25 Oh-So-Festive Christmas Wedding Ideas
Amidst the holiday traffic and aggressive shopping crowds, it can be easy to get swept up in the chaos of the holiday season. But if you can forget about all that for a moment and take a step back, there is a certain magic that has to be appreciated about this special time of year. The roaring fireplaces, the hypnotic carols, the dreamy color schemes… it might seem like a crazy time to fit in a wedding, but if you can manage it, a Christmas ceremony could be the most romantic event of the season. Whether you’re thinking of throwing an event on the day or just using it as your theme, here are 25 ways to dip your day in the holiday spirit.
2. Natural Table Runner: Whether you’re able to host your event outdoors or the winter weather keeps you inside, create a super lush tablescape with a runner made from fragrant pine tree leaves and red roses. (via The Bride Link)
3. Christmas Champagne: Pop some red raspberries and star shaped apple pieces into champagne and use it as your signature, Christmas-themed drink. This could also be super delicious to create as a sweet white wine sangria. (via So Shay Photography)
4. Holiday Invites: Keep the overall appearance of your invites subtle with an elegant font and neutral colors and add a festive touch with a classic holiday phrase — also, adding in a cookie is a sure-fire way to get an RSVP. (via Maru Photography)
5. Pinecone Card Holder ($40): Add a woodsy, winter touch to your tables with these adorable pinecone card holders. Invite guests to take them home and use them as recipe or picture holders.
6. Winter Beauty: Walk down the aisle feeling like a snow princess in this crown made from holly and winter leaves. The unique cascading element of this crown will look beautiful with tossled curls. (via Callie Hobbs Photography)
7. Glowing Archway: Nothing says Christmas quite like glowing strands of lights. Cover your altar in the sparkly stuff or just make a point to use them in your reception venue to add an instant holiday vibe. (via Anna K Photography)
8. Hot Chocolate Bar: Host a hot chocolate bar where guests can choose which variation of the drink they’d like to sip on. Some delicious hot cocoa combos to get you started: chocolate mint, salted caramel, Mexican hot chocolate… the possibilities are endless. (via And Now This)
10. Mistletoe Magic: Have mistletoe hanging over your wedding altar or throw some over your head as you and your new spouse have your first kiss. These bundles are very easy to make, but if you’d rather not worry about it you can also buy the frosted bunch for about $40. (via Etsy)
11. Holly and Mistletoe Invitation ($20+): Keep things very classically Christmas with this printable invite featuring delicate script and vintage illustrations.
12. Ornament Escorts: Escort guests to their seats by attaching their name to an ornament. Keep the tree decorations classic like the ones featured in this picture, or get them personalized for guests to keep as a memento from your wedding. (via Caroline Frost Photography)
14. Swedish Inspiration: If a sequined green dress a little too wild for you, take some inspiration from the Swedes in a charming outfit like this bride. Pop a fair isle sweater on over your dress and complete the look with braided updo that’s interwoven with a red ribbon. (via Amorology)
18. Blanket Bucket: If you’re hosting an outdoor ceremony in winter, keep guests warm by putting out a bucket of blankets. If you really want to go the extra mile, have a fire pit and place these blankets nearby to create a “warming station.” (via Orchard Cove Photography)
20. Woodsy Dessert: A Christmas cake to top all Christmas cakes. Pair this tree stump stand with the pinecone place holders for decor that’s a perfect balance between woodsy and Christmas-themed. (via Callie Hobbs Photography)
21. Enchanted Tabletop: Romantic much? Host your reception in a log cabin and set up this dreamy tablescape and we’re guessing you’re going to have a hard time getting guests to ever leave. We sure wouldn’t. (via Tree of Life Films)
22. Flanneled Fella: Ditch the stiff, formal shirt. Dress your dude in a classic red flannel for a unique outfit that’s cozy and totally on theme. If he’s really feeling brave, swap out the black suit for a hunter green one. (via Haley Sheffield)
23. Christmas Cracker: Throw some Christmas crackers on plates to pay homage to the classic English tradition. If you’re not familiar with the holiday treat, here’s how it works: Two people pull each end, and when it pops open, you’ll find a hidden treasure inside. (via Annamarie Atkins)
Are you planning a Christmas or New Year’s wedding? What holiday elements are you incorporating? Share your ideas with us in the comments below.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)