It’s no secret that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, and Christmas weddings can certainly be magical. However, there are a few things to consider before you choose a date during the festive season. While Christmas will make for a memorable wedding, it can also be extremely difficult to plan your big day during the busiest time of year. If you are looking for reception halls in Melbourne for your wedding, Merrimu is Melbourne’s leading wedding reception venue and our grounds will set the scene for a stunning summer wedding. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of choosing Christmas time for your wedding.

The Pros

There’s no doubt that Christmas weddings can make your dreams come true—they combine the cheer of the holiday season with beautiful summer sunshine, not to mention Christmas décor alone will make a magical ceremony and reception.

Everyone is already in the festive spirit

Leading up to Christmas, the holidays are approaching and everyone’s in the mood for celebrating. Christmas parties are in full swing and sipping champagne with friends occurs on a regular basis. Christmas is the time of the year where family and friends are brought together under the same roof. Everyone is happy and willing to celebrate, meaning a fun reception is almost guaranteed.

Guests can get time off to celebrate longer

if you get married over the Christmas period, you’ll find that many people have taken time off work so it will be easier for them to attend your special event. Guests might stay longer and party harder as they won’t have work to rush home to which is great if you are planning a destination wedding or if guests need to travel from interstate or overseas.

Seasonal décor creates a magical vibe

Not only will it give your wedding a beautiful theme, Christmas décor consists of metallic hues and classic styling. Think gold trimmed plates, traditional silverware, flickering candles and twinkling fairy lights as well as fresh flowers and evergreens—an appropriate symbol for an ever-growing marriage. Decorate with holly or mistletoe in your reception hall for an added romantic twist.

It’s a memorable time

Your wedding will be remembered forever and think of the amazing anniversary you will have each year!

The Cons

You can’t plan a Christmas wedding without being warned of the possible downfalls—and there are a few.

It can be an expensive time of year

The holiday season is always expensive. Therefore, hosting a wedding during the Christmas season can add extra stress and financial strain. Vendors may increase their prices this time of year due to high demand, as competition for a sought-after wedding date can make venue and vendor prices surge. It also makes it an even more expensive time for your guests, as not only will they still have their own Christmas expenses, they may still be expected to shell out on a hotel and a generous wedding gift.

The heat may be too much

Christmas in Australia is synonymous with heat waves, with some parts of the country reach well into the 40s. While beautiful sunshine may make for some pretty spectacular photos, if you are wearing a long, heavy gown, or your guests are not accustomed to hotter weather it may be uncomfortable for some people and take away from the enjoyment of the day. Also keep in mind that the heat can melt the cake as well as wilt flowers quickly. And you may be sweaty for your photos!

Possible guest absences

Many families have their own holiday time planned at Christmas, and may have already made prior holiday plans. While people might rethink their plans if you do end up planning a Christmas wedding, you never know. It’s a good idea to send out save-the-date cards well in advance to ensure guests have plenty of notice of your intended wedding date.

Vendors may be booked out or on holidays

Vendors are people too and they celebrate Christmas just like everyone else. If you are hoping to hold your wedding on Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve or the days either side, you may be limited with your choice of vendors and venues.

If you are dreaming of a Christmas wedding and are looking at reception halls and wedding venues in Melbourne for your big day, make sure you make an appointment to view our stunning grounds at Merrimu. With lush landscaped gardens and fully air-conditioned function spaces, Merrimu is the ideal choice for a classic Christmas wedding. Call us today to make an appointment.

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