- Wedding Theme Ideas
- Valentine's Day Wedding Ideas
An obvious choice for the winter wedding is to
plan your wedding
around Valentine's Day. How can you get the most bang for your buck if
you want to tie the knot on Valentine's Day? Here are things to consider, ideas
for decorating, favor ideas, & more!
Party Resource Guide
Presented by Event & Wedding Planners
Valentine's Day is one of the most popular
holidays on which to wed. Valentine's Day is also one of the busiest days of the
year for florists.
If you choose to marry on Valentine's Day,
you may have difficulty securing a florist and the flowers may have been
assembled several days in advance. Make sure to book your florist well in
advance. You will also be paying almost double for most flowers. The cost of
flowers increases about 2 weeks before Valentine's Day and doesn't decrease
until about 1 week after this holiday. Consider using some none floral
centerpieces for your tables to save money.
Consider the Cost
Some reception facilities charge an additional
fee for use of their facility on a popular holiday and hotels may charge your
guests a higher room rate.
|Balloon clouds floating down
from the ceiling over tables is an inexpensive decor
idea for a Valentine's Day reception. Clouds can be linked together with
ribbons for a decorative touch. You could even have a balloon heart arch
for guests to walk through or on a wall behind a head table. The
cost should be less than using flowers for this holiday wedding. Check
with a balloon sculpting company for more information.
Be Considerate of Guests
Notify family and friends as early as possible so
that they can save the date and make travel reservations early. If you are
planning a Valentine's Day winter
wedding, be sure that your guests allow a day or two travel cushion for weather
and airport delays.
offers a lovely
selection of Heart Invitations, Accessories & Favors.
Repeat your vows under a
Heart-shaped arch and light the ceremony with heart shaped floor
candelabras. These are available for rent at party rental supply companies. Generally
the cost for renting is reasonable. Check
your yellow pages for "party rentals".
If flowers are not an option due to cost, place
decorative bows onto candelabras.
Heart Accessories ( Unity Candle Sets, Flutes, Imprinted Napkins, Envelope
Seals, Save the date cards, Heart Cake Tops, Favor boxes, Coasters & etc.
basket embellished with Double Hearts for the flower girl.
rose petals on a pristine white aisle runner.
Reception Planning Tips:
The key to pulling off a coordinated
event: Evoke your theme throughout the affair. Whether that theme is as general
as a season or a feeling, or as specific as a special flower, it should be the subtle thread that ties
everything together. Your location, invitations, flowers, menu,
cake, and favors should all cleverly reflect one common concept.
Then, get as creative as you can!
Valentine Table Decoration Ideas
||In the picture (left) the tables were
covered in white lap length linens with red organza overlays. Chairs
were covered in white chair covers with red organza sashes. White
napkins were folded so that cutlery could be placed inside. Gold charger
plates held 3 pillar candles of varied heights, decorated with ribbon.
Rose petals were scattered on the tables around the charger plates.
White china and crystal water goblets were used. A heart shaped cookie
favor with the word "LOVE" was placed at each guest setting and gold
hearts were used for placecards.
The "Ruby Table":
Set your tables aglow with a red velvet tablecloth, deep red roses at the
center, and a faux-ruby glued to each place card. Carry the theme through
to your menu with chocolate-covered strawberries dusted
with edible 24-karat gold powder. Bathe everything in candlelight!
A ball covered with
carnation blooms is the centerpiece for this table. Set the table with a red tablecloth.
The Heart Pomander is made with a large round
8" OASISŪ Sphere, white & red carnations, & 22 gauge green florist
wire, Start by cutting a piece from one side of the
OASISŪ Sphere to
create a flat surface. This will be the bottom of the centerpiece. Place
Carnations in water for at least 30 minutes before cutting, this will
allow the flowers to soak up the water. Cut the carnation stems off just
below the green area under the bloom at the top of the stem (cutting under
water will prolong the life of the flowers). Cut floral wire into 3"
pieces. Now take your florist wire and push it through the green area
under the bloom. Bend the wire down to form a hairpin shape. Start with
the red carnations and insert about 6 blooms into the
heart shape (pressing a heart-shaped cookie cutter down into the foam is a
great way to place the outline for your heart shape onto the foam). Place
several heart shapes on the surface of the Sphere, then fill in
all the empty areas with the white carnations. This is a lovely
centerpiece and carnation are one of the least expensive flowers. Variation: If
you don't want the heart shape, then just fill the entire surface of the Sphere
with a carnations either in white or red.
Add white china and several
votive candle nestled in a silver heart shaped stand
around the centerpiece for an elegant
table setting. Red Napkins can be placed on each plate with a single white
carnation tucked inside.
The "Rose Topiary"
An elegant rose
topiary is perfect for guest tables. The cost will be higher at this time
of the year, but if your budget will allow this is a lovely option for a table
Decorate a small indoor tree, such as a
Ficus, with items that are pink or red. A garland with small hearts makes
a good decoration.
Give your guests favors that are symbolic of the
Heart Accessories & Favors.
Hershey's shows how to make Sweetheart
Roses from their caramel KISSES, great for favors at
bridal showers or your reception. Place one in the middle of each plate for a
Make sachets from a decorative piece of fabric. Cut
fabric into two hearts. Sew the two hearts together, leaving a small opening.
Stuff with potpourri and sew shut. Decorate with ribbon or glitter if desired.
If menu planning isn't second
nature to you, don't worry. Any good caterer should be able to hear your ideas
for a certain reception theme and offer a wide variety of menu ideas to help
carry the theme through from hors d'oeuvres and appetizers to the main course
and dessert. Ask your caterer to create some heart-shaped delicacies for dinner, and of course, order plenty of chocolate for desserts.
Chair Covers, Satin Chair Sashes, Chair Bands
Deco Beads, Gel Beads, Vase Fillers
Paper & Plastic
Votive Candles, LED
Candles, Votive Holders