It’s no hidden fact that Valentine’s Day is (unofficially) the most romantic day of the year. It dates back to the years AD when St Valentines kindled love around every corner, it flourished in the 18th century with the giving of flowers and chocolates and still gives happy couples butterflies in their tummy’s in 2016. But Valentine’s Day is a fine line between beautifully romantic and cringe-worthy cheesiness, so planning your big day on February 14th takes some precise planning. No bride wants her wedding to be the over-stuffed, over-sized teddy left on the shelf come the 15th.
A wedding would be lost without a theme, so unless you want to go full Valentine’s Day with hanging Cupid’s and hearts shot with bow and arrows adorning your dance floor, we suggest clean simplicity to showcase your love. Think white embellishments and clean, classic silverware with small but bold hints of red; scattered red rose petals, dark red bridesmaid’s dresses and pearl hair accessories.
Valentine’s Day is all about sharing the love; so while you’re in the midst of the happiest day of your life, make sure you let your guests know you love them too. Leave a little love note on each place setting confessing your love and gratitude. A simple “Thanks for being our Valentine” would do, or get a little fancier with a custom poem or personalised note.
After your guests have found their note, carry on the romance theme with subtle nods to love in your menu. Some foods are just sexier than others, slip some aphrodisiac’s into the dishes to get even the stubbornest of guests feeling the love. Oysters, chilli, chocolate and honey will all sit well in the stomachs of your guests. Try a bed of crushed pistachios topped with figs and drizzled with honey and melted chocolate for a real aphrodisiac kick.
Photo booths at weddings have fast become the must-have addition. They’re also the place where you can throw off your theme a bit and inject a dose of fun, so ditch the already-seen hats and bow ties and make your photo booth a little box of love. Think heart eyes, pouting lips and Cupid’s bow and arrow. For an extra bit of fun, invest in some chalk boards and chalk and have your guests write their own love notes to be caught on camera to keep forever.
The idea of a Valentine’s Day wedding may seem daunting but just keep it simple – forget about all of the Valentine’s clichés and make the day yours. People won’t remember your wedding as Valentine’s Day, but rather as the day that they saw two people that they love tie the knot and celebrate it in style. And of course, the risk of your partner forgetting your anniversary is going to decrease by miles. Happy Valentine’s Day!