Valentine's Day is a day about celebrating love—and we can't think of anything more romantic than saying "I do" on the special holiday.
Every year, February 14th is a day that's filled with fresh flowers, chocolates, hearts, letters of affection, and, most importantly, those we love. We say celebrate the holiday by incorporating all that into a wedding on Valentine's Day. Worried it will read more cheesy than romantic? Think again! We're here to prove that a wedding on Valentine's Day can be chic—and, OK, maybe a tiny bit cheesy, but that's part of why we love the holiday so much.
The first step to planning a wedding on Valentine's Day is to decide how you want to embrace the theme. To get you started, our editors searched real wedding photo galleries on Brides.com and called on pro party planners to curate a selection of ideas that perfectly appropriate for the special day. From subtle bouquets of long-stemmed roses and heart-accented jewelry to tablescapes that scream "romance," we have inspiration for every style couple and level of Valentine's enthusiast.
Keep reading to get inspired for your big day—and remember: You can copy these ideas whether you're marrying on February 14th or July 14th. Weddings are a day about love, and we endorse hearts, flowers, and grand romantic gestures no matter the date.
An invitation is the best way to set the mood for any celebration. If you're personalizing yours to a Valentine's Day theme, try incorporating a romantic touch like this custom heart-shaped illustration, a red scalloped border, or even a pretty calligraphy script.
Naturally, a Valentine's Day wedding must include all the hearts and flowers. We say embrace the holiday favorites but incorporating them into your wedding décor, accessories, and personalized touches throughout the day. We especially love (love!) this "wow" moment, which could be utilized as a statement entrance at the ceremony and double as a photo booth at the reception.
Statement heart-shaped earrings are having a moment right now, and these Rebecca de Ravenel earrings are no exception. For the rehearsal dinner or reception, consider adding a fun accessory in a metallic or bright hue (as bride Tara did here).
A fun clutch is another go-to accessory. We love this red-and-gold Edie Parker clutch for any celebration.
Let your ladies embrace the theme as well by dressing in red bridesmaid dresses or even a heart print, as shown here at Harley Viera-Newton's whimsical wedding in New York City. To avoid the look from looking too matchy-matchy, consider letting them accessorize on their own.
Not wanting red hearts all over? That's OK, too. Take this heirloom gown by Hermione de Paula as proof that hearts are equally as special in disguise.
Consider trading the traditional white wedding dress for a blush—or red!—gown. Also, if there's a fun heart-shaped landmark near your wedding venue, embrace it as a backdrop for some memorable pre or post-ceremony portraits with your partner.
We love the idea of hiding a sweet love note inside a suit jacket, tie, or handkerchief. Is there a better way to tell your future husband/father/brother/best man how much you love them?
There are a number of romantic dresses on the market, so consider dressing your littlest attendants in a style feels fitting for the big day. At this flower-filled wedding in Washington, D.C., the adorable squad of flower girls wore soft pink dresses with heart-shaped keyholes. Too cute!
Flowers girls can also embrace the heart-shaped accessory. At Mary Lawless Lee's Nashville wedding, her six (yes, six!) flower girls wore BHLDN dresses and posed with hearts made of olive branches for photos.
This idea can also be done with delicate baby's breath. Take it to the next level by dressing your squad in flower crowns to match.
Looking for another heart-shaped prop? We're obsessed with these heart-shaped, biodegradable balloons as a fun accessory idea for your littlest attendants.
Obviously, every couple must exchange Valentine's cards on their wedding day. We say do this before the ceremony with a note that fits your style, whether it's over-the-top romantic or totally punny.
To that point: Roses are naturally a must as well. Rye Workshop created a bouquet of light-pink long-stem roses, arranged in a modern style inspired by a recent Gucci Resort fashion show.
If a ceremony is all about declaring your love for one another, why not say "I do" inside an actual heart? We're obsessed with this statement-making altar of delicate baby's breath in a pretty pink hue. Not to mention the boho carpets and pampas grass surrounding it!
Yes, even the bar can be touched with a little V-day charm. This set-up incorporates various textures and styles that seamlessly blend together thanks to a consistent pink-and-white color palette.
If you can't tell, we're going a bit crazy with the heart theme here. But it's just so dang cute! That said, the heart shape isn't the only reason we're into this escort card display. First, we love how each card—ahem, we mean bud vase—doubles as a favor. And next: Look at the text above! At this reception, the couple named each table after a place they've lived or traveled to together, playing up that our loved ones live and traveled from all over to celebrate their love.
There's something undoubtedly romantