Christmas wedding - come and provide me with cheesy, OTT inspiration!

(42 Posts)
ballinacup Wed 31-Jul-13 15:14:40

DP and I get married on the 7th December and I want our wedding to be a Christmassy extravaganza.

The budget is not huge but me and my lovely bridesmaids are ready to roll up our sleeves and make stuff ourselves/trawl the shops for christmassy bargains.

So come on, bombard me with ideas!

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Wed 31-Jul-13 15:18:06

You can get big Ikea vases for not much money and fill them with cheapy baubles that match your colour scheme - I went to a Christmas wedding with those decorations and they were lovely! The bride had also glitter sprayed a million pine cones and we put them on all the window sills. Lots of candles too. Gorgeous.

siblingrevelry Wed 31-Jul-13 15:38:01

I got married December 18th a few years ago - saved us a heap as the church and venue had Xmas decs up, so instantly everything looks cheery.

I bought a load of the little iced german/spiced star biscuits from a xmas market - although Im guessing Aldi will do them - which we had on trays as people arrived for pre-reception drinks (mulled wine).

I bought a pack of mirrored tiles from B&Q, and had a burgundy candle sat on one in the middle of each table, with a few decorative glass stones in clear & burgundy.

I've also been to Xmas weddings where people had baubles as place names (written on with glitter pen/permanent marker)

A Xmas themed £1 scratchcard for each guest instead of favours?

ballinacup Wed 31-Jul-13 15:49:50

<licks pencil> Ikea vases, german biscuits, mulled wine...

Pootles2010 Wed 31-Jul-13 15:51:29

Fake snow during first dance. Too much? grin

Pootles2010 Wed 31-Jul-13 15:52:42

You could take a leaf out of the poncey xmas thread and silver-spray paint dried Alliums? They're just drying out now in our garden so you'd need to get on this one a bit quicker.

siblingrevelry Wed 31-Jul-13 15:54:00

Our first dance was to 'The power of love' (Frankie goes to Hollywood, not Jennifer Rush!).

Making me want to do it all again, I loved my Xmas wedding.

Even didn't mind spending £400 to hire a fur trimmed cape to wear on exiting the church.....and the holly/ivy/mistletoe and other greenery & berries looked gorgeous in the bouquets.

ballinacup Wed 31-Jul-13 16:07:10

Yeah I've got a fur trimmed cape on order blush DM was trying to convince me to get a red one but I didn't fancy looking like Santa.

I would love fake snow but I think DP may draw the line in the sand right about there! I don't know if anyone I know has Alliums in the garden, but will have a look.

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Wed 31-Jul-13 23:05:43

my friend got married at Christmas a few years ago and she hired father christmas to come for an hour and hand out naughty and nice gifts (instead of favors) it was ace

devonsmummy Wed 31-Jul-13 23:15:57

I had a Christmas wedding - 21st dec

We didn't do this but it would be a good idea to have tea / coffee/ hot choc served as guests arrive to reception (our were freezing after having pics done!)

Table decs were terracotta plant pots (aged) with candle, ivy & berries

I had ivy in my hair.

If your having little bridesmaids make sure they're well wrapped!

Our registry office & reception both had Xmas trees & decs do they saved us the effort / expense of loads of decorating.

How about Xmas crackers on tables (a way to break the ice between guests?)

devonsmummy Wed 31-Jul-13 23:17:45

Oh & for CHEESE I walked in to mariah Carey's 'all I want for Christmas is you' !
We trawled through loads of cheesy Xmas songs

VodIsGod Wed 31-Jul-13 23:26:30

We married on Dec 2nd. It got dark early and I have a happy memory of the restaurant where we had our reception being cosy and softly lit (fairy lights, log fires) and they had put up Christmas trees etc.

VodIsGod Wed 31-Jul-13 23:29:32

Is it a church wedding btw? It's just we snuck in quickly at the start of the month as the church didn't allow flowers/decorations after the start of advent...

Snazzyenjoyingsummer Wed 31-Jul-13 23:36:33

Fairy lights! Thousands of them!

I would have loved a Christmas wedding. Will keep thinking...

Siblingrevelry good idea - Asda do very good versions of lebkuchen (the little spiced biscuit/cake things) and they would be brilliant handed out with mulled wine.

Wandastartup Wed 31-Jul-13 23:36:46

We had December 2nd too-it was sunny and snowy. Dark green velvet bridesmaid dressed and I had a cream velvet cape. Lots of dark red flowers and mulled wine. It was fab plus if the weather is nice it's a bonus unlike July weddings where it's gutting if it's bad. Probably outed myself here!

