Imagining a Christmas Wedding

It’s Christmas time and I couldn’t resist writing about Christmas weddings. There are many pros and a few cons to having a wedding around the holidays

People love Christmas for so many reasons: there is of course the religious meaning of the celebrating the birth of Christ, but it is also a time to share special moments with family and friends. Perhaps it’s the love of giving, especially gifts for children, and the magic and wonder of Santa Claus. Any or all of these are great reasons to love Christmas and can add great meaning to a wedding. A Christmas wedding can be a way to express the spirit of the season and the gift of love.

A Christmas wedding cake to remember!

But when you chose to have a wedding at Christmas you might be asking your guests to give up time spent with their family at home and to sacrifice their own traditions. This can be distressing for some, but others might enjoy it as a change of pace.

A good guideline for making it a worthwhile experience is guest participation. People prepare and do a lot for their families at Christmas time. Can you provide some interactive experiences for them at the wedding? Bonfires and caroling would be perfect. Imagine spending a weekend attending a wedding at a resort that has incredible décor, and provides sleigh rides and other winter activities for everyone! Is it sounding good now? It is to me!

The gingerbread house at Skytop

All things Christmas, from the secular to religious, can be integrated into your wedding. Whether it’s just for the day or for a destination wedding, here are some simple ideas that are sure to please:

Greet your guests with mulled wine and spiced hot cider.

Plan your reception in family style – one long table, and offer classic Christmas fare.  Make it feel like one big family affair, because that’s what a wedding is anyway – the joining of families.

Amazing Christmas table - photo by Lori Carriere

Cookie decorating for children of all ages would be fun, then serve the cookies of course, and have some extras to go.

A unique tree ornament makes a great favor (wrapped like a Christmas present), or use ornaments for your seating instructions by tying the escort card to the decoration and hanging it from a string of lights.

Music, music, music! Whether band or DJ – some Christmas music is a must! There are many holiday songs with love themes. And of course lots and lots of lights.

Arrange for an appearance from Santa, or if he’s not available, how about Mrs. Claus, or even some elves?

Wouldn’t it be magical to see snowflakes fall as you seal your promise with a kiss? Set up artificial snow above the altar with a pull cord – it could be done! Or maybe just have everyone toss white confetti – that might be easier.

A sleigh ride at Pocono Manor!

For the ceremony, there are many appropriate scriptural passages or you can include readings and references from many other sources of inspiration, ones that shine light on the power of love and the magic of the season.

Children’s books can provide inspiration, they often teach important lessons in life. I especially love the Velveteen Rabbit excerpt about how love is what makes us real.

Most importantly when you plan a wedding at Christmas you are planning not only for one of the biggest milestones in your own life, but a special experience for your guests. That’s a lot of pressure. But with a few special touches you can have something so memorable, everyone will forget if they missed Santa’s visit at home, because the spirit of Father Christmas will be with them in abundance at your wedding.

A bonfire adds to the warmth. Photo by Lisa Rhinehart.



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