Holiday celebrations are festive and fun, so why not take advantage of everyone’s favorite time of year to tie the knot? Holiday weddings will add a whole new dimension to the season and give the couple more to celebrate during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
With the gorgeous rust, red and golden leaves on the trees and the fragrant aroma of pumpkin pie spice in the air, a Thanksgiving wedding will be the most delicious dessert of all. To make it even better, guests will typically have some time off from work, so they may find it easier to attend all of the wedding festivities. With all the family and friends together, the bride and groom will have all the more reason to give thanks for their beautiful fall wedding.
- Invitations in a soft cream color with embossed leaves are welcoming and elegant.
- Fall flowers such as mums and certain types of roses make beautiful bouquets.
- The bride may choose to wear an off-white dress with goldtone beading and embroidery.
- Deep autumn colors will look beautiful on the bridesmaids.
- Gourds filled with fresh fruit and vegetables make gorgeous centerpieces and table decorations. Set them atop a pile of leaves or dried wheat.
- Serve turkey, dressing and all the trimmings during the reception for a meal everyone will appreciate.
- Guests will be surprised and delighted if beneath the off-white wedding cake icing was spice or pumpkin cake.
Christmas is a wonderful time of year for family and friends to come together. Since most churches are already decorated for the holidays, there won’t be as much to do, so the cost will be minimal.
- Send stark white invitations with an embossed star or poinsettia for a festive request to join the celebration.
- Poinsettias make beautiful decorations, around the church and at the reception.
- The bride may wear white or winter white with beads and sparkles and carry a bouquet of her favorite Christmas flowers or white roses with a little bit of color for accent.
- Any shade of red for the bridesmaids will be beautiful during a Christmas wedding. A white faux fur muff decorated with holly makes the perfect alternative to bridesmaid bouquets.
- Candles on mirrored tiles make lovely Christmas centerpieces. Sprinkle glitter confetti around for a magical touch.
- Serve hearty winter food, such as roast beef or lamb with potatoes, carrots and a salad.
- Present a stark white cake with holly accent.
New Year’s Eve Wedding
Having a New Year’s Eve wedding gives new meaning to “out with the old and in with the new.” Family and friends will enjoy ringing in the new year with their favorite bride and groom.
- When sending the invitation, encourage the guests to wear their finest or most elegant party clothes. The invitations should be elegant, with goldtone or silvertone accent.
- This is the perfect time to have a black and white wedding. Bridesmaids can wear black satin gowns and the groomsmen can wear black tuxedos.
- Red roses make the perfect accompaniment to black and white. Use them for the bridesmaids’ bouquets and reception table decorations.
- Serve a buffet of light appetizers throughout the night.
- Pass out New Year party hats and noisemakers during the reception and encourage everyone to find someone to hug or kiss when the clock strikes midnight.
- An elegant, all-white wedding cake will be more festive with a sparkler strategically placed in the center, beside the cake topper. Or leave off the cake topper and let the sparkler be the only decoration.
- Offer guests a choice of champagne or ginger ale to celebrate the New Year.