IMG_3522Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and as always it stirs up thoughts of love and romance. This year will be no different to any other year as men and women start planning something special and romantic to mark the occasion. More wedding engagements take place during the Valentine’s Day celebrations than at any other time throughout the year.

Valentine’s Day themed weddings are always popular, and always strike the right romantic note. If this Valentine’s Day brings a proposal and an engagement, why not let Cupid lead the way and reflect that in your wedding day plans?

Many couples like to keep that romantic theme alive by planning their wedding so that it coincides with Valentine’s Day. Organising a Valentine’s themed wedding can be fun and romantic, but it can also be a lot of work. Below we have tried to give everyone a little help for both the look and feel of your big day but also some helpful hints and things to think about before any major and final decisions are made.

First, some history about the lover’s holiday. Though sending cards and love notes only dates back to the 1840s, Valentine’s Day has been around since 496 A.D.  Now, hundreds of years later, you’ll find that this year Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday, making the most romantic day of the year the perfect time to say I do. If you’re not sure how to pull off a Valentine’s Day wedding or even a Valentine’s themed wedding then have a read through these tips we have found for you.

Early Planning is the Most Important Step

This can not be stressed enough. The earlier you start planning your Valentine’s themed wedding, the better. This is particularly true when it comes to booking a hired venue. Wedding venues are typically booked far in advance, and if you wait too long to put your wedding plans in motion you may find it difficult to hire the venue you desire on or near Valentine’s Day. If a Valentine’s Day theme is what you both want, start wedding planning early and make booking the venue your top priority. With those essentials in place you can then move on to guest lists, invitations, and decorations.

Image supplied by Paul Macro Photography

Image supplied by Paul Macro Photography

 

Show the Beginning of Your Love

When you’re getting started, think about what Valentine’s Day means to you. Take inspiration from your own love story, where did the two of you meet, where did you go on your first date, or any other special date or moments from your journey together so far. Using these as a basis could be just what you need to get your imagination rolling. A themed wedding based on your first holiday destination or even just using this as the starting point for your colour scheme, the point of this is to keep the whole thing personal to you.

Find your true colour

Valentine’s Day has long been linked with pink and red. Depending on your personal style, you can go with this traditional colour scheme or maybe do something unexpected. For example, choose a classic black and white colour scheme and add subtly hints of red or pink. Do so by carrying a deep red bouquet or a hot pink button hole for the men. Your table centre piece could be your way of adding a slight flavour of colour to your day. Another way to make these romantic colours standout is to go for contrast. Think deep crimson paired with ballet slipper pink? Not only will this bring the colours out more, but will often be a talking point for your guests.

Seal it with a kiss

For a more informal affair, get guests into the mood by sending save-the-date invites decorated to look like vintage Valentines. Instead of a guest book, you might leave out Valentines for your guests to send to you with their well wishes (always make sure there are extras though, just in case they want to give some to each other too!). For a formal wedding, flocked paper for your invitations makes a luxurious statement with its rich, soft texture.  Even the words can start people off thinking about what Valetine’s day means “Come celebrate love and romance on Valentine’s Day at the wedding of Jessica Halladay and George Knight”

Create a Room for Romance

Use texture and colour to your advantage and create a romantic setting within your venue. Candlelight will appear even brighter if you choose table linens that have a silky sheen. (Although do be sure to check that your venue allows candles as some may not) For a lounge area, a few faux fur pillows or throws will create a comfy, warm and welcoming mood (as well as a perfect spot for guests to snuggle). If you are lucky enough to have found a venue with a fireplace then by all means, light it and any frosty February chill should soon be forgotten.

Add Some Mood Lighting

The lighting of any venue is often just as important as the decoration, so be sure to think about this too. Splashes of soft pink light will warm up a space and make everyone look great in your photos. A heart-shaped gobo spotlight would look quite modern lighting up the middle of your dance floor. And, of course, nothing says romance quite like candlelight. Go for flower-draped candelabras as your table centre pieces or maybe some tall floor standing candelabras around the room.

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Say It with Flowers

On Valentine’s Day let’s be honest, roses are expected at some point. But there are other flowers that can be just as romantic and stylish. Amaryllis is a winter flower that is both dramatic and gorgeous. Another option, no matter what your budget would be to experiment with adding non-floral elements, like feathers or crystals, to your centrepieces, bouquets or button holes for a rich and luxurious look.

Toast Your Love

A Valentine’s Day wedding calls for a special drink for your guests to enjoy so ask your venue if they can supply you with a sugar-rimmed cosmopolitan or a flute of bubbly with wild hibiscus flowers in the glass. This will really play up the romance for your guests. You might also consider having some classic Valentine candies, like Love Hearts at the bar or on each table for a sweet but subtle touch.

Have Your Cake and More

Valentine’s Day is a day to indulge and what do most people indulge themselves with most? Chocolate. Consider serving a Valentine’s dessert like individual chocolate cheesecakes topped with grated flaked chocolate and drizzled with a rich dark chocolate coulis with a side of bright red raspberries. For the actual wedding cake a heart pattern design onto the cake would look beautiful, or choose a red filling (like red velvet cake or fresh strawberries) so that each slice will have that colour of love.

Play Sweet Music

It is rather a tradition to have a romantic song as your first dance even in this time of dance routines and at a Valentine’s day wedding we think this is even more so the case. However you may want to keep the romantic feeling all night. Maybe ask your guests for their first dance song (or for those that aren’t already married, just the name of their song). Putting some of these into the playlist for the evening is a lovely way share the love around your guests and help them relive loving memories along with you.

Claire & Sarah's first dance

Fancy something sweet?

Send guests home with something sweet, like chocolate truffles or chocolate-covered espresso beans, packaged in a creative way. What about a note for all your guests individually as part of their favours? Whether it’s a sweet to be eaten or something sweet for your guests to read, this is always a way of making sure your guests leave with a smile on their face and fond memories in their hearts. “Thank you for being our Valentines. Love, Jessica and George.”

 

Heart Sweets

Heart Sweets

Special Touches

Instead of table numbers, name your tables after famous romantic couples. These can be real: William and Kate, fictional: Fred and Wilma Flintstone, contemporary: Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, or ancient: Antony and Cleopatra.

Other famous couples:

Grace Kelly and Prince Ranier

Romeo and Juliet

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor

Homer and Marge Simpson

Peter and Lois Griffin

What to Wear

On Valentine’s Day, an old-fashioned look is always romantic. You’ll want to wear a classic style dress and tuxedo. Look to old movies. A second option is to go for a white dress with red accents. Wear your hair pulled back with red roses pinned in. Wrap a vibrant red shawl around your arms maybe or some simple red or pink detail in your dress.