DIY Decoration Ideas for Christmas Weddings

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Christmas is a natural time to celebrate love and family. By planning your wedding for the Christmas season, you can take advantage of the celebratory atmosphere and the myriad of decorations already available.

Choosing a Color Scheme

Red and green may be the classic Christmas colors, but this doesn't mean you're limited in your color options. Some seasonally appropriate wedding color variations to consider include:

  • Red and camel
  • Forest green and blushing peach
  • Marsala, rose, and silver
  • Evergreen, pearl, and antique gold
  • Emerald, gold, and vanilla
  • Charcoal, yellow, and kelly green
  • Deep red, pink, carmine, and dark taupe

Flowers for Christmas Wedding

For a Christmas wedding, the crisp white blooms of gardenias, oriental hybrid lilies, phalaenopsis orchids, and stephanotis are a lovely choice. Amaryllis, carnations, ranunculus, roses, and tulips are also quite popular. Hypercium, Queen Anne's lace, and gypsophila make pretty filler stems to round out your arrangements.

Accents for Christmas themed arrangements might include red berries, holly, white tipped pine cones, pussy willow branches, blue-gray juniper boughs, or tendrils of silver or gold ribbon.

Ceremony Decoration Ideas

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Your ceremony decorations should convey the theme of your nuptials without detracting from the exchange of vows. Some festive ideas to consider include:

  • Your altar and any interior windowsills in the church can be economically decorated with potted poinsettias and pillar candles.
  • Gather silk poinsettias in long swags that can be attached to the ends of church pews.
  • Line the aisles with evergreens, pine cones, and berries. Use sprigs of baby's breath to create a faux snow effect.
  • Display your floral arrangements in simple vases wrapped entirely with candy canes and tied with a velvet ribbon bow.
  • Decorate evergreen wreaths with miniature lights, ornaments, and ribbon to hang near the guest book table.
  • For a more casual wedding, try wrapping strings of Christmas lights in tulle and draping them along the altar. You could also create mood lighting by weaving white tulle and Christmas lights around pillar candles, then sprinkling with white snowflake or star confetti.

Reception Decoration Ideas

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You can be a little more adventurous with your reception decorations, as long as you keep in mind the level of formality of the event. For example:

  • 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.
  • Use baby potted trees as table centerpieces, decorated with battery-powered white lights and tiny ornaments.
  • Add a candy cane and a sprig of greenery to each guest's table setting.
  • If your wedding in small and relatively informal, place each guest's silverware inside a mini Christmas stocking for a festive touch. If desired, use fabric paint to write names on the stockings and let your guests take them home as favors.
  • Fill tall glass vases with pine cones or colorful Christmas ornaments to make a frugal DIY centerpiece. Save money on this project by getting mismatched ornaments from a thrift shop and simply spray painting them the color of your choice.
  • Tip a wine glass upside down, placing mini Christmas ornaments or sprigs of mistletoe under the bowl. Place a pillar candle on the foot. Arrange a trio of wine glasses on a decorative tray to make a simple table decoration or line them up along a mantle.
  • 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.
  • Use decorated gingerbread houses in old English designs as your table centerpieces. If you'll be having lots of children at your wedding, create a gingerbread house decorating station for them to enjoy in a separate area.
  • For a casual wedding, wrap pillar candles in cinnamon sticks and tie with ribbon. This easy DIY project provides rustic mood lighting.
  • Display a collection of Christmas nutcrackers to add a nostalgic feel to your reception.
  • Encourage your guests to get in the holiday spirit by posting chalkboard signs throughout your reception venue with the lyrics to some of your favorite Christmas carols.

Conveying the Spirit of the Season

Decorating for a Christmas wedding allows you to borrow from many classic themes. Use your favorite holiday motifs to create memorable Christmas wedding decorations that capture the spirit of the season.


Written by: The Printable Wedding Team