Happy Holidays! Though we generally advise not to have your wedding on a major holiday, the most wonderful time of the year can be a joyous season to host your nuptials, whether you're religious or not. The holidays are a time when people want to be around their loved ones, and a holiday wedding provides a wonderful opportunity to gather your nearest and dearest to celebrate your love.
Though you may already have a theme or style in mind for your big day, a celebration during the holiday season provides a chance to add some festive décor to your ceremony or reception. When planning your special day during Christmastime, it’s important to find a balance between romantic holiday-inspired décor and an event that looks more like an office holiday party than a wedding.
We've had couples choose to embrace the holiday spirit during just the ceremony – particularly if a church is already decorated for Christmas – as well as extend the magic of the season through to the reception. In lieu of more kitschy candy canes and reindeer décor, consider boughs of holly and evergreen garlands to keep your soirée feeling romantic and festive, yet not over-the-top.
To gather inspiration, we've pulled together 20 ideas from some of our favorite real weddings that took place during the holiday season. Click the link below each photo to see more from these festive events!
For more tips and inspiration, read the etiquette of planning a holiday wedding, view ways to incorporate velvet wedding ideas into your big day, discover five wintry drinks for your cocktail hour, and get expert tips on decorating your home for the holidays! Be sure to also check out this festive holiday dinner party for décor inspiration!