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.
Pick a magical winter wedding venue to really set the scene.
Image credit: Mansion House, Edinburgh Zoo
Send out Christmas cards as your wedding invitations to get your guests feeling festive.
Hire a sleigh to arrive in – bonus points if it’s pulled by reindeers!
Decorate your venue with holly, pinecones and baubles, or lots of tinsel and glitter.
Dress up your page boys and flower girls as Santa’s elves!
Sing Christmas carols during your service.
Add Christmas themed props to your photo booth (Santa hats, candy canes etc.)
Give the groomsmen Christmas themed socks for a fun photo opportunity.
Serve mini mince pies and festive drinks instead of canapés and bubbly.
Decorate the pews at the ceremony or the chairs at the reception with mini wreaths or snowflakes.
Image from Katrina and Nader’s real wedding
Add pretty snowflake decorations where you can at your venue.
If your venue has a fireplace, hang stockings across it in your wedding colours.
Make sure there’s a Christmas tree at your venue – your wedding favours could be mini presents under the tree!
Ask your venue if their Christmas tree can be decorated with colours to match your wedding colour scheme.
Get creative with your wedding table names and use words associated with Christmas.
Ask the toast master or master of ceremonies to dress up as Father Christmas.
Christmas crackers can double up as wedding favours – and wearing the paper hat is compulsory!
Opt for festive wedding centrepieces – fishbowls filled with glitter can look like snow globes, or candles surrounded by holly will look amazing.
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Get that festive feeling by lighting cinnamon scented candles (or opt for diffusers if your venue has a ‘no naked flames’ policy).
It’s not Christmas without a tub of chocolates – place Quality Street or Roses tubs around the room for your guests to dip into.
Hang stockings across the top table – why not look into getting them personalised as you can use them again and again!
Encourage the best man to dress up as the Queen when he delivers his speech – it’s not Christmas without the Queen’s speech!
Choose a Christmas dinner for your wedding breakfast, with all the trimmings.
Follow your meal with a festive Christmas pudding for dessert!
Why not use gingerbread houses in your décor?
Traditional gingerbread or stollen is a great favour idea.
Decorate the tree at the venue with chocolate decorations and encourage everyone to help themselves.
Suggest a Christmas party inspired dress code – lots of glitter and Christmas jumpers!
Choose a wedding cake with a Christmas feel – cupcakes decorated to look like Santa hats would be amazing, or opt for snowflake icing decorations.
Wedding cake from Katrina and Nader’s real wedding
Wedding cake from Lisa and Mike’s real wedding
Serve festive coffees after dinner – gingerbread syrup transforms classic coffee into a Christmassy treat.
Alcoholic eggnog or Baileys is a perfect post dinner drink.
Customise your wedding bouquet with holly, festive berries, pine cones and or lots of gold or silver details.
Image credit: Louise Avery Flowers
Make sure your groom’s buttonhole is suitably Christmassy too!
Give your evening buffet a Christmas feel – traditional pineapple hedgehog, pigs in blankets and of course turkey sandwiches!
Have a chill-out room for guests who want to dodge the partying, and organise for classic Christmas films to be shown.
Customise your look with a festive floral crown.
If you’re not a fan of Christmas pudding, arrange for everyone to have Yule log after dinner.
Personalise your wedding day look with some Christmassy nail art.
Opt for a winter wedding dress with long sleeves or lots of glitter (or both!). Or steal Kate Middleton’s wedding style with a fluffy bolero.
Give your reception a Christmas market theme with a pretzel stand, roasted chestnuts and mugs of mulled wine.
Dress your bridesmaids in glittery bridesmaid dresses for some seasonal sparkle.
Hang mistletoe strategically around the room.
If you’re having a wedding post box, dress it up as a mailbox for Santa.
Decorate your ceremony with wintry white trees and blue lighting for a winter feel.
Multi-coloured fairy lights around the room will give it a retro touch.
Arrange for your DJ or band to have a wedding playlist full of Christmas classics.
Vodka luges in festive shapes will add to the Christmassy feel.
Can the budget stretch to a snow machine? This will make it feel really festive!
Style your table plan to look like a giant advent calendar.
Give your guests personalised baubles as wedding favours so they can take some Christmas cheer home with them.
If you’re planning a winter wedding, make sure you also explore our top tips on how to keep everyone warm at your wedding!