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Weddings - Wedding Theme Ideas - Holiday Wedding Ideas

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Holiday Wedding Words of Wisdom & Ideas

Today we'd like to speak with you about holiday weddings. Lots of folks think they're the cat's meow, ... but are they all that they're cracked up to be?

This is the time of year when catering establishments are loaded with holiday parties of all kinds, for all types of clients, not just brides- and grooms-to-be. This is "the season to be merry...." but is it the best time to have a wedding?

Those of you who live in those parts of the country (and the world) where the weather could put a damper on your plans, know that it's best NOT to try to fool Mother Nature. After all, weddings are just too expensive to take chances. A blizzard means that your catering property could shut down and your florist, for example, may not be able to deliver your flowers. And even more devastating, your out-of-town family and friends, who are so near-and-dear to you, might not make it. A real heart-breaker!

And then there's the expense. Vendors and venues charge more during this time of sugar plums because they book fast and as previously mentioned, not just for weddings. They can pick and choose the parties they'd like to have and chances are there's a waiting line for cancellations. This means you'll pay more, the same for vendors.

And what about TENDER LOVING CARE? That's an important factor.

Who wants to have a wedding when a catering property's only concern is how many hams they should make and turkeys they should stuff?

Where the wait staff is so exhausted from working seven days a week, that your wedding is a second priority?

Or the florist has delivered so many holiday flowers that your wedding flowers look a little limp? Not to mention the increased cost of flowers during holidays.

Or your band or DJ has played at so many holiday parties that they're hoarse by the time your wedding rolls around?

Sorry to take the HO! HO! HO! out of HOliday weddings... but Christmas and Chanukah come every year. A wedding only comes once!

Still want to plan your wedding around a holiday? If so, here are some tips.

Holiday Wedding Tips

Plan Ahead

Some reception facilities charge an additional fee for use of their facility on popular holidays and hotels may charge your guests a higher room rate.

Be Considerate of Guests

Notify family and friends as early as possible so that they can save the date and make travel reservations early. If you are planning a winter wedding, be sure that your guests allow a day or two travel cushion for weather and airport delays.

Consider the Cost

Valentine's Day is one of the most popular holidays on which to wed. Valentine's Day is also one of the busiest days of the year for florists. If you choose to marry on Valentine's Day, you may have difficulty securing a florist and the flowers may have been assembled several days in advance. The cost of flowers get higher, starting 2 - 3 weeks before Valentine's Day and extend to 1 week after. Other holidays like: Christmas, New Year's, and Mother's Day will also bring higher prices for flowers.

Use the Holiday to Your Advantage

The key to pulling off a coordinated event: Evoke your theme throughout the affair. Whether that theme is as general as a season or a feeling, or as specific as a special flower, it should be the subtle thread that ties everything together. Your location, invitations, flowers, menu, cake, and favors should all cleverly reflect one common concept. Then, get as creative as you can!

If you choose to marry near a Holiday, many facilities may already be decorated. Assuming the colors and decorations fit your taste, this may reduce your decorating cost.

If you are planning a wedding for Christmas time, instead of doing everything in red and green, select linens in silver or gold satin. Or, if a "winter wonderland" theme in all-white velvet sounds good to you, go for it. 

Have your florist design centerpieces with materials naturally available at this time of year: pine and evergreens, holly, and bayberry.  

Give Christmas ornaments as favors, or candy canes tied with silver or gold ribbon. 

Serve a holiday-inspired menu, complete with peppermint ice cream alongside your wedding cake and have your caterer serve eggnog punch, cinnamon-sprinkled hot chocolate, and flavored coffees with your wedding cake.

Have the band mix a Christmas jingle or two in with the regular songs throughout the night.  

Send your guests off into the chilly night by lining the sidewalk with luminaries to bid them a warm farewell. 

 

 

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 Theme Parties N More is a wedding & event planning company located in Cypress, TX. Our party & wedding planners have put this website together to provide our visitors with ideas for planning their events, this includes links to products that can help you to make your event extra special. In accordance with the FTC Guidelines we are disclosing that some of the vendors that we link you to, pay us a commission when you purchase products from them, but some of the vendors do not provide us with any compensation.

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