As newlyweds your agenda is packed with parties and holiday festivities, but sometimes the best memories are made right at home. For your first Christmas together, get inspired to add a few of these traditions to your holiday itinerary.

HOLIDAY BAKING DAY
Step up your sugar cookie game and dedicate a day to baking your holiday favorites from peppermint bark to gingerbread houses!

CREATE THE ULTIMATE HOT CHOCOLATE BAR
Get all the holiday themed garnishes you can find! Style your bar cart with a sign, hot chocolate mix, marshmallows and Christmas candy!

ADD A LITTLE HOLIDAY CHEER TO YOUR SIGNATURE COCKTAIL
Add cranberries, Irish cream or champagne to your favorite go-to cocktail. ‘Tis the season to toast, indulge and celebrate!

MATCHING PJS FOR THE WHOLE FAM
Such a fun way to involve the entire family and makes for an adorable Christmas card photo! (Pajamas found here).

HOST A CHRISTMAS MOVIE MARATHON
Pop the popcorn, wear your matching Christmas pajamas, cozy up your by the fire and indulge in your favorite Christmas movies!

I am always searching for the most inspiring and pin-worthy weddings. I didn’t have to look far when this Christmas wedding came across my desk. I love the simplicity of the day, the Christmas tree farm venue twinkling with lights and her head wrap, but most of all, their story. “My darling Sarah, in you I have found the love to light up this entire World a thousand times.  You are my closest, dearest, truest friend and I promise to be by your side forever.” – The Groom.

FROM THE GROOM
In this here moment I was the happiest I had ever been in my entire life. I laughed and abruptly excused myself from the entire wedding to take a picture. A picture to always look back on and say “this is the me I always want to be.” Not for me but for her, because she deserves the happiest man I can be as a thank you to each and everyday that she is by my side for the rest of my life.

FROM THE BRIDE
Traditions are very important to Kiel and I. Every year since we first started dating we would visit Henry’s Christmas Tree Farm to pick out our tree. The endless rows of evergreens make it such a magical place to bundle up and walk through on a chilly winter afternoon. We look forward to our time there every year. When it came time to pick out a venue we knew the Christmas tree farm was the perfect place to say I do.

We had a small ceremony amongst close family and hundreds of twinkling lights. It was slightly raining when I stepped out of the Wagoneer to meet Kiel at the altar. To some this might have been upsetting but for us it only enhanced the atmosphere. Our special moment was finally here! After we said our vows we ran from the wedding. Kiel lifted me off my feet and carried me into our wagon. We drove away from the farm, the cheering family, the gorgeous ceremony. We were in complete silence.  So many feeling and thoughts. At the exact same moment after 7 minutes of silence we both looked at each other and exclaimed “we’re married!” Kiel hit the brakes. We sat on the side of road eyes full of tears and came to the realization of what just happened. Our lives were now one life and everything was more beautiful because of it. We hopped into our Jeep Wagoneer and drove back home to be with family and friends for apple pie, cake, mom’s gingerbread cookies, Christmas music, champagne and eggnog. It was the most perfect day and we both agreed that all the little things we already had was all we ever needed to live happily ever after.

VENUE Henry’s Christmas Tree Farm | DRESS Vera Wang | HEAD WRAP Brides and Hairpins | BRIDE Sarah Vickers | GROOM Kiel James Patrick

SHOP BRIDAL HAIR ACCESSORIES

Any get together that involves yummy food, sipping champagne and surrounded by loved ones is a great event in my book. Add the Holiday spirit and you are hosting one memorable evening. Here are tips to have your guests mingle and jingle and how to pull off your first holiday dinner together newlywed style.

PUT YOUR REGISTRY ITEMS TO USE
Why not use some of your registry items for the first time on Christmas? You have to start somewhere so why not on one of the biggest entertaining days of the year? From the latest kitchen gadgets, to your new KitchenAid and serving platters, pull out all the stops for each course. And at the end of the evening have your guests retire to the living room with holiday cookies and mulled wine or coffees from your new french press!

SERVE UP A SIGNATURE COCKTAIL
Make this party your own by branding it with your very own signature cocktail. Give it a name and have an adorable custom sign created for it. Your guests will love to try it and it will make your life so much easier rather than having to play bartender all night. Before the guests arrive have a few pre-made with a platter of garnishes and drink stirs for them to style their drink with.

PICK UP ENTERTAINING ESSENTIALS
Plan out everything you are cooking well in advanced. You don’t want to get ready to put the turkey in the oven only to find out you don’t have a roasting pan large enough or a tiered serving tray to serve your appetizers on. Make sure you are clear on each recipe gadget needed to complete your meal and to serve it on after.

MOOD VIBES
From holiday themes to the music and activities, there are a lot of ways to get your guests into the holiday spirit. In newlywed fashion and fresh off your wedding, I love the ideas of making a photo booth wall out of wrapping paper and having holiday props for guests to snap pictures when they arrive.

HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING ESSENTIALS

PRE-WEDDING FUN
Once all of you are dolled up and in your matching robes, jump on the bed and capture the pre-wedding excitement! The candid shot full of laughter will be one of your favorites.

OPENING CHAMPAGNE
It is after all a celebration right?! Start your wedding day off by sipping champagne while getting ready with your besties.

DOLLED UP IN ROBES
Get your bridesmaids matching robes or rompers as a gift for being in your wedding and get a formal shot of all of you together.

THE MOMENT YOUR BRIDESMAIDS SEE YOU
Here is the tear jerker. Once your hair and makeup is done and you slip on your dress and accessories, step out and show your bridesmaids your completed look.

FORMAL SHOT
When you take formal shots with your photographer of your family and bridal party, make sure you have at least one of just you and your bridesmaids.

After you’ve selected the venue, hired your vendors and created the perfect vignettes for your wedding, now it’s time for the finishing touches to pull it all together. From curtains, to signage, decorative decor and lighting, these elements are really what your guests will remember. Here are tips to finding the perfect decor pieces to your wedding!

TIME CONSTRAINTS
Start ordering 2-3 months before your big date to ensure the decor you want is in stock and ready to ship. Sometimes decor items require production time, especially if ordering something custom like from Etsy for example. Find out their turn around time and make sure you allot a little buffer as well.

BE ‘SUPER’ SPECIFIC
I used the word ‘super’ because there are millions of options out there so the more specific you can be, the better chances of having your vision come to life. When searching inspiration on Instagram, Pinterest or Google use specific hashtags or keywords that resemble your design ascetic.

PRICE SHOP
Get quotes from other online shops but also find out if they offer bulk pricing. Another thing to keep in mind is your florist can provide a lot more than just flowers! They can supply ceremony decor, table decor, table card holders, centerpiece vessels, candle holders and the like.

KNOW YOUR RESTRICTIONS
Knowing the restrictions of your venue is imperative before placing orders so you don’t get stuck doing returns. Some venues won’t allow candles with an open flame for example. Play it safe and check with your venue first.

WORK THEM OVERTIME
Have your decor working double duty from your ceremony to your reception. This will save you money and your guests will never know! This is especially useful for your flowers and flower vessels to go from the ceremony to the reception. You can also pull double duty from your wedding to your home. How cute would the marquee letters look in your home after the wedding?! Or picture frames for your signage to be used in your home after the wedding!

DECOR SHOPS
Etsy | Paper Source | MintedMy Wedding Favors | Wedding paper DivasAmazon | Zazzle