Winter & Christmas Themed Wedding Ideas

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Winter & Christmas Themed Wedding Ideas
Winter weddings are an opportunity to shine in glitter and jewels. (Wedding bouquet the bride on background of wedding dress image by Aliaksandr Zabudzko from

With the magic of Christmas lights, freshly fallen snow and the shimmering hues of green, silver, red and blue, winter is a romantic time to get married despite the chill. During Christmas, there is no shortage of wedding decoration ideas, from using tinsel and ornaments, candles and snowflakes or poinsettias and Christmas lights. If you are planning a winter holiday wedding, you have endless possibilities.

Fairy tale

Winter is a time for whimsy and magic, so a fairy tale theme is appropriate. Pick a venue where you know it will be snowy to help you create a feel of winter romance. Coat several large sticks with craft glue and decorate them with white glitter to create a glittering illusion of snow. Place these large sticks in large, long-neck vases decorated with blue and white ribbons, then line them up along the aisle to make it look like you are walking in a winter wood. At the altar, decorate a canopy with silvery-white, flowing chiffon. Intertwine pale purple, blue and white flowers throughout the canopy to create a romantic winter scene straight from a storybook. When picking your dress, a full skirt and a bejewelled bodice will tie in with your theme. Bridesmaids dresses should be shades of silver, pale blue or pale purple. For the bouquets, use pale purple or red roses, white calla lilies or white poinsettias.

Winter & Christmas Themed Wedding Ideas
The look of ice on tree branches can be mimicked by glowing white glitter to real or fake tree branches. (winter image by Olga Amelina from

Rustic Theme

Nothing says romance more than the glow from a fire in a fireplace. Although a simple idea, holding a wedding in a rustic cabin with a large fireplace can create an intimate moment between the bride and groom and their guests. Light a fire in the fireplace and decorate the mantle with mini stockings with the guests names and two large stockings with the bride and groom's names. Also decorate the mantle with holly, garland and poinsettias and intersperse tall candles to extend the fire's warm glow. Decorate the aisle with rose petals on the ground and add swags of garland and red holly berries along the seats. Have someone pass around eggnog so after the kiss, guests can toast the bride and groom.

To finish off the hearth theme, a blush rose or a champagne colour sheath wedding gown and a bouquet of pale yellow or mauve roses will compliment.

Winter & Christmas Themed Wedding Ideas
The warm glow of a fire creates a romantic atmosphere. (fireplace image by askthegeek from

Christmas Tree Forest

Decorate the altar with various-sized faux Christmas trees. Decorate the trees in white LED lights because LED lights do not get as hot as traditional Christmas lights. Also wrap shimmery white felt to the base of the trees to create snow hills. Decorate the trees with white sparkle tulle and top off with various-sized ornaments in soft blues and pinks. Personalise the ornaments by writing the bride and groom's names and the wedding date on them using a glue pen, then decorating with white or silver glitter. When the wedding is over, guests can take a personalised ornament with them to commemorate the wedding. Along the aisle, create swags using the white shimmer tulle and blow silver glitter into them to create a starry effect. Additionally, a pearl-coloured or silvery ballgown or A-line wedding dress with a beaded belt and skirt details will help pull the theme together.

Winter & Christmas Themed Wedding Ideas
Personalising ornaments for your wedding trees will give guests a keepsake. (Christmas tree image by Lisa Turay from

Silver and Gold

Around Christmas, many people remember the "Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer" television special in which Yukon Cornelius sang "Silver and Gold." With the song in mind, a silver and gold theme works for a winter wedding because it ties all the holidays together. To decorate the church, silver and gold ornaments and beaded garland can hang from the pews to accentuate the aisle, while silver and gold beaded candles can decorate the altar. At the altar, a white archway decorated with silver and gold chiffon fabric will add billowy, romantic flair. A silver carpet runner with a gold netted or tulle overlay would also enhance the aisle to the altar. A champagne or white ballgown or mermaid dress would fit a silver and gold theme because they are full, luxurious styles. For a bouquet, white flowers like calla lilies, roses or hydrangeas with silver and gold glitter sparkling on the petals.

Winter & Christmas Themed Wedding Ideas
Gold ribbons and bows will help beautify a church for a winter wedding. (Phil Ashley/Lifesize/Getty Images)

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