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Wedding Holiday Party Ideas

Congratulations! You’re celebrating your wedding at a time when everyone’s in a celebratory mood. Plus, the beauty and elegance of the holidays is a stage-setter for some amazing wedding reception ideas. That said, planning a holiday wedding certainly doesn’t mean you’re limited to green and red.

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You can incorporate holiday touches into any wedding decor with subtle touches that are oh-so-pretty. For instance, a pink themed wedding can embrace the romance of the holidays with shades of blush-coloured floral centerpieces surrounded by white or pink candles.

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Or add shades of blues, aqua, silver and gold for some holiday elements that are inexpensive and beautiful.

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Some brides incorporate traditional holiday colours with a touch of red at the waistline or red wedding shoes. This can be super sexy, romantic, and perfectly bridal!

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Other holiday wedding reception ideas can include a festive New Year’s theme, with plenty of the requisite over-the-top décor. Think gold and silver, champagne glasses and…holiday drinks! That’s right, why not incorporate a decadent eggnog martini or gingerbread Manhattan into your list of wedding reception ideas? Many couples opt for a signature cocktail, served in addition to wine and beer at their receptions. Why not make yours holiday-appropriate!

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High on our list of holiday wedding ideas is taking advantage of seasonal flora for centerpieces and bouquets. Floral designs today are so beautiful, you can have full-on holiday inspired flowers that are modern, romantic, and perfectly fitting for your wedding. Some other holiday wedding ideas take advantage of all things seasonal – from cranberries to poinsettia to pine cones.

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If a winter wonderland is something you would like to incorporate into the reception décor, it can be done with twinkling lighting, some artfully placed candles, crystals to reflect light, and a backdrop of white, white, white! White linens, white fabric draped from the walls and ceilings.

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Take it one step further by adding soft shades of blues and gold to the lighting or add tall twig centerpieces in crystal vases that are spray-painted white and maybe even sprinkled with silver or gold glitter!

{Image 1 & 2 Kate Spade via Red Balloon; Image 3 via Jared Wilson Photography; Images 4 & 5 via Jean M; Image 6 via Project U;  Image 7 via Beauty in Everything; Image 8 via The Brides Cafe; Image 9 via Bright Bazaar}

Catherine Deane Bridal

We’re raving fans of Hong Kong-based designer Catherine Deane. Her wedding dresses are seeded with signature layering and craft techniques that are totally unique.

Born in Ireland and raised in South Africa, Catherine’s traveling lifestyle has created an inspired artisan who incorporates experiences and observations from her travels into her designs.

Catherine is well known for having created elegant runway looks for some of Hollywood’s most famous women, including Beyonce, Fergie, and Kim Kardashian.

Lucky for brides everywhere, she has brought her passion for design to the wedding world with her stunning bridal collection. Now Catherine is becoming an established talent in the wedding world and we’re not suprised. After all, her knack for defining femininity while maintaining sophistication is apparent in the way each of her wedding gowns creates a goddess-like silhouette.

Here are a few of our favourite Catherine Deane wedding dresses:

Lia wedding dress

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Annamaria wedding dress

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Caitlin wedding dress

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Justine wedding dress

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Elana wedding dress

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Collette wedding dress

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Catherine Dean Bridal is stocked worldwide and also sold online. For a list of retailers, click here.

{Images via Catherine Deane}

Anna Campbell 2012 Wedding Dresses

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Effortless layers of ethereal silks make Australian designer Anna Campbell’s 2012 collection light and flowy. Plus, we think the mix of vintage and modern details is just gorgeous!

The trademark Greek goddess charm of Campbell’s wedding gowns are not lost on this collection, which contrasts her ultra feminine fabrics brilliantly with sophisticated crystals, delicate beading, exquisitely detailed lace and pretty embellishments at the bodice.

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The 2012 collection pays special attention to the back with exquisite French lace, crafted to create an artistic detailing that enhances the natural beauty of the bride’s shoulders and back, without competing with other elements of the dress. The result is romantic and unforgettable, with unexpected details.

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We love that each Anna Campbell wedding dress is custom tailored and detailed to reflect the bride’s individual taste and vision, making it a one-of-a-kind.

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Campbell’s newest collection is her most anticipated to date among soon to be brides in Australia, Europe, the United States and the Middle East. The growing popularity of Campbell’s gowns can be attributed to their combination of effortless romantic femininity, and the inspired intricacy of the embellished details that allow them to work in any setting, from city to beachfront ceremonies.

We seriously love the fact that no bride can don an Anna Campbell gown and feel anything less than the feminine heroine of her own special day!

You’ll be happy to know that Campbell has also introduced accessories in her signature style this season, with delicately embellished veils, hairpieces, bracelets and cuffs that compliment the gown and create a refined cohesive style for the bride.

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Each hand made veil and headpiece is an organic extension of the gown for which it is designed, with stunning accents of beading and lace.

Anna Campbell’s 2012 collection also includes lines for flower girls and bridesmaids, in classic ivories and loads of amazing colours.

For more wedding inspiration, head over to the Anna Campbell website.

{Images via Anna Campbell}

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“I’m Marcela, an Aussie expat living in Hong Kong. This space is where I share my love for weddings and bits and pieces from my family’s life and adventures. I love celebrating weddings, motherhood, family, travel and life’s simple joys.”