If you are planning a wedding during the holiday season, it's not too late to incorporate some “holiday cheer” into your big day. Your guests will love the festive spirit in the air, further enhancing their experience at your affair. To learn some non-cheesy tricks, we turned to Sandy Hammer, co-founder of AllSeated, a free collaborative event planning platform that helps couples, venues, planners and vendors create a successful event.
Start with Holiday Treats
Nothing says holiday season like food! There are several ways to incorporate the season into what you serve your guests. Think about holiday beverages such as eggnog, apple cider and warm mugs of hot chocolate (with marshmallows of course). During your cocktail hour, consider small bowls of warm chili and potato pancakes with applesauce. Dessert can feature holiday cookies with milk and even s'mores station for your guests to toast their own marshmallows and build their own s'mores creations.
Choose Your Colors
If you haven't selected a color scheme just yet, why not consider red or blue? Red is such a strong color statement and so unexpected for a wedding, yet brings feelings of the holiday season. When choosing linens, using shades of red looks especially elegant in a velvet texture or plaid pattern.
Blue is also a great winter color that is both icy and cool. Shades of blue for your linens or as accents through blue napkins would enhance the winter season feeling. You can further enhance the feel with icy blue lighting or snowflake patterned lighting fixtures to project on the walls or dance floor.
Add Some Tunes
Beyond the food, think about the music. For a classy touch, holiday music can be incorporated into your affair as background instrumentals to be played throughout your cocktail hour or during meals.
Props for Winter Spirit
Consider bringing in trees as part of your décor and cover them with snow. Or for a more subtle touch, make use of bare branches as part of your centerpieces. You can also further theme your venue with fun winter props like sleighs, ice skating or skiing equipment. For the ultimate winter holiday experience, bring in a snow cannon, which is similar to a confetti cannon, but filled with snow. If you’re thinking about having a photo booth at your wedding, look for one themed like a snow globe.
With all these ideas, your winter holiday wedding will surely be a memorable one. Be sure to visit www.allseated.com for more ideas on how to make planning your special day effortless and fun. Let us know how you'll be adding Holiday cheer to your winter wedding in the comments below.
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