12.24.2008

a Christmas Eve Wedding...

It is my dream to plan a Christmas Eve Wedding.

I would love.love.love. to come up with creative, personal ways of incorporating the couple's individual style into this traditional holiday.


Since my Love Affair with Snippet&Ink is no secret, I thought it would be fitting to use her Amazing Inspiration Boards to describe some Holly, Jolly, Weddings.


[1] Love & Warmth

[1] I picture this vintage-infused wedding board being replicated in an afternoon outdoor wedding {don't you love this wedding in the snow?}. I would capitalize on the warm eggnog and nutmeg tones of this board by incorporating more of the lush cream florals, rustic twigs, and delicate lace details picked up here. The soundtrack will be full of fun, upbeat Christmas songs {like Brenda Lee's rendition of "Rocking around the Christmas Tree"}. I envision a buffet-style meal of comfort foods: creamy mashed potatoes, turkey, gravy, and marshmallow salad finished with a traditional white wedding cake {carrot or spice with cream cheese icing}! Guests will enjoy warm cider, eggnog, cocoa, and hot toddies. The decor will be quite simple yet elegant, using snow flakes, crystal, and pearl accents {& maybe even some classic popcorn garland}. Guests will leave with a delicate & unique snowflake or icicle ornament of their choosing off of one large decorated tree {assembled inside or outside} or off of an arrangement of large twigs in a vase. Simple, warm, elegance.


[2] Let's be Jolly

[2] This board is not only gorgeous for a winter wedding, but also based on my favorite holiday decorating palette: winter white, cream, and cherry red. There is something so classic about red and white. I think this wedding board could be stunning in two interpretations: {a} Classic & Rustic, or {b} Modern & Elegant.
I am going to describe the latter interpretation, here.

This wedding will fit perfectly in a modern venue like an art gallery or studio. I would love to include personalized Christmas lyrics in frames throughout the reception venue in that to-die-for calligraphy! A very crisp and clean backdrop will do: the decor will be depicted through the black, white, and red dress code of the guests and bridal party, the hits of red throughout the venue {glass vases filled with red glass ornaments or ripe pomegranates}, strategically placed branches with holly berries, and large red bows. I would suggest a standing reception with finger foods {mini burgers, pizzas, and Asian to go boxes filled with yummy noodles} served off sterling trays. Guests will toast with classic cosmopolitans or elegant mock-tails. The mood would be set by the jazzy classics of Sinatra, Crosby, Clooney, and Martin. The night will be topped off by cupcakes with whipped white icing and toasts with special coffee {& whip cream}! Guests will be presented with a CD collection of the Christmas classics. Classically Modern Elegance.


[3] Sleighbells Ring

[3] To me, this board is a fusion of "Little House on the Prairie" and "Snow Bunny Chic." The venue and decor are simple: a log cabin full of lots of pine, lots of pine cones, and lots of warm lighting {& maybe a little mistletoe, too}. A live band or string trio/ quartet will be a lot of fun and will set the tone for a traditional Christmas in the Country. I like how the natural tones of green and brown are picked up in all aspects of the wedding: even the stationary! It would be so great {and easy} to add the theme of sustainability to this wedding through the reused paper products, mason jars, and unique vintage finds from local thrift stores. It will also set a home-y feel. Guests will dine buffet-style on all the classics one would find in a Christmas spread and sit at beautifully decorated and draped {indoor} picnic tables. Christmas Cheer will be shared over 'nog, punch, and homemade malt wine. This traditional-inspired evening will be topped off by- our favorite- a pie bar! Finally, guests will be presented with a pine seedling in a paper bag wrapped with a pretty cream bow as they left. Home-y and festive traditions.


For more information and Planning ideas for Winter Weddings check out Brides.com

There'll be parties for hosting,
marshmallows for toasting and
caroling out in the snow.

It's the most wonderful time of the year.

4 comments:

Blair said...

Aren't they just beautiful?! I especially love the rustic and romantic feel of the first one.

Courtney said...

I love that one, too!
{As much as I'd like to plan that one I'd like to attend it}!

tina said...

I have just set my wedding date to Dec 24th, only I am in Australia, so it will be a mid-summer's eve. But after looking at this, I wish it was mid-winter! These are gorgeous inspirations.

Courtney said...

How exciting for you Tina! Congratulations. I am sure you will be able to incorporate some special christmas touches into your mid summer affair.

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