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8 Ways to Make Classic Holiday Wedding Ideas New Again

Turn traditional seasonal décor into something entirely your own.

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Given the celebratory time of year, holiday-themed weddings are festive, colorful, and joyous occasions. While some couples opt to ignore the season and decorate their wedding as they would any other time of year, others want to give their ceremony and reception holiday vibe. Here are eight classic seasonal wedding ideas, plus our suggestions for making them entirely your own.

 

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Play holiday music.

Christmas tunes are playing pretty much nonstop between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, so it's a fun idea to include some seasonal music at your wedding. Surprise guests with a band that plays live versions instead of the pre-recorded standards your loved ones are used to. Another great idea? Hire a large group of Christmas carolers or a choir to sing a few classic holiday songs during cocktail hour.

 

Indoor s'mores.

It's no secret that everyone loves s'mores, which is why the nostalgic treat has become a staple at nearly every winter wedding. If you have a fire pit at your reception and guests are able to roast their own marshmallows outdoors, go for it. But if you want to serve indoor s'mores sans campfire, we recommend hot chocolate with marshmallows and a graham cracker rim on the mug.

 

Subtle holiday decorations.

Fresh, seasonal flowers are always the best ceremony and reception decorations, and garlands of greenery are particularly appropriate during the winter months. If you want something a little more literal, ornaments make adorable escort cards, while evergreen trees are both a nod to the season and a great way to bring the outdoors in during a cold season.

 

A winter-white color palette.

You may not want to design your party entirely around traditional holiday colors, but winter white is the perfect alternative. Think about a clean, minimalistic look in shades of white and cream with metallic pops.

 

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Bright red-and-white color scheme.

If you love the color red and want to incorporate it into your wedding reception, you might consider combining varying shades of crimson, burgundy, rust, and auburn with pale shades of blush and nude. The high contrast of red and white can be too abrupt for a romantic wedding, but these softer combos are so beautiful.

 

Lights everywhere.

We'd never say no to café lights hung above the dance floor or fairy lights strung near the sweetheart table. If you'd prefer something even softer, bring in tons of candles to give the room a golden glow. The look embraces the holiday feel just as well as string lights do.

 

Fresh holiday blooms.

If you want holiday décor, go for the real deal; plastic just can't beat the look of live holiday flowers. Fresh poinsettias and amaryllis look beautiful lining a ceremony aisle or entryway, and nothing compares to the smell of a real Christmas tree. 

 

Seasonal cocktails.

For something festive and fun, there's no better option than a Champagne tower. If bubbly isn't your thing, think about mulled wine or eggnog; both feel super appropriate for a holiday wedding.