10 Ways to Have a Romantic Valentine's Day Wedding

Have you always dreamed of a February 14th wedding? These ideas will help make it perfect!

10 Ways to Have a Romantic Valentine's Day Wedding

Photo: KingenSmith

What are the first words that come to mind when you think of Valentine’s Day? As a child, they were probably candy, valentines from classmates, and chocolate. But as a grown woman, Valentine's Day becomes more about love, romance, and – if we’re being perfectly honest – still chocolate. These three things are also commonplace at weddings.

Given that your nuptials are meant to celebrate love and commitment, a Valentine’s Day celebration can be the perfect way to add even more ardor to your special day. Whether you plan a wedding on the holiday itself, the nearest weekend, or any time of the year while maintaining the Valentine’s Day spirit, these 10 tips are sure to increase the romantic ambience for you and your guests.

1. Red Lipstick 

bride with red rose bouquet and red lipstick
While of course the bride should always choose a makeup look that makes her feel comfortable and confident, a Valentine’s Day wedding is a great excuse to rock a bold red lip. Photo by John Solano Photography

2. Pops of Red

Christian Louboutin white pumps

Red is the color of passion, as well as one of the colors most commonly associated with Valentine’s Day. A stylish red-soled pump is a great way to hint at the passion and romance in your new marriage. Photo by Handeland Tesoro Photography

3. Blush Wedding Gown

bride in blush mermaid ines di santo gown
Though deep red is often the first color that comes to mind when thinking about both Valentine’s Day and romance, let’s not forget about the romantic feel of a dreamy pale pink! Blush gowns have become increasingly popular and are wonderful options for expressing the softer side of romance. Photo by Heather Waraksa

4. Red Bridesmaid Dresses

Bride and groom with bridesmaids in red dresses

However, if you have your heart set on a more traditional white or ivory bridal gown for your big day, sultry red dresses for your bridesmaids will add to the romantic vibe of your celebration from the ceremony to the reception. Photo by STAK Photography

5. Candlelit Ceremony

romantic candlelit wedding
If Cupid and hearts are too on the nose for your personal taste, consider a candlelit ceremony. The soft glow provides a romantic atmosphere for the most important part of the wedding – when you marry your spouse. Photo by KingenSmith

6. Hearts Everywhere

Here comes the bride signs on ceremony chairs

As the most recognizable symbol of love, hearts are a simple, but effective, way to tie Valentine’s Day into your romantic wedding. Hearts can be incorporated just about everywhere, from place cards and signage to the ring bearer’s pillow. Photo by Jay Lawrence Goldman Photography

7. Rose Petal Recessional 

Red rose petal toss Valentine's Day wedding

Another way to add romantic roses to your big day is to have your guests shower you with petals during the recessional. With enough planning, rose petals can also be tossed during the send-off. Photo by Yvette Roman Photography

8. Rose Centerpieces

Red rose flower table runner centerpiece

Red roses are a traditional Valentine’s Day gift, so they make perfect centerpieces for a wedding with a Valentine's Day theme. When paired with mood lighting, there is little more romantic than a room full of red roses. Photo by Kortnee Kate

9. Cupid Ice Sculpture 

Cupid ice sculpture for Valentine's Day wedding

While a giant ice sculpture in the center of the reception might seem overly dramatic to some brides, a subtle sculpture at the bar helps put the guests in the holiday spirit. Photo by Dalal Photography

10. Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Chocolate covered strawberries on plate

This classic, elegant treat will have your guests embracing the romance of your day in no time. Chocolate-covered strawberries are one of the more romantic foods out there, and they have the added benefit of matching a Valentine’s Day color scheme! Photo by KingenSmith

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