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What do Valentine’s Day and your wedding have in common? Both are a celebration of love! If you want to make your wedding even more about love, a Valentine’s Day wedding may be just right for you.
You can choose to keep it simple by focusing on pink and red flowers or go all out with heart-shaped decorations and more! Either way, your wedding is sure to be an affair to remember.
Ready to start planning your Valentine’s Day wedding? Take a look at some of our favorite ideas to make your wedding as sweet and sugary as the holiday you love:
1. Make love the theme
While Valentine’s Day will be the inspiration for your wedding, your theme should focus on love. This will ensure your wedding is classy and elegant instead of tacky.
So how do you carry the theme of love throughout your wedding? Consider incorporating love quotes in the decorations for the tables. Share a photo board of you and your fiance’s favorite moments. Read a love poem at your ceremony. Use your imagination to discover ideas that will truly mean something to you and your guests.
2. Go for pinks and reds
There’s no question about what your colors should be. Pink and red is the obvious choice and should be used in everything, including your flowers, bridesmaid dresses, decorations, cake, invitations and more. Consider using white as an accent color to offset the bold pinks and reds.
3. Go overboard with flowers
Just as flowers are an important part of Valentine’s Day, they should also play a big role in your wedding day. Make sure your bouquet makes a statement with classic red roses. Against your white wedding dress, they’re sure to look amazing!
Use flowers as decorations in both your ceremony and your reception. Cover the aisle with rose petals, and ensure your centerpieces have beautiful flower arrangements. A heart-shaped flower wreath is also sure to be a beautiful addition.
4. Choose a signature cocktail
A signature cocktail is a fun way to add some personality to your wedding. Choose your favorite drink – just make sure it’s pink! Consider asking the bar to add a fun umbrella or other Valentine’s Day themed accessory to each drink to amp up the fun!
5. Play lots of love songs
There are no shortage of love songs to add to your wedding playlist. Besides your first dance, ask your DJ or band to play even more of your favorite love songs. The slow dancing will contribute to a romantic setting and set the mood for your day of love.
6. Focus on dessert
No Valentine’s Day wedding is complete without an assortment of sweets! Make your cake a showstopper and go for red velvet with a cream cheese frosting. Then, have it decorated with reds, pinks, hearts, flowers or all of the above!
Besides the main event, consider adding other small desserts, such as cookies, chocolates, chocolate-covered strawberries and other sweet treats. Cover your tables with candies like conversation hearts, chocolate kisses or M&M’s.
8. Kick up your red heels
Forget about your something blue – go for something red instead! A fun addition to your outfit is a pair of red heels! They’ll surely make a killer statement!
If you’ve been dating your significant other for awhile, you may be wondering, when is he going to pop the question?
You’ve probably discussed the idea of marriage, and you may even know a proposal is in the near future. There are several giveaways that your guy is getting close to getting down on one knee.
Don’t get caught unaware! Look for these signs to tell if your partner is about to propose:
1. He’s started saving money
Is he being extra frugal lately? If he’s suggested cutting back on nights out at a restaurant and cooking more, or has decided to delay purchasing that big-screen TV, he may be gearing up for a major purchase. Could it be an engagement ring?
2. He’s talking more about the future
Your guy doesn’t want to pop the question only to be rejected. He’s probably going to scope things out with you first. If you haven’t talked much about the future before, and he brings up the possibility of getting married, he’s probably thinking about proposing to you soon.
3. He’s taken an interest in your jewelry
Have you caught him staring at the rings on your fingers? Has he asked about the styles you like or what kind of diamond you’d prefer? He’s probably trying to get some insight into what engagement ring to buy you. Keep an eye on your jewelry box too. If things look askew or one of your rings goes missing for awhile, he may be trying to size you up.
4. He’s banished you from areas of the house
Have you attempted to enter one of the rooms in his house only to be told that room is off-limits? Especially if it’s a room you’ve been in before, he may be trying to hide your engagement ring. Play along and let him keep things a surprise. Don’t snoop!
5. He’s protective of his cell phone and suitcase
Headed on a trip? Take note of how your partner treats his backpack, bag or suitcase. If he’s keeping it close or refusing to check his bag, there may be a special item inside. The same goes for his cell phone. If you’ve tried to use his phone and he’s grabbed it out of your hand, chances are he’s hiding something. It may be pictures of your ring or conversations with your family members!
6. He takes the reigns on plans
Whether it’s a normal Saturday night or a special occasion, if your man decides he wants to make all the plans and surprise you, it may be time for the proposal. He will probably want things a certain way and won’t let you in on where you’re going or what you’re doing until you’re already there.
7. He tells you to get your nails done
Has he taken extra care with his appearance or instructed you to take care with yours? Before the special day, your partner may suggest you wear a special outfit or get your nails done – a key giveaway, since a lot of people will be looking at your left hand soon!
8. He’s nervous and on edge
If it looks like he’s sweating and jumpy, he may be nervous about getting down on one knee. Get ready – he may be about to pop the question! Look out for those four little words: Will you marry me? And don’t forget to say yes!
Planning a wedding involves a lot of decisions. What will my colors be? Who should I invite? Will I serve beef or chicken?
One question that is sure to come up is whether or not you should offer wedding favors. Once as necessary as the wedding cake or flowers, today many are opting out in favor of no favors.
But without wedding favors, you’re missing out on a big opportunity to make your wedding day even more special.
Here are 10 reasons why we think you should include wedding favors:
1. Say thank you
Wedding favors are a special token of appreciation that lets your guests know you are glad that they came. At the end of the night, send them off with a gift that will tell them they were an important part of your big day.
2. Promote fun
Your wedding reception is a celebration, and your wedding favors go along with that. You want your guests to have a good time, and with a wedding favor they’re sure to enjoy, you’ll make sure your wedding is not only beautiful but fun.
3. Leave a lasting memory
Your wedding is one of the most important events in your life, and you’re sure to remember it forever. Make sure your wedding guests remember it too with a special keepsake that will remind them of your big day for years to come.
4. Give a gift
Everyone loves getting gifts – especially for free! They make people feel special and appreciated, which is exactly how you want your wedding guests to feel.
5. Stick with tradition
Traditions are what make a wedding truly special. If you want your big day to be classic and timeless, wedding favors will fit in right alongside your something old, new, borrowed and blue.
6. Decorate your tables
There’s no reason your table decorations need to stop with your centerpieces. Add more detail with beautiful wedding favors. Candles, flowers or picture frames all make striking additions.
7. Complement your theme
Whether you’re going for a winter wonderland or all-pink theme, your wedding favors can continue that theme and ensure continuity throughout your reception.
8. Show personality
Your wedding is the one day that’s all about you. Use your wedding favors to show off your creativity and uniqueness. Got a green thumb? Flower seeds are perfect. Wine lover? Personalized wine glasses make great favors. The possibilities are truly endless.
9. Share a treat
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, chances are a few of your guests do too. At the end of a long night, an edible treat is a welcome favor. Consider giving chocolate bars with personalized wrappers or small candies with your initials on them.
10. Express your love
If there’s one thing your wedding favors should do it is show your love. Not only your love for your new spouse, but also your love for your guests. After all, that is exactly what your wedding is all about.
Your wedding should be a reflection of you. You want to show guests your personality, what you care about and what makes you special. And the easiest way to do it is through your theme.
The right theme can take your wedding from good to amazing! And who doesn’t want to throw an amazing wedding?
But choosing a theme can be a challenge. How can you ensure your theme is consistent and carried off without a hitch? Take a look at these tried-and-true themes and you may find the one that is just right for you!
If your dream is to get married with the smell of the sea in the air and sand between your toes, your wedding theme comes together easily. For colors, all-over white is classic and clean, but you could also incorporate some ocean-inspired hues like blue and green.
Serve your guests some beach cocktails like mojitos and be sure to include some seafood on the menu. Use seashells as decorations and send your guests home with a fun flip flop wedding favor.
Nature lovers are the perfect candidates for rustic weddings. Rustic themes are all about showcasing nature’s beauty and that starts with choosing the right venue. It should be somewhere you can be close to nature such as a farm, garden or even a country backyard.
Use wood, fresh flowers and burlap to create beautiful decorations that give that true rustic feel. Mason jars make the perfect containers for your wedding favors, and look great placed on all of your tables.
Are you an old soul at heart? Then a vintage wedding goes perfectly with your style. Get that classic vintage look in a lace wedding dress and red lipstick with some old fashioned high heels. Incorporate lace in other areas too, such as your tablecloths and in your centerpieces.
If you and your fiancé are wine aficionados, your wedding is the perfect place to showcase your hobby. Consider using a vineyard as your venue, and be sure your favorite wines are on the menu – and plenty of it!
There’s no easier way to choose a theme than to look to the season. With each season comes rich color palettes, such as oranges and purples in fall, reds and golds in winter and pastels in spring.
Choose flowers that are in season to ensure your wedding is bright and vibrant – and to save some money too! Tie your theme in with your wedding favors too. Go for jam favors for fall, an ice cream bowl for summer or snowflake coasters for winter.
He got down on one knee, popped the question and now you have a sparkly diamond on your finger. What now?
It’s time to celebrate! And the best way to do that is with an engagement party.
You may be thinking “Wait, I have to plan an engagement party AND a wedding?” But the answer is no, engagement parties aren’t always necessary. But they are a fun way to get the wedding celebrations started off right!
Planning your engagement party doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated, and chances are you’ll have lots of help from your friends and family. Here are our six steps for planning an engagement party that you and all of your guests will love:
1. Pick a date
You just got engaged. Give yourself a little time to breathe before jumping right into engagement party planning. Make sure you have enough time to just enjoy being engaged.
Before you decide on a date for your engagement party, you should decide on your wedding date. If the perfect venue is only available on a date six months away, you may choose to forgo the engagement party to focus on wedding planning.
Once you have an idea of when the wedding will take place, you can work backwards to find a time that will work best for you to throw the engagement party.
2. Set a budget
Just like you should figure out your wedding date before the engagement party date, you should also decide on your wedding budget first. You’ll want to ensure you have enough money for both events.
If someone else is throwing the engagement party on your behalf, discuss the budget with them. Knowing your budget will help you make decisions on the venue, food and other details.
3. Find a venue
When choosing a venue, think about what style event you’d like to have. For a formal event, you may want to go with a country club or even a banquet hall. But a low-key event will be perfect at a casual restaurant or even your backyard.
Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, and go for something more unique like a beach party or a BBQ. It doesn’t have to match what you’re doing for the wedding either.
4. Invite guests
Your engagement party guest list doesn’t have to be long. You may choose to keep it to just your close friends and family. But if you extend the list, just be sure that whoever you invite to the engagement party will get an invitation to the wedding, too.
Sending out formal invitations is optional for your engagement party. If you want, you can just go with word of mouth. Whatever style of party you’re going with, your choice of invitations should match it.
5. Choose a menu
What kind of food will you eat? Catering or home cooking? Will you serve dinner or just drinks and appetizers? There are lots of different ways to go with your menu. Your guests won’t necessarily expect a five-course meal, but make sure that if you don’t serve a meal, you make it clear on your invitations.
Once you have all the details settled, it’s time for the fun part – the celebration! Consider wearing a white dress or outfit to stand out as the bride. And be prepared to show off your beautiful diamond ring!
There are a few things you can expect to happen once you get engaged. Family and friends will ask you if you’ve picked a date – even if you’ve only been engaged for a couple hours. Your left hand will get a lot of love, so make sure you’re properly manicured. And you’re probably going to surprise some people, so expect a wide range of reactions.
There are eight things you can expect to do as soon as you get engaged:
1. You might cry.
In fact, you’ll definitely cry. Whether it’s in the moment after he proposes or when you tell your parents, there’s going to be a moment, or many moments, where the tears flow freely. So be ready with some tissues on hand.
2. You’ll want to tell the world.
But don’t shout it from the rooftops right away. Take time to enjoy the moment and make sure you tell important family members and friends in person before posting anything on social media.
3. You won’t be able to stop staring at your ring.
You probably shouldn’t be driving, operating heavy machinery or anything else that requires your eyesight. Your eyes will be glued to the ring finger of your left hand for weeks.
4. You’ll worry about damaging your ring.
You’ll bump your ring on the table or snag it on the hem of your shirt and you’ll have a flash of panic. It may be a precious stone, but diamonds are a pretty hard substance. Don’t worry too much – your ring can take what you throw at it.
5. You’ll worry you lost your ring.
Every now and then, you’ll forget you’re wearing your ring. Your hand will feel empty and you’ll have another flash of panic. Stay calm. Your ring is most definitely still there. But make sure you check with a quick glance, just in case.
6. You’ll show your ring to everyone.
Your friends. Your family. Co-workers. The grocery store clerk. The mechanic working on your car. It doesn’t matter who. You’re going to tell them you’re engaged and you’re to show off your ring to them all.
7. You may neglect your fiancé.
The attention will be all on you and that sparkly thing on your finger, but try not to forget about the man who gave it to you. He may not be as excited about the ring as you, but he should be just as excited about getting married to you.
8. You won’t be able to stop smiling.
You’re going to have a lot of feelings. You’re going to be excited. You’re going to be overwhelmed. But most of all, you’re going to be happy. After all, you’re getting married! So, enjoy yourself! This is your moment.
You may be tempted to skimp on your wedding favors and not put much thought into choosing the right ones. But without choosing carefully, your tiny tokens will end up discarded and forgotten.
Make sure your wedding favors stand out and pack a punch by making the right choice! Wedding favors are the perfect way to thank your guests for attending and help them remember your big day for years to come.
But how do you choose the right wedding favors? Here are our top five tips to help make your decision a little easier:
1. Incorporate your theme
Start by thinking about your colors. Choose some chocolates or candies in those colors for your wedding favors to reflect your color scheme. Your venue can also play a part in your theme. A flip flop keychain or seashell candle would be perfect for a beach or destination wedding. For a wedding at a vineyard, go with wine stoppers or bottle openers.
2. Reflect the season
Throwing a fall wedding? Look for pumpkin-themed favors or package up your favorite pie or baked good. For a winter wedding, ornaments make perfect wedding favors. Whatever season you choose to throw your wedding in, giving out seasonal wedding favors is always a hit.
3. Go practical
Your guests probably don’t need a beer koozie with your wedding date stamped on it. Think about giving them something they’ll actually use and enjoy having. Ask yourself, “is this something I would want?” Wine glasses or candles are a good option. Or consider choosing an edible favor. A delicious treat definitely won’t go to waste!
4. Show off your personality
Your wedding day is the one day it’s completely about you. That means your wedding should be a reflection of you – and that includes your wedding favors! Choose something that is meaningful to you and your fiance and gives your guests a taste of your personality. If you’ve got a green thumb, go with potted plants. Is golf your favorite sport? Give out personalized golf balls.
5. Don’t forget about the display
To give your wedding favors that extra special touch, make sure you think about the presentation. Consider using a favor box or wrapping them in fun paper or tissue to make a statement. With beautiful packaging, your guests will be wowed as soon as they see the wedding favors on the tables.