When planning your Christmas wedding decorations, start a year in advance and take advantage of the many clearance priced items that you can use for your wedding celebration.
When shopping for clearance Christmas items to use for your wedding decorations, consider purchasing the following:
- Christmas lights: white, colored, frosted shaped, miniature or full sized.
- Tulle: red, white, green, gold and silver.
- Pillar candles: red, white, green, gold, silver, printed with snowflakes.
- Candle holders: for votives, pillars or taper candles.
- Silk poinsettias: red or white.
- Artificial evergreen wreaths
- Gingerbread houses or do-it-yourself baking kits.
- Seasonal cookie cutters
- Seasonal confetti
- Angel Hair: spun glass to be used as a tabletop accent.
- Ornaments: to be added to centerpieces.
- Artificial trees: from tabletop to full-size.
- Spray-on Frost
- Containers: with Christmas theme, for candy holders or centerpieces.
- Ribbon: gold, silver, red, green, iridescent pearl.
- Wrapping paper: silver, gold, red and green metallic.
- Bows: many sizes in Christmas colors.
- Candy Canes
Unless you want to, there is no need to order a lot of expensive off-season flowers. Your altar and any interior windowsills in the church can be economically decorated with potted poinsettias and pillar candles. Instead of bouquets, consider having your bridesmaids carry large grapevine hoops decorated with bells and ribbons in the old Victorian tradition. Or simply give them hand bells to ring or candles in antique hurricane lamps to hold as they process. If you scrimp in these places, you can afford a more elaborate bouquet for yourself, according to the wedding colors of your choice. But consider the seasonal fire and ice roses, which are white with red tips. For corsages and boutonnieres, use one of the roses with an accent of mistletoe.
In the wintertime, you can get away with making elegant table centerpieces using only silk flowers or none at all. For instance, create floating candle arrangements using glass punch bowls with red silk roses glued to the bottom. Fill with water and three or four floating candles, then sprinkle red silk rose petals around the bowl. For a snowier alternative, weave the white tulle and Christmas lights around the pillar candles, then sprinkle with white snowflake or star confetti. You may also look into decorated gingerbread houses in old English designs, or glass dishes of candied fruits and nuts. And don't forget about ice sculpture!
There are a few options for incorporating Christmas trees into your wedding decoration if you want to do so. You can use baby potted trees as table centerpieces, decorated with battery-powered white lights and tiny ornaments. Another idea is to have a large gift tree in the reception hall. Wedding gifts could be placed under it, while the ornaments hanging on it could be customized as wedding favors. Simply have the ribbons for hanging the ornaments printed with your names and the date of the wedding, for a memento that your guests can enjoy year after year.
Finally, take advantage of the season in the design of your wedding cake. Consider an elegant bow design in gold or white. Perhaps have the layers made in square and rectangle shapes and skewed to create the look of a pile of presents, each decorated with icing bows. Or devise a beautiful winter wonderland cake with white snowflake and star sprinkles and a glass topper. If you want more color, use your fire and ice roses around the layers of your cake and top with gold or silver bells. Or surround the base of the cake with various sized Christmas ball ornaments in your wedding colors, and decorate with matching candy.
With festive, seasonal foods, seasonal ice sculptures and cake decorations, available for your reception, you can create memorable Christmas wedding decorations that the spirit of the season.