How to decorate your venue for a Christmas wedding?

How to decorate your venue for a Christmas wedding?

Winter weddings can be utterly magical, especially if you can match your theme to the weather and landscape. Think burnt oranges in late autumn, icy blues in the frosty New Year and of course berry reds and burgundy for extra wintry romance at Christmas. Here are some decorating ideas for a Christmas wedding reception.

A Christmas-themed wedding can be enchanting, from holiday music to Christmas decorations and even a Christmas tree. If you are planning a winter wedding or just love all things festive, enjoy the most wonderful time of the year with our December wedding ideas.

Festive colour schemes

The majority of venues will put up festive decorations from mid-November. When you catch up with your wedding co-ordinator, ask if they put the same decorations up every year? Or if they have a theme in mind? It makes sense to piggyback on what will already be there. If your heart is set on red and gold, but the venue has blue and silver, this is an important point to consider. It is also essential to ask where these decorations will be put, as they may impact on space or your plans.

Christmas wedding decorations

There is always room for sparkle and glitter at a wedding. But, at Christmas, you can get away with it more. Think glass ornaments and centrepieces for the table with sequins, twinkly lights and glitter. Other glam and glitzy, budget-friendly ideas include using baubles. These can be incorporated into your bouquet, put into bowls for your Christmas wedding centrepieces or even attached to a present label for your name holders. 

Candles are also a charming way to cosy up your winter wedding. These can be used to light up the aisle, for your centrepieces or even as wedding favours for your guests. Just double-check with your venue if they allow this. Most do but may ask you to make sure they are in holders or in candelabras. You could also have battery operated ones. If your venue is a castle or has a gothic vibe, it definitely adds to the atmosphere.

However, if you did want to keep it more low key a woodland theme with natural elements would fit. If you are creative or crafty, you can collect pine cones in the autumn. Decorate them for your centrepieces to be placed on log slices as a place holder. Alternatively, speak to your florist about incorporating ivy, holly, mistletoe or a poinsettia into your wedding flowers.

Festive food and drink

Do not forget to tie the festive theme into the other aspects of your day. Consider serving mulled wine or cider for the drinks reception after your ceremony. Or set up a hot chocolate station. Your guests can personalise a cup of cocoa with whipped cream, marshmallows, chopped nuts or even a shot of liqueur for the adults. 

Maybe think about festive dishes for your wedding breakfast & do not forget to continue this into your evening reception buffet. Think themed sandwiches and savouries or a turkey curry. Perhaps with a mince pie tower or candy canes for a sweet treat. You could even have a Christmas wedding cake.

Winter wedding ideas in your wardrobe

Bring your winter wonderland theme into your clothes too. Whether you are looking for a simple, chic or more dramatic wedding dress, there are plenty of styles to choose from that will fit your theme. Consider using a splash of gold or a berry colour or textures such as feathers, lace, and sequins. For gents, consider dark greys paired with a bow tie or textures like velvet to reflect the luxury of the winter months. 

Wedding photography

Winter here in the UK is relatively mild, which means snow is very rare. Be prepared with see-through umbrellas (or ones that look like Santa's hat, coats and stoles. At your evening reception, instead of a photo booth, how about a Santa's grotto, Elfie station or backdrop instead? Transport your guests to the North Pole with props and keep the images forever. 

How will you be decorating your venue for a Christmas wedding?

Whether you get married in the winter or during the summer, it is your wedding day! It will be special and unique to you, surrounded by friends and family – and of course, the one you love. However, there is something magical about a Christmas wedding.


Christmas Wedding Packages at Future Inns

At Future Inns, we can help you with wedding inspiration, winter weddings or a Christmas wedding theme. Our wedding venues off you're the perfect venue to host your special day.

Weddings at Future Inn Bristol

From an intimate feel to a grander affair, the wedding suites are on the hotel's top floor with fantastic views over Bristol city centre. There is even a small balcony to take in the Christmas lights at Cabot Circus and enjoy some of the best views of Bristol city centre. Speak with Seyran in our wedding team, who can advise you on getting married in Bristol on 0117 304 1010 or


Weddings at Future Inn Cardiff

Our wedding venue in Cardiff Bay has various suites to choose from, all on the ground floor. Enjoy Christmas in Cardiff and choose from an all-day wedding celebration, wedding breakfasts, or evening only events. There are even Welsh themed menus to compliment your day in the Welsh capital. Appointments can be booked in advance with Martin or Adam. Both can be contacted on 02920 487111 or


Weddings at Future Inn Plymouth

You are more than welcome to speak with our highly experienced Wedding Co-ordinator Ellie on 01752 701000 or Our wedding venue in Plymouth has been nominated for several wedding awards over the last few years, so you are in knowledgeable, safe hands. The wedding suites are all on the ground floor, and guests love our sparkly glitter curtains ideal for a Christmas wedding.


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