Valentine’s day spells romance and whimsy. Getting married on this treasured day means double the fun. This inspirational and colourful photo shoot will get you started as you plan for your wedding. Take a look!
Details for a Valentine’s Wedding
Saint Valentine’s day is the worldwide day of love, and what better day to say I do than on February 14! A Valentine’s day wedding often incorporates shades of red and pink, and heart-shaped decor is a necessity (especially at the reception hall), and even a wedding cake that lends to the Valentine’s day theme is in order.
The bridesmaids may wear red, and red roses are the featured flower of the day as well. Brides may want to consider heart-shaped jewelry to really invoke the idea of a Valentine’s wedding.
Considering this theme? As a fun idea, place a vintage truck near the reception hall, load it with flowers and a custom sign, and allow for guests to take advantage of the photo opportunity.
Colour Palette for a Valentine’s Wedding
Obviously, red is the chief colour for a Valentine’s wedding, but red isn’t the only colour brides will utilise for this wedding theme. Soft pinks, blush rose, and even lavender and maroon are great colours to use for a Valentine’s wedding theme. Royal blue could also be incorporated into the Valentine’s wedding colour palette.
No matter the chief colours you are planning, always use ivory as one of the accent colours. Gold also works well as an accent colour. Greenery is important too, so this may be another hue that can be added to the Valentine’s wedding colour palette.
Food for a Valentine’s Wedding
To be certain, brides ultimately may choose any type of food to offer at a Valentine’s wedding; in fact, foods that are favourites of the bride and groom are perfectly appropriate for the day.
Some brides go by tradition. They serve finger foods and appetiser-type foods at an afternoon reception, while they offer a sit-down meal at receptions taking place after 5 PM in the evening.
However, a really neat idea is to offer a self-serve bar of sorts. Some brides offer a loaded potato bar with all the trimmings, which is perfect for vegan guests. Other brides will offer a taco bar, again, with all the toppings one could imagine. As a variation, couples could offer enchiladas as an option. Then, another popular option is a chicken and waffle bar, or even a breakfast food buffet.
Wedding Dresses and Accessories for a Valentine’s Wedding
While most brides aren’t going to want a wedding dress with heart shapes in overabundance, there are gowns that offer a romantic lace overlay that is elegant yet indicative of the theme. Hermione de Paula offers a gown that does possess embroidered hearts tastefully woven into the lace of the gown.
Brides who are bold and don’t care to follow tradition may consider a blush-coloured gown. These gowns are designed in the same way as other wedding gowns, but they offer just a hint of pink that make these gowns beautiful and unique without sacrificing elegance. Of course, there’s always the opportunity to choose a red dress or a white dress with red embellishments.
Bouquets & Boutonnieres for a Valentine’s Wedding
When it comes to the bouquets and boutonnieres for the Valentine’s day wedding, roses are the chief flower for the day. Carnations are just as fitting for this theme, and they make beautiful arrangements.
Long stem roses are the flower most chiefly associated with the Valentine’s day wedding theme, and brides can’t go wrong when choosing these flowers for the bridal bouquet. Brides may wrap the roses in red or blush coloured fabric for the ceremony.
For something a bit different, allow the flower girls to carry heart shaped floral arrangements. Baby’s breath can be wrapped around a heart-shaped frame for the ceremony.
Groom Style for a Valentine’s Wedding
Grooms have several options for their outfits on the big day. While tuxes are always appropriate for the Valentine’s wedding, some grooms may opt for a suit.
The groom’s suit for a Valentine’s wedding may be any colour. Some will opt for a burgundy or deep crimson coloured suit when they say I do. However, if the bride chooses a red gown, the groom may opt for a tan coloured linen suit that doesn’t take away from her dress. Some grooms are ditching the suit jacket and opt instead for a vest and long tie for the ceremony.
Wedding Cake Ideas for a Valentine’s Wedding
Most bakers will offer lots of cake options for a Valentine’s themed wedding day, ranging from simple to opulent. However, some brides would rather opt for a simple style that is an elegant centrepiece for the bride’s table.
May will choose a heart-shaped cake; these can be had in one-tier cakes. Or consider a tiered cake with sweet pea-shaped red buttercream icing accents. One very neat idea involves a round cake in three or less tiers. The baker adds heart shaped fondant in red to accent the exterior of the cake. As a bonus, the interior of the cake could be made from red velvet layers.
Favours and Gifts for a Valentine’s Wedding
There are a wealth of favours or gifts available for a Valentine’s wedding. Some brides will give Valentine’s day cards to guests, and brides can encourage the guests to do so as well by informing everyone of what to bring in the invitation. This is a unique gift, and it really promotes the idea of love being in the air.
An environmentally friendly gift for guests is a flower. Many of these individual flowers are presented in a biodegradable package. Guests can plant these at home or swap them over to a permanent flower pot once they arrive back home.
Ceremony Decor for a Valentine’s Wedding
While hearts are the most common decor for a Valentine’s wedding, it is important that the decor is elegant but not cheesy. The ceremonial arch that is in most weddings can be transformed from an arbour or a wooden arch to a heart shaped one that is the epitome of a Valentine’s wedding.
The heart shaped arch should be made of the most natural materials possible; one bride used an arch made with baby’s breath. Pampas grass sat on either side of the arch for the perfect ceremonial backdrop. This backdrop could also be paired with retro rugs and carpet.
Reception Decor for a Valentine’s Wedding
Blush pink can be the chief colour of the reception hall. Use blush pink linen at the table, and floral centrepieces should also incorporate both white and blush. Centrepieces may be placed in flare vases that tower over the table, or brides may utilise a running centrepiece of flowers mixed with greenery and candles.
Flowers should be the chief decor of the reception hall. Cascading roses may surround a romantic display, and bunches of roses accompanied by baby’s breath and peonies will lend to the romantic theme of the day. A neon sign, either a heart or featuring the names of the couple, makes an original focal point for the reception hall.
Valentine’s Wedding #3
Red and white is a classic Valentine’s color combination and I love pumping up the cute factor for sweet holidays like this. This wedding inspiration board is just chock full of these types of details! The puppy! Seriously, he’s too cute in his little bow tie. For a classic Valentine’s themed wedding make sure you use lots of DIY details because those handmade items really speak from the heart. Keep your palette clean with a bright red and lots of fresh whites. Quirky details like heart cut outs on the floor, heart-shaped lollipops, and tic tac toe games for your guests will keep the mood fun and loving.
For a classic Valentine’s Day wedding look I’m loving this outfit put together by Sukey from Dress For The Wedding especially for this Valentine’s Wedding series! She added bits of gold, which is a nice classy touch and that Vivienne Westwood bracelet needs to find its way into our closets – pronto.
Coast Aurelia Red Dress //Pearl Flower Earrings // Vivienne Westwood Valentine Kiss Bangle // Oscar de la Renta Grafton Clutch // Ivanka Trump “Marika” Red Multi Patent Heels
Credits: photo credits: bride from Style Me Pretty, photographed by Samantha Cabrera // puppy with bow tie via Green Wedding Shoes, photographed by Gabriel Ryan // Valentines tic tac toe via Shim and Sons, DIY instructions here // DIY love garland from This is Glamorous // anniversary love notes via Oh So Beautiful Paper, designed & photographed by Christine Wisnieski // heart footsteps via Style Unveiled, photographed by Betwixt Studio // red yarn vase from Sweet Paul // cake via Just Call Me Martha.