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For some couples, the Christmas holidays may be special to them. They may have been engaged or began dating around the holidays, or just enjoy the time spent with one another and their families. That's why a Christmas wedding may seem like such a good idea. However, there are many things to consider before setting your wedding date around the Christmas holidays, and we have compiled a list of some of the most important pros and cons.
PRO – You May Have an Easier Time Finding Vendors
While it is true that some vendors may be busy catering various parties, finding vendors at this time of year to do flowers, invitations and decor will be much easier. It is always best to look for a reception hall and caterer first when you decide on a date, and with your wedding being near a holiday, the sooner the better. Past that you will be able to look up many other vendors who will help your wedding come together beautifully.
CON – Some Reception Halls and Hotels May be Booked for Other Functions
Keep in mind that businesses also hold their events around Christmas as well, and some may even be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years. Hotels will still be open, of course, but if there are corporate gatherings in town, the rooms can book up faster than expected.
PRO – Wedding Decor Can be Very Easy
So easy, in fact, that you may even be able to DIY it. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, all kinds of decorations are available and at your disposal. Centerpieces can even be as easy as renting large martini glasses and filling them with colored Christmas baubles. Poinsettia's are plentiful in most places at this time of year, and everything will be a little more warm with a couple strings of lights. The reception hall you rent may also have Christmas decorations up so make sure to check because that will save you money.
CON – The Flowers You Want May Not be in Season
Using in season flowers means you will be saving a lot of money on bouquets and decor on your wedding day, but depending on where you are getting married, there may not be too much to pick from. This is perfectly fine if you are not picky about what flowers will make up your bouquets or table arrangements, but you should plan to pay more if you want out of season flowers.
PRO – It is a Great Way to Celebrate Your Wedding and Christmas with the Whole Family
It can be rare for the entire family to get together for the holidays, but having a wedding around Christmas can bring everyone together to celebrate your wedding and share in the holiday as well. If you have family from all over and you rarely see one another on the holidays, this could be a great idea.
CON – Not Everyone Will Attend the Wedding
When you plan a wedding close to Christmas, you also have to be conscious of what your bridesmaids and groomsmen may be doing. Mention to the people you want to ask to be in your wedding party that you are thinking about having your wedding near Christmas. Do not be surprised if some have to decline as they may have family Christmas traditions that they do every year, or may already have plans. Others may work in jobs such as hospitality or retail where the busiest days are around the holidays and they may not be able to get the time off of work, so it is important to be aware of this when in the planning stages.
About the Author This article was written by Theresa Gibson, savvy wedding blogger and social media manager at Top10WeddingVendors.com, a leading go-to vendor guide for brides across North America. To connect with Theresa, follow her on Facebook.