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How to throw an elegant December Wedding

November 11, 2019


You're a December Bride-to-Be doing your utmost not to give in and decorate your entire wedding venue with tinsel... yes, i know it's made a come back recently, but this is your wedding after all.


Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas. I love everything about it - the nostalgia, the music, the parties, and of course, the decoration. I love going to friends and families homes over the Christmas period to see how they've decorated their tree. Christmas really is the one time of year where you can express your inner child, decorating your home with snowmen and reindeer to your hearts content...


But, here's the thing.


When you get your photos back in February, are you really going to want to stare at a photo of you standing in front of a hall filled with streamers and tinsel? (I really don't have anything against tinsel, I promise...!)


My approach to wedding styling is always consistent. I believe in a contemporary classic design, one which is led by you as a couple. So long as it means something to you, it will make sense to your guests and most importantly, it will make sense to you in ten years time when you look through your wedding gallery. Trends are here today, but gone tomorrow. The same can be said for Christmas. 


That being said, I am a firm believer in using the seasons to guide you when it comes down to your styling choices. You can still get married in December and have a cosy, wintery wedding, without having to turn your venue into Santas grotto...


Here are ten ways to help you throw a stylish, December Wedding...


1. Select your colour palette 

Will it be a warm and cosy affair or a winter wonderland? Jewelled colours such as ruby and amethyst will look stunning set against gold accents, and will work together to create a sensual, warming vibe whereas blues, whites and silver can be combined to give an icy, cool feel. 

Photography:Sweet Darling Weddings

Floral Design:Flowers by Kristine

Venue :Pear Tree Estate


2. Use texture

Velvet is having a big moment right now, and it's not surprising to see why. I love a velvet table runner, particularly in the colour of traditional gemstones such as emerald and ruby. 

Velvet Table Runner by Magpie Decor - Not on the Highstreet 


3. Accessorize 

When I think of a winter bride, I see a gorgeous bride wearing a faux fur shrug. If your dress isn't long sleeved, you might want to consider wearing a shawl.

Photography:Josh Elliott

Tags:Shawl, Bride And Groom, Bolero, Fur, Engagement Photos, Love

Location:Montecito, California


4. Candlelight

Candles can be an easy and relatively inexpensive way to not only enhance the over look, but add warmth and light to your venue. Candles can help make your setting intimate and inviting, particularly on a chilly day. 



5. Fairy-lights 

The fact that the day will be a short one is unavoidable, so whilst you have to think about lighting, you may as well make a statement out it. Festoon lighting, fairy-lights, chandeliers and paper lanterns are just some of the options available to light up your venue.

Photographer:Caroline Lima Photography

Event Design + Planning:Grace Leisure Events LLC

Wedding Venue:Sarah P. Duke Gardens


6. Think outside of the box

I know it can be tempting to stick to holly and berries when it comes to your bouquet and floral arrangements, but there are so many other seasonal options out there when it comes to flowers and foliage. 

Photography:Anna Delores Photography

Venue:Hudson Loft


7. Ask about your Venues Christmas Decorations

If you're worried about your venues standard Christmas decorations getting in the way of your big ideas, it's important to find out early on what the plans will be. If your venue places a 12 foot tree in the centre of the staircase every year, the chances are they're not going to be able to move this for your wedding day (depending on how persuasive you are, of course). Find out early on so that you can devise a plan around it if necessary.


8. Fruit!
I love it when designers use things in unexpected ways, like these apples...

Photography:Anna Delores Photography

Reception Venue:Whispering Rose Ranch


9. If it doesn't snow, don't try to recreate the magic...

Snow machines might help to bring a photo to life at best, but the reality is a very noisy, messy machine which will cover you and your guests in soapy foam... best avoided.


10. Serve up a cool cocktail

Ditch the mulled wine for this Cranberry Pinot Noir Spitzer.

Looking for further inspiration? Get in touch for your free discovery call! hello@leannaelizabethweddings.com 



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