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!
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 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!
On the 14th day of our Christmas countdown, may I suggest some fun and always Christmasy ideas for your wedding centerpiece! For a Christmas wedding, I wouldn’t expect anything less than a Christmas table complete with reds, greens, whites, golds and the occasional pine cone. Your centerpiece can be as big or small, as intricate or as simple as you like but making it reminiscent of Christmas is a must.
Now creating the perfect centerpiece for your wedding is best left in your own hands… so yes, I’m suggesting this be a little DIY project. Think of it like decorating your Christmas tree… it always comes out pretty right? Well… most do. So extend your craftiness (or lack thereof) to a very simple budget-friendly wedding project. Decorate a tiered stand with evergreen and different colored Christmas tree ornaments, then scatter around a few of those same ornaments and some evergreen extending out from the centerpiece (first and forth photos), or make your own vases with white candles surrounded by a bed of evergreen or on a tree stump…add a few sprigs of holly into the mix for some color (fifth and sixth photos) and two more DIY Christmas centerpiece ideas are born…
It’s the 16th day of Christmas wedding ideas and since we chose green for our first Christmas countdown idea, we had to do a little ode to red too… but not quite the full palette, today just the details! Because we realize maybe not everyone who gets married in December wants a red wedding palette, or even likes the color red for that matter, we wanted to highlight how you can incorporate one or two things to make yourself and your guests feel Christmasy and in the holiday spirit without going red overboard.
So our details today include fashion touches like red nails (first photo), ruby drop earrings (second photo), you choose your favorite style of Christian Louboutin’s…it’s the red on the bottom that counts (forth photo), or if you prefer, red heels (eighth photo). If you don’t want to go the red fashion route, on the food front we’ve got red chocolate lollipop favors (third photo), eggnog hot chocolate with a candy cane stirrer (sixth photo), or mini cakes for dessert lined with cranberries (ninth photo). Finally, if you’re looking for something maybe not for the big day, choose a red paper product like these fab invites (last photo).