Christmas is such a magical time of year… the wonderful time spent with friends and family, the snuggly cold weather, the dream of a white sheet of snow falling… in fact, it’s such a romantic time, that it’s officially the most popular time for proposals! So, why not arrange your wedding for Christmas time?

It could be beautiful, couldn’t it? Sleigh bells ringing, wonderful snow falling, a glass of mulled wine in hand…

Christmas Candles

So, how do you incorporate Christmas songs into the wedding? I think, as with all parts of the day, you would have to be careful not to go too cheesy. I mean, we all love the Christmas classics (Slade, Wizzard, and Mariah Carey spring to mind), but are they appropriate for your wedding? Incorporating just a few of these songs into your evening reception, whether you have a DJ or a live band, would be good fun, but you probably wouldn’t want to go overboard (although I think it really depends on you as a couple — if you’re fun, crazy and outgoing, perhaps this sort of Christmas cheese/cheer would be perfect!).

However, there’s also that lovely romantic side of Christmas music that is absolutely perfect for your wedding. Whenever I hear that gorgeous recording of ‘White Christmas’ by Bing Crosby, I must say it brings a tear to my eye. There are also songs like ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ and Harry Connick Jr’s version of ‘What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?’ which are absolutely beautiful and would set a perfect scene for your drinks reception or wedding breakfast.

What about hiring a crooner/rat pack style vocalist to perform beautiful Christmas songs over your wedding breakfast? Or perhaps a gospel choir to perform a few Christmas carols during your drinks reception? If you did want to go Christmas crazy, you could hire a Christmas themed party band.

Here are my top Christmas songs for each part of your wedding day:

Wedding Ceremony

To walk down the aisle

  • Silent Night — in the style of Beyonce’s version

In place of a reading

  • A Christmas Love Song — Barbra Streisand

While signing the register

  • Baby it’s Christmas — Amy Grant
  • Silent Night — Boys II Men
  • Joy to the World — Aretha Franklyn

Drinks Reception

  • Driving Home for Christmas — Chris Rea
  • Let It Snow — Dean Martin
  • Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree — Brenda Lee

Entrance to the Wedding Breakfast

  • What Christmas Means to Me — Stevie Wonder

Wedding Breakfast

  • 2000 Miles — The Pretenders
  • Stay Another Day — East 17
  • Please Come Home for Christmas — The Eagles
  • The Christmas Song — Nat King Cole

First Dance

  • All I Want for Christmas Is You — Mariah Carey (if you fancy a fun choice — starts off nice and slow and then launches into full on Christmas fun!)
  • Santa Baby (if you fancy something a bit sexy!)
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas — Frank Sinatra (for something lovely and romantic)
  • Merry Xmas Baby — BB King (for some awesome Christmas blues!)

During the Reception

  • Merry Christmas Everyone — Shakin Stevens (my personal favourite!)
  • I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday — Wizzard
  • Merry Christmas Everybody — Slade
  • Step into Christmas — Elton John
  • Do They Know It’s Christmas? — Band Aid (for nearing the end of the night when you fancy a sing-along!)

Last Song of the Night

  • White Christmas — Bing Crosby (beautiful classic to end on)

OR, if you’re feeling a bit ’80s’…

  • Last Christmas — Wham!

Guest post by Sera Golding of MIB Music

Image from Matt Pereira Photography