Holiday Weddings

By Diane Schlindwein

July 16, 2010 5 min read

Tying the knot is always something to celebrate, but saying your vows during a season that is already special for families makes holiday weddings even more spectacular. Thanksgiving is a great time to celebrate nuptials because "a wedding is a bountiful occasion," says Karen Bussen, an event expert and the author of the "Simple Stunning" series, including "Simple Stunning Bride." For Thanksgiving weddings, Bussen suggests rich fall colors and using a cornucopia display for tables instead of flowers. "You could use a beautiful quote about gratitude on the menu card. Then you could let guests know that at the end of the night, the produce will be delivered to a local food pantry or someplace like that," she says. "That way, you could be sharing your abundance with others." Jo Pearson, manager of creative services for Michaels, says weddings held around Thanksgiving can feature not only traditional fall colors but also dark purple, deep gold, pearlized brown and persimmon. "I think that for a fall wedding -- any time between mid-October and Thanksgiving -- it's fun to use leaves in the d?cor," Pearson says. "Michaels sells beautiful fall leaves that are preserved. They are real leaves treated with lanolin so they are soft and aren't messy. You can lay them on a table or even add them to pew bows. They are a great look, and you won't have the messy cleanup." In keeping with a fall theme, you can add some spruced-up autumn acorns for a more finished look. "Martha Stewart has some incredible glitters," Pearson says. "You can find some acorns, brush them with a bit of glue, add the glitter and then shake off the excess and there you go. Just a couple of these tucked in a centerpiece or sprinkled on the table makes a really pretty look." Christmas weddings can be either sophisticated or cozy, Bussen says. "If you are having a very modern wedding, you could use low glass cylinders filled with ornaments," she says. "Ornaments come in so many colors that you can surely find some to go with your color scheme. Then you can invite guests to take the ornaments home. If you are having a country-style wedding, you might use green-and-red plaid tablecloths and place bowls of pine cones in the centerpiece. You could even use pine cones to accent the napkin rings." Many couples send tokens of affection home with their guests. For Christmas, Bussen suggests setting up a Christmas tree that is adorned with small gifts. "You could wrap up pretty soaps and either hang them from the tree or place them beneath it," she says. By adding names and table numbers to the gifts, you could let guests know where they are to be seated for dinner. Sandra Sable, weddings editor for BellaOnline, suggests a holiday theme for invitations, as well as using rich colors -- such as sapphire, ruby and emerald -- in your decorations. Christmas wedding favors can include CDs of your favorite romantic holiday songs, snow globes, frames to hold a favorite photo or personalized tins of holiday cookies. When planning a Christmastime wedding, don't forget that many places already will be decorated for the season. "Always check ahead to see what will be going on with the d?cor," Bussen says. "Ask them how the space will be decorated for the holidays. For example, some venues will be using the traditional red and green, and your colors may be something different that won't work well with that." New Year's Eve weddings should sparkle, Bussen says. "For that night, I would bring in a bit of metallic accents. I suggest using a mirrored tray in the center of tables, maybe with three white thick pillar candles. Then you could use noisemakers and paper party blowers on the tables as part of the d?cor." Sable agrees that New Year's Eve weddings should be a tad glitzier. She suggests gifting guests with tea lights, personalized tins of hot cocoa, flavored teas or special coffee blends, or even gift certificates from linen stores so guests can take advantage of January white sales. "I do think that there is something you must always consider when planning a wedding that takes place over Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's," Bussen says. "Remember that it's your wedding first and then it's a holiday. That's important."COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS.COM

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