Do: Send Your Save the Dates in Advance
Dance cards fill up fast during the holiday season. Leave no doubt that your nearest and dearest will be kicking up their heels at your wedding by sending your save the dates six months (or as soon as possible) in advance of your big day.
Do: Embrace the Spirit of the Season
Embrace the most festive time of year with twinkle lights, snowy photos, evergreen trees, eggnog cocktails and glittering metallics. There are so many joyful, festive elements you can add to your holiday wedding that will make hearts merry and bright.
Don't: Go Overboard with the Christmas Theme
Of course, while we fully endorse indulging in the spirit of the season in your holiday wedding decor, be sure to allow your big day to shine on its own without being overpowered by sleigh bells and Santa hats. You want the focus of the day to be on you and your beloved, not Rudolph and Blitzen.
Do: Repurpose Wreaths for Festive Wedding Flowers
Wreaths are one of the chicest ways to celebrate the holiday season in your home— why not repurpose the sophisticated arrangement for your wedding, too? Hang wreaths on the backs of the sweetheart table chairs, on the windows of the hotel ballroom or on the doors of the rustic barn for a sweetly seasonal touch.
Don't: Play Christmas Music
"Silent Night" and "Jingle Bells" aren't exactly dance party standards and probably won't inspire your guests to dance the night away (which is what you want, right?!). If you must have a musical nod to the season, have the string quartet throw in a couple tinsel-y tunes during cocktail hour.
Do: Go Black Tie
The holiday season demands drama, sartorially speaking— faux fur, glitter, metallic, velvet and jewel tones reign supreme. Embrace the extreme and make your wedding a black tie (optional) affair. But if you're getting hitched on New Year's Eve, consider it practically mandatory!
Don't: Be Surprised by Price Increases
Caterers, hotels, florists, DJs and photographers are uber-busy during the holidays. With increased demand comes increased pricing so don't get sticker shock when vendor fees skyrocket. It's the season of giving, right?!
Do: Have Fun with Holiday Flavors
Spiked eggnog, mint chocolate cake, citrus salmon and baked figs are elegant, seasonal flavors that will add major holiday vibes to your wedding food in a subtle (and delicious!) way.
Don't: Forget About Timing
The sun goes down super early in the winter, so keep that in mind when you're planning your ceremony start time and subsequent photo sesh. On the flip side, if you're celebrating with a New Year's Eve wedding, you'll want a late evening party so you can toast your loved ones at midnight.
Don't: Plan a Destination Wedding
The holidays are hectic and expensive enough. Don't pile on added expenses for your loved ones by inviting them to a Caribbean island for four days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Save the island travel for your honeymoon!