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35 Awesome Christmas Wedding Ideas

Want to make your wedding a festive affair for the holidays? Here are a few holly jolly Christmas wedding ideas worth considering.

Christmas wedding ideas

Christmas wedding ideas

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.

Christmas wedding ideas - wintery wedding venue

Christmas Engagement Shoot

Help build anticipation for your festive celebration with a Christmas-themed engagement session. Some of our favourite ideas include a visit to a Christmas tree farm, a Hallmark Christmas-worthy location like a gazebo trimmed in lights and some festive shots taken in dressy engagement outfits, like this one. Bonus: Check out these 41 Stunning Winter Engagement Photo Ideas for more inspiration.

Christmas engagement session

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.

Christmas wedding bouquet

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.

Christmas wedding invitation suite

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!

Christmas wedding gift ideas for your bridal party

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.

Red wedding dress

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.

Christmas bridal accessories

Christmas-Themed Flower Crown

Typically we think of flower crowns as the ideal bridal accessory for a boho wedding or a garden wedding. However, wreaths are a Christmas staple, so why not ask your florist to make one for you or your bridesmaids to wear.

Christmas floral crown

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.

Christmas wedding idea - Faux fur stoles

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).

Christmas wedding idea 0 horse and carriage ride

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.

Christmas wedding colour scheme for groom and groomsmen

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).

Christmas wedding tree

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.

Christmas wedding ideas - hire Christmas carollers

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 15 Fireplace Wedding Decor Ideas We’re Absolutely Obsessed With.

Christmas wedding fireplace decorations

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.

Christmas wedding ideas - spruce aisle markers

Harp Music

Fill the room with the sweet sound of harp music. The perfect wedding ceremony and cocktail hour music, the classic instrument creates a celebratory and festive vibe to your event. Bonus: Here are The 10 Best Harp Songs for Your Wedding Ceremony.

Christmas wedding harp music

Christmas Table Decorations

If you’re looking for Christmas wedding reception decorating ideas, take inspiration from this dreamy rustic chic look.

Christmas Table Decorations

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.

Christmas wedding portrait

Candles Galore

Make your venue extra cozy by decking it out with glowing candles. Add cranberries, birch branches and sprigs of greenery to your wedding centerpieces to make them even more festive.

Christmas wedding decorations

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.

Christmas wedding decorations

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.

Christmas wedding decorations

Cranberry Cocktails

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

Christmas wedding cocktails

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!

Christmas wedding decorations - christmas ball decorations

Wintery Place Settings

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

Christmas wedding table decorations

Christmas Sweetheart Table

If you love the idea of a sweetheart table, take inspiration from this super romantic table design, Its elements include an exquisite bouquet of red and pink blooms, luxurious red napkins, gold candles, a greenery runner and garlands trimmed with fairy lights.

Christmas sweetheart table

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.

Christmas wedding menu

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.

Christmas wedding crackers

Gingerbread House

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

Christmas wedding dessert idea - gingerbread house

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.

Christmas wedding cake

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).

Christmas wreath wedding cookies

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 wedding sleigh rides

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.

Christmas wedding music

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.

Christmas wedding photobooth props

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.

Christmas wedding favours

Sparkling Exit

Arms your guests with sparklers for a festive farewell.

Christmas wedding exit with sparklers

Find more winter wedding inspiration in our Real Wedding galleries »

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