This traditional holiday of love makes for beautiful
weddings. The abundance of heart shaped decorations, foods,
and papers adds a special touch to any wedding. You don't
have to hold your Valentine's Day wedding on February
14. Stock up on supplies after the winter holiday and
hold your romantic celebration any time you choose.
Start with a romantic invitation. A pale pink card with hearts or flowers embossed on the borders will set the stage for your fanciful wedding. Instead of tissue paper, use a lace doily or wide lace ribbon. Seal with a heart-shaped sticker. An informal wedding invitation could include a child's Valentine card with the information written on the back.
Choose a location you can cover in clouds of white tulle or lightweight fabric. Your wedding should be a romantic fantasy -- decked out with cupid and heart cutouts. Have your florist create arrangements that evoke romanticism. Choose roses, carnations, tulips, and lilies in red and pink tones. Add velvet ribbons and lots of lace to fill out the bouquets.
Have the wedding party dressed in formal attire. Tuxedoes and gowns say romance like nothing else. Be sure to have the bridesmaids wear gloves. You could go with a color theme for an informal wedding. Let the bridesmaids wear red dresses and the groomsmen wear red ties. Get all the items from the same shop so you are sure the colors match.
Your reception should continue the romance. A sit-down dinner may follow a formal wedding, but a buffet can be just as lovely and less expensive. Buffets also allow guests to mingle more than at a seated meal. An hors d'oeuvre reception or cocktail hour can follow an informal wedding. Top your cake with a crystal heart or roses. Red velvet cake is a dramatic choice.
Don't forget dancing at the reception. No romantic party would be complete without the happy couple waltzing into their marriage together. Since all eyes will be on you, consider a dance lesson or two. Your DJ or band needs a list of your favorite romantic tunes to keep the magic going all night.
Thank your guests with a heart shaped box filled with truffles or chocolate hearts. Have them send you off with a sea of bubbles or a flurry of confetti!
Weddings by Lisa Akers
The Theme Wedding Specialists
Budget Weddings   | Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties