

Let’s take a look at a few Christmas wedding ideas, menu and wedding favor options, and decorating tips for an unforgettable winter wonderland wedding.

Christmas Wedding Invitations

Browse our selection of beautiful, online wedding invitations to help set the tone for your winter wedding. Our digital wedding invitations have the look and feel of paper and can be customized with colors and fonts of your choice. Add a personalized message and include important wedding details such as the date, time, location, and links to hotels, car rentals, and your gift registry. 

Send the invitations via text or email eight weeks in advance of the wedding and easily collect RSVPs online. You can even communicate with guests and send last-minute updates through a message board!

You may also want a more traditional, but festive wedding invite: 


If you know that your loved ones will have to book travel, or if you're concerned that people might already have plans during the holidays, send an online wedding save the date six to eight months before your Christmas wedding to ensure guests are available and have plenty of time to coordinate travel plans. 

Christmas Wedding Ideas

Christmas Wedding Decorations. A December wedding calls for poinsettias, mini Christmas trees, mistletoe, and other greenery. Incorporate reds and greens throughout your event space with ribbons and bows. For centerpieces, arrange pillar candles and shiny ornaments on mirrored surfaces so the light reflects beautifully and adds pizzazz to your table.

Winter Wonderland Wedding. Christmas weddings don’t have to be all about red and greens! Create a beautiful and elegant winter wonderland wedding with white, silver, and gold decorations throughout your venue. Purchase white amaryllis flowers, birch trees, twinkling lights, and synthetic snow to decorate your space. Spray paint pine cones silver and gold and place them in a tall vase or low bowl for centerpieces. Find more Winter Wedding Ideas here!

Christmas Photo Booth. Set up a holiday-themed backdrop with red and green streamers, balloons, ribbons, and ornaments. Have Santa, reindeer, elves, and other festive photo props on hand along with an instant camera. Guests will have a blast striking a pose and taking their silly pictures home! Or, have guests record video clips in the photo booth and upload them into a group video that will serve as a video guest book for the bride and groom!

Christmas Wedding Menu. Comfort foods are perfect for winter weddings. Keep guests warm and cozy with macaroni-and-cheese bites, mini grilled cheeses with tomato soup, and puff pastry-wrapped brie. Beef wellington, chicken pot pie, and baked salmon are all great options for main courses. And let’s not forget about beverages! Mulled wine, cinnamon bourbon hot toddies, and eggnog martinis are festive drinks to get guests in the holiday spirit.

Christmas Wedding Cake. Create an elegant, multi-tiered wedding cake perfect for the holiday season with white frosting or fondant and seasonal staples like pinecones, cranberries, and mistletoe. Don’t be afraid to incorporate seasonal flavors like spiced rum, gingerbread or peppermint into your cake!

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Christmas Wedding Favors. Thank guests for attending your wedding with small gifts like vanilla or pine-scented candles, beautiful Christmas ornaments, holiday mugs filled with a favorite hot chocolate mix, or Christmas cookies wrapped in cellophane bags and tied with a ribbon.

A reminder, too, that in many regions winter weather can have a huge impact on Christmas weddings! This requires some forethought and a backup plan. If you're considering outdoor photos, make sure you have an alternate location in mind to reduce the impact of heavy snowfall or blizzard conditions. Invite long-distance guests to book their travel a few days to a week in advance. That way, even if their travel is impacted by a winter storm, they can take advantage of flight delayed compensation, travel a day or two later, and still make it in time for the wedding.

A winter wedding is a perfect opportunity to gather with friends and family to celebrate your marriage and the holiday season. Get started planning a wedding for Christmas today! 

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