Planning a holiday wedding offers a unique opportunity to infuse your special day with warmth, charm, and seasonal spirit. From cozy indoor settings to breathtaking winter wonderlands, let's explore how to create the perfect holiday wedding here at The Van Dusen Mansion that captures the essence of the season while celebrating your love story.



The key to a memorable holiday wedding is embracing the seasonal theme. 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. Incorporate elements like evergreen foliage, twinkling lights, or accents  of gold, or silver. You can show your guests they are in for a holiday treat from the start by having your engagement photos or invitations be holiday themed.



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 emerald green or a darker wine color. These richer colors mixed in can add a more modern look while still bringing the holiday feel.


Want to think outside the box? 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.



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.



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 

Garland accents throughout the spaces

Holiday themed drinks and food