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Hosting a Holiday Wedding

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Welcome to Wedding Wisdom! Every week, JET experts will help you plan your dream nuptials from engagement to “I do.”  This week, wedding planner and bride-to-be Tami Smallwood, CEO of blush|WEDDING & EVENT PLANNING FIRM, shares ideas for planning your nuptials around the holidays.


Photo courtesy of Cellar Door Photography.

Photo courtesy of Cellar Door Photography.

The holidays are here!! From the lights and decorations, to great food, and family gatherings; there is something magical about this time of the year.  It is filled with hope, excitement, and the possibility for miracles. All of that plus a little snowy weather can lend to a romantic winter wedding. Start planning your beautiful holiday nuptials, but keep the following in mind:

Don’t be too theme-y in your décor. Just because you’re having a winter wedding doesn’t mean that your centerpieces have to include holiday ornaments and snowflakes. Nor does it mandate that your color palette should include red and green.  Think outside the box, yet keep your décor simple. Perhaps an all-white event with very clean lines can set the stage for your décor plans or perhaps your color palette can include jewel tones for your holiday wedding celebration?

Cranberry Martini, anyone? A specialty drink is always great for weddings. Why not keep to tradition and add a few holiday favorites? Eggnog, pumpkin or peppermint-flavored spirits will put anyone in the holiday mood.

Consider the weather. Look for venues where you can hold both the ceremony and reception in the same location.  In cases where there is bad weather, guests won’t need to travel from one location to another.  Icy roads plus an open bar can make for a bad combination.  Your local hotels are great options during the winter season. Guests can make reservations to stay overnight if the party is too turned up.

Make sure it’s picture perfect. Consider the venue when thinking of the perfect backdrop for your winter wedding.  Pay close attention to things like architecture and décor for your photos.  Some places really do a great job of decorating for the holidays.  Keep that in mind.

Send save-the-date Cards. The holidays are peak travel times for most people. Send a save-the-date card six months in advance of your wedding date. Guests can add your wedding to their calendar well in advance of other invites; otherwise, people may already establish holiday plans making them unavailable for your wedding.

Make it an extended celebration. While the family is gathered together, make entertainment plans for a three- or four-day holiday celebration before leaving for your honeymoon.  It’s a great way to keep the celebration of love going for days and it makes for GREAT memories!

Planning a winter wedding can be a difficult task, but with proper planning and creativity, it can be the beautiful magical event of your dreams. Happy Holidays!

Your Turn: Are you planning a winter wedding? Let us know in the comments!