Both holidays and weddings involve a certain revelry. But does this shared enjoyment mean the two should ever meet?
It can be nice to tie in your beloved holiday with your Big Day, but it’s important to not go overboard. You don’t want to take the attention off of you and your betrothed because of an inflatable Santa or a haunted house entrance.
So how does a couple avoid getting carried away by a holiday theme? Here are a few of our tips to make sure your holiday wedding is nothing short of spectacular.
Be careful with colors: A lot of holidays are identified by specific colors. Though it gives couples an instant theme, it can quickly become too much — try toning it down. Instead of Christmas red, go for a softer or muted red. If you’re opting for a Halloween feel, try deep purple instead of black. Small changes can take your wedding colors from cliché to chic.
Avoid cartoon-like decorations: Stay away from the cartoon images of Casper the Ghost, Uncle Sam or any other holiday representative. It will bring down the décor as a whole and give the feeling of an event less important than a wedding. Santa Claus should not be a member of the bridal party. Instead, opt for flowers that represent the season, like poinsettias for Christmas time or sunflowers in the summer.
Add in seasonal accents: Tying in seasonal elements can give your wedding the flavor of the holiday without shoving it down your guest’s throats. Usually holidays and the surrounding celebrations center on the season in which they belong. If you want to evoke a holiday, accent your wedding with seasonal flowers. Tulips and peonies are perfect for spring, while dahlias and sunflowers are great for summer. Certain foods are also seasonal and can lend a hand to the holiday theme. Mix in seasonal flavors and a cocktail to match and the whole look will be complete.
Though we don’t recommend it, there are those whose Big Day falls on a big holiday. In those instances, there are a few things to remember when expecting guests and vendors to accommodate everything during the holidays.
1)Give guests and vendors enough time to prepare if your wedding falls on an actual holiday.
2)Remember that vendors may charge more for the specific time and will need to account for paying employees overtime and holiday hours.
3)Out of town guests may have a harder time finding accommodations for the wedding. Hotel fares may go up, as well as the cost for travel.
Have you planned a holiday wedding? Let us know in the comments what you did to complete your festive revelry!