Ooooh my PFB DS birthday is Dec 7th.

You NEED The Pogues FairyTale of New York (not as your First Dance but somewhere). I was singing this in labour blush. Quite brilliantly IMO.

Candles. In tiny jars (out of reach) or floating in clear glass water bowls (IKEA do floaty candles and wide shallow bowls)

Or the battery TeaLights for safety?

Chocolate coins on the table?

Ivy on the table as a long 'runner'?

thistlelicker Thu 01-Aug-13 00:44:25

Make salt dough decorations with name and date as keep sake?

ilovevenice Thu 01-Aug-13 00:48:44

A friend of a friend had an empty Christmas tree at the reception entrance and asked all the guests to bring a bauble of their choice - they had someone putting them up and then kept them for all their future Christmases...

thistlelicker Thu 01-Aug-13 00:55:45

If u have kids coming get shortbread in shapes of trees / Santa. Etc and let them decorate them with icing an balls and the like

fackinell Thu 01-Aug-13 00:59:08

Ooooh marking place as want a Christmas wedding next year!! Shall try and think of some ideas. grin

thistlelicker Thu 01-Aug-13 01:01:27

What about having the ikea vases but having hand picked holly and berries as
Centre pieces?

Sorry I can't sleep!

I've got an M&S fur trimmed cape .
Not any help but I thought I'd throw it into the mix.

It's black though.
Do I get a Save the Day Card? (So that I can decorate but not get invited) grin

siblingrevelry Thu 01-Aug-13 08:11:50

If you or any mates are computer savvy, how about making a Xmas CD for each guest?

You could do a selection of about 10 Xmas songs (even better if they're going to be played at your reception or service - either your fave xmas hymns, or modern xmas classics), print out the sleeves to coordinate with the theme, or even just with your initials & the date in red/gold/green lettering. Every time they play it over the following weeks they'll think of you - then it will probably come out with the decorations every year and serve as a lasting reminder of you and your special day.

ballinacup Thu 01-Aug-13 08:59:44

Some amazing ideas on here, I don't know how I'm going to choose.

The church have said no flowers etc, but there'll be lots of candles. It's a Saxon church and very, very beautiful so no doubt it will look lovely regardless.

I had thought about mulled wine at the reception but hadn't thought about tea/coffee/hot choc for the non-alcohol drinkers so thanks for that suggestion.

For favours/place markers I was thinking little jam jars filled with sweets with a christmas ribbon bow and big gift tag with the guest's name.

trice Thu 01-Aug-13 09:20:17

I had a christmas wedding, midwinters day. As others have said the venue was already decorated which saved us a fortune. We got some lovely photos as it snowed.

We had sparklers. And honeymooned in skis.

TheSlug Thu 01-Aug-13 16:51:13

I had a Christmas wedding, 21st December. It was beautiful and everyone loved it. We had Christmas carols in the church before I arrived, My bms were in deep berry red, with furry white stoles, at the reception we had hot choc and mulled wine as welcome drinks, with mince pies and roasted chestnuts as appetisers. lots of Christmas songs all through the day. our first dance was to Mariah Carey's 'All I want...' Bit cringey, but we couldn't decide so just went with it.
our centrepieces were small Christmas trees (45cms high) with teeny tiny fairy lights. they were on gold plates with fake diamonds sprinkled round. On the tables we had Christmas crackers and candy canes, and mini home made fruit liqueurs. all the children got presents of things like comic books, playing cards and toys to keep them entertained at the table. We also had photo baubles made and hung them all on a tree for guests to take away as favours. Instead of a guestbook we had a medium sized Christmas tree with sparkly, round red gift tags for people to write on and hang on the tree. We also had tins of Quality street for people to have with their coffees after dinner.

the only thing we didn't have was a Christmas meal- we had sausage and mash smile (completely outs self)

Can you still get those chocolate truffles from Thorntons which look like Christmas puddings? They would be sweet as favours.

RoadsTwo Thu 01-Aug-13 17:04:30

My sis had one and we made cracker wedding favours. Guests loved it! Instead of jokes, we had table games to keep people entertained. Sort of pub quizzy, but not eg "Where did S & S first meet?", "What is it about them and ducks?". Some risqué questions in there too that set some tables giggling!

devonsmummy Thu 01-Aug-13 22:13:13

Oh yes candy canes!
They'd look great used as table decs
Maybe a huge vase with them hanging around the edge
Or small tree branches with them hanging from them

WaitingForMe Tue 06-Aug-13 08:18:58

I wonder if ilovevenice and I have a friend in common as I did the empty Christmas tree and asked guests to buy us a bauble.

