Ideas for a Holiday Wedding

Are you planning a holiday wedding? This festive time of year has its own styles and traditions, and adding a few seasonal touches can make for easy -- even money-saving -- decorating, shower and favor ideas. Here are our top tips on holiday wedding planning from iVillagers.

Seasonal Showers

A Merry Little Shower
I got married in December, and my sister-in-law-to-be (also a bridesmaid) gave me the best shower. It had a Christmas theme -- my future mother-in-law's house was decorated for the season, and it was so much fun. I had registered for Christmas stuff, and people bought me cute things on their own too. Now at Christmas I have all the decorations I could ever need. I even have stuff that I love but would never have bought for myself (Christmas dishes, towels, blankets, etc.). --iVillager K

A Holiday Shower
A friend of mine threw a ''holiday'' shower for the bride-to-be. As a young couple, they didn't have many decorations for each holiday, so each guest was assigned a holiday and brought suitable decorations. --iVillager A

Deck the (Reception) Halls

Wedding Ornaments
We are going to partially decorate a Christmas tree at the reception hall and ask that each guest bring a tree ornament. We will wind up with a great collection of ornaments that we will have for years to come as a reminder of the occasion. We also are going to give ornaments as favors. --iVillager M

A Snow Scene
A friend of mine is getting married and has asked me choose decorations for her; her date is close to Christmas. We will have a white-flocked tree, sprayed silver birch branches and sterling silver roses. After they are announced husband and wife, we will sprinkle fake snow and glitter on them from the catwalk above. It should make a beautiful picture. --iVillager Valerie

Christmas Light Reception
We bought white Christmas tree lights in January. They will be used with white netting, ivy and flowers to decorate our reception hall. --leander

Beyond Winter White

Holiday Muffs
My wedding was during the holidays, so I wanted to be a little different. My bridesmaids wore velvet hunter green dresses, so instead of the usual bouquets I made white muffs and had the flowers pinned on them. They were beautiful. I even made a tiny one for my flower girl. --iVillager S.

Non-traditional colors
I am getting married in December. My bridesmaids' dresses are silver and my wedding dress is a lavender-silver color, and people are giving me a hard time about that, but I say, when it's your wedding, go ahead and wear a different color dress if you want. --Sara

Santa-size Savings

Christmas Wedding
I think the best advice I can give anyone who's getting married is to get married during a holiday, preferably Christmas. I got married two days after Christmas and saved hundreds of dollars on decorations and flower arrangements for both the church and the reception. Both sites were already decorated for Christmas and had big, beautiful trees. Plus, the wedding and reception were absolutely gorgeous, thanks to the Christmas finery that was already there. --kagriffith

Department Store Haven
Since I am engaged, I have found some of the most unexpected places to get big savings: major department stores. Sears has an excellent holiday sale: 50 percent off all jewelry, plus if it's in stock they give you an extra 10 percent off besides. We bought our wedding rings the day after Thanksgiving and paid a little over a fourth of the usual price. The quality is excellent, plus you get a lifetime unconditional warranty and a certificate of authenticity of the diamonds. Also, rummage through clearance racks. I found my wedding gown and all my bridesmaids' gowns for less than half the usual price just by looking on the clearance rack. So far we've saved more than $1,000, and we're not done yet. --me_inks

A Winter Wonderland
I recently had a winter wedding. It was elegant and beautiful. The reception site and church were both already decorated for Christmas, which cut some of the decorating costs. Many brides want a bright sunny day for their wedding, but I thought, what could be more romantic than twinkling lights, glowing candles and a light snowfall? It was far better than sweating to death under the hot sun. --iVillager B

The Gift-Giving Season

Silver Bells
I am getting married a week before Christmas, so to tie into a holiday theme and match my colors of silver and blue, I'm going to give silver bells to each guest. I tied ribbons to the bells with the wedding date and our names. I'll put them on the reception tables or on the Christmas tree for guests to grab on their way in. Finally, I've asked the DJ to instruct the guests to ring the bells to greet us upon arrival at the reception. --iVillager E.

RSVP from Santa
My fiance's family is so big that there will be about 20 children under 12 at our wedding and reception. To accommodate them, we're going to put crayons and coloring books at each of their places. But for a very special touch, we've invited Santa Claus to hand out gifts to all of them. We're going to get some special photos taken with Santa and us with all of the kids. It should be great fun. --Dana

Ornamental Gifts
My niece was recently married in December, and she gave hand-painted Christmas tree ornaments as favors. They were all bought last year after Christmas (big after-Christmas sale) and were very festive. The vases for the centerpieces were also Christmas ornaments. --iVillager J.

For more holiday decorating ideas to use in your winter wedding, be sure to look at iVillage's Home and Garden channel.
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