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One of the most important aspects of your
wedding is the day (or time of year) you
choose. How do you incorporate the season or
festive time with your special day? And what
are some key things that you can do to make it
connected to the festivities? Since Cupid is still
hovering and we are still in the month of love
(February), the Valentine's Day theme is still a
great one to play with. Below are tips for put-
ting a Valentine twist to enhance different
parts of the wedding ceremony.
The colours of Valentine's Day are commonly known to
be red, pink and purple. Incorporate these colours into your
wedding day by choosing them for your wedding day at-
tire, such as having pink bridesmaid's dresses or a red
dress for the maid of honour. Instead of white or black
groomsmen's vests & ties, watermelon coloured ties are
perfect. (Don't forget about doing pink crinoline!)
If you are not into being overwhelmed by these colours
and want to keep it simple but elegant, use a subdued
fashion palette. Go for a black and white formal theme
with accents of purple, red and pink. Choose red roses for
your bridal bouquet and tie a pink ribbon around the stems.
Have soft pink up-lighting on the back walls to create a
subtle glow to your wedding reception hall.
FOOD & DRINK
Serve a variety of finger foods: egg salad, ham and
cheese, cucumber sandwiches cut into hearts and flowers
using Wilton cookie cutters.
Make heart shapes on crystal serving dishes with bite
sized appetizers like Swedish meatballs or peeled jumbo
Romantic Main Course
Want to make your Valentine's Day wedding really ro-
mantic? Stick with European cuisine; French dishes and
Italian foods are perfect for a romantic main course. Some
examples include sirloin steak with Montalcino red wine,
pasta primavera, lobster linguine, Cornish game hens,
stuffed shells, or smoked penne.
For vegetarian diners, pasta hearts with four cheeses,
trofie with cherry tomatoes and salted ricotta, soy steak
with porcini mushrooms, or even a homemade Sardinian
gnocchetti with spicy tomato sauce are equally delicious.
A carpaccio of warm vegetables with cavern-aged
cheese is also a big hit with those who prefer to avoid
Heart Stopping Desserts
Wow your wedding guests with beautiful desserts of
various colours and tastes.
Serve up heart shaped cookies with pink strawberry
flavoured frosting, or sugar cookies drizzled with red rasp-
berry sauce on a large crystal serving dish.
Have your wedding caterer dish up chocolate mousse
sprinkled with red and pink crystal sanding sugar over the
top in a heart shaped crystal bowl.
This is one of the most important decorative aspects of
the wedding ceremony and reception. You can turn a drab
room into anything you wish with the right kind of lighting.
You can saturate the reception hall in blue for an underwa-
ter wedding theme, or a winter wonderland, or use green
up-lighting to create a forest fantasy.
There has to be enough light to see everything, but you
can have subtle lighting to keep a romantic feel for your
Valentine's Day wedding. You can also place small pink and
red votive candles around the reception venue for soft
lighting or add heart-shaped floating candles in large cylin-
der vase centrepieces.
It can't be a Valentine's wedding without flowers. Red
roses are the main flower linked to Valentine's Day and
brides can find many ways to incorporate these.
Ombre roses can be carried by the bride in a bridal bou-
quet, with the bridesmaids carrying smaller rose bouquets
If you are not big on roses, there are other flowers that
represent Valentine's Day.
Lilies, carnations, chrysanthemums, orchids or hy-
drangeas can all be used. Carry an armful of Stargazer lilies
with a pink ribbon and Swarovski crystals wrapped around
the bouquet handle.
Additional Decor Ideas
• 1. Accent your aisle with rose petals of red, pink and other
• 2. Use jewels for decorations. Jewel toned beads can
hang from light figures around the reception venue for a
romantic effect as the light reflects off of the jewels.
• 3. Accent your chairs with a white chair cover with a big
red bow or pink sash with a red rose on the back.
• 4. Use floor length satin linens in shades of red, coral, pink
and purple accented with lace.
• 5. Incorporate the Valentine colours in tulle around the
walls and head table bustled with Valentine flowers.
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