DIY Projects and Ideas for Creating a Holiday Wedding

Find ideas for putting together a winter-inspired wedding, including centerpieces, table settings, menus and cocktails.
By: Camille Styles

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Photo By: © ©She-n-He Photography

Photo By: She-N-He ©She-n-He Photography

Photo By: © ©She-n-He Photography

Photo By: © ©She-n-He Photography

Set the Scene

Cover the table with a classic white linen cloth and lay a burlap runner down the center, then add even more natural texture by topping it off with a wooden "runner" made out of a repurposed wood plank. We paired the look with linen straight-back chairs for a neutral palette that complements any color scheme.

A Wintry Welcome

For the place setting, we went with a slightly nontraditional color palette by topping classic white china with sage linen napkins and heirloom silver. Give guests something to rave about with small, beautifully wrapped gifts that add a touch of holiday spirit and double as place cards.

Outside In

White garden roses, Queen Anne’s lace and ranunculus give the feel of a frosted winter wonderland, and they bring a natural element to the table's sage-and-ivory color palette. Create small arrangements in vintage silver vases and bowls, then place them along the wooden runner.

It's All in the Details

To add a sense of festive abundance to the table, get creative with non-floral centerpieces that can be used throughout the holidays. Classic silver ball ornaments add interest when piled high in a silver compote or displayed in apothecary and bell jars. Fill in any empty spaces with mercury glass votives, taper candlesticks, additional ornaments and oversized pinecones.

First Bites

Start the meal off right with an undeniably delicious first course: Roquefort crostini with port wine cherry compote and Marcona almonds. Rich in flavor and easy to serve, these finger foods will rev up guests' appetites for a hearty winter meal to follow.

Six Layers Under

Who can possibly resist the fresh flavors of a raspberry and cream trifle? With six layers alternating between rich custard, sweet raspberries and pound cake, all topped off with chocolate shavings, this dessert will be gone faster than you can say "happy holidays!" It's perfect served on a dessert buffet as an alternative to a traditional wedding cake.

Holiday Fizz

For an irresistible winter cocktail that's sure to keep the party alive, serve sparkling cranberry cocktails in etched vintage glassware. Simply mix 1 part cranberry juice with 1 part sparkling wine, garnish with fresh cranberries and prepare to toast the night away!

Keeping Warm

Nothing says winter coziness like a piping hot glass of cocoa. Set up a hot cocoa bar stocked with toppings like whipped cream, sprinkles, crushed peppermints and cinnamon sticks, and allow guests to be their own mixologists. For the adults, decanters with Frangelico and amaretto allow them to turn their concoctions into grown-up treats.

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