13 Chic and Festive Christmas Wedding Ideas

CREDIT: PHOTO BY STEVE STEINHARDT; PLANNING & DESIGN BY BETH HELMSTETTER EVENTS
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year for a Christmas wedding! Celebrate the best holiday party ever with these festive and totally classy Christmas wedding ideas!

If you are planning a December wedding, you might be thinking of celebrating your big day in a winter wonderland! A Christmas-themed wedding can be the perfect motif to celebrate the season and basically make your big day more memorable and special. Imagine throwing the best holiday party ever! However, how do you celebrate a Christmas-themed wedding without being tacky? How can you sleigh the day and make it a day to never forget?

Lucky for you, we are holiday enthusiasts, so we have come up with creative, festive, and totally classy Christmas wedding ideas that will add a joyful touch to your big day! Our number one rule for a Christmas-themed wedding? Don’t go overboard! Keep your décor elegant and elevated with these Christmas wedding ideas. From a creative wedding invitation suite to the totally whimsical Christmas wedding ceremony and reception scene, these Christmas wedding ideas will inspire your big day to something you will always treasure.

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CREDIT: PHOTO BY STEVE STEINHARDT; PLANNING & DESIGN BY BETH HELMSTETTER EVENTS / BRIDES

Add a Christmassy Touch to Your Reception

Set the reception scene with greenery, like garlands. Use it in an unexpected way, such as decorating the chandeliers, ceiling, and tables.

TIP: Use greenery to make your other Christmas wedding décor stand out, like classic red ribbons and gold/silver accents.

Christmas Wedding Ideas
CREDIT: PHOTO BY ABBY JIU; PLANNING & DESIGN BY LAURYN PRATTES / BRIDES

Cheery Escort Cards

Create a moment you and your guests won’t forget with these Christmas-themed escort cards! Have everyone ring the bell at the same time before the wedding toast begins.

TIP: Decorate the bells with berry accents and ribbon!

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CREDIT: PHOTO BY KURT BOOMER / BRIDES

Custom Napkins

Print a signature napkin to match your Christmas-themed wedding. You do a personal touch, like inside jokes or wedding puns, or you can keep it simple with your initials for an elegant touch.

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Decorate With Greenery

Greenery is a natural choice for any wedding, but for a Christmas wedding, create homey and inviting holiday vibes by hanging greenery, like garlands and wreaths.

TIP: Frame the altar with Christmas trees and garlands wrapped in lights! Perfect for sunset weddings.

Decorate With Seasonal Blooms

Freshen up your Christmas wedding with potted winter blooms, like Amaryllis flowers.

TIP: Decorate the arrangements with metallic ornament accents.

Design With a Holiday Palette

Before you go all out with traditional green and red for your Christmas wedding, we suggest picking a different holiday hue and upgrading it with metallic and neutral accents.

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Gift Ornaments

Give your guests a gift they will actually want to keep, like pretty glass ornaments with their names written beautifully.

Hang String Lights

Make your big day feel magical with an overabundance of twinkle lights. It’s one of our favorite Christmas wedding ideas because it creates a romantic atmosphere! Further, it makes a big impact without breaking the bank.

Christmas Wedding Ideas
CREDIT: PHOTO BY KATE HEADLEY; PLANNING & DESIGN BY PINEAPPLE PRODUCTIONS/ BRIDES

Make It Snow

Snowflakes aren’t in the forecast? No problem! Make your own with a confetti shower or faux snow!

Serve Festive Cocktails

A Christmas-themed wedding wouldn’t be complete without festive beverages, like cranberry, eggnog, and peppermint.

Set the Table

Decorate your Christmas table in an unexpected way, such as adding a wreath around each plate. It certainly makes the meal the center of attention!

Christmas Wedding Ideas
CREDIT: PHOTO BY LISA ZIESING FOR ABBY JIU PHOTOGRAPHY; DESIGN BY LAURYN PRATTES; FULL BAR BY BD3 DESIGN; CALLIGRAPHY BY LAURA HOOPER; FLORALS BY SWEET ROOT VILLAGE

Set Up a Holiday Bar

One of our favorite Christmas wedding ideas is a self-serve tasting bar where guests can create their own cocktails.

TIP: Add bar snacks to get the party started, like popcorn with glazed pistachios!

Style the Invitation Suite

Set the tone for the big day by styling your invitation suite with Christmas accents, like greenery, ornaments, and ribbon.

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