Andrea Justine Photography
Andrea Justine Photography

Waiting till December to host your wedding in Canada? Well, you may want to consider making it a Christmas wedding. Deck your winter wedding venue with wreaths, Christmas trees and ornaments, think about donning a red dress and/or give your sweet table some homemade charm with masterfully decorated sugar cookies. You can go all out or add just a tiny dose of Christmas flavour to your winter wedding, and there are plenty of ways to get the job done. Here are a few awesome Christmas wedding ideas to make your celebration a little more festive.

Here are a few of our favourite Christmas wedding ideas.

Wintery Wedding Venue

Some wedding venue types—historic homes, mountain resorts and hotels— are just so darn pretty in winter. They are also likely dressed up for the season with holiday decor and lighting meaning you won't have to start from scratch on the decorating front. Seek out one for your Christmas nuptials that adds that touch of magic. Pro tip: We've gathered up these tips on what to look for in a winter wedding venue to help you out.

The Norland Historic Estate Venue
The Norland Historic Estate Venue

Red, Green and White Bouquet

'Tis the season for poinsettias, not peonies! Take this opportunity to go with a red, white and green-hued bouquet filled with wintery blooms and greenery.

Victoria Koehler Photography
Victoria Koehler Photography

Festive Stationery

Give your Christmas wedding stationery the winter treatment by going for deep crimson paper with gold text and graphics. If you really want to go the extra mile, you could add some fun, wintery images like snowflakes or pinecones.

Making Her Mrs
Making Her Mrs

Flannel PJs

Keep your wedding party warm before the main event by giving them flannel PJs to wear while getting ready. Nobody wants to wear a skimpy silk robe in the dead of winter!

Khristel Studios
Khristel Studios

Red Wedding Dress

Steal Mrs. Claus’ style on your wedding day and rock a red dress. This is a bold option that’ll keep everyone’s eyes on you.

Ines Di Santo
Ines Di Santo

Sparkly Accessories

Make your bridal ensemble a bit more glam by adding sparkly accessories like dramatic diamond (or faux diamond) jewellery and/or bedazzled shoes.

Blissful Memories
Blissful Memories

Faux Fur Stoles

Obviously, you and your leading ladies want to stay warm while taking those outdoor winter wedding portraits! Purchase a few faux fur stoles so that you stay cozy and look awesome in your pics.

Katelyn Anne Photography
Katelyn Anne Photography

Carriage Ride

Use Santa’s sleigh as your Christmas wedding transportation inspo! You probably won’t be able to round up a herd of reindeer to usher you in, but a pair of horses will work just as well (you can always nickname them Dasher and Dancer).

Prince of Wales Hotel & Spa
Prince of Wales Hotel & Spa

Burgundy Colour Scheme

While red is a classic colour for a Christmas wedding, choosing a deeper burgundy colour is also stunning especially when paired with pinks and gold. From formalwear to flowers, there are lots of options available in this chic shade.

Fari Hara
Fari Hara

Christmas Tree

if you’re embracing a Christmas wedding theme, you’re going to need a tree. We suggest going the extra mile and decorating it with ornaments that match your colour scheme (and maybe some monogrammed ones, too).

Elaine Eve Photography
Elaine Eve Photography

Christmas Carollers

A performance by Christmas carollers is a beautiful way to entertain your guests prior to your ceremony or at your cocktail hour. You might even want to distribute lyric sheets to encourage guests to join in.

V & G Entertainment
V & G Entertainment

Fireplace Altar

Stay warm and cozy on your big day by saying your “I dos” in front of a crackling fireplace. Don’t forget to decorate the mantel with ornaments. Pro tip: check out these 10 Fireplace Wedding Decor Ideas We’re Absolutely Obsessed With.

Cedna Photography
Cedna Photography

Spruce Aisle Markers

Looking for a budget-friendly way to beautify your wedding aisle? Follow this couples’ lead and line it with some sprigs of spruce.

NINA Weddings & Events
NINA Weddings & Events

Outdoor Photo Session

Take your wedding or engagement portrait session outdoors to capture some Christmas vibes. A stroll through a Christmas market, tree farm or on dressed-up streets will give you plenty of festive backdrops.

Christine Hewitt Weddings
Christine Hewitt Weddings

Candles Galore

If you’re looking for Christmas wedding reception decorating ideas? Make your venue extra cozy by decking it out with glowing candles. Add cranberries, birch branches and spruce sprigs to your wedding centerpieces to make them even more festive.

Victoria Koehler Photography
Victoria Koehler Photography

Wreaths

Time to deck your halls! You don’t need boughs of holly, but we do recommend adding a wreath or two to your wedding venue.

Jhonny & Eduvina
Wedding of Jhonny & Eduvina

Strings of Christmas Lights

Fairy lights are super popular wedding decor staples, but for a Christmas wedding celebration, strands of snowflake or traditional Christmas tree lights are the way to go.

Matteroftime by Sumera
Matteroftime by Sumera

Cranberry Cocktails

Cranberry is the pumpkin spice of winter. Embrace the trend and serve some cranberry flavoured drinks at your cocktail hour.

Victoria Koehler Photography
Victoria Koehler Photography

Ornament Placeholders

Use Christmas tree ornaments to hold your escort cards or place cards. These can serve double duty and act as your wedding favours, too!

A Personal Touch
A Personal Touch

Wintery Place Settings

Reindeer napkins, greenery, ornaments and more will make your reception tables look holiday ready.

The Lock & Key
The Lock & Key

Holiday Dinner

What’s better than having one Christmas dinner? Having two, obviously. Fill your buffet with drool-worthy holiday eats like turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. Make sure to order extra, your guests are bound to go back for seconds.

Drew's Catering and Events
Drew's Catering and Events

Crackers

Amp up your place settings by adding a festive cracker to the top of each of your guests’ plates. Instead of buying the plain ‘ol ones from the grocery store, consider customizing them for your big day.

Gillian Crackers
Gillian Crackers

Gingerbread House

Think your dessert table could be a bit more Christmassy? Add a cute gingerbread house (or two) to your display.

Finespun Cakes & Pastries
Finespun Cakes & Pastries

Frosty Cake

Turn your wedding cake into a mini winter wonderland by covering it with white icing and adding festive details like pinecones, berries and sprigs of spruce.

Anzhelika Gekkelman Photography
Anzhelika Gekkelman Photography

Sugar Cookies

Take your dessert table to the next level by adding some traditional Christmas cookies to the mix. Pro tip: if you want to save a few bucks and have some extra time on your hands, make ‘em yourselves. You could even invite your ‘maids and ‘men over and have a cookie decorating party (great for pre-wedding bonding).

Whippt Kitchen
Whippt Kitchen

Sleigh rides

Who needs a party bus when you and your wedding guests could go dashing through the snow Santa-style in your own sleigh.

Christmas Music

Whether you choose a live band or DJ, you’ll want to add some Christmas music to your wedding playlist. Bonus: We've put together this list of 25 Festive Christmas Wedding Songs to help you out.

DJ Elegance
DJ Elegance

Festive Photobooth Props

Inject your wedding photobooth with a bit of holiday spirit by adding some festive goodies to your prop box. Reindeer horns, red noses, Santa hats and snowflakes are all welcome additions.

Vancouver Party Pics
Vancouver Party Pics

Coffee Favours

Warm your guests up with some comforting coffee wedding favours. If you’re not fans of super caffeinated bevvies, you can always go for herbal tea or hot chocolate, instead.

Victoria Koehler Photography
Victoria Koehler Photography

Sparkling Exit

Arms your guests with sparklers for a festive farewell.

Matt Lowden Photography
Matt Lowden Photography

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