Planning a Christmas Wedding Dos and Don'ts

Before you send out your Christmastime save-the-dates, buy a sleigh, or book a Santa Elvis (what -- that's not on your dream wedding agenda??) for your reception, check out these tips on how to plan a perfect holiday wedding (which you could easily apply to a bachelorette, stressed out maids of honor!):

By Benjamin Kerns of Trazee Travel

December is increasingly becoming a popular choice for weddings. The idea of saying “I do” amid a winter wonderland is a dream of many young women, but it’s important to keep a few things in mind when planning your Christmas nuptials.

Do Embrace the Season

Winter ‘tis the season to be jolly, and what’s more jolly than a wedding? If you’re going to have a Christmas wedding, there’s no reason to avoid holiday themes. Red, green and white make great color palettes, as do simple blues.

Don’t Overdo It

That being said, an ice sculpture of Santa Claus at your reception might be a tad too merry. Do your best to embrace the season, but don’t slide down the aisle on a sleigh led by a troupe of reindeer and a bright red nose.

Do Accept Rejection Gracefully

Christmas is traditionally a time for people to visit family, not attend weddings. It’s a bit much to ask people to forgo visits home in favor of your ceremony, so don’t be angry when people have to decline your invitation. In fact, you might want to go ahead and plan a small wedding in advance.

Don’t Wait Too Long

Cakes, venues and outfits should be ordered well ahead of time. The holidays are the busiest time of the year for bakers, tailors and churches so you need to have your wedding booked in advance or you run the risk of not having anyone available to supply your food or clothes.

Do Have It Inside

As much as having a wedding in the snow might seem fun, the reality is it’ll just lead to a bunch of miserably cold guests. Stage your wedding inside and use fake snow, if necessary. You don’t want your first memory of your big day to be how your toes were freezing with frostbite while you recited your vows.