Want to throw a classy and sophisticated Holiday wedding, but don’t want to overdo the holiday theme? Check out the photo journal of my clients’ beautiful cranberry and gold Holiday wedding at the Richard Nixon Library.

Tip # 1: Save money, time and effort by using Christmas decor provided by the venue.

The Richard Nixon Library’s East Room was infused with sophisticated holiday touches like red and gold holly and garland arrangements which adorned cozy, marble fireplaces. Gorgeous wreaths also hung above each fireplace and in the center of the six sweeping windows adorned with golden silk draperies. Tip #2: Keep it simple!

Choose to use a simple textured or metallic linen on each guest table. Stay away from patterns or prints. Trying to incorporate too much pattern into a Christmas themed wedding is going to appear too busy and overdone. This couple chose to use a black, crushed velvet linen, and accented the golden touches already in the chandeliers and drapes with cranberry colored floral centerpieces. Other guest tables featured a floating candle centerpiece with real cranberries floating in the vase.

Tip #3: Be strategic about the date you choose.

Careful planning and consideration can go a long way when planning a wedding around the Holidays. Weddings around the Holidays can often times be a lot more affordable, because numerous venues offer a discount for weddings taking place in the “off-season” or on weekdays. However, it is important to consider the pre-established plans and traditions that many out-of-town and local guests might have around Christmas time. If you’re planning a Christmas Eve wedding, you might find that many guests are not able to make it because they already have plans with extended family or friends. In this case choose a weekday 2-3 days before or after Christmas.

Tip #4: Offer something warm and cozy for guests to fight off the winter chill!

If you are planning a wedding that will be taking place partly or completely outdoors during the winter, consider ordering space heaters to keep guests from getting too chilly. Providing pashminas for your female guests, is a cute and snuggley option for fighting off the winter chill as well.

(Images Complements of Andrew Opfer Photography)