There’s nothing like getting married at Christmas. While it may be an unusual choice, there are many advantages to this plan. Most people will have time off from work during this period automatically. Venues are more likely to have availability than during the summer months. It’s also a nice way to combine your usual Christmas celebrations with seeing everyone in the family. Getting married at Christmas does have some challenges however, whether that’s making sure people don’t have other plans or dealing with the inclement weather at this time of year. Here are our top tips for getting married in the holiday season.

Avoid traditional colours

First things first, don’t even go near red or green when you are choosing your wedding colours. It’ll all just look too pantomime. Instead go for subtle, winter-inspired hues like dark blue or purple.

Get Christmas styling from a professional

You’ll want to make sure you are looking your best for a Christmas wedding so it’s worth getting the advice of a professional. When you go for your hair and beauty trial make sure to let them know about the festive timing so they can integrate something appropriate into your look – holly perhaps or maybe a sprig of mistletoe. Try a few different looks, such as a pull through braid hairstyle or curled up dos, which will allow for some added Christmas sparkle. A pull through braid is particularly good for this option – speak to your stylist for further advice.

Embrace faux-fur and other warm fabrics

The last thing you want to be on your wedding day is cold so make sure to include faux-fur or other warm fabrics into your bridal look. Consider getting shawls for yourself and your bridesmaids. No one wants blue lips in their wedding photos.

Serve warm drinks on arrival and throughout the night

Likewise, keep your guests warm all night by serving hot drinks. Christmas is the season for mulled wine and cider so embrace these instead of the traditional prosecco or cava.

Get your invites out early

Finally, if you plan to get married at Christmas it’s absolutely vital to start inviting people early. Unlike a summer wedding when people are likely to be around, at Christmas everyone has plans and many people make these six months in advance. A ‘save the date’ card can be useful in this respect. Send it out to all your prospective guests as soon as you have a venue and make sure friends and family put your date firmly into their diaries.

Those are our tops tips for a great Christmas wedding. Whether it’s getting your hair done with a bit of mistletoe or serving mulled wine on arrival there’s lots of little things you can do to make the occasion festive!