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8 Things To Consider When Planning A Holiday Wedding

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Just because Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s are right around the corner doesn’t mean it will be a slow time in the wedding industry. Holiday weddings have become increasingly popular in recent years. According to the Greeting Card Association, nearly 27 percent of all marriages occur between November and February. Of that time period, December is the most popular month for tying the knot.

So what are some important points to consider when planning holiday weddings?

1. Sell Potential Clients on Your Holiday Expertise

Before you can plan the wedding you have to get the couple as a client. If they are set on a holiday theme, wow them with your expertise in this area. Let them know that your event facility will already be decked out for the holidays (if that’s the case) and that they can make use of these already in place decorations. Show them past Christmas season events and weddings at your facility or that your company has planned. Give them easy, inexpensive ideas for how to embellish what you will already have in place.

2. Encourage Your Clients to Send Invitations Early

Most people’s social calendars gets filled pretty quickly during the holiday season. It’s not a matter of disinterest in attending a particular wedding, but a competing event or obligation vying for their attention. The sooner guests can get the happy nuptials on their social calendars, the better.

Whether you have an event facility or an event rental company, it’s still an attendance numbers game. The higher the attendance, the more your company will earn.

3. Don’t Forget the Kids

One easy and quick planning suggestion is to tactfully let the bride know that, unlike some weddings, a holiday wedding invitation should include the children. It will likely increase the number of affirmative RSVPs as invitees won’t have to be torn about being away from their children at or near the holiday (or deal with the expense and potential difficulty of finding someone to watch them).

4. Date Flexibility

Since there are an extremely limited number of Saturdays in the holiday season, suggest to the potential bride that being flexible could also decrease the cost of the wedding. As a rule, Friday and Sunday weddings typically cost approximately 30 percent less than traditional Saturday weddings.

5. Weave in Holiday Theme in Unlikely Places

A holiday wedding actually affords the opportunity to extend the holiday theme into some unique areas. Areas to suggest to the bride and groom would be having a holiday-themed signature drink or a limited drink list, all related to the holidays. Simplifying the cocktail list can also make it easier on the bartenders to the point that one or two fewer might be needed for the wedding event.

Who wouldn’t want a drink like spiked eggnog or hot cocoa with peppermint schnapps? Or perhaps a special, signature martini cocktail befitting the holidays?

6. Table Clothes

While most weddings stick with plain tablecloths in black, white or something to assist the color theme, a bold linen choice might be the order of the day to carry through the holiday wedding theme. The table linens could possibly even allow doing away with fancy place settings, in favor of plain white plates so as to not take away from the bold table linen statement being made.

7-8. Other Holiday Tie-ins

As their event planner, the happy couple is often looking to you for unique and fun ideas to incorporate into the wedding reception. With the added bonus of a holiday wedding, it expands the options. If the event is being held in a cold climate area, suggest a hot beverage cart where people can get lattes, spiced hot ciders and hot chocolate.

Or you could offer one or two holiday-themed backdrops for guests to have pictures taken. Winter scenes or a traditional Christmas scene are some ideas.

Whatever your event facility or holiday wedding planning needs,Coast to Coast Event Furniture is here to help with furniture for every occasion. Visit to see our extensive chair selection and color choices along with a variety of banquet tableswood folding tables and other furnishings to make your future events even more memorable. And as always, our bilingual, toll-free, customer service line can be reached at 1-844-280-0032.