Have you thought about getting married during the festive season? Christmas is in the air, people are starting to feel more relaxed and happy as the year winds down and everyone is in the mood to celebrate! Although December and January can be very busy, holding your wedding at this time means you can combine Christmas and/or New Year’s festivities with your big day. What a way to extend the merrymaking.
I want to share two different weddings (from within my family) that took place at the end of the year. The first one was that of my parents on January 2nd. I vividly remember the build-up to their wedding being SO exciting because all of our extended family had travelled from interstate to share Christmas and New Years with us. Then, of course, the big event was on the 2nd – after all the adults had recovered from their NYE hangovers (or maybe they just kept drinking!). It really meant that their wedding lasted for days and days because the party just kept on going. The atmosphere of anticipation and togetherness was truly wonderful that week – I will never forget it.
My beautiful cousin Emma got married on New Year’s Eve. She and her husband had a lovely church ceremony in the afternoon and then kicked on in style at a venue who offered a special NYE package that included FIREWORKS!!! It was such an incredible night toasting the newlyweds, dancing up a storm and then bringing in the new year on a breezy balcony watching our own fireworks show. It was utterly fabulous and another wedding that will be etched in my memory forever.
*Venues can be extremely busy at the end of the year, so make sure you book well in advance. You might want to double check if they have air-conditioning (or heating) too!
* As a lot of people holiday in December/January, you will want to give your guests as much notice as possible. Send out a cute save-the-date card as soon as you can.
*If it’s hot where you are – Australians, I’m talking to you! – an ingenious addition would be an ice cream / gelato van. Such a fun experience to share with your guests. I also love the idea of slushy machines (or frozen margaritas – even better) to cool everyone down after a big stint on the dance floor.
*If it’s cold where you are, what about having a hot chocolate or s’mores station? This will add such a cosy element to your night and is the best late-night snack.
Let me know if you held your wedding or will be getting hitched in ‘the most wonderful time of the year’! I’d love to hear about it. Abby xx