The holiday season is upon us! That means family gatherings, food feasts and fun. It's that time of year where folks likely have saved their days off from work to use during the holidays to make them all the more enjoyable. It's a time for celebration, and if you have decided to have your wedding during the holidays there's an added opportunity to celebrate something. The key is knowing how to pull off a holiday wedding that's the day of your dreams while being accommodating to your guests. Here are some tips to help you plan the perfect holiday wedding:
1. Plan a Year in Advance: This might sound like a long time to plan, but it's critical! While Most churches and chapels have more openings during the winter time, you'll want to book your reception hall a year ahead of time as they get booked quickly with holiday parties. The same goes for caterers, bands and florists as they will be getting booked for office and holiday parties. If you have a location you're set on and vendors you want to use, prepare yourself to lock them down with at least one year's notice.
2. Utilize What is Already There: Meaning let someone else deck the halls for you! Take advantage of places that are already decorated for the holidays. If you're having a Christmas themed wedding and the venue is decorated accordingly, you could save big on flowers and decor. Some weddings have managed to get the job done by just having bouquets for the wedding party and the bride of course! Another area you could think of when selecting a venue is see if they have a fireplace or other cozy features.
3. Save The Date: This is not only crucial but courteous to your guests. As soon as you've picked your date get those save the dates out ASAP! In addition plan to send your formal wedding invitations three months before your wedding date instead of the standard two months. This allows more time for your guests to prepare and make arrangements. The holidays are one of the biggest travel times, by air or by car. A holiday wedding may call for alternative arrangements. Politely ask your guests for a day or two cushion to allow for any inclement weather or delayed flights.
4. Special Requests: Take advantage of the food, desserts, decor and music that only come around this time of year. Serve festive cocktails and feast on foods like turkey and ham. Heck, go all in and instead of a wedding cake choose a traditional wedding cake: an iced fruit cake! Ask your musicians to play some romantic holiday music to add to your playlist. And if it's a New Year's Eve wedding have some top hats and champagne on hand for the big countdown.
Here are some more ideas to get your started:
Include the Color Silver: Dress up your color theme with festive silver!
Champagne Favors: No wedding is complete without a little bubbly, so pop the cork, pour into flutes and enjoy!
Bells Favors: What better way to ring in the new year or ring to a holiday tune but with the perfect little silver bells for your wedding.
Bottom line, if you're having a holiday wedding, be prepared in advance, be courteous to your guests' plans, be precise with your theme and decor and be open to using resources the venue already has in place. Planning a wedding is quite a process. Planning a holiday wedding bumps it up a notch so hold onto your hat, gear up and get ready for all that will come your way. Most importantly when you marry, like the holidays, make it merry!