Ladies, Christmas is upon us! Personally it’s one of my favorite times of the year — the lights, the atmosphere, having an excuse to sing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” loudly in my car and no one is allowed to judge me…it’s all great!

So of course, I was dying to do a theme on a Christmas movie. I thought for awhile on which one I wanted to do. I even conducted polls on Facebook. But in the end, I decided to do my all-time favorite Christmas movie: How The Grinch Stole Christmas. When I was a kid, I wouldn’t be able to go to sleep on Christmas Eve unless I had watched The Grinch.

And I know what you’re thinking: how in the world would you style a wedding after such a loony movie without making it super cheesy? I struggled with it myself. But I think I came up with some great ideas!

To start off, I’m going to recommend using green and gold as your main colors. However, I love the idea of adding little elements of red here and there. But I do think that you should use it in moderation and make it really pop, while letting the green and gold really come through in your theme.


I love these spray-painted branches. The Grinch lives up in a cave on the mountain overlooking Whoville, and there are a lot of trees and nature around the cave. I’d use them in moderation, but I think they’re so cute (AND EASY!). The article I found had many ideas for DIY projects, which is one of my favorite ways to do weddings. It may be time consuming, but so gratifying. I still remember stamping somewhere around 300 bags for my sister’s candy bar at her wedding while my mom drilled holes into the tops of mason jars (I don’t think she trusts me with the power tools, no matter how old I am). And it looked gorgeous when we were done! Photo: Paper and Lace


I LOVE the lanterns at the top. They remind me of Christmas baubles (so you should keep an eye on them in case you have your own Grinch present…). They are cute and chic and not an obvious reference, but will make sense once the theme is set into your guests minds! Photo: Inspired By This


Putting fabric on chairs is one of my absolute favorite ways of decorating chairs, because there are so many different ways to do it and they all look amazing! This one features tulle, which is the part I wanted to use for this theme. I’d use green and gold tulle, and you have the choice to either use both colors on every chair or alternate between chairs. Either would look amazing! Skip the lavender shown in the picture, and add a sprig of mistletoe! Photo: Woo Home

Grinch Punch

I found this on a page about a Grinch party for kids, but I think we can make it apply here! Make a signature drink for your guests, which is also a great option for a limited bar. This particular recipe calls for lime sherbert and 7-Up, as well as green food coloring if you desire. To make it more adult, throw some vodka in there and you’ll have something delicious your guests probably haven’t had before! They also make lime-flavored vodka, and I honestly can’t think of any other time that would warrant lime vodka than a Grinch drink. Another drink option is to look up drinks that contain melon liqueur. Trust me, that stuff is so green it will overpower just about anything else you put in there. I bartended through college, and it was always easy to come up with a green drink when we needed to! Photo: Stock Piling Moms

And as for the cake…


This was a tough one. While I think maybe this particular lime green is a little too lime-y, talk to your bakery about a similar option for yourself with a more Grinch-esque green! Skip the roses and put strawberries on instead! In the live-action movie with Jim Carrey, Martha May’s dress looks like a strawberry anyway. The design on there is actually perfect as is, I think. Even the hearts are a reference to the Grinch, as his heart is two sizes too small! Photo: Cake Central

The venue was definitely a hard aspect for this. This is one of the few themes where one of the many beautiful and historic venues we have available to us in Virginia just won’t work. Instead, I found something awesome up in Alexandria!

Carlyle Club

This is the Carlyle Club. They have a lot of lighting options, so you could cast your room in gold and have it fit the theme perfectly! There are so many options with this venue, and their packages look amazing. There’s plenty of space for you and your guests, and you are sure to have a wedding you won’t forget, even if you have too much Grinch Punch. Photo: Carlyle Club

I’m really excited to come up with the rest of the style for this wedding. It’s going to be a challenge, but one that I accept wholeheartedly. Please leave your own thoughts in the comments, and like the page at the bottom. I can’t wait to be back next week with the bridal party style!

The author: Beth Wertz

Beth graduated from James Madison University in 2014 with a degree in journalism. Most of her spare time is spent looking at wedding dresses and watching Netflix, hoping to get more ideas for Style Inspirations.


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