As lights twinkle from every corner and the feeling of love is in the air, visions of holiday weddings can't help but dance in our heads. Whether you consider a patriotic 4th of July wedding, a Valentine's Day declaration of love, or even a Halloween ceremony straight out of Instagram, there's something oh-so special to be said about a holiday wedding.
Still, while throwing an event on an already special day might seem simple, there are a few things to consider when you ask your guests to trade their traditional NYE for something a little more love-filled. Read up on how to throw the perfect holiday event and add a little extra sparkle to your already seriously special day!
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Pick The Perfect Date
Whether you’re going for a seasonal vibe or a full-on holiday party, it’s important to really consider the date. Do you want a NYE wedding or a Halloween night party? Consider increased costs of flights and lodging for your guests and whether or not they’ll need to take extra time off of work. Ultimately, it comes down to what you and your fiancé want. If you dream of an anniversary on an actual holiday — do it! Don’t let the fear of lessening guest lists or disgruntled relatives stop you. Ultimately, this is your day — make sure it feels that way!
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From signature summer cocktails at a 4th of July wedding to plenty of holly and mistletoe at a Christmas affair, think of how you can add some holiday cheer to your themed event. While it’s easy to go overboard (and change your wedding from a nod to the holiday to a full-on New Years Party), balance your festive details with plenty of touches that are uniquely “you.”
Consider pops of holiday colors and signature drinks for the season, or include hints of decor from the holiday without getting too cheesy. When your guests' eyes sweep the venue, they should get the vibe without it being too in your face. On the flip side, however, if going all out on the holiday flair is your idea of a perfect event -- DO IT! Don't let anyone keep you from your dream day. Because if it feels right to you, that's ALL that matters. Just make sure to include at least a few nods to the holiday you're "replacing" so guests feel like they still celebrated the already special day.
Be Prepared For Vendor Struggles
Finding and pinning down the perfect vendors during wedding season can be tough, so adding holidays in there as well can make it feel almost impossible. In addition to increased prices and less flexibility around big celebrations, lack of available will make getting a vendor, band, venue, and photographer extra tricky.
Competing with company holiday parties and summer events makes getting the big ticket vendors even more crucial. Book as far in advance as possible to ensure you get the professionals of your dreams! Just be aware that prices tend to be higher over high-demand holidays, so ensure a little extra wiggle room in your budget if certain vendors are must-haves.
Watch That Guestlist
When it comes to having a holiday wedding, guest list predictions can get extra tricky. With traditional family get-togethers, some relatives might be unwilling to change their usual plans to attend your day. On the flip side, with additional days off of work, folks who wouldn’t have normally attended might take this chance for a holiday trip.
So, instead of thinking that a holiday wedding might cut the guest list, be prepared for the opposite. More and more guests might request for plus ones due to the special occasion (and ask to bring significant others, families, or children). Be ready to field the requests and add a few extra to the final headcount.
Make It Your Own
Choosing to have a holiday wedding is a big decision, but one that can make a special day even more magical. Whether you've always been obsessed with Christmas or love the idea of adding some extra joy to a day, there's no wrong answer on whether or not you should have some holiday nuptials. As long as you consider all of the obstacles, get your vendors scheduled far in advance, and have the best time ever, your holiday wedding will be absolutely perfect!
Photography: Sky's the Limit Photography | Dress Designer: Sophia Tolli | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Warehouse | Florist Bouquets: Harold's Flower Shop | Veil: USABride | Photographer: Rebecca Jordan | Venue: L'Unione Italiana | Hair and Makeup: Lasting Luxe | Wedding Dress: Kitty Chen | Bridal Boutique: The Perfect Dress | Suits: The Black Tux | Pajamas: Target | Catering and Cake: Olympia Catering | Bouquet: Etsy | Shoulder Necklace: Etsy