How To Bring Your Holiday Wedding To Life


Black and white name cards with gold, red and white accents

Who doesn’t love the holidays? Who doesn’t love weddings? Who doesn’t love a holiday wedding?

If you are a bride combining these two fun occasions, the ways to bring your vision to life are endless. Whether you are wanting a traditional holiday theme of reds and greens or something with more of a modern twist, there is no shortage of inspiration out there. You can show guests they are in for a holiday treat from the start by having your engagement photos be holiday themed.

Colors of the season

What’s the first color you think of when it comes to the holiday season? Was it red? While this is obviously a fitting color, there are other color palettes that work beautifully for a holiday wedding.


Instead of all holiday red, throw in some berry and wine colors. These richer colors mixed in can add dimension while still bringing the holiday feel.


You may want to go for more of a modern look. Think whites, metallics and icy blues. This combo shows the glamorous side of the season, especially if you are getting married closer to New Year’s Eve.


The great thing is, once you know your color story, it can be incorporated into all aspects of your big day. From your save the dates and invitations, to programs and seating cards, there is no shortage of spots to add these colors in.

Bouquets made of greenery are held by bridesmaids in red dresses and sparkly black sweaters.
A white two-tiered wedding cake is decorated with sprigs of greenery and minimal red decorations
A bride and groom kiss in front of a black wedding arbor/alter decorated with holiday greenery.
Two white candles sit on a black plate with red berry decorations.

Deck the...venue

Décor is a huge way of bringing what you picture in your mind to life. All-inclusive venues like the Van Dusen Mansion allow you to see how everything works together at once. You will know right away if the color of the charger you selected works with the linen you picked out and the votives you want to incorporate into a centerpiece. All of these elements can work together to create a design that not only fits your vision but enhances it. 

If you are throwing a holiday wedding, you aren’t limited to just red roses and poinsettias for flowers. Think pale pinks, greenery, and winter whites. An experienced and talented florist, like those at our sister company Bellagala, can show you flower and greenery options that fit your vision. 
To bring even more holiday cheer, add garland - maybe even with holiday lights weaved in - to centerpieces, railings or even a wedding altar

All the small things

The small details and personal touches you decide on during the planning process will help enhance your vision, like:

  • Ornament wedding favors
  • Touches of plaid flannel in the wedding attire (think socks for the groomsmen or button-ups for the bridesmaids while getting ready)
  • Holiday baubles mixed into centerpieces 
  • Pine tree holder for escort cards
  • Holiday themed drinks and food

There’s a reason the holidays are known as engagement season. The romance of this time of year can easily be incorporated into your day. 
To learn more about how Minnesota’s Van Dusen’s enchanting and romantic spaces can amplify your holiday wedding, call us today!

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