‘Merry Kitschmas’ Wedding Styling

There’s Christmas wedding styling and then there’s ‘Kitschmas’ wedding styling! These ideas throw traditional Christmas out of the window and bring in kitsch and vintage wonders.

Rock ‘n’ Roll events planner Michaela of Clear Hearts really thought outside of the box with these styling ideas, showing you really can have a wedding as personal as you are, and that Christmas weddings are not all about Christmas trees and holly. These ideas are fabulously over the top and create an all out fun vibe that will fill Christmas with cheer! Think bold, garish and sparkly and you’ve hit the nail on the head.

The decoration is crammed with detail, from pom pom wreaths to cute plastic Babycham-esque deer, trolls (do you remember them?!) and even a bridal jacket covered with teddy bears. This really is a crazy alternative to traditional Christmas styling.

Bride and groom outside VW van with 'Merry Kitschmas' wedding styling

For many, Christmas is all about the food, and the sweet treats in this shoot are spectacular, especially the amazing croquembouche cake full of Christmas delights including cute gingerbread houses.

One last thing I must mention before you go ahead and enjoy these really cool Kitschmas wedding styling ideas, captured by Chloe Lee Photography, is the bride’s shoes. I’m pretty sure you will never have seen a pair of shoes like them… pom poms, a glitzy Father Christmas and snowman, red bows and calligraphy!

Merry Kitschmas everyone!

Full of Fun

“The idea of the ‘Merry Kitschmas’ wedding theme was born from my love of ‘more is more’, Bjork and artists like Paul Yore. This mixed with Chloe Lee’s love of all things kitsch, Disney and O.T.T. meant the cuteness flowed.

“The shoot team all brought some of their favourite Christmas kitsch items for me to add into the styling. It made for such a great selection and made the van full of fun.”

VW van with red ribbon on front

Pom pom wreath

Troll dolls and glittery reindeer

Merry kitschmas candle

Christmas candles

Christmas wedding shoes with red ribbon and Santa and snowman figured on front

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Cosy Hygge Wedding Styling Inspiration

You’ve probably heard the word hygge, pronounced ‘hoo-ga’ or ‘hue-gah’. It’s basically a word to reflect a mood of cosiness and contentment, and this wondrous hygge wedding styling will get you right into the Christmas spirit.

Created by the magnificent Kirsten, aka The Little Wedding Helper, these ideas give a cosy approach to Christmas and winter wedding styling. The concept also has a rustic feel, and it’s all so inviting.

A dark colour palette of purple and green offers an alternative to tradition Christmas colours, and what better florals to use at this time of year than purple hydrangeas, elderberries, and ivy? These elements combine to create a fabulously styled wedding tablescape. A large trailing ivy table runner creeps around vases of hydrangea and taper candles in glass bottles. So beautiful, it’s an easy way to create a stunning feature of your wedding table, and it’s inexpensive too, as you could forage the ivy yourself.

Wedding place setting with hygge styling

Cosy Vibe

One of the best places to create a cosy vibe is in a country pub, and The Battleaxes in Wraxall, just outside Bristol, provided a wonderful setting for this shoot. Throughout this stunning venue, carefully placed rustic decor creates feature points for the styling. Every little detail, such as the wooden stag head, wicker hearts, vintage books, lanterns, candles and soft blankets, all help to bring the hygge wedding styling to life.

The cosy vibe continues up the stairs of the pub, where trailing ivy is woven around pillar candles flickering between dark purple hydrangea. This looks great, but of course be careful at your wedding venue to place real candles out of the way of people’s path! You can get great artificial candles though, and some venues prefer these, so it’s best to check to be on the safe side.

A wedding wouldn’t be complete without a cake or two, and a wonderful styled sweet treat table adds to the cosy, rustic vibe. Naked wedding cakes, a decadent chocolate drip cake, and the cutest gingerbread houses are all displayed on oak slices. For me though, the pièce de résistance for this shoot is the spectacular hot chocolate bar, sure to give you a warm feeling inside (and leave you wanting one!).

Huge thanks go to Sam Gibson Photography for these amazing pictures of this hygge wedding styling inspiration…

Easy to Recreate

“The Danish word ‘hygge’ has become a bit of a buzz word. I keep pronouncing it as ‘huggy’, because it’s how it makes you feel. Meik Wiking, author of ‘The Little Book of Hygge’ defines it as ‘togetherness, relaxations, indulgence, presence and comfort’.

“It got me thinking about weddings and how this Danish concept can lend itself to the planning and design of a wedding day. Many couples who I talk to often become overwhelmed with everything, all consumed with Pinterest and wanting to create the right look for their day. They can become lost in so many details that they lose sight of what the day is actually about. Don’t get me wrong, I love the details; it’s what my job is about. However, it’s important that they’re meaningful and personal. When your guests walk into your ceremony and reception they should see the both of you entwined throughout. It’s not just about how your wedding looks, but how it feels too.

“After reading more I wanted to create hygge wedding styling that encompassed all its elements and, more importantly, was easy to recreate.

“Thank you to all the suppliers who really got what I wanted to create, and also to The Battleaxes for allowing us to take over a corner of their beautiful venue. It is perfect for any winter wedding, with its log fires, wooden tables, mismatched chairs, and as much hot chocolate as a wedding stylist could drink!”

Small wedding table with hygge styling

Candles and plates on rustic table to create hygge wedding styling

Cosy, rustic wedding table with candles, ivy runner and white plates

Pot of purple hydrangea on wedding table

Rustic table with hygge wedding styling

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Cactus Wedding Styling with a Rock ‘n’ Roll Vibe

I’m so excited to feature this cool cactus styled wedding shoot with a rock ‘n’ roll vibe. Cactuses are being featured all over the place right now, including in wedding styling, and I for one love them. They are a quirky alternative to traditional wedding flowers, and perfect if you’re looking for ways to add botanical touches to your wedding.

