Monday, December 17, 2012

 Happy Monday! Today we present the second of our Christmas Wedding Plans. This one is more traditional. When you think of a Christmas Wedding the palette that comes to mind is Red and White. So we thought we'd share some obvious as well as not so obvious choices for your Wedding Day design.
 Snowflakes are often used with a blue and white palette but why not use them in your red and white palette instead? The white shows up beautifully like snow against velvet.
 One of the newer trends is to use Christmas trees right in your decorating plan. This invitation is beautifully elegant and is only about $1.50 each! What a lovely way to set your theme for your guests!
 Onto the ceremony! We love these rose topiaries that would look just gorgeous placed along your ceremony aisle. Just one every 3 rows would make quite the statement!
Choosing red for your bouquet flowers doesn't mean you are stuck with red roses. While roses are very elegant they are also a bit expected. Why not tuck other red flowers in the bouquet with the roses? We love the way they created texture with the tulips they mixed with the red roses for this Bride.
And don't forget your Groom! A red tie or ascot against this white vest and black tails makes a romantic statement for his outfit.  
 Why not take your first kiss as Husband and Wife in front of the Christmas tree? How lovely would this be at the head of your aisle? Indoors or outdoors a beautiful tree as your backdrop would be perfection!
 Have an attendant stand at the entrance to your ceremony and pass out these little bells. The instructions say to ring the bells as the couple walk back down the aisle as well as a way to prompt them to kiss during the reception. Another nice way to add a bit of Christmas into your ceremony!
 For the doors of the church or the door of your reception hall this rose heart swag would be a lovely way to welcome your guests to your celebration. 
 Chances are there will be several serving tables around your venue. If you are celebrating inside a home there will be side tables and perhaps even a mantle to decorate. In a Hall there will be your food, cake and drink tables and maybe even a bar surface to add a bit of detail to as well! Mix it up, while sticking to your color scheme of red and white, with arrangements made from flowers, cranberries, even using greenery to create color and texture to your space. 
 You can even extend that to your tables. While this arrangement is primarily red and green the crystal of the bowl and the white tea lights surrounding it on the white table cloth keeps it within your color palette.
 Every year I see this arrangement, or one very similar to it, in one florists ad or another. Why not take advantage of these great sales prices to make these arrangements fit your wedding budget! A few of these down the wedding party table as well as one in the center of each guest table would be elegant as well as cost effective. Teleflora has a similar one this year for only $62 each! What a deal!
 You can add a bit more Christmas very easily by wrapping your chairs up like gifts. A simple square knot made from wide red ribbon with a bit of Christmas greenery and a small ornament dresses each one right up for your celebration.
 You can even use ornaments on your tables! These adorable ornament place card holders are only a few dollars a set and how cute they would be on each plate!
 One of the cutest details that I found were these 12 Days of Christmas Table Numbers! How cute to use this wonderful Christmas tradition as part of your day!
 And if there was ever a perfect time to give out wrapped favors, a Christmas Wedding would be that time! White wrapped gifts, or just white boxes, tied with bright red bows make a simple elegant statement. Make a gorgeous display for your guests so they can take one home at the end of the night.
 Or place a wrapped gift in the center of each plate to add a bit more color and decor to your tables. I love how the mini ornaments have been sprinkled on and around the plate as well to help give a bit more color and texture as well.
And, finally there is cake. This buttercream confection from Cat's Cakes is decorated with sugar Poinsettia flowers. The real flower is toxic so if you choose to use real on your cake make sure that your Caker places the flowers into food safe container picks before adding them to the cake. However the chances are good that a sugar flower costs the same as the real flower so why not play it safe and wow your guests with the sugar version?! The perfect centerpiece for your cake table and addition to your Wedding Day!

Next week we will be spotlighting a very special birthday party! I can hardly wait to share all the really cute details of this birthday party for a 2 year old!

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