Holiday Wedding Dos and Don’ts!

red boutonniereLove is most certainly in the air this month! Valentine’s Day is literally around the corner and for many sweethearts, it will mean flowers, candy, romantic dinners , dancing and more! And for an even luckier group of us, it will mean wedding bells. Valentine’s Day is understandably a top day for getting married: At  Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville , for instance, dozens of couples sign up each year for an intimate Feb. 14 ceremony.

But planning a wedding for this or any holiday isn’t without its unique challenges – mostly how to incorporate the theme and feel of the day (after all, that’s why you chose it!) without letting the holiday overshadow your special moment. It can be tricky, but here are a few tips from yours truly that can help you make your holiday wedding a unique treat!

Corny Valentine's Day, heart-shaped flowers, raspberries

DON’T: go overboard with the theme

Be it the hearts and ruby reds of Valentine’s Day or the snowflakes and pine trees of Christmas, each holiday has a unique look that you’re sure to want to incorporate into your wedding. And who can blame you: Valentine’s in particular has so many beautiful possibilities it’s easy to go over the top! The key to avoiding a corny theme wedding is to go for the less obvious touches and keep them moderate. Instead of a plethora of hearts for Valentine’s Day, think of larger themes like romance. Cupid is an awesome figure to incorporate as are romantic quotes. Rather than going for in-your-face red during the ceremony, why not keep it minimal with simple deep red boutonnieres for the gents; later, incorporate more of the holiday in the reception in touches like heart-shaped table favors or even chair slips and bows in reds and pinks. But please, no heart-shaped crackers!

travel

DO consider whether you’re picking a high-travel holiday

Believe it or not, some people consider it quite rude to plan a wedding on a holiday! It’s understandable since some holidays are definitely already hectic due to travel. Tossing a wedding in there can make things just unbearable! For major travel holidays, consider planning close to the date of the actual holiday but not on the day. Christmas weddings are widely considered a no-no, but if you have your heart set on Noel nuptials, consider picking an off-time. Better yet, why not try Christmas Eve!

red stamp, wax seal, heart seal

DO add a little extra thanks to your guests

The fact is, most people look forward to spending holidays either relaxing at home or on vacation. Taking a moment to attend a wedding during this day is commendable – show your guests your appreciation! In your thank you notes, be sure to mention your extra appreciation that they shared this day with you! These little wax seals are the perfect tie-in for the theme and a great little touch for your thank you notes.

So what do you think – are holiday weddings in general a do or a don’t? We’ve seen it discussed all over the Internet but we want to know what you think!

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”- Aristotle

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