I loved my Christmas wedding. I had a giant bunch of mistletoe instead of a bouquet, had cosmopolitans instead of champagne (looked very festive on the trays) and went to New York for my honeymoon.

I was all over the poncetastic thread and everyone was so lovely. There were dozens of tiny details from those genius ladies.

i would love to have a christmas wedding. dp might take some convincing as he hates the cold.

lisbapalea Tue 06-Aug-13 22:15:02

I also had a December wedding. Things I remember are:

large Ikea tealights burn for a longer time so don't need to be re-filled during the day, or buy long-burning candles from somethingforthewickend dot com

Ikea lanterns lighting the way to/from church and venue

sparklers and/or fireworks when you leave

Christmas songs as table names - our top table was the Mariah song etc

loads of carols in church so everyone sings loudly!

Christmas tree at the venue, small trees with lights outside entrance to church

we had Christmas music throughout the day - jingle bells when signing the register etc, old school Christmas croony music during the meal, proper Christmas cheese for the dancing

we bought Christmas gift bags and stuffed them with entertaining things for the child guests - e.g. Colouring in pics of Father Christmas etc

ballinacup Wed 07-Aug-13 10:32:05

I've been shopping for my centrepieces!

Got a load of hurricane vases reduced to £6 in Sainsbos, church candles to go in them and I'm going to add berries/pine cones etc around the bottom of the candles inside the vases, and sit the vases themselves in Christmas wreaths.

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Wed 07-Aug-13 12:04:07

Sounds awesome!

The comment about crackers upthread reminded me we had them as place settings at the Christmas wedding I attended, acting as favours, icebreakers and place names. I thought they were great fun!

I had an xmas wedding. I had a normal dress with a fur stole but i wish now that i'd had a long riding coat.

I had hurricane lamps with big church candles and with wreaths around the bases. My Mil dried hers and still uses it each xmas. I also had candy canes to take next to my guest book and served hot choc and mulled wine as reception drinks.

For the music i had vivaldi's "winter" and my minister suggested "in the bleak midwinter" for the line "i will give my heart" at the end but i couldnt sing it for blubbing each time i heard it after that so we sang Good King Wenceslas instead and everyone loved it! They said it was great to belt out a song they all knew rather than miming to hymns.

I used favour boxes that used looked like mini wrapped presents but i also looked at crackers too.

There was only one thing i didnt have and that was a brass band. I kept hearing the colliery bands playing and i cried each time, my wedding was on the 27th so i kept saying to dh i really would like a brass trio or something because its just soo christmassy and emotional. He kept rubbing my hand or patting it nodding sagely saying naaa you dont want that to the point i convinced myself he'd booked it as a surprise. I kept saying how they bound to be free and appreciate a booking after xmas as its bound to be a real lull for them. And he didnt bloody book them.

Makes me want to do it again with the riding coat and brass accompaniment now.

MooseyMoo Wed 07-Aug-13 20:09:31

What about Candy Cane Sleighs for favours?

Dilidali Wed 07-Aug-13 21:08:25

Aww, I love this thead!
Never thought of Christmas as a 'time for a wedding'.
I'll think about what you're asking OP smile

siblingrevelry Fri 16-Aug-13 11:20:08

Ballinacup saw these and thought of you!

www.dotcomgiftshop.com/set4-red-mini-rose-candle-in-bowl?all=1&ctid=5668&pos=126

Hope your plans are coming along x

ballinacup Fri 16-Aug-13 14:12:56

Oh sibling they are lovely! I've ordered a load. Don't know whether to have them as favours or just scatter them around artfully...

Secretswitch Fri 16-Aug-13 14:22:59

Ohhh..congratulations ballinacup! We went to a New Year's Eve wedding two years ago. Such a lovely romantic time..
I am watching this thread and getting excited for you!

lucysmam Sat 17-Aug-13 13:30:57

love this thread, I now want a Christmas wedding (when we save up)!!

The little star biscuits might make nice favours, wrapped in Xmassy cellophane with ribbon & a bauble.

Loads of spray painted pine cones in gold/silver scattered on tables.

Fairy lights, I love fairy lights grin would have them up now if dp would let me!!

Littlemousewithcloggson Sat 17-Aug-13 22:56:50

You can get small felt stockings, maybe put the sweets for the favours in them instead of jars? Very christmassy!

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