Spain is best known for hot sizzling wedding ceremonies in the summer sunshine – but here are the secrets to creating a traditional Christmas winter wedding!
Choose a winter wedding location
The Sierra Nevada is the most obvious choice of winter wedding location in Spain for guaranteed snow. The ski resort in the mountains of Granada has the longest ski season in Europe and yet is only a short drive to the sunny beaches of the Costa Tropical. You really can have a snowy ceremony on skis in the morning and a sunshine champagne beach reception in the afternoon!!!
Alternatively, a corner of a large garden at one of the many beautiful country houses can be dressed to represent a traditional winter scene including smoke flares to create a wonderful romantic atmosphere in the absence of snow.
Christmas wedding decoration
Christmas wedding stationary
- Chat with your wedding stationer about creating a Christmas theme for your wedding, starting with your invitations and continuing it through with wedding signage, seating plans etc
Choose Christmas colours
- Red, green and white are the obvious traditional Christmas colours highlighted with gold for that extra special sparkle
- Fairy lights don’t jut belong on the Christmas tree! You can string them everywhere outside to easily create a fairy-tale wedding atmosphere.
Christmas wedding flowers
Your wedding florist can easily incorporate a Christmas theme into your decoration and bouquets.
Nothing says Christmas more than Poinsettia plants (Euphorbia pulcherrima) or Flor de Pascua as they are called in Spain.
As these beautiful red plants grow naturally in many areas of Spain into big red leafed trees, you can afford to be generous with the foliage: fill your wedding bower with slashes of bright red and create swags and swathes overhead.
If you are planning a Christmas wedding ceremony outside, it is wise to consider the comfort of your guests
- Provide lots of blankets or fleeces for guests to stay warm during the ceremony
- Have hot food stations and hot drinks stations where guests can help themselves
- Make sure your venue has an indoor area for guests to gather when the sun goes in
- Always book a venue with alternative Plan B in the event of bad weather
With a little imagination you can make the most of the Spanish winter sunshine and host a festive winter wedding with plenty of Christmas sparkle.
Featured photo: Marina Gallardo at sealovers.es at a Christmas wedding planned in the Costa Tropical by paniculatawedding.com
Author bio: Debbie Skyrme is "Celebrant Spain". Award winning bilingual destination wedding celebrant officiating elopements, vow renewals and wedding ceremonies in the Spanish sunshine.