Getting wed on Valentine's Day
Paint the town red
From red roses to crimson hearts, red is the colour of the day on 14 February. Add some scarlet splashes here and there with flowers, stationery, hair ornaments or balloons. Or go the whole hog and dress the entire wedding party in it. Red always makes a cold wintery day seem that bit warmer!
Say it with flowers
The Victorians understood the unspoken language of flowers, so make the most of their delicate beauty and romantic connections by festooning your day with gorgeous blooms. As well as the traditional bouquets, corsages and table centrepieces, consider switching your confetti for rose petals and sugared almonds for miniature rose plants for your guests to take home. You could have your florist create bespoke heart-shaped wreaths for all the doors or name your tables after favourite flowers.
Share the love
Involve other loving couples in your special day by adding a section to your ceremony when they can stand and affirm their own love for each other. If you are having a religious ceremony, you might like to include a special prayer for the couples who are present. Or you could allocate the second dance at your reception to those who are in love.
The food of love
Get your guests hot under the collar by adding some aphrodisiacs to the menu. Oysters, asparagus and chocolate covered fruit are some good suggestions to begin with. Or incorporate some sharing dishes to help people break the ice and get strangers talking.
Tea for two
Make favours for your guests with a romantic theme. You could add some heart-shaped sweets or biscuits, or give people the components for a special‘tea for two’. If you don’t want to name tables after flowers, consider choosing the names of famous couples, or romantic cities instead.
Creating unique keepsakes with the happy couple’s names on them will help keep the wedding memories alive forever. An engraved ring box or certificate holder will last for generations, or personalised ceremony programmes or table plans will make beautiful additions to the photo album. Personalise a guest book with your names and a significant poem or quote to capture your guests’ good wishes in style.