Ho, ho, ho? Merry Christmas and all that jazz! It’s officially the first day of Christmas so I’m hoping that all of our very lovely brides got more than… what is it? Right… a partridge in a pear tree. Yes, hopefully now that you have the ring you’re in full planning mode and getting down to the finishing touches, so that’s exactly what we have here, the finishes for your Christmas wedding. To plan a full blown Christmas celebration, I’m thinking your wedding is literally the week of, before or after Christmas. And if this is the case, it must be very Christmasy! To avoid a blaring red and green palette (though I’m not opposed) we’re going with a toned down gold with plenty of deep evergreens (literally – lots of evergreen), and occasional sprinkles of red. Gold dresses up the day and keeps it feeling festive, and adding red and green details reminds your guests that it actually is days before (or after) Christmas. From the chair touches, to the trees, the incredible holiday decor at the Skylands Manor (New Jersey & New York brides?), the favors, and the very festive dessert tables… Christmas is officially here!
With Christmas Eve upon us, I thought it was only fitting for our own Christmas (wedding) countdown to do a “day before the big event” post… which leads us straight to rehearsal dinner ideas, in our case, obviously for Christmas weddings!
If you’re wedding is during the holiday season, your rehearsal dinner will be too, and there is nothing better for the wedding eve than celebrating in true Christmas fashion. Think of it like Christmas day and create it by adding lots of your own Christmas decor and touches if you’re hosting the rehearsal dinner at home or choose a restaurant where you know that Christmas will be all around you. I’m focusing on a home-hosted rehearsal dinner because decorating for the holidays is so fun and this is a way to really personalize the night before with your closest friends and family. Cater all of the food but keep calm before hand with DIY projects and decorating to make your rehearsal dinner an intimate and Christmasy affair….
It’s the 3rd day of Christmas which means aside from those french horns blaring in our ears, we are getting ever so close to the end of our countdown… And with only a few days to go, I couldn’t help but squeeze in another something red. That is, the classic red (Christmas) wedding palette! Our choices today are a mix of Christmas + red to craft a fun and festive wedding in style. From the decor choices… throw in fun red foods for decor or favors like these candy canes (first photo), or twizzlers (second photo). Or try incorporating bold furniture choices at your reception for photos (check out the gorgeous red chair and bench – sixth and ninth photos). How could we forget the food picks – how tempting are these adorable cups of peppermint eggnog punch (third photo), the always fabulous macarons (ninth photo), miniature cups of hot cocoa (elevnth photo), and bow tie red velvet cupcakes (seventh photo). And last but not least.. dazzle your guests prior to the big day with beautiful (and often overlooked) paper choices. I am torn between the “tying the red knot” invites (fifth photo), or the sleek and modern option (eighth photo).
On the forth day of Christmas, a little inspiration in the form of the beautiful bouquet. If you aren’t sold on the Christmas colors or even decor, but want a little something seasonal on your big day… the bouquet is an elegant but muted way of making that Christmas statement. I love striking reds in a Christmas bouquet so obviously red is the overwhelming color scheme here but, that doesn’t mean you need only red. Combining your rich red color with other winter choices… greens, blues, even browns (first photo) can make for a unique and untypical Christmas bouquet. Or if you prefer the very Christmasy… add a few pine cones, cranberries, and holly to spice up the spirit (second, third, seventh photos) or finally, for a spin on the traditional, go with a deeper red floral palette… the maroons (forth and sixth photos). This way, you steer clear of those traditional reds but keep it wintry…. the perfect inspiration for our forth day of Christmas
On the 6th day of Christmas we’re back to the palette with something a little different because sadly I am sick of seeing my own red and green ideas every single day… So we’re taking a hiatus..back to red on Friday though!
Today we’re doing a spin on the reds and pinks with a lovely blush pink and cranberry Christmas (or winter) palette! I always like doing wedding posts that I would love to use at my own someday wedding and on the 6th day of Christmas this one makes the cut! I’d love to see the girls in long blush colored dresses, and my inspiration is coming from this gorgeous White by Vera Wang wedding gown (first photo) – a toned down version of this would be perfect. If you’d prefer short dresses, how about mix and matching styles (eighth photo) to put a fun spin on the norm. Also on the fashion front, a shoe splurge..love these pale pink Christian Louboutin classic pumps (third photo). For fun, you can find awesome handmade bridesmaids gifts like this adorable purse in the perfect palette for today (seventh photo) and for our final fashion pick..how cute is this flower garter (thirteenth photo).
Moving onto floral, keep with the cranberry palette here for a wintry look (second, forth, ninth, twelve photos). This gives a vintagey-elegant feel but keeps it seasonal. For the food… a few touches can go a long way. Like what? Try a signature drink…love these cranberry margaritas (fifth photo). On the sweeter side and back to blush, these angel food cupcakes with pink icing (sixth and tenth photos) are to die for! And finally the paper… of course, invitations with tones of blush and cranberry (eleventh photo) to keep everything consistent and in our case….hopefully Christmasy too!