How to Decorate your Wedding Venue at Christmas
Roaring log fires, steaming glasses of mulled wine and mistletoe lingering beneath the beams (and a dusting of snowflakes if you're really lucky) all create a picture-perfect backdrop to your luxurious celebration.
Read on for our top tips on how to decorate a Christmas wedding venue to perfection…
Keep it traditional
Let's be honest: you can't go wrong with a bit of seasonal red and green. Combine traditional evergreen foliage with red roses for a romantic touch.<br /><br />Pine cones are a must have for winter weddings, especially as <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/32-unique-name-card-ideas-for-your-wedding/22218.html" target="_self">fun name card holders</a>.
DIY festive invitations
Remember back in primary school when homemade snow came in the form of white paint, a brush, and a few deft flicks? It still works for adding a little dusting to homemade wedding invites.<br /><strong><br /></strong><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/ideas/diy-and-craft/20-creative-ways-to-diy-your-wedding/20789.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 20 creative ways to DIY your wedding</a>
Go big on the baubles
For a table topper that's glam and glitzy yet budget friendly, pile baubles into a bowl. Keep things all in one tone for a chic look that would look amazing at a <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/ideas/mood-boards/27-ways-to-do-the-metallic-wedding-theme/21152.html" target="_self">metallic themed wedding</a>. <br /><strong><br /><br /></strong>
Carry a Christmas bouquet
Trade summery blooms for pine cones and silvery branches for a bouquet that's both purse and camera-friendly.<br /><strong><br /></strong><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/flowers/unusual-wedding-flower-ideas/20526.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Unusual wedding flower ideas</a>
Add cute Christmassy touches
What's better than a cosy stocking hanging by the fire? Personalised Mr and Mrs stockings, that's what. We love these adorable ones from <a href="https://www.etsy.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Etsy</a>.<br /><br />Check out our <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/real-weddings/winter/christmas-ideas-from-our-real-brides-and-weddings/20288.html" target="_self">Christmas ideas from real brides and weddings</a> for even more festive decor inspiration.
Light plenty of lanterns
Whether you're blessed with a dusting of the powdery snow or have a crispy winter frost underfoot, light the path to your reception venue with lanterns and candles aplenty; it's one of our favourite <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/venues/great-ideas-for-reception-lighting/199.html" target="_self">wedding lighting ideas</a>.<br /><br /><br />
Keep place cards simple
Add a touch of simple Scandinavian chic to your place cards with this fabulous yet oh-so-easy idea.<br /><strong><br /></strong><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/ideas/mood-boards/13-ways-to-save-money-on-winter-weddings/21061.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 13 ways to save money on winter weddings</a>
Frost up your hot chocolate
Thought a hot mug of cocoa couldn't get more christmassy? Think again with the help of these snowflake stirrers.<br /><strong><br /></strong>Not a hot chocolate fan? Check out our <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/entertainment/21-utterly-amazing-winter-wedding-drink-and-cocktail-ideas/21193.html" target="_self">amazing winter wedding drink and cocktail ideas</a>.
Put a wreath on it
Nothing says Christmas like a rustic wreath on the door. A quirky take on the traditional holly-and-ivy combination, this brown and cream number looks divine against a pastel door.<br /><br />READ MORE: <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/venues/25-winter-wedding-venues/20125.html" target="_blank">25 winter wedding venues</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/12-things-every-bride-should-have-on-her-wedding-day/20259.html" target="_blank"><em><strong><br /></strong></em></a>
Link the old with the new
Or, scrap the wreath altogether and go for a fun modern arrangement like this DIY pine cone knocker.<br /><strong><br /></strong><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/ideas/mood-boards/top-tips-for-a-christmas-wedding-reception/21054.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Top tips for a Christmas wedding reception</a>
Spice up your after-dinner drinks
Strictly for the grown-ups, a mini bottle of liqueur to add to after dinner coffee or hot chocolate will certainly warm your cockles, and double up as an adorable <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/favours-and-thank-yous/26-pretty-christmas-wedding-favour-ideas/21155.html" target="_self">Christmas wedding favour idea</a>.
Inject some Scandinavian style
No-one does Christmas quite like the Scandinavians… Think weathered long wooden tables glowing with silver candles, pine cones and evergreen branches so fresh you can smell their dewy scent. <br /><br />You can even pick up wooden antlers from second hand and charity shops, all while keeping guests toasty with an open fire and cosy shawls and blankets for an authentic feel.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/entertainment/winter-wedding-food-ideas/20437.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Winter wedding food ideas</a><br /><br />
Host a very German Christmas
For a German feel, why not serve mulled wine in custom-printed takeaway cups to replicate that market atmosphere, accompanied by sweet roasted nuts and slices of Stollen. <br /><br />If you’re planning on going all-out, how about gingerbread houses for the dessert table, a brass band for pre-dinner entertainment and some venues even allow fairground rides – just go easy on the mulled wine first!<br /><strong><br /></strong>Also, no Christmas wedding is complete without a Christmas tree, so have a read of our <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/ideas/mood-boards/unusual-christmas-tree-ideas-for-your-winter-wedding/21175.html" target="_self">unusual Christmas tree ideas for your winter wedding</a>.
Keep it kitsch with retro touches
If you want an eclectic feel for your day, dig out the mismatched baubles, crochet stockings and all things brightly coloured for a kitsch Christmas. <br /><br />Welcome your guests with a brightly coloured Christmas tree, and indulge them with snow globe favours, cracker joke place names, vintage Christmas snaps or a retro skis table plan. <br /><br />Photo booths are a fail-safe way to get your guests laughing – just make sure you have plenty of Christmas jumpers, Santa hats and beards as props.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/ideas/mood-boards/13-best-christmas-decoration-ideas/21190.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 13 best Christmas decoration ideas</a>