{Guest Post from Favor Craver} Inject Christmas Into Your Reception – Without Overdosing


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It's the most wonderful time of the year, and that goes double if you're getting married at Christmas time! Bells are ringing every where, the halls are decked, and by gosh by golly, there's all kinds of mistletoe and holly…

Uh oh, have I nauseated you?

If you're not a total Christmas fanatic, it can be a little bit scary to try to balance the holiday season with your wedding decor. You want to acknowledge the season, sure, but you don't want it to look like Buddy the Elf was your wedding coordinator. I get it! So, here are four ways you can add a little holiday cheer to your wedding without going overboard.

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Family Photo Display – Holiday Style: Family photos add so much warmth to reception decor and make such a sweet welcome to your guests as they arrive at the reception. If your wedding falls within the holiday season, why not haul out the reindeer sweater photos and the Santa's knee pics for your photo display? You can show them off in traditional frames or hang them in a wreath or Christmas tree shape. Bonus points awarded if your Santa pics feature a wildly inappropriate balloon creation.

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Holiday-Inspired Table Numbers:  Christmas-junkie or not, you have to admit that the holiday has inspired a TON of awesome album cover designs and movie posters. You've seen funky album covers and movie posters serving as table numbers before, so how about using your favorite Christmas classics — or the craziest cover you find in the thrift store? Just be careful not to go too obscure with your table card choices. You want your guests (and your waiters) to actually be able to find their tables without too much effort.

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 Be gentle: resist seating your weirdest cousin at this table.

Non-Annoying Christmas Music: If you've ever worked retail during the holiday season, you're probably ready to poke out your own eardrums at very first jingle of  "Jingle Bells". No one can blame you. But, before you ban Christmas music from your reception, consider asking your DJ (or your iPod) to include some deep cuts from the Christmas songbook that are more romantic than jingle bell-y.

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Uh oh, Deano.

"I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" by Dean Martin, "Marshmallow World" by Darlene Love, and "Wintertime Love" by The Doors all focus on the romance and cuddle-together-to-keep-warm vibe of the holiday season, and they make great dance-floor tracks.

Favors: Come on, I'm the Favor Craver. You knew favors were coming.

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It's ridiculously easy to Christmas-ify your favors. Edible favors are the least likely to get left on the table, and Christmas is all about the edibles. Christmas cookies, candy canes, hot cocoa kits, and mulling spice bags are all tasty favor ideas. Add a little bit of bright ribbon and they're ready to go!

If you're going the keepsake route, all you need to do to add some holiday cheer is wrap your favors with Christmas wrapping paper and a stick on bow. Piece of (fruit)cake!

Wishing you a very merry holiday season, whatever your Christmas tolerance level!

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Marie Mosley runs Favor Craver, tumblr's first (and obviously best) blog about wedding favors. You can also find her on Twitter and Pinterest.