Fancy adding a little extra oomph to your nuptials? Take your Valentine’s Day to the next level and get married on February 14th! Arguably the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day comes ready made with oodles of intimacy and passion. If you’ve picked V-Day as your big day and are looking for inspiration, look no further – we’ve put our cupid’s thinking caps on!
Before the big day
Once you’ve decided on your venue, you can set your theme in motion. Create your own customised, Valentine’s themed Save the Date cards and wedding invitations – either online or for a more crafty touch, you can make them yourself! Think luscious pinks and reds, hearts, roses, hearts and arrows. You’ll be giving your guests a little taste of things to come and can start fleshing out your colour scheme.
Food and drink
The way to a lot of people’s hearts is through food. Curate your menu for a Valentine’s special and use aphrodisiacs such as oysters and asparagus. Pimp out the drinks offerings with pink gin cocktails, or take the classy up a notch with pink or rose champagne. Pop a few berries in each glass for a little charming extra.
One of the most iconic symbols of love is the red rose. Fill your venue with bunches of glorious scarlet roses and your wedding will feel instantly romantic. If roses aren’t your thing, there are lots of other equally beautiful flowers which would help create a stunning setting. White dittany is said to symbolise passion, azaleas symbolise femininity and yellow tulips are supposed to signify being ‘hopelessly in love’!
If you’re planning a Valentine’s wedding, you’ll need to book ahead as – understandably so – the date is very popular! Intimate venues such as small stately homes, gardens, or rustic barns are the perfect backdrop for an idyllic ceremony. Decorate with soft lighting, cream fabrics, twinkly fairy lights and lanterns will make your guests swoon.
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Create an idyllic atmosphere and include classic reds, pinks and creamy tones in your colour scheme. Everything from the chairs, table cloths, lights to place settings can be given the royal makeover. Have your bridesmaids in striking crimson dresses, or perhaps the groomsmen could each have a scarlet pocket square. Whatever shade you settle on, a red theme is always a winner for Valentine’s Day!
Soundtrack your ceremony with classic love songs from times gone by. Everyone loves a good cheesy track, but if that’s not what you fancy then you have lots of other options for making the atmosphere magical. Create an elegant ambience with some soft classical music, Puccini and Elgar have a huge back catalogue of glorious songs for starters. If you want to take things up a notch, you could even hire a pianist or live band to play instead of relying on a sound system.
Little added extras
Sometimes it’s the little things that make the most impact. Say thank you to your guests with customised wedding favours – chocolate or candy hearts will always be a hit! Perhaps you want to give a nod to love stories of old and name the tables after famous couples – think Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, or maybe Antony and Cleopatra.
We hope this has given you a little extra inspiration for planning your big day. Organising a wedding can feel very overwhelming, but Valentine’s Day can give you a little pizazz to kickstart your creativity and let your imagination run wild.
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