Christmas is full of love, family and joy – the exact three attributes that also create an unforgettable wedding. So why not combine the two? I did exactly that! I’m overjoyed to show you … a Christmas wedding, a first for the Bronner’s blog team! 😊👰
I was very honored to be able to “host” this Christmas wedding for our blog readers and can’t wait to see everyone’s thoughts on it. Let’s start with the color theme. I went with the traditional Christmas green and red plus a touch of gold as an accent color. I wanted to capture the warmth of Christmas, but also keep love and family in the forefront of everyone’s mind as they walked into the room. Since I didn’t want to be too literal with Christmas, you won’t find Santa Claus or his little elves at this wedding!
The Frankenmuth Farmer’s Market graciously opened up their venue space (Gathering Barn) for me to use for this post. The barn-like atmosphere paired well with the theme, and the natural light created that warmth I wanted. If you are interested in renting the space, please check out this PDF for more details.
A popular new trend is having a sweetheart table for just the bride and groom at the reception rather than including them at one long table with the bridal party. With a sweetheart table, you can create a more personal table setting that showcases the love a bride and groom have for one another.
I have always believed that smaller details can bring a large decorative piece together. For the sweetheart table I made the “They Said I Do” ornament my bright and shining star. It’s also a great keepsake for the bride and groom to enjoy. I surrounded the ornament with two picks filled with red snowberries, and underneath it all lay a bed of gold angel hair. Two wedding bells were placed within the picks and accented the “I Do” ornament in the middle of the table.
For a fun twist on the Mr. and Mrs. sign, I had stockings (personalized with Mr. and Mrs. on them) “hung with care” on the back of the bride’s and groom’s chairs. Something new for them to have and cherish for years to come.
My favorite part of the sweetheart table was the napkin rings. It’s those simple and small details that really showcase the love a bride and groom have for one another. The bride holds her heart close and the groom has the key to unlock it. Both are ornaments that can be hung on their Christmas tree and hold the memory of the most wonderful night of their lives (another reason why I picked the plates that I did!).
This guest table featured a sugar-pine centerpiece filled with red snowberry picks, warm white battery-operated lights and accented with gold picks underneath. A white pillar candle stood in the center of it.
Two vases stand on each side of the centerpiece (dollar-store find!) and were filled with (fake) freshly fallen snow and a birchwood candle. The vases rest on a bed of gold angel hair and glittered pine cones lay beside the vases.
Each table included two kissing bells. These bells are ornaments that can be rung if guests would like to see the bride and groom share a kiss. A cute description sat beside the bell for guests to read. I created a printable PDF of this description so you can print it out yourself!
I couldn’t forget a special gift for each one of the guests! A dove ornament included a little thank-you note that stated, “Doves are a universal symbol of love and peace. Thank you for sharing in our love today!” Doves share symbolism in both the Christmas and wedding worlds.
A budget is essential to wedding planning. These ornaments were perfect for the budget because they come in a pack of four for $9.99. Cost was only $2.50 per guest! PLUS, the ornament can be hung every year on their Christmas tree. I created a printable PDF of the thank-you tags so you can print them right at home!
GUEST TABLE – VERSION 2
For the second version of a guest table, I wanted to showcase our custom ornaments as gifts for wedding guests. Bronner’s has a whole department dedicated to creating custom ornaments for various occasions. Each guest could take one of the ornaments home with them. The ornaments shown below can feature the bride’s and groom’s names plus the wedding date, or you can purchase ornaments that feature artwork on them. Please check out our custom ornaments page and catalog on our website for more information. I showcased the custom ornaments on a Brass Tree Star stand, making it a very eye-catching centerpiece.
I changed up the kissing bell on this table, using a red bell with the word “Joy” on it. Also an ornament, the bell can be hung on your Christmas tree and does have a wonderful ring to it! Another small touch I added was the pine-cone ornaments that served as napkin ring holders on every other table setting. The other napkins just had a simple white ribbon tied around them.
GUEST BOOK TABLE
The guest-book table was anything but traditional. Bronner’s beautiful plaque reads, “We just fit perfectly together.” That sentiment gave me the idea of having guests sign pieces of a puzzle with their name and well wishes instead of signing the traditional book for the bride and groom.
I chose a Christmas puzzle that is sold in-store and has large puzzle pieces. You will want the big pieces so guests can have room to write on them. This puzzle can be a fun date night for the bride and groom after the wedding! They can put the puzzle together and reminisce about their wedding day and those who shared that day with them. Here is a PDF of the guest-book signing card that you can print off at home!
It’s a sweet gesture to have a remembrance table to honor those who have passed and are dearly missed. Our “In Memory” plaque with its simple words said all that was needed to say. I love our Willow Tree figurine collection, and they carry a remembrance angel that worked great for this table. One tea light can be lit to keep the light of those who have passed shining brightly throughout the wedding night.
The last and final touch for this big Christmas wedding was the mistletoe , hung up in a doorway for everyone to see!
I hope that you enjoyed our Christmas wedding as much as I did planning it. Let me know what you thought about it in the comments below!