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Christmas eggnog cocktail
Photo: Sugar & Charm

Bottoms Up!

Welcome your Christmas reception guests with a bar menu designed to delight! Serve holiday faves like spiked eggnog (shown here), hot buttered rum, and champagne cocktails.

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red and green seating chart
Photo: Cassie Loree

Unique Palettes

Even though you can use any colors for your wedding no matter the season, some palettes have a beautiful holiday connotation. Red, green, and gold represents classic Christmas. For a retro wedding, use light and frosty shades of pink, blue, and aqua.

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Festive Place Cards

We love simple DIY projects that have a lot of impact. These rosemary wreath place cards are a cinch to make and can be personalized with twine or ribbon in Christmas colors.

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winter menu card
Photo: JAM Shoots

Decadent Menus

Compared to summer's lighter fare, winter menus are full of rich and decadent foods. For a personal touch, pick some of your favorite holiday dishes for your guests to enjoy.

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Carols & Candles

Create a wonderful memory by heading from your ceremony to your reception while caroling with candles. Provide candles and paper guards to prevent wax burns and select popular carols that everyone will know.  

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Personalized Stockings

Designate the bride and groom's seats in a creative way by hanging personalized stockings from the back of the chairs. Later, use them in your home for your first married Christmas.

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Jingle Bells

Send everyone out the door with a little extra holiday spirit with these elegant jingle bell favors. You can also use them for your escort cards. Encourage your guests to use them instead of clinking their glasses when they want you to kiss.

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DIY Christmas crackers
Photo: Bespoke Bride

Christmas Crackers

Filled with tiny prizes, Christmas crackers are such a fun detail. When you make your own you can turn them into table numbers or place cards. These are in the perfect palette for a retro wedding, but you can make them in any scheme or pattern.

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Charming Cake

At a Christmas wedding, the sweets should take center stage. You could always opt for a traditional cake covered in holly, a Buche de Noel-inspired confection, or even a display of sugar cookies. But we adore this fluffy pink cake (again, perfect for a retro theme) topped with a Christmas tree and deer.

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Thoughtful Schedules

Is your wedding scheduled for right around Christmas? Understand that your guests might be squeezing you in between parties or family visits. If they are coming from out of town, hotels will book up faster during the holiday season. To ensure the most people will be able to attend, give plenty of notice and provide them with all relevant info at least a couple of months in advance.