The most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day, February 14th, the day of love. No better way to celebrate the love between two people than to invite your family and friends and share in this union all together. Planning shouldn’t be too difficult. The theme is set; it’s all about love.
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1. Looking Good
From the headpiece on top of the bride’s head to her shoes on her feet, let Valentine’s Day lead the way in romantic attire. Think delicate, effortless, feminine. Light and flowy fabrics, Chantilly lace and subtle hints of color. Ruffles, peplums or soft draping layers, cascading with an ombre affect from ivory to blush or soft pink. 3-D floral designs embellished with pops of different shades of pink or a subtle shimmer of glitter tulle or beadwork in blush hues, rose gold or pearls and crystals. Be bold with a vibrant red rose placed in the hair, or go classic with a headpiece made of pearls and small flowers of gold or rose gold metal and wiring.
For the bridesmaids pick rich red jewel tones like burgundy or crimson, or the dusty pastel color family such as wisteria, dusty rose or champagne.
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2. Surrounded by Beauty
Making sure the décor exudes the aesthetic you are attempting to create is much easier when your wedding is themed around a holiday. The holiday acts as the theme. Many people think by making a holiday the main subject of a wedding it starts to lean towards gawdy or cheesy. Sure it could start to be a bit gimmicky or Hallmark, but with a bit of direction and elegant inspiration your Valentine’s Day wedding can be sublime. Here are some classic decoration options: soft, sheer fabrics like chiffon draped around the room in ivory and pale pink, accompanied by twinkling fairy lights. Floral wall panels in the same soft, pastel color scheme (ivory, pale pink, pastel purple, dusty rose and/or powdery blue), broken up by pops of vibrant red, deep burgundy, dark purple and/or gold accents. For your ceremony space have an archway made of branches with roses, baby’s breath and vines of greenery intertwining the branches, but keep it simple, not too overgrown. Heart shaped wreaths of flowers, pearls and delicate feathers for an emphasis on love. On the tables small, squat candles surrounded by rose petals and calligraphy of love quotes. Valentine’s Day would not be complete without Cupid. Place old style lanterns on the cake and dessert tables that have blacked out silhouettes of cupid with his arrow and twinkling lights inside.
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Chocolate and candy, two staples for Valentine’s Day. For your wedding serve pink macarons, pink champagne mini cupcakes with edible pearls and edible white glitter, and heart shaped cookies with edible lace borders. At each guest’s seat a small, shimmer pouch of conversation hearts or mini chocolate hearts.
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4. A Dozen Red Roses
Another classic Valentine’s Day gift is flowers, so you can’t skimp on that part of your wedding. Stick to pastel or dusty shades of pink, paired with ivory with pops of red or purple. Choose flowers like roses, peonies and anemones, with sprigs of green mist and queen Anne’s lace. For some fun and added dash of shimmer have each bouquet and boutonniere dusted with a minimal amount of gold glitter.
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