28 Christmas Wedding Ideas for Nuptials Filled With Yuletide Cheer

Deck the halls this holiday season.
Hannah Nowack The Knot Weddings Editor
by Hannah Nowack
Hannah Nowack The Knot Weddings Editor
Hannah Nowack
Editor, Real Weddings
  • Hannah writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a focus on real wedding coverage.
  • Hannah oversees engagement content on The Knot's partner brand How They Asked.
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Hannah was the Social Media Editor at Martha Stewart Weddings.
Updated Sep 23, 2021

There's so much to live about the Christmas season. Beautiful decorations, time spent with loved ones, and an air of joy and merriment spread song throughout. For couples who are engaged, Christmas is also a wonderful time to tie the knot. Many families already gather together during the December holiday, so to-be-weds can take advantage of the fact that many loved ones will already be united to say "I do" during Christmastime with a winter wonderland celebration. From the numerous of hymns, like "Joy to the World" and "The First Noel," that you can use as wedding songs, to seasonal decor (can you imagine exchanging vows in front of a collection of Christmas trees?), the elements traditionally associated with the holiday can parlay seamlessly into wedding details. Peruse the below Christmas-themed wedding ideas and make sure to save your faves to bring to life your dream Christmas wedding theme.

1. Acrylic Christmas Ornament Wedding Favor

Keepsake Christmas ornaments are a great way to celebrate life's milestones and a wedding is no exception. Enlist a calligrapher to decorate ornaments with your wedding details so wedding guests will remember the night of merriment for years to come. You could even consider having your ornament wedding favors double as place cards or escort cards.

2. First Look in the Snow

Snow makes a beautiful backdrop for wedding pictures. Consider having a first look with your soon-to-be-spouse surrounded by fresh powder.

3. Snowy Mountaintop Elopement

While you may be hard-pressed to convince a big list of wedding guests to hike through the snow to your ceremony spot, the concept could work beautifully for an intimate minimony or elopement. This couple, along with a few close loved ones, hiked up a snow-covered mountain in the Colorado Rockies to say "I do."

4. Red Velvet Bridesmaid Dressed

Christmas is all about coziness and warmth. Velvet is a great texture to bring into your nuptials—this bride outfit her wedding party in floor-length velvet dresses in a deep crimson hue.

5. Evergreen Wedding Bouquet

Boughs of holly and fir are a must for Christmas wedding decor. This bride carried a greenery-centric wedding bouquet filled with evergreen branches and berries.

6. Pinecone Wedding Cake Topper

A great way to ensure your wedding fits with the season and doesn't feel out of place is to use materials that are naturally associated with a given season or holiday. When it comes to Christmas, pinecones are one such element. Other made-for-Christmas details you could use to add some holiday spirit to your wedding theme include candy canes, mistletoe and snowflakes.

7. Custom Tartan Plaid Wool Blankets

Warmth and guest comfort is an important consideration with any winter wedding. Especially if your wedding ceremony is going to be outdoors, have on-palette blankets available for guests to cozy up with.

8. Wedding Table Place Setting With Tartan Plaid Napkins

There's something so inherently Christmasy about plaid. The pattern can easily feel overpowering so this couple brought the design in subtly with their wedding reception napkin choice. Instead of traditional wedding centerpieces, an evergreen garland running the length of the reception tables completed the wintery tablescape.

9. Groom With Tartan Plaid Pocket Square and Evergreen Boutonnière

This to-be-wed accessorized his tuxedo with a red plaid pocket square and a boutonnière that included fir sprigs.

10. Vintage Getaway Car With Christmas Wreath

Wreaths are a quintessential part of Christmas decor that can be incorporated into a variety of winter wedding ideas. A wreath affixed to your getaway car will give it a dose of Yuletide cheer.

11. Red Plaid Wedding Shoes

Shoes are a part of your wedding attire where you can have some fun and get creative. This bride donned red plaid block heels with a bow on the back.

12. Plaid Getting-Ready Outfits for Wedding Party

Start your wedding day on a thematic note as a nod to the time of year by gifting your wedding party members cozy Christmas pajamas they can wear during hair and makeup.

13. Church Altar Decorated With Christmas Trees

If you're getting married in a church, chances are that the house of worship already has plans to decorate the sanctuary for Advent and Christmas with their own Christmas decorations. By tying the knot during Christmastime, you'll be able to take advantage of the church's existing decor and save on your budget.

14. Boutonnière With Pinecone and Lamb's Ear

Mini pinecones are just so cute! Consider asking the floral designer you hire to incorporate some cones in your floral arrangements for the wedding.

15. Ski-Themed Bar Menu

When planning a thematic wedding, including nods to the theme on wedding invitations and day-of stationery will help reinforce the aesthetic and create a cohesive wedding design so attendees will more fully understand your wedding inspiration. This couple paid homage to their ski resort wedding venue by illustrating their bar menu with a drawing of skiers.

16. Invitation for Apres Ski-Themed Wedding Welcome Party

If you want a festive, boozy wedding welcome party, what better theme than apres-ski? Ahead of their wedding, this couple invited guests to a day of skiing followed by a fireside party with eggnog and hot chocolate to kick off the wedding weekend.

17. Couple Skiing in Retro Snow Suits

If you're inviting guests to enjoy a day of skiing ahead of your wedding, go all out with funky snowsuits to get in the mood.

18. Ski-Themed Wedding Cake

This tiered cake resembled a ski slope; textured buttercream icing was made to look like snowy moguls and figurines shaped out of copper wire served as skier cake toppers.

19. Wedding Ceremony Altar With Poinsettias

While many flower varieties aren't in season during the winter, the colder months are actually the peak time for poinsettias. This couple outfit their ceremony altar with numerous potted red poinsettia plants. Get more information about which wedding flowers are in season during the winter here.

20. Winter Wedding Bouquet With Eucalyptus and Rose

For couples tying the knot at Christmas, it's possible to lean into a red-and-green wedding color palette in a tasteful, not cliche, way. For example, this bridal bouquet elegantly brought together red roses with green eucalyptus branches.

21. Green Bridesmaid Dresses

These attendants slipped into floor-length green wedding dresses and carried bouquets with pops of red to create a look appropriate for the Yuletide big day.

22. First Look at a Christmas Tree Stand

If there aren't any Christmas tree farms nearby to your wedding venue, look to see if any seasonal Christmas tree stands or shops will be popping up. Not only would wedding photos of a first look surrounded by fir trees look beautiful, but the first look would also smell absolutely divine as well.

23. Christmas Sleigh Wedding Decor

Looking for Santa-approved wedding decor ideas? Bring a sleigh to your winter wedding for guests to use as a fun-and-interactive photo booth.

24. Bride With Ponytail and Greenery Bouquet

To complement the groom's green suit, which fit perfectly with the time of year the couple tied the knot, this bride carried a greenery-centric wedding bouquet at her rustic wedding in upstate New York.

25. Pinecone Fire Starter Wedding Favor

For crafty couples, pinecone fire starters are actually a project you can DIY to get into the holiday spirit

26. Knit Mitten Wedding Favors

Guests will enjoy a practical wedding favor, like pashminas or mittens, that'll keep them warm at your winter wedding.

27. Snowy Wedding Party Portraits

If you're planning to take pictures outdoors to commemorate your snowy white wedding, consider gifting attendees faux fur shawls to wear for wedding party pictures.

28. Amaryllis-Topped Chocolate Wedding Cake

Amaryllis flowers bloom naturally during the winter and are a great option for wedding decorations—from cake toppers to wedding centerpieces. Get inspired by even more winter wedding cakes here.

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