Monday September 19, 2011
5 Tips For A Stylish Holiday Wedding
The holidays are a time to gather together with friends and family and celebrate. What could be better than having your wedding during this joyful season? When thinking of a holiday wedding dresses, most people picture traditional red and green or an all-white, snow-themed affair. Why not try something a little different? Have a colorful jewel-toned holiday wedding instead. Here are a few tips to plan your perfect holiday wedding.
1. You don’t have to stick to green and red
To have a truly festive holiday wedding, start with your decorations and work backwards from there. Adorn your ceremony and reception sites in bright, colorful hues. These two bold designs are both colorful and yet appropriately seasonal (note the use of ornaments in the centerpieces). And, there’s no reason to stick to one or two colors. This is your chance to go all out. Add as many colors as you’d like, but make sure that they all harmonize to create a visually pleasing effect rather than a discordant clash of color.
Scatter ornaments throughout, from strands draped on chandeliers to vivid wreaths hung on doors and windows. Drape your ceremony or reception chairs with satin sashes in jewel tones and add a seasonal pinecone and sprig of evergreen.
And since nothing says “holiday” more than a tree, be sure to have a beautifully decorated one at your reception. Instead of having a gift table, your guests can put the wedding presents under the tree.
2. Find the perfect winter wedding dress.
Now that you’ve got an idea of the look of a vibrant holiday wedding, let’s get on to the good stuff—your winter wedding dress. Just because you’ve decided to have a holiday wedding doesn’t mean you need to look like Mrs. Clause or a bridal snow bunny.
Instead, choose an elegant wedding gown with a vivid jewel-toned accent. This Maggie Sottero dress with a bold red sash and sparkling spaghetti straps (and pockets!) is chic, sophisticated and festive. Although crimson screams Christmas, your accent doesn’t have to be red. Choose whatever color best suits your personality and style.
3. Get in the holiday mood with fun accessories.
Accessorize with a radiant headpiece, feather or faux fur capelet and brightly colored heels and you’ve got an elegant, sublime holiday wedding day look. Look for accessories that subtly exemplify the holiday season. These stunning Valentinos with bow accents are a perfect example.
On the left: Headpiece by BCGirls on Etsy
4. Put a touch of green in your bouquet.
In keeping with the season, use evergreen in your bouquet and add a pop of color that either works with or matches your wedding gown. Wrap your bouquet with a satin ribbon in your chosen hue and finish it off with a bright, twinkling brooch.
5. Get jewel-toned dresses for your bridesmaids.
Have your bridesmaids wear dresses in complementary jewel-toned hues. Don’t include the color you’ve chosen for your own attire, so that you stand out from your girls. And just because you’re getting married in the winter doesn’t mean that your ’maids have to wear long dresses. Have them wear cute little dresses with thick tights and a cover-up or wrap.
6. For your groom, pick a boutonniere fitting the season.
For your groom, opt for a colorful sweater instead of a vest under his jacket and a brightly colored boutonniere. Pick a color that coordinates with you’re chosen for your attire., but don’t do matchy-matchy.
If your guy is up for it, choose a boutonniere that’s a little quirky, yet fun and fitting with the season, like these two from Etsy.
From the decor to your groom’s boutonniere, now you’re ready to celebrate the season and your wedding in a bold new way.