Summer may be peak wedding season but savvy brides know there’s something truly magical - and practical - about a Christmas wedding. Just think about it. The date comes with a ready-made atmosphere, you can go to town with the glitter and sparkles and you’re also likely to get off-peak rates from some of your suppliers. What’s not to love?

How to have the perfect Christmas wedding - Saskia Saskia, available in sizes 6 to 24

Be fabulous and festive!

Also, Christmas brides can really indulge when it comes to their dress and accessories too. Fabulous princess-worthy ball gowns are just ideal, alongside fun and flirty shorter styles or sophisticated sheath dresses with embellishment from head to toe. Whatever style of dress you go for, you can also wrap up warm with one of our gorgeous lace jackets or even a dramatic cape. Then top it all off with plenty of glittering extras, because you can’t really have enough festive sparkle!

Below we’ve put together our essential dos and donts for throwing the perfect Christmas wedding. So read on to make sure yours goes without a hitch... Merry Christmas!

How to have the perfect Christmas wedding - Tara & Delevigne Tara, available in sizes 8 to 30, with Delevigne cape

Do… find your festive style

So many of our dresses are perfect for a Christmas wedding. Saskia, with its lovely lace bodice and satin skirt, is full of festive fun. Just add our Leonie belt for a bit more sparkle and a stylish Alexandra jacket for extra coverage. Alternatively, if you want clean and crisp lines - just like the snow outside - then ivory Tara (above) is the perfect blank canvas for plenty of sparkling accessories. Finally, for full-length glamour, our Lucy dress will definitely make you feel merry and bright! With its long lace sleeves and fabulous subtle shimmer it’s just a dream for the holiday season.

How to have the perfect Christmas wedding - Lucy Lucy, available in sizes 6 to 16. Flower Halo by Ferris Heart Sloane

Do… be merry with your make-up

Tis’ definitely the season to experiment with a slightly more wintery look. Why not try a little silver shimmer eyeshadow combined with dark, berry red lips?

How to have the perfect Christmas wedding - BTS makeup

Do… look for a venue that’s cosy and bright

It will get dark early so make sure you choose a venue that sparkles at night. Lots of couples view venues in the daytime but take a trip to your favourites in the evening too, so you can make sure they’re cosy, inviting and well lit.

Don’t… worry about the weather

It will most likely be cold, so just make sure you factor this into your plans. For example, does your venue have areas inside for photographs? Consider holding both the ceremony and reception in the same place too, so guests won’t need to travel again once they’ve arrived.

How to have the perfect Christmas wedding - Lucy & Christmas tree

Do… set the tone with your stationery

Why not send out Christmas cards as wedding invitations to get guests feeling festive?

Do… deck the halls!

Christmas is a great time to get married, as many venues will already have a tree and fairy lights up. Check what decorations there will be and find out the colour and style. Then you can plan your colour scheme and any extra decor to work with them.

Don't… be afraid to serve festive food

Everyone loves a warming mulled wine and a mince pie, so why not serve these after the ceremony instead of canapés and bubbly? Instead of a sweetie cart you could also treat guests to tubs of candy canes or Christmas chocolates, such as Quality Street or Roses. Festive food fans could even serve up a Christmas dinner wedding breakfast with all the trimmings!

How to have the perfect Christmas wedding - Baubles

Don’t… choose tropical flowers

They’ll be much more expensive than seasonal ones. Try lovely winter blooms such as cyclamen, irises, winter jasmine, carnations, freesias, lilies, roses and stephanotis instead.

Do… go to town with the Christmas wedding decor

Think holly, berries, pinecones, baubles, fairy lights, wreaths and, of course, plenty of glitter! You could hang stockings over the fireplace, if your venue has one, and dot a few cinnamon-scented candles here and there. Don’t forget to hang up some bunches of mistletoe too for some great photo opportunities and maybe even a little romance!

How to have the perfect Christmas wedding - Christmas decor

Don’t… forget the favours

Personalised baubles make great gifts that guests will hang on their trees for years to come. Alternatively, you could have personalised Christmas crackers, hot chocolate kits complete with marshmallows, gingerbread biscuits or even gold-dusted macarons, for a touch of wintery elegance.

Do… add a few fun extras

Get the party started by suggesting a Christmas dress code on your invites, complete with glitter, sparkle and more. Make sure your DJ has plenty of Christmas classics on his playlist too and, if you’re having photo booth, add in some fun festive props, such as Santa hats and beards, angel wings and more.

How to have the perfect Christmas wedding - Saskia

Do… make a stylish exit

This is the perfect time of year for a sparkler send off. It’ll be dark early so make the most of it and get some great photos at a minimal cost.

How to have the perfect Christmas wedding - Saskia

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