51 Christmas Wedding Ideas to Transform Your Big Day

We've picked out 51 of the best Christmas wedding ideas to make sure your wedding is a festive wonderland!

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If you’re planning a winter wedding, you might be thinking about having a Christmas themed day! There are so many Christmas wedding ideas that can transform your day into a winter wonderland. We’ve come up with 50 fun ideas to add a festive twist to your big day.


1. Choose a Magical Winter Wedding Venue

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First things first, you need to find a beautiful winter wedding venue – just like Charlton Hall in Northumberland. Some venues just lend themselves to winter weddings perfectly – look out for gorgeous venues with open fires and a cosy atmosphere.

READ MORE: 35 Magical Winter Wedding Venues

2. Decorate Your Wedding Venue with Holly and Pine Cones

Make the most of feeling festive on your wedding day by using traditional Christmas greenery and festive decor ideas.

3. Send Winter-inspired Wedding Invitations

Your wedding invitations will be the first thing your guests see about your wedding so add an icy theme or something festive so they can start to look forward to your Christmas wedding. We adore this design from Feel Good Wedding Invitations and have 27 more Christmas and winter inspired invitation ideas here.

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4. Sing Christmas Carols During Your Service

Your wedding ceremony will feel like the cosiest Christmas carol service and there is something magical about all your nearest and dearest singing those happy songs on your special day.

5. Add Christmas Themed Props to Your Photo Booth

Festive photo props will be something fun that will most definitely give your wedding day a Christmassy feel. These ones from Amazon are so much fun!

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6. Have a Festive Themed Drinks Reception

Serve mini mince pies and festive drinks instead of canapés and bubbly – your guests will love it and it could be more budget-friendly. A glass of mulled wine or cider is perfect.

7. Hang Stockings for Your Bridal Party

If your venue has a fireplace, hang stockings across it in your wedding colours for each member of your bridal party. These ones from Modo Creative can be personalised and they look super cute.

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8. Swap Wedding Favours for Mini Christmas Gifts

Make sure there’s a Christmas tree at your venue – then your wedding favours could be mini presents under the tree.

9. Name Your Tables After Festive Favourites

Get creative with your wedding table names and use words associated with Christmas or the names of your favourite festive films. We love these adorable designs by Julia Eastwood.

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10. Use Christmas Decorations as Centrepieces

Opt for festive wedding centrepieces with plenty of sparkle and glitter.

11. Create a Full Immersive Experience with a Festive Scent

Get that festive feeling by lighting cinnamon scented candles (or opt for diffusers if your venue has a ‘no naked flames’ policy).

12. Don’t Forget the Christmas Crackers

Christmas crackers can double up as wedding favours – naturally, wearing the paper hat is compulsory and will leave you with some fun wedding photos. These sophisticated crackers could also triple up and be your place card as well.

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13. Choose a Christmas Dinner for Your Wedding Breakfast

Does this even need saying? Of course your Christmas wedding will need turkey with all the trimmings.

14. Follow Your Meal with a Festive Christmas Pudding

Treat your guests to a festive dessert after dinner – they will love it. Instead of Christmas pudding (which is a love-or-hate thing), how about a yule log or “bauble” profiteroles?

15. Suggest a Christmas Party Inspired Dress Code

Take inspiration from traditional Christmas parties, so plenty of glitz, glamour and sparkle (maybe even a Christmas jumper?).

16. Have a Winter Wedding Cake

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Choose a wedding cake with a Christmas feel, whether that’s with snowy decorations or a festive colour scheme. Metallics always look good in winter.

READ MORE: 33 Mouth-Watering Winter Wedding Cakes

17. Serve Toffee Nut Lattes and Gingerbread Cappuccinos

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Serve festive coffees after dinner. Gingerbread syrup transforms classic coffee into a Christmassy treat, and little ones can have a warming hot chocolate.

18. Or Choose an Alcoholic Winter Warmer

For something stronger, try alcoholic eggnog or Baileys-spiked coffee for a perfect post-dinner drink.

19. Add Winter Elements to Your Bouquet

Winter bouquet

Customise your wedding bouquet with holly, festive berries, pine cones or a winter colour scheme.

READ MORE: 23 Beautiful Winter Wedding Bouquets

20. …And Winter Buttonholes

Make sure your groom’s buttonhole is suitably Christmassy too! You could include a sprig of holly or even mistletoe.

21. Play Christmas Movies

Have a chill-out room for guests who want to dodge the partying, and organise for classic Christmas films to be shown. It’s ideal if you have younger guests too as the parents can have a little break while they watch Elf.

22. Find Your Dream Winter Wedding Dress

Opt for a winter wedding dress with long sleeves or lots of glitter (or both!). Our current obsession lies with this long sleeve beauty from BHLDN.

READ MORE: 21 of the Best Winter Wedding Dresses for 2020

23. Keep Things Cosy with a Bridal Jacket

With so many gorgeous jacket ideas, you will definitely be able to find one to suit your bridal style. For an edgy look try a leather bridal jacket with a decal from Prim and Prairie.

24. …Or a Faux Fur Wrap

If you want to add some texture to your look then think about a faux fur wrap.

25. Create Your Own Christmas Market

Give your reception a Christmas market theme with a pretzel stand, roasted chestnuts and mugs of mulled wine.

26. Choose Sparkling Bridesmaid Dresses

Dress your bridesmaids in metallic bridesmaid dresses for some seasonal sparkle. This Pronovias dress has to be one of our favourites from our glittering dress edit below.

READ MORE: 25 Sophisticated Sparkly Bridesmaid Dresses Your Girls Will Adore

27. Add Extra Romance with Mistletoe


Hang mistletoe strategically around the room to add a bit of extra romance to your wedding day. Having a singles’ table? You know what to do.

28. Include a Festive Postbox

If you’re having a wedding postbox, dress it up as a mailbox for Santa, complete with fake snow.

29. Buy ALL the Fairylights


Lighting can transform a venue so when it comes to fairylights, think more is more. They add a magical feeling and heaps to romance to any venue. It’s ideal if you have an outside area or your venue doesn’t allow candles.

30. Dance the Night Away to Christmas Music

Arrange for your DJ or band to have a wedding playlist full of Christmas classics. We don’t mean a whole five hours of them, but definitely a few classics dotted throughout.

31. Let It Snow

Can the budget stretch to a snow machine? This will make it feel really festive and will be something your guests won’t expect.

32. Embrace Your Theme with Your Table Plan

Style your table plan to look like a giant advent calendar or choose a winter theme. We’ve got 36 gorgeous ideas for wedding table plans here.

33. Swap Favours for Baubles

Give your guests personalised baubles as wedding favours so they can take some Christmas cheer home with them. We adore these glass baubles from Twenty-Seven.

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34. Or Give Candy Canes as Favours

Bulk buy candy canes from Amazon and use them as budget-friendly wedding favours.

35. Add Brussels to Your Sweetie Cart

These chocolate brussel sprouts from The Chocolate Library would be a really fun addition to your sweetie cart.

36. Decorate Your Reception with Christmas Hanging Decor

How gorgeous is this Christmas-style hanging decor from Amazon? If you are doing some DIY wedding decoration then this would be perfect.

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37. Swap Placecards for Chocolate Oranges

How much fun are these chocolate orange place cards from Sweet Tree By Browns? They would be perfect for your head table.

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38. Find Festive Hangers

These glitzy hangers from Clouds and Currents would make pretty gifts for your bridal party and your wedding photos of your dresses all hanging together will look extra special.

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39. Add Some Winter Style to Your Wedding Hair

A cute icy hair pin or come would be a lovely nod to your winter wedding theme – we love this style from Melissa Morgan Designs.

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40. Include a Festive Order of Service

Add some festive details to your order of service so you have Christmas spirit right from the start.

41. Add a Wreath to the Door

Greet your wedding guests with a pretty wreath added to the door of your venue. If you choose one that isn’t made from fresh greenery – like this one from Dibor – then you could use it again and again in your home each year.

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42. Find a Festive Cake Topper

Give a plain wedding cake a wonderful festive feel by adding a cute Christmas-inspired cake topper like this one from Fira Studio.

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READ MORE: Wedding Cake Toppers – 27 Unique Ideas For Every Couple

43. Use Cute Themed Bags as Placecards

How adorable are these named stag bags from Tailored Chocolates? They would make amazing wedding favours.

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44. Have a Surprise Santa

We think having a surprise Santa making a guest appearance would be so much fun. Perhaps do this in the evening though so he doesn’t steal your thunder!

45. Add Stars to Your Day

These star string lights will add a little touch of magic to your Christmas wedding day and these ones from Clem & Co are so pretty.

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46. Have Toasted Marshmallows in the Evening

There’s something so special about toasting marshmallows on an open flame – why not set up your own toasting station outside? Super easy if your venue has fire pits or outdoor lanterns.

47. Put Cosy Blankets Out for Guests to Wrap Up Warm

Light up the outside on your venue with festive lighting and leave piles of soft and cosy blankets so your guests can wrap up warm.

48. Give Sparklers to Your Guests

Sparklers as the night draws in will leave you with some really beautiful wedding photos – how adorable are these personalised wedding sparklers from Instajunction?

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49. Serve Hot Chocolate in the Evening

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Keep things cosy by asking your venue to serve hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows in the evening.

50. Don’t Forget the Christmas Cheese

Why not include cheese with your evening food – we think a wedding cake made of cheese would be the perfect centrepiece to this. This five-tier cheese cake is from Tesco, believe it or not, and only £30.

READ MORE: Mouth-Watering Cheese Wedding Cakes

51. Host Your Very Own Boxing Day after the Wedding

Carry on the party by hosting your very own ‘Boxing Day’ the day after the wedding – think Christmas films and plenty of food.


If you’re planning a winter wedding, make sure you also explore our top tips on how to keep everyone warm at your wedding.