Be my Valentine; until death do us part.

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The first step usually taken in wedding planning is to select a date for the big event. Though the decision is often governed by factors such as venue availability, price and the weather there are those lucky couples out there that have the opportunity to pick their date purely by personal preference.

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Picking a date of significance can be difficult, which explains why Valentines Day is such a popular choice. What could be more romantic and memorable than tying the knot on a day dedicated solely to love? Of course there are a few disadvantages to take into account, namely sharing your special day with an entire planet of lovers, and having to avoid at all costs good old cliché. Foil hearts are perfect for an average Valentine’s Day, but for your wedding you might want something a little classier. Fortunately, I have done some digging and come up with some lovely ideas that will aid in bringing the magic romance of Valentine’s to your big day without the commercial tackiness that comes hand in hand with big holidays.

Though the theme of Valentine’s might tempt you to deck the halls with red hearts and roses, while adding a few chubby flying babies to the mix, I would sternly advise you avoid this route. My advice would be to take a brand new angle on the whole Valentine’s Day affair, while choosing some iconic elements that might link to the theme of Valentine’s day without drowning your guests in it.
Colours

Generally the colours red and pink are associated with Valentine’s Day. While they can be overpowering when overused they can also be very charming colours if used in clever, subtle ways. Choosing neutral colours such as black and white, and using very subtle hints of red can have beautiful results. Make white your primary colour, with black to give it a decadent sophistication, and then use red as a spot colour. Examples where this colour scheme could work really well would be in an elegant yet simple white gown with an empire waistline, broken by a graceful black band, accompanied by a bouquet of assorted red flowers; every type of flower apart from roses. Another example where this could work would be the cake; go for a red velvet cake in the classic tiered style. Decorate it primarily with white, adding small touches of black, perhaps in the form of a ribbon around the base of each tier. Limit the red to the inside where it will surprise and delight guests once you cut the first slice.

Similarly, pink can be used to create a fresh, youthful effect. Used with black and white, pink can lend a very sexy, playful air to the wedding. Use either a light shade of pink with thin bands of black or, for a more cheeky approach, make sparing use of vivid cerise with black and white patterns for daring results. This colour pallet can translate brilliantly when used in the dress design. Use black and your chosen shade of pink to add some colour to the bride’s dress and bouquet, and invert the colours for the bridesmaids; giving them sexy black gowns with white or pink ribbons to break the solid colour. Alternatively pink can be used in a vintage wedding theme. Pair soft shades of pink with creams and a chosen pastel shade, for instance mint, and u slightly vintage décor elements to create a delicate, retro vibe.
Hearts and flowers

Hearts and roses never get old. They have been beautiful for centuries, and will continue to be so for centuries more, but there really is no avoiding that fact that splashing everything with red hearts and roses on Valentines Day has become passé. Instead of using the typical bouquet of red roses, why not pay homage to the day of romance by using roses in every other shade? And before you discard hearts as a lost cause take a look around at some pretty ideas involving hearts. They are after all the most iconic symbol of love, and have found their way back into fashion and décor trends with some really stunning results.   
Lights

The easiest way to bring a subtle Valentine’s Day romance to your wedding is with the use of lights. Whether you go for vintage paper lanterns, strings of fairy lights, or floating candles, there is a light for every wedding theme, and nothing can create a romantic atmosphere the way a soft golden glow can. It also has the added bonus of making everyone look just that little bit more attractive.

The hardest part to a Valentine’s Day wedding is nabbing the venue before some other love-crazed bride happens to. From there on all you need to do is take your cue from the day’s long standing heritage, and make use of the iconic symbols that have worked for centuries, imbuing them with your own special twist for a truly memorable day that guests will forever more associate with your wedding.

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