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When it comes to choosing the perfect wedding theme in December, there’s always a big question to be answered:

Should you choose a Christmas theme, or a winter theme? 

There’s a lot that goes into this decision. 

And while it may not seem like these are two distinctly different themes—there are actually a lot of different elements within them. 

For example—you may choose to use wreaths, snow-covered trees, pinecones, and candles in either of them. 

But Christmas will also include some additional elements that may or may not be on your ‘desired’ decoration list. 

This could include anything directly Christmas related—like Santa decorations, gingerbread houses, reindeer ornaments, nativity scenes—or even mistletoe. 

But how do you choose?

Admittedly—this can be a confusing choice. 

By choosing a ‘winter’ theme, you’re going to be choosing a theme that’s ‘mostly’ Christmas-like anyway. 

However, choosing a dedicated Christmas theme will also likely take you all the way to the point of using green and red as accent colors, decorating with specific Christmas-themed decorations, and bringing other holiday elements into the mix. 

Obviously, as the bride-to-be, you have the power to pick and choose which specific parts of the theme you want to be included in your wedding decor. 

But be advised that there are definitely a few different (and important) things to think about when making such a choice. 

1. You May Not Want To Box Yourself Into A Dedicated ‘Christmas’ Theme

Christmas themes are amazing. 

They tend to be beautiful, and they include a lot of magical holiday elements that really make them stand out. 

However—it’s also true that choosing a Christmas theme will open you up to some holiday elements that you may just not want to use. 

For example–very few brides actually want to incorporate a Santa into their wedding decor. 

It’s also true that choosing a ‘Christmas theme’ could give everyone else with any idea-crafting power in the months leading up to the ceremony the ability to inject their own idea of ‘Christmas style’ into the plans—and honestly, this is sometimes a step that’s just better to avoid. 

Of course, these things may not apply to you. 

You may love the idea of a Christmas theme, and getting a huge ‘idea drop’ from other people about how to plan the wedding from a Christmas perspective may not seem like much of an issue to you. 

In fact, you may actually want a Christmas-themed wedding—which leads to another point. 

2. Some Brides Specifically Want A Christmas Wedding—And Honestly, We Can’t Blame Them

Listen. 

It doesn’t get much more romantic than a candlelit Christmas wedding. 

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better time of the year to take wedding pictures than when there’s fresh snow on the ground, and when you have a beautiful ribbon-covered Christmas tree or cabin as a backdrop. 

And let’s be honest—who wouldn’t want to incorporate some mistletoe into the equation as well?

Frankly, there are all kinds of awesome reasons to consider planning a Christmas-themed wedding, as opposed to just a ‘winter’ theme. 

And if you find yourself drawn to this idea, more power to you. 

Remember that this is your special day. 

And as a bride, you have probably nearly unlimited power in making whatever choices are necessary to help you 

The Best Idea Is To Always Follow Your Instincts (And Your Heart)

Here’s the thing. 

You likely instinctively already know whether or not you really want a Christmas-themed wedding. 

You may be looking to other people for approval, and/or you may be afraid that other people won’t like it. 

Hey, we get it—there’s a little ‘people pleaser’ in all of us. 

But always remember to follow your instincts and your heart when planning your wedding. 

Trusting yourself to make decisions based on what you truly want has never led a bride astray yet. 

Oh—and don’t forget to come on in to talk about the dress well in advance, as it’ll be crucial to get it on order sooner rather than later for the next Christmas season. 

Don’t worry. We’ve got your back! 

From all of us here at MK Bridal—Merry Christmas.

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There’s nothing as amazing as a beautiful winter wedding. 

But here’s the thing. 

A wedding needs a theme, so that you can decorate it, plan it, and orchestrate it well. 

And choosing a theme isn’t always easy. 

So today, we’re going to look at 7 of our absolute favorite winter wedding themes that work especially well here in the Ozarks. 

If you’re busy planning your big day and need a bit of inspiration to get you to the next stage of the process—we’ve got you covered. 

Let’s dive in and explore it. 

7 Beautiful Ozark-Friendly Winter Wedding Themes

1. A Very Merry Christmas

Christmas is obviously a popular winter wedding theme, and for good reason. 

The decorations (usually white, green, red, and gold) are universally enjoyed and appreciated. 

Plus, you can make this type of wedding work almost anywhere. 

You could have it at a Church, at an event center, right at home in front of the family tree, etc. 

And since Christmas decorations are abundant in the winter, finding the perfect decor (and a wide variety of options to choose from) generally isn’t an issue. 

2. Pure Winter 

We love this winter wedding theme because it goes all-in on one particular aspect of the winter season—the snow

Decorations for this type of wedding generally include snowflakes, white candles, white ‘snow-globe’ type string lights—pretty much anything that’ll make your venue look like a veritable winter wonderland. 

With this theme, you’ll usually go with an all-white, traditional or modern dress style. 

The only thing that’ll contrast this will generally be his all-black tuxedo. 

We find that this looks beautiful!  

3. Rustic Farm

One thing about the Ozarks is that many of us grew up on the farm—and so, throwing back to those origins with this decor style can be an amazing way to tie the memorable past and tradition to the budding hope of new love and a bright future. 

Decorations for this one can be very individualistic. 

You may want to wear non-traditional clothing (think plaids or denim, with a prairie-core dress, or possibly even a simple traditional sundress-styled wedding dress instead of the usual gown), and you may want to ‘winterize’ the theme by decorating the inside of your family barn and putting down a dance-floor. 

4. A Winter Fairy Tale

Everyone loves fairy tales. 

And when it comes to winter wedding themes, this dreamy theme can really stand out as being unique. 

Consider choosing one popular fairy tale, and using elements of it to inspire the gown and decor. 

For example—a little red riding hood theme may call for a beautiful, flowing red gown as opposed to the traditional ‘white’ dress. 

Yes, it’s daring. But sometimes, this is exactly what the situation calls for! 

5. Fireside Glow

One decor element that often runs side-by-side with the traditional winter theme is the theme of a crackling, sparkling fireplace and the soft glow of candlelight

You may want to consider pursuing this direction for your wedding by first seeking out a venue with a beautiful fireplace. 

You can double down by decorating with enough candles to turn the entire event into a beautiful golden glow. 

If you’re worried about a fire hazard—just go for electronic candles. They look super real, but are also completely safe. 

6. Back To The Classics

For this wedding theme, consider getting a classic car to drive away in. You can also shop for wedding dresses that throw back to those ‘classic’ looks of the 1920s or 30s (think Great Gatsby era). 

You can even style your hair and decorate in these themes. 

This isn’t necessarily a decor style that most people are going to choose over more traditional options. But it’s really unique—and if you have a love for the classic themes of yesteryear, this may very well be the best way to go. 

7. Winter Traditional

Never underestimate the power of the traditional winter wedding

A modern or contemporary gown, tuxedos, white and red flowers, and plenty of beautiful lighting can really set a warm mood for a ceremony in this otherwise cold and dreary time of the year. 

Throw in some beautiful music, and perhaps some slightly modified wedding vows—and you may just find exactly the type of ‘vibe’ you’ve always hoped for for such an important occasion. 

In Conclusion

There you have it. 

7 of the most beautiful winter wedding themes that would tend to work wonderfully right here in the Ozarks. 

Of course, the only thing left to do now is to pick one out and start planning. 

Need some help? Make sure to stop by and check out our in-depth store of resources to help you get started on the right foot. 

We may be biased, but we love weddings! And we’d love to help you plan yours. 

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