These styling ideas are such fun. The botanical garden of Herrenhausen Palace in Hanover is a fabulous backdrop for this shoot, with the greenhouse bursting with vibrant cactuses in all shapes and sizes. A variety of cactuses displayed in an eclectic mix of vases and cans grace the tablescape, which also features a simple place setting set with a beautiful orchid. And with all the cacti and succulents surrounding the sweet treats, the dessert table looks like something straight out of the ‘desert’ (sorry). The cupcakes with iced cacti details look amazing.

Bride and groom in greenhouse full of cactuses

The bride and groom are totally epic too, with their rock ‘n’ roll vibe… pink hair, tattoos galore, beards, man buns and a whole lot of love!

Diana Frohmueller tells us more about her inspiration behind this crazy, loved-up shoot…

Crazy Cacti

“Rieke from Milles Fleurs and myself wanted to do something different. More crazy. More fun. Something without lots of planning, uncomplicated, and without having a big storyboard. A bit different from the weddings you usually see in the summertime!

“Because we both love the light, smooth cactus green and the cacti themself we decided to ask the City if we could do a styled shoot in our botanical garden of Herrenhausen Palace in Hanover, Germany. We thought about a crazy Las Vegas style shoot, but that is not possible here! So, the crazy cacti love shoot was born.

“I knew already the male model, John Wolf, and told him about the shoot. He felt in love with it right away. When I asked Nati if she could imagine being part of this shoot she was also straight in! Every vendor we asked was on board within seconds, and we had such a fun time!”

Small wedding table in greenhouse full of cactuses

Table with cactus wedding styling

Pots and vases of cactuses on wedding table

Orchid on wedding plate

Hanging baskets of foliage in greenhouse

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Romantic Soft Mauve and Dusty Blue Wedding Styling

Soft mauve and dusty blue bring fairytale, whimsical romance to life in this styled wedding shoot, created by Happily Ever Details and beautifully captured by Anna Perevertaylo Photography. The romantic gestures go a long way, with candlelight, a stunning vineyard location and delicate mauve, blue, pink and white colour palette.

A pastel colour palette is often associated with spring or summer weddings. However, with the combination of gold candlesticks, autumn treats and a long-sleeved wedding dress, the romance continues into autumn and winter, so you can use these ideas for any season.

Bride sitting at small wedding table

Talking of colours, soft mauve could well be the new blush. It’s subtle and definitely dreamy, and with its almost grey tones it’s the perfect pairing for dusty blue.

If you’re looking for dessert table ideas then the one featured in this shoot will wow you! Everything looks so delectable; from the cute cupcakes to the tempting doughnuts and the marbled wedding cake. It really is a table of treats, and with the beautiful styling creates a wonderful centrepiece.

Gorgeous lush florals and greenery also bring the romance to life. In addition to the abundance of fresh flowers there is also a fabulous large paper flower background in mauve and pale blue; imagine the photo opportunities with this!

These ideas are so delightful and the perfect choice for a modern, romantic wedding.

Large paper flowers on door at Scribner Bend Vineyards

Small wedding table with dusty blue tablecloth and pastel wedding flowers

Floral wedding table display with white and light pink flowers

Wedding table flowers and candles

Small wedding table with dusty blue tablecloth and elegant styling

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Winter Wedding Styling at Breckenridge Distillery

Any wedding that starts with ‘take a shot and take a seat’ gets my vote, and I certainly give a great big vote to this uber-cool winter styled shoot at Breckenridge Distillery, Colorado.

Created to showcase the flexibility of Breckenridge Distillery, this shoot shows what an awesome space it is for weddings. The creative team decided on a winter wedding theme, and a lot of winter weddings feature a colour palette of reds, silver and gold… but not this one! This winter styling has a vibrant colour scheme with a plethora of cool styling details.

The colour concept of muted pinks and purples with pops of blue looks fabulous, especially in the floral arrangements. Beautiful florals feature heavily, from the bridesmaid’s most astonishing floral necklace, to the fun tassel-tied bouquets and the wedding cake with sugar flowers. Even the wedding stationery has a floral theme in keeping with the styling.

Bridal party posing with cigars at Breckenridge Distillery

Quirky Styling

There are also many quirky styling ideas, such as the Cigar and Whisky Bar, ceremony backdrop of coloured tassels with flowers above, Macramé and floral decorated chairs and quirky signs. These ideas are just part of what makes this shoot such fun, and would be perfect for a relaxed wedding.

Of course, the great thing about having your wedding in a distillery is that the main decor is already there in the form of the barrels and bar. The styling team gave a nod to the surroundings with the inclusion of the whisky bar ‘Take a Shot and Take a Seat’ sign I mentioned before.

The bride and groom’s styling matches the relaxed, cool ambience. I love the bride’s long sleeved lace top and full length pink tulle skirt, and her style complements the groom’s relaxed look of chinos and tweed waistcoat.

Everything about this winter wedding styling at Breckenridge Distillery is beautiful and fun. I’m getting a little excited about winter now after seeing the pictures of the couple in the snow at the end of the shoot. Castorina Photography and Films has captured every detail so beautifully…

Purple floral winter wedding stationery

Whisky shot wedding table plan

Take a Shot and Take a Seat sign

Wedding chairs with macramé hanging from back

Winter wedding table with colourful floral centrepiece

Purple wedding menu on blue charger plate

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