'Tis the season for spreading holiday cheer, after all.

By Alyssa Brown
December 18, 2018

For many couples planning a December or early January wedding, the holiday season is something to be embraced. They might decorate with wreaths, formal candelabras, or highlight the season through their attire or food. Another creative idea we love is when couples incorporate holiday music into the celebrations. It's a fun, festive addition to your typical big-day entertainment. If you want to bring the holiday cheer in the form of classic tunes, here are some of the best ways to do just that.

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Bring in a choir.

When it comes to holiday music, the bigger the production element, the bigger the impact. Natasha Miller, founder and CEO of Entire Productions, says, "Having a choir performing holiday music as guests enter the ceremony or even for cocktails would be so fun and unexpected. Or hire a children's bell choir-it's so beautiful and unique, especially at a wedding." Get creative and have fun with it. Maybe the choir dresses in all-white attire with sparkling gold shoes to reflect the joyful, festive atmosphere.

Keep it minimal.

Rather than go overboard with the holiday theme, Miller says, "I'd keep the holiday music focused on one element of the event, maybe either the prelude, cocktail hour, or a special song or two at dinner." She likes the idea of a jazz rendition of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, or Let it Snow. "Too many holiday songs and it will feel like a tree lighting celebration rather than a wedding," she adds. To keep things simple and focused on the wedding until the end, you might consider including holiday tunes only during your send-off at the end of the night.

Stick with live music.

Playlists of holiday music tend to feel more like unintended background music for guests, so it's usually best to stick with a live musician if you want to make an impact. You could also request that your DJ work in one or two songs with holiday themes throughout the night. Horns, strings, and other live music sets are generally the best way to get guests involved and make holiday music feel like a real moment everyone can share.

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