10 Touches for a Gorgeous Valentine's Day Wedding

Valentine's Day Weddings Done Right:  10 Wedding Planner Tips for Making it a Beautiful Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and, for some couples, that could mean an engagement ring. For others, it could mean wedding bells are ringing. Should you get married on the candy-filled day? If you do opt for a Valentine wedding, can you pull it off without turning it into a tornado of red and pink and roses? 

"Valentine's Day is a great day to get married," says celebrity event designer and television personality Samantha Goldberg, "because you give new meaning to the Hallmark holiday, you define the day with the emphasis on true love and creating lasting memories."

Here are Goldberg's ten favorite tips for planning a gorgeous wedding on the most romantic day of the year.

1. Set the tone right away with an old-fashioned Valentine for a save-the-date or invitation.

Design your invitations much like a Valentine’s Day card. If you’re into scrapbooking, you can make each one unique with décor. Layer each in glitz and glam or hearts with charm.You can also get creative by designing a cookie-shaped as a heart and then putting the details on edible paper on top. It’s certainly a sweet treat before the main event.

2. Choose a charity to spread more love.

Some couples make a charitable donation using the money they would have spent buying favors for guests. For example, you can make a Valentine card (perhaps in a heart shape) announcing that a donation was made to the American Heart Association or a charity that means something special to you.

3. Bypass the guest book.

Do something different to add some pizzazz to your theme as guests enter the ceremony and reception.  Have guests to offer well-wishes on heart-shaped chalkboards and ask the photographer to snap a pic, or leave a Polaroid for guests to use themselves. Make heart shaped cards in various shades of red for guests to share their well wishes on. It doesn't cost much time and you will save money.

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4. Invent a love-themed game.

For those who like to entertain, try playing some games of trivia about the bride and groom that help share the details of their love story all around the room. This is a great way to break up the many courses of food, and it spreads the love among the masses.

5. Belt out the cheesy love songs.

If you have a melodic crowd, have your guests sing a love song instead of clanking glasses to encourage you to kiss. That way they will have to work to get you to smooch and you've built in entertainment to dinner down-times.

6. Set a dress code to match the day.

While dress codes are still questionable depending on how formal you go, it's fun to break the typical rules and ask your guests to wear shades of red to set the mood.

7. Focus on romantic films.

The reception is the place to turn up the fun and turn on the rom-coms and sappy films. Name your tables after movies you both love, like When Harry Met Sally, Gone with the Wind, 16 Candles, The Notebook and Heavens Above—just to name a few.

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8. Indulge your sweet tooth.

Create cute favors of red silk bags filled with candy hearts custom-stamped with the couple's initials. If sweets are your thing, say yes to a sweets bar with gummy hearts, cherry sours, chocolate roses, and malt balls galore. Don't forget a cute container for those  who want to take some home. 

9. Write love notes to your family, bridal party and honored guests.

When you think of those who invested a lot to be with you on such a special day, there is no gift that's more priceless than love notes to your guests. Try putting them inside their napkin, their wine glass, and even on the centerpiece to show how much you adore and care for them. Be sure to tell them their company means everything to you, and don't forget to do the same for your new hubby/wife to be. Little notes leading up to the big day have such a significant meaning.

10. End the evening with a cup of cocoa.

When the night comes to an end and every one's ready to go, don't forget that mug of cocoa or coffee with a sugar cookie heart with a heart-candy inspired saying. Heart-shaped marshmallows, red and pink glitter sprinkles or a chocolate-dipped spoon make the last toast even cozier.

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