Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Real Weddings, Real Ideas...Planning a Holiday Wedding?

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Inspiration board by: Snippet & Ink Blog

~It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year~

Why not make it a romantic Winter Wonderland Wedding? Here are a few ideas to think about when planning your holiday wedding. They are things to take into consideration and to help you out!

The holidays are a very hectic time of year between holiday parties, traveling and shopping for gifts throwing another big event into the picture is adding another layer for not only you and the planning process but for your guest that you would be pulling away from their own families during the holiday season. Another thing you may want to consider is that you may have your anniversary overshadowed by the festivities of the holiday season year after year. However, the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year and that might just be enough to convince you to throw your wedding during this time.

You will also want to make sure that you plan at least a year in advance. While churches and chapels are much less booked in the winter time, you’ll want to book your venue at least a year in advance due to the many holiday parties. The same goes for caterers, bands and florists, since so many people will be having office or house parties at that time. If you are going to a destination where weddings aren't as popular at the holidays you might be able to save some money too with your vendors! It never hurts to ask!

When selecting a venue try to select a venue that has holiday decor and let the venue deck the halls for you. If you’re going for holiday d├ęcor theme, you will save a lot on florals and other decorations. Maybe the only thing you will need is an upgraded linen and centerpieces. You may even want to try to find a venue that has a fireplace in the room or on property as that adds a sense of coziness and a fire cracking in the fireplace is always romantic.

Like any wedding you will want to send out your save the date well in advanced. The great thing about a holiday wedding is that you could even incorporate your save the date into your holiday card for that year! Everyone should have there calendars for that year so when they receive your holiday card in the mail they will learn about your wedding at the same time and will start to plan for the event and start looking into travel arrangements if they are from out of town. Especially with our economy ( I know the E word) the way it is it is nice to give your guest plenty of notice to plan and try to find the best travel deals they can. If you are choosing a destination that snows you may want to alert your guest that there could be travel delays due to weather so make sure they have a two day cushion when traveling just in case. Even if your destinations is in the Bay Area or Wine Country ( Our Location) and snow is not a factor we all know that travel can delay your visitors coming from the East Coast, MidWest, etc...Airports such as O'hare, JFK, Denver etc....

The last thing you will want to think about is the time of year you are having your we mentioned above it is the most wonderful time of the year so why don't you bring in all the things that go along with this most wonderful time of the year. The holiday menus (sometimes less expensive than the regular menus) Ham, Turkey, The Christmas Goose, Crab (depending where you are in the country) Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, sweet potatoes, all the comfort foods that make us feel so good and warm during this time of year. Have some festive cocktails (stay tuned to Friday's post for some great ideas) Peppermint Schnapps Hot Chocolate, Peppermint Martini, Chocolate Martini's, Egg Nog Martini & Hot Toddies!!

You could also along with your wedding cake do a holiday dessert buffet! Everyone loves all the sweet treats of the holidays so why don't incorporate all your favorite holiday sweets and do a fun dessert buffet with all of those!

The sky (north pole) is the limit when planning your holiday wedding! So if you are going to do it do it big and have fun with it....It is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Happy Holidays~

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