Emily & Michael were such an amazing and fun couple to work with, and even though they didn't, I knew their vision for their day went hand in hand with the holiday spirit. In this case, a rockin' New Year's Eve Party! The very first time we met, Emily told me that she liked winter weddings, all things sparkly and had a group of party-lovin' friends. I got so excited at the opportunity to create this holiday celebration to mark an epic day in their lives forever! I have found that some folks are turned off by weddings on or around the holidays, but we are here to tell you that not only is there charm to be appreciated during this time of year, but also how you can make it sooo worth it for your guests!
With Christmas just behind us and the New Year just ahead, we thought it might be the perfect time to share with you a few secrets that can help you have a holly jolly wedding or even to ring in the new year with your new spouse! Keep these few ideas in mind if you happen to be looking for just the right amount of holiday cheer in your big day!
1. Meet under the Mistletoe!
When deciding on your colors and floral options, consider the options that this time of year offer. Whether you want to incorporate mistletoe or holly into your arch at your ceremony or maybe you'd like wreaths galore, December is teaming with greenery! It can be a gentle reminder to your guests what this time of year can mean to them. For Emily & Michael, we incorporated a deep red, winter white and mixed greens to showcase the colors of the season and compliment all of the sparkly! Speaking of...
2. All that glitters!
The Gatsby glam has been all the rage in the wedding world lately. And what better time to flash a little gold or silver than during the holidays? We love the idea of a bride with some bedazzled shoes or a cake covered in edible glitter! These dashes of sparkle can arrive as early as your invitations! The inside of the envelope or even gold lettering in your names! Whatever holiday your family celebrates, there's a color that can make the day pop! Red, blue, green, gold, silver; these can all make a big statement! Emily literally was game for anything that glittered! And, since I am the same way, we had so much fun making every inch of her space shimmer, sparkle and shine! We incorporated F. Scott Fitzgerald quotes within the decor to reiterate her love for the Gatsby! Emily & Michael's love is just so pure and you can't miss the sparkle in their eyes when they look at each other. What a blessing to be witness to such a beautiful love story!
3. Holiday Sips and Snacks!
Choosing the food for your wedding is sometimes a daunting thought. However, there are certain foods and drinks that go hand and hand with this season! You could add a speciality drink to your cocktail list, or offer milk and cookies as an after dinner snack! Who says turkey and dressing is off limits after Thanksgiving? Eggnog, candy canes or roast beast! The menu just became so much more fun! The Butcher Shop did an amazing job catering their fabulous foods for Emily & Michael's reception, and Emily chose to add a specialty drink to play into the theme even more. The bartending team served French 75s, an old-world champagne and gin cocktail, throughout the evening, AND we had a gorgeous champagne tower with the sparkling flowing all night long!
4. Fabulously Warm!
There are so many options to keep your friends and family warm in the colder, holiday months. Fleece blankets are a great favor your guests can take home and enjoy again and again! Some venues to consider even come with cozy fireplaces that would make great photo backdrops or a place to get fresh air and stay warm. A chilly wedding is also a great time for your guests to pull out their family furs and look amazing! Emily chose to wear her grandmother's fur for some of her photos and send off! It was a great way to honor her and to gorgeously stay toasty warm!
5. The Joys in the Jingles!
Do you and your fiance have a favorite holiday song? What about a song from your favorite holiday movie? Is there a number that your family can't resist singing or dancing to? This is a fun part of planning the party for any wedding, but when you are looking for ways to incorporate this season into your big day, you have a whole new list of songs to choose from! Imagine sending your guests off into the new year with Auld Lang Syne!
Music meant a lot to Emily & Michael, and they sure did have a great party! (with the help of DJ Matt Tubbz of course!) They chose to incorporate certain songs throughout the night for family members and loved ones, which made each moment all the more special!
6. Let it Snow!
The send off of a wedding can be as big or as small, as traditional or as adventurous as the couple wants. But imagine if you took advantage of the season! White flower petals, fake snow, fireworks, there are so many options for making the last moment a lasting impression on your guests! For Emily & Michael with it being a NYE wedding, we took the idea of a send off and stretched into about an hour and a half! Around 11:30pm, we pulled out the display of NYE props for everyone to grab and ring in the new year together. But we didn't stop at midnight, no sir! The actual send off was at 1am with, of course, sparklers! Don't forget the signage (encouraging guests to choose Uber for safety) stating, "Don't be afraid to sparkle a little brighter, darling."
The greatest part of having a wedding during the holiday season is having your friends and family with you. When you plan a wedding around the season of greetings, you may hit scheduling conflicts or other stressers. But remembering that you are marrying the love of your life; remembering that you are throwing the party of a lifetime; remembering that you will get to celebrate your love, these can all help put you back in the right mind. We hope your Christmases, Hanukkahs, New Year's Eves, weddings, and anything else you are celebrating this season are all merry and bright and full of love and happiness!
Emily & Michael,
I cannot say too many times what an honor it was to help you create the perfect representation of your love story for your wedding day. We had so much fun together, and I will consider you friends for life! Thank you for trusting me to carry out your vision throughout the whole process. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year & Happy 1st Anniversary!
Emily and Michael's Gorgeous Vendor Team
Planner | Infinity Events
Photographer | Josh and Aleah Photography
Ceremony Venue | The Tower Center
Reception Venue | The Butcher Shop
Florist |Lynn Doyle Flowers and Events
Ceremony Music | Sounds of Marque
DJ | Matt Tubbs
Rentals | Elegant Chair Solutions and White Door Events