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10 Ways to Add Festive Glamour to your Winter Wedding

Dressing your wedding venue; from mistletoe to mince pies and more

If you plan on getting married around Christmas time, why not add a touch of festive glamour to your special day?

The team at your chosen wedding venue should be able to advise you when it comes to what you are, and are not, allowed to do, but just to give you some ideas, we’ve come up with ten ways you can add a festive personality to your wedding day.

10 unique ideas for your Christmas wedding

Mistletoe is a must

Enhance the romance at your ceremony by having mistletoe hanging above you at the altar, so that when you have that first kiss as a married couple, you’ll be stood in the perfect position.

Speak to your florist and see if it’s possible to carry a bouquet based around a winter berry theme. This is a beautiful way to kick-start your winter wedding and, if you’re able to dry it out after the wedding, it could be an item to keep and bring out every year at Christmas time.

Serve mulled wine

Instead of serving traditional fizz right after your ceremony, why not celebrate with mulled wine? Your guests will love the warm, festive aromas and this could be the ultimate introduction to your winter wedding reception.

Christmas stocking themed table plan

Hang a garland of stockings along a wonderful wintry fireplace, as we have at Cain Manor. Alternatively, a nativity themed wedding table plan could be a nice idea? Nativity table name ideas include The North Star, Three Wise Men, The Manger, Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, The Donkey, and The Stable!

Bauble place names

Place a personalised bauble to each table setting for your wedding reception in order to add a touch of festive colour when your wedding breakfast is revealed.

Red poinsettia centre piece

Rather than a vase of flowers or a tall candelabra, think about festive poinsettia plants in gold or silver plant pots to bring out the true colours of Christmas. Another fun idea is to place a potted table-top Christmas tree in the centre of each table with wrapped present favours for your guests.

Serve a festive feast

Instead of more mainstream wedding banquet options, why not opt for a traditional Christmas turkey dinner for your wedding breakfast, followed by Christmas pudding for dessert? Your guests will love the spread, regardless of whether your wedding falls before or after the 25th December.

Christmas cracker favours

Why not create your own festive Christmas cracker wedding favours? Fill your own cracker wedding favours with a festive treat, a wedding joke and a party hat.

Create a mince pie tower

If you plan on having a festive wedding cake or an evening buffet, consider having a tower of mince pies along side either one, so that your guests can tuck in to the taste of Christmas. Mince pies are ideal with an after dinner coffee, or to complete a festive evening buffet.

Festive first dance

Perform your first dance as a married couple to a beautiful Christmas song such as Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s ‘The Power of Love’. Or, speak your DJ in advance and ask him to throw a few classic Christmas tunes into the playlist, this is a sure way to get everyone to the dance-floor.

Add a touch of sparkle

In need of extra tips and ideas on how to add that touch of sparkle to your winter wedding? We’ve listed a few more favourites below

  • Choose glittery bridesmaids dresses
  • Ask your wedding stationery supplier to add a shimmery lining to your invite envelopes
  • Hire or buy pretty lanterns to run down either side of the ceremony aisle
  • Twinkly fairy lights could decorate your wedding ceremony or reception space perfectly
  • Have your florist add a touch of shimmer to your bouquet
  • Wear sparkly shoes under your wedding dress
  • Add a belt or accessory to your white wedding gown
  • A sparkly hair piece could complete your bridal style
  • Hire sequin table cloths or runners to bring true sparkle to your wedding reception
  • Order a sparkly wedding cake or choose something neutral but add an incredible sparkly festive cake topper

Real winter wedding stories

See if you can pick up any ideas from the below collection of real winter wedding stories which took place across Bijou Wedding Venues.

Click here to read Rebecca and David’s real winter wedding story

Click here to see what colour scheme Rachel and Nathan chose for their winter wedding

Click here to see how Emma and Dwayne celebrated their winter wedding

Click here to be inspired when it comes to winter wedding decor from Emma and Tim’s winter wedding

Click here to read Susan and Mark’s December wedding story

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