Why it really is the most wonderful time of the year
Here at Historic Brentwood, we love Christmas and the good feelings that come along with it. Gathering to celebrate with friends and family to share fun times and delicious food is something we look forward to every year. Doing so in a house steeped in historic tradition and trimmed for the season makes it that much more merrier.
December (and early January) brides enjoy the luxury of hosting events at Brentwood while the tree and mantles are decorated. For many couples, it is convenient to plan around the holidays because hometown friends can coordinate family visits and attend the wedding. Additionally, out of town guests can book rooms at Brentwood and treat themselves to a night in a Victorian manor.
Some tips for planning a holiday wedding (at Brentwood or elsewhere):
1) Consider sending out Save the Date cards or creating a wedding website that announces the date by September. This way, your holiday event will go on guests’ calendars before others.
2) Make sure you have both a venue and someone to officiate the wedding confirmed before announcing your date. Churches and event locations can be busy this time of year. Book early and you should be fine.
3) Choose colors that coordinate with traditional holiday décor. Rich reds, forest greens, gold, silver, black, and winter white are great tones to consider.
4) Work with the décor, not against it. It takes a great deal more energy to break down a venue’s holiday trimmings than to go with it. If you can’t imagine a tree or greenery in the background of your wedding, choose another time of year or prepare to work harder to achieve what you want. Because you don’t have to start from scratch, you can focus on special details. Maybe you’ll want to use silver and gold ornaments in tall vases or serve hot chocolate and eggnog.
5) Consider taking engagement photos at a Christmas tree farm.
6) Use Mistletoe. It fits perfectly with the theme of every holiday wedding: LOVE.
7) Plan your dates to allow a honeymoon when you want to travel. Some couples would prefer to have the wedding and honeymoon with time to return before Christmas Day. Some are happy to travel during Christmas. Others may want to wait until after Christmas to travel. Think about what’s best for you before booking a venue.
8) Embrace the holiday theme of your wedding at the events leading up to it. Frame Christmas photos of you and your spouse as children to display at showers or engagement parties.
9) Anticipate that you’ll be celebrating your anniversary around Christmas every year.