Spice Up Your Christmas Wedding using Wreaths
December weddings open the door to so many options. You can go completely traditional or out of season unique. However, embracing the holidays and colors that come with the season such as the poinsettia reds and fir colored greens make planning a bit easier and cost effective.
Christmas décor is readily available right after Halloween. There are so many stores stocked to the ceiling that you have everything you need right at your fingertips. This is the only time of year where you can find your wedding decorations locally if you don’t live in a big metro area. Check out the dollar stores, craft stores and your general discount box stores for all kinds of specials. This is the time of year to be sure to read your local newspaper and all the inserts for Black Friday specials and weekly deals. If you’re looking for a certain ribbon, bow or tulle this time of year is great for finding those things in plentiful quantities and in stock. Search on Facebook and browse your local pop up vendor shows for local artisans who may have talent making handmade bouquets and fresh wreaths.
Handmade Gingham Wreath & Photo Taken By:
Minnesota Wreath Artist, Jennifer McFadden
Small plain cedar wreaths on the ends of pews or tied on the backs of chairs with gingham ribbon add a warm down home holiday flair. Maybe you can picture a large Christmas wreath at the front of the church or behind the bridal table at the reception. Remember it’s your wedding and there are no rules in decorating. Let your imagination run free.
Use fresh natural materials and weave together garlands to trim candelabras. Pieces of pine and fir branches can grace the dining tables along with burlap runners. Add some LED candles in glass candy cane striped jars and interweave clear strings of Christmas lights down the tables. The texture of real organic pines and firs from nature can’t be mimicked by low cost, imitation, plastic floral.
Photo: Fragrant Balsam Fir
My favorite materials are balsam fir, white pine accents, and cedar springs. Materials like this can be picked easily if you live in a rural area or bought from a wholesale florist. Don’t forget the pinecones either. Take a quick hike in your neighborhood and pick up a bag of Norway or Ponderosa cones for FREE. We all love free, right? Use these pine cones at tables for accents or wire them onto wreaths that accent pews or chairs. Scents are also important to set the ambiance at any event. Balsam fir emits a wonderful fragrance that will bring a little of the countryside indoors for your Big Day!
What a wonderful time of year to start out on your journey as husband and wife. In the decades to come you will be able to celebrate your anniversary at Christmastime. In the meantime, enjoy your planning. Relax and breathe in all the fun and Joy of the Season. Don’t forget to grab those deals and incorporate some of the best Mother Nature has to offer into some great Christmas wreath wedding decorations.
Jennifer McFadden lives in Deer River, Minnesota and resides in the Northwoods with her husband and 5 children. She has Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the College of St. Scholastica and decades of design experience. She is a small business owner and ships handcrafted holiday wreaths from her rural farm to your front porch. Learn more about her business here: www.jenswreaths.com