Planning a Holiday Wedding

Planning a wedding around any one of the many holidays throughout the year, whether you prefer Christmas, New Year’s Eve, or even Valentine’s Day, is a great way to add a little extra flavour to an already special event. And being able to celebrate your anniversary in conjunction with your favourite holiday will also be fun. But, bear in mind that planning this type of wedding does require a bit more effort than traditional weddings. Continue reading for a few tips to get you started.


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Book as Early as Possible

Because holiday weddings are in pretty high demand and there are only so many holidays in the year, you need to book your event as soon as possible. This means finding your ideal venue and vendors earlier than you would if you were planning a wedding for any other day of the year.

These professionals and venues will book up quickly and you may be left with options that you are not particularly thrilled with. Aim to book at least one year in advance, especially since many others will also be planning holiday parties for their companies, families, etc. at the same time.

Take Advantage by Saving on Décor

One of the best things about having your wedding on a holiday is the fact that the venue you choose may already be decorated for that season and the holiday itself. For example, if you are planning a Christmas wedding, it is highly likely that pretty lights and a large tree will already be decking the halls of the wedding venue that you choose.

This, in turn, can save you quite a bit of money because you will not have to worry about customising the space with décor of your own. And this means you can spend money on other details, such as your bridal bouquet, titanium rings for yourself and your spouse, your cake, and the entertainment you will provide for your guests.

Definitely Send Out Save the Dates

While a Save the Date announcement is not mandatory for a traditional wedding, it is definitely warranted for a holiday wedding. After all, people need to know well enough in advance that they can’t follow through with their usual holiday plans if they have your wedding to attend. And keep in mind, too, that many people like to travel around the holidays in December. Plus, for out-of-town guests who wish to attend, making travel arrangements around the holidays will be much easier if they are able to do so far enough in advance. Therefore, send these out at least 6 or more months in advance of your special day (the sooner, the better).

The holidays are a great time to celebrate, whether you are celebrating love and relationships on Valentine’s Day or the start of a brand new year on the night of December 31st. Adding your wedding to the mix will make these special times of year even more grand. Just be sure to plan in advance and take advantage of the perks that come with hosting a holiday wedding.

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