Decor · Wedding

How My Christmas Wedding Gave Me Christmas Decorations For Life

I love Christmas. It is my absolute favorite time of the year. I can’t imagine there are very many people who would argue with me on this.

My love for Christmas is what sparked the idea to not only have a winter wedding, but a Christmas wedding. My husband and I were married on December 27. We figured that people wouldn’t be too mad to celebrate our special day with a little extra Christmas cheer. One more day of Christmas? Why not!

There were many awesome things about having a winter wedding, but one of the best reasons that has paid off in the long run is the amount of Christmas decorations we are set with for life!

Decorating for a wedding was expensive, so when we made decisions for our decor, we asked ourselves, “Will we use this again at some point?”. Most of the time the answer was yes, and flash forward three years later to see how.

Ornaments

I’m not going to lie, after my wedding I did not want to look at an ornament again for a long time. They were everywhere in our wedding. I wrote names on ornaments for the seating arrangements, we had them hanging in different locations, and they were in bowls on tables for decor.

Now I use them for similar purposes. I place them out as decor, we actually hang some of the ornaments on our tree, and I’ve even used the extra ones as place settings for dinner with friends or family around the holidays.

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Berries

We decided to not have flowers at the tables for our wedding. Instead we used lanterns, and tons of candles that were filled with berries. I still use those berries today as decor during the Christmas season, as well as the lanterns.

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Lights

We certainly have enough lights in our house when Christmas comes around. We had lights everywhere at our wedding, and it’s safe to say we are set with lights for the rest of our lives.

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Snowflakes

We decided to cut out and hang snowflakes at our venue (easier said than done). It ended up looking beautiful, with a lovely winter feel. After all the hard work myself and many family and friends put into those snowflakes, there was no way I was just going to throw them away. Instead I decided to hang them in my daughter’s nursery. She loves them!

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Christmas Pictures

When I decorate for Christmas I like to put away the normal, day-to-day pictures that hang in our house and instead fill them with Christmas pictures. It ended up turning into hanging a bunch of wedding pictures with the Christmas feel.

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Random Decor

There are so many other things that we have decorated our house with that were used on our special day. From signs, to little knick knacks it helps make our Christmas season that much more memorable.

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Wedding

Be Unique With a Winter Wedding

How many Save the Dates do you have stockpiled right now? Of those Save the Dates how many of them are from May to October. I’m going to go out on a limb and say at least 99.99%. From May to October your chances for the nice, warm weather increase depending on where you live. Who wants to get married in those cold, dreary winter months?

YOU DO.

Well maybe you don’t, but you should and here’s why.

No conflicts with other brides.

Sometimes it just so happens that you and another acquaintance might end up booking your wedding days for the same date, making guests who know both of you choose which wedding they should attend. If you have a wedding in the winter, or even around Christmas, it is very unlikely that you will have another gal choosing the same day as you.

You also get a lifetime bonus of not sharing your anniversary with anyone you know, keeping it a special day for years to come.

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You can still get all the fun stuff out of the way in the summer.

Just because you have a winter wedding doesn’t mean that all the fun stuff has to happen in the winter too. Use the summer and fall to get your Bachelorette party and Bridal Shower out of the way when you’re not cramming to prepare for a wedding. That way you’re not crunching it all into one summer of craziness, and come winter you can buckle down on all the last minute details.

You get to wear a bomb coat.

When you get married in the summer there is no way you are wearing anything but your wedding dress, and that’s okay because you definitely spent enough money on that thing. But getting married in the winter means you not only get the dress, you get another fancy coat to impress people with as well.

If you’re interested in having some outdoor pictures you could add an extra pop to those photos with a bright red jacket, or even a fashionable fur coat. Can you imagine how amazing that would look against the white snow?

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Your wedding photos will be unlike no other.

How many wedding pictures have you seen with a body of water or a bunch of green in the background? Probably 7 bajillion. Get married in the winter and you can get pictures blowing snowflakes, throwing snowballs, cuddled in a blanket, footprints in the snow, UNDER THE MISTLETOE! No one else will have those.

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Your guests will always remember your wedding.

Over time do you ever lump weddings together? “Was it Ned’s wedding or Jaime’s wedding that was Game of Thrones theme?” (For the record I have never been to a Game of Thrones themed wedding. I will write a handsome check to whomever invites me to one though).

Most of your guests will have never experienced a winter wedding. Your wedding will have such a different atmosphere that they will distinctly remember your details more than other weddings. They will remember how cozy and warm it was as opposed to how hot other weddings were. They will remember the unique decorations or the feeling of Christmas in the air.

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No one else will have your decor ideas.

Think about all the different decor ideas that you can pull off that other seasons can’t.

Pinecones, snowflakes, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, Christmas lights, ribbons and bows, Christmas sweater pattern , pine branches, berries, ornaments. The list goes on and on.

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You don’t have to worry about rain.

When you have a spring, summer or fall wedding you have a chance of rain. Unless you are Storm from the X-men, there is no way you can predict or change the weather for the day of your wedding a year and a half in advance.

That’s the beauty of a winter wedding. There’s no chancing it. It’s going to be cold. It’s going to be wet. It’s going to be snowy. You have no choice but to keep your wedding inside, so check that off your worry list.

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Hot Chocolate Bar.

Those three words alone should have you booking your winter wedding right now.

Santa might help you make it cheaper.

If you decide to have your wedding leading up to Christmas or even until New Year’s Eve, you could create an even more unique wedding. Most churches and reception halls would already be decorated for Christmas which could save you money. Gather up your families left over Christmas cookies and place them at each table for guests to munch on. Have guests place your wedding gifts under a big Christmas Tree. You could get real creative here, people!

BONUS (for the Game of Thrones Fans)

Your Save the Date could say “Winter is Coming”. The only problem with that is you may have some wedding crashers if they saw that Save the Date. Ehh, worth it.

If you have any other ideas for awesome reasons to have a winter wedding please share or post pictures of your special winter day!

No matter when you choose to get married I hope it’s perfect for you.

Britta

Decor · DIY · Wedding

Wedding Quilt

The new trend in weddings is to come up with a creative, unique way to have your guests sign something to remember all of those that shared your special day with you. Lately I’ve seen wall art that is signed, fingerprints signed on a tree, leaving a simple message to the couple, or even the traditional Wedding Guest Book signature. All awesome ideas that uniquely fit each couple.

Thankfully I have an amazing aunt who is a natural at sewing. She helped to come up with an awesome idea for my husband and I who wanted a Wedding Quilt. Each couple or family at the wedding signed a white square that was sewn into a big quilt.

Before the wedding she put a border around each white square so that no message was cut off when sewn into the quilt. We bought fabric markers that were easy for people to use when they wrote their lovely messages to us. We also provided clipboards just incase.

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After the wedding, my aunt collected the squares and was able to sew them into a beautiful quilt that we keep in our living room.

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If you don’t personally know someone who sews I’m sure there is a local person or shop that would be willing to help you with this idea for your wedding.

If you have done something similar post a photo or tell us how it went.

I hope you are able to create your unique guest book idea that fits you!

Britta