If you’re set to tie the knot around Christmas, you’re in for quite a treat! According to McCrindle Research, December wedding days are rare, and only make up about 7% of all weddings in Australia, the second-lowest percentage next to June and July’s equal 5%. But unlike winter, the month of December possesses three incredibly attractive qualities: warm weather, sunshine, and ‘end-of-year’ excitement! Read on if you’re looking to use these qualities to your advantage on your wedding day.
1. Clear marquees
Make the most of the sunshine by throwing an outdoor wedding, preferably with a clear span marquee hire. With clear marquees, you’ll get the best of both worlds, as you’ll be able to reap all the bright and sunny benefits of throwing an outdoor shindig, alongside all the security, comfort, and intimacy that comes from traditional, indoor functions. Feel free to get creative with all the abundant light availability that accompanies clear marquees by using light and translucent decorations like fairy lights, florals, and ribbons, all three of which perform fantastically during the holiday season. You can also install decorative signs and photo opportunities around your marquee, to make your space as functional and inviting as possible. Marquees of all shapes and sizes have been praised for their great versatility. You can genuinely decorate them any way you like, giving you total control of the atmosphere you’d like to cultivate on your big day.
2. Summery food and beverages
One of the most fascinating qualities of going against the grain and not settling for a spring or autumn wedding is the variety of seasonal food and signature beverage options you can serve on your wedding day. Even a cursory glance at typical wedding menus, will show you that seasonal food served at spring and autumn functions (like pumpkin risottos and mint juleps) is rapidly becoming overplayed, and that throwing a summery wedding means you can immediately start playing with fun and fresh hors d’oeuvres, like light salads, fruit or champagne popsicles, meringue bites, and other sweet, neat treats. Opting for a December wedding means that you also have the freedom to combine menu ideas across the season, like bringing fall’s cinnamon-infused drinks and desserts into your festive nuptials. Christmas is accepting of a variety of different foods and drinks, from roasts, grilled shrimp, and crab cakes, to pavlovas and fruit punch. The only limit here is your culinary imagination.
3. “Flowers, and shrubs, and trees! Oh my!”
Here in Australia, we’re truly blessed to have a great selection of deciduous and evergreen shrubs and trees. Even some of our native flowers, like banksia and the eternally stunning eucalyptus pulverulenta, make for gorgeously unique bouquet fillers, and can really bring outdoor festivities to life. Our advice is to make the most of the plethora of plants and shrubs that are available to you. For December weddings, you’ll be happy to hear that potted coastal woollybush (more commonly known as the ‘Australian Christmas Tree’), is widely available for occasions before and after the holiday period. When they’re decked out with twinkly lights and romantic ornaments, these festive-looking trees are sure to add a certain level of magic to your big day.
It’s safe to say that summer is a totally underrated season when it comes to weddings. Whilst these are just a few ways that summer weddings can be a hoot and a half, I can guarantee you that tying the knot during the holiday season will be one of the very few wedding decisions you won’t be second-guessing.