What day of the year is more romantic than Valentine’s Day? In 2015 and 2016, Valentine’s Day falls over the weekend so we will be sure to see many weddings on The Feast of Saint Valentine.

The Effects of Cupid’s Arrow: In preparation for Cupid’s arrow of love, The Alameda County, California Clerk’s office has already announced that they will be open this year on Valentine’s Day to perform wedding ceremonies! The Empire State Building in New York City will have its 21st Annual Valentine’s Day wedding event where the first 100 couples to arrive can get married on the 86th floor Observatory. Dade City, FL will host a mass wedding ceremony at the County Courthouse. Many other clerks’ offices across the country will probably be open on Saturday the 14th; check with your local office to see if you can get your marriage license on the year’s sweetest day.

Color Palettes: Red and pink are the go to colors for Valentine’s Day, but for your wedding color palette how about mixing in aqua, silver or gold – a pale pink shade and gold make a beautiful palette. There are so many ways to use these colors to evoke the sense of romance and love for your wedding day. From a pink signature drink at your cocktail hour to warm mood lighting and lots of votive candles you can pull off a dreamy Valentine’s wedding. Pink and gold stationary and table settings with traditional Valentine’s Day lace can tie your whole theme together.

Flowers of Love: The cost of red roses can skyrocket for Valentine’s Day, so to beat the high cost of flowers for your wedding you can work with your florist early in the planning process to secure your roses order to try to get a lower price. Or better still, skip the roses altogether and go with less expensive, but equally romantic flowers.  When selecting flowers, turn to the language of flowers to choose blossoms with romantic connotations. Pink peonies symbolize prosperity and good fortune. White daisies are simple but pack a big symbolic punch – loyal love and purity. Red tulips are not only beautiful in bouquets but they also symbolize perfect love.  To give your flower arrangements an exotic touch, go with pink orchids which symbolize affection.  Your florist and wedding planner can work with you to come up with amazing and very romantic floral arrangements that don’t have to include red roses.

Sweet Delights: What Valentine’s Day is complete without an overdose of chocolate and those cute conversation hearts? If you want to have a dessert station at your reception you could have a chocolate fountain with dippable like strawberries, pound cake and marshmallows.  Chocolate truffles, petite fours, cake pops and gourmet cookies round out a chocolate station.

A Valentine’s Day theme for your wedding is not only romantic, but also very appropriate. The feast of Saint Valentine is the celebration of love and affection. So let cupid guide you on your planning journey and you will be sure to have an amazing wedding!

Jennifer Armstrong, Blogger, Perfect Planning Events

Here are a few of our past weddings for Valentine’s Day inspiration:

Red Color Palette:  black magic roses were the theme for this wedding!

Various Shades of Pink Color Palette:  shades of pink calla lillies, hydrangeas, and roses

(Pictures above are weddings/events planned by Perfect Planning Events and not duplications of others.)