A Valentine’s Day themed wedding can be so much fun! Some couples find ideas and inspiration for this theme from their own love story. Think about where you met or where you have vacationed together. There are destinations all over the world that speak romance and your decor can reflect any of these.
We typically think of Valentine’s Day as pink and red, but you can choose any palette that is your own unique style. A traditional palette of black and white with red or pink is gorgeous. Add a red rose bouquet (my favorite) with wrapped stems in a light pink satin ribbon. It is also very stylish to use the same pink ribbon and red roses on your white wedding cake. Be sure and place your bouquet on the cake table when the reception begins to show a beautiful contrast of color. Very nice for photography, as well.
If you will be sending out “Save The Date” cards, it can be fun to make vintage style Valentines to send out. You will also want to choose an invitation of different textures that reflect romance. At the reception, have Valentines available for your guests to drop a Valentine card in a box with well wishes of love. Be creative and make your Valentines of different textured papers.
Lots of candlelight is a must for that romantic feeling you are looking for. Place votive candles on high boy tables, bars, etc., while using large ornate candelabras with flowers on each dinner table. A candlelight dinner puts everyone in the mood for romance! If your reception venue has an outdoor area for your use, you can place throw pillows and blanket throws with love messages imprinted or monogrammed on benches or chairs If there is a fireplace, this makes a romantic area even cozier.
You can do most anything with your dance floor, but think about lighting to set the mood for romance. Talk to your DJ or band to see what type lighting they offer. A soft pink light can make for awesome photography as well as warming up the room.
I have always loved red roses, but there are some other flowers that are romantic, as well. The Amaryllis is a winter flower that is very beautiful. There are also deep red calla lilies that are just as beautiful. Try some other ideas that are very popular today, such as crystals, feathers, etc. Your florist is the best source for different and new options.
Let’s not forget about Valentine’s Day signature cocktails! Talk to your caterer or bartender about different cocktails for a romantic flair. Lots of good liqueurs out there to choose from and berry flavors to design a cocktail that is perfect for your wedding. Use chocolates, cinnamon hearts, and of course conversation hearts at the bar for your guests to help themselves.
And let there be cake! Some brides choose desserts of red velvet with cream cheese icing, and death from chocolate drizzled with syrups of raspberry and cherry to offer their guests. Irresistible!
Be sure and discuss your song choices with your DJ or band. Keep the mood romantic by playing love songs all evening. Play your favorites, along with favorites from different eras. This makes for a fun evening that is sure to bring back memories to everyone there.
Before the end of the evening, be sure to leave love notes for your guests in glass bottles with corks as favors. Your guests will also enjoy chocolate truffles wrapped as a Valentine with a sweet personal message to remember this special day.
These are just a few of many different ideas to make your Valentine’s Day wedding the epitome of romance.
Carla Pryor, Wedding Coordination and Officiant