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Email Author: Kristin Marino
Story Posted: 9/24/2008 05:52 pm

Match wedding date to holiday season

The bride wore a witch costume? The groom wore a Santa suit? Not quite, but getting married on or near a holiday can take an already joyous occasion to a whole new level. Here are some tips for a holiday wedding.

Choose a date

No matter the time of the year, one of the first decisions an engaged couple will make together is their wedding date. Couples may choose a holiday for a wedding date because the holiday holds a special meaning. Others may decide to use a holiday theme because their wedding date is close to the holiday.

Get the word out

If you decide to get married on or around a holiday, keep in mind that some holidays are peak travel times. If you choose a Christmas-themed wedding, for example, you’ll need to give your guests plenty of notice — at least a year for some folks. Your guests will need time to make travel arrangements, and if you wait too long to get the word out, many will have made other plans. Send out a “save the date” card well in advance of your date.

Choose a venue

Imagine getting married fireside, with a peaceful winter wonderland complete with twinkling lit trees outside and holiday cheer inside. Tannenbaum Events Center is located halfway up Mount Rose Highway — close enough for guests to easily make the trek, but truly a world away during the winter holiday season. Valentine’s Day is a popular wedding day choice, so if this is your date, you’ll want to select your venue well in advance.

Let your creativity take over

Now’s the fun part — choosing your food, attire, décor, flowers, cake and invitations based on your theme. A holiday wedding can take the guesswork out of choosing a theme, and you can choose a subtle approach or go all out. An October wedding could incorporate elements of fall with a touch of Halloween whimsy.

Melissa Wilson was married Nov. 2 on the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos and used it as a theme for her wedding.

“Dia de los Muertos is a day to remember family members that are no longer with us. It’s a day of color, celebration and remembrance. A perfect day to get married,” Wilson said.

Whether it’s a red, white and blue Fourth of July outdoor wedding with fireworks or a winter wonderland Christmas wedding, your wedding day is a memorable event no matter the season. A holiday wedding can help make those memories last a lifetime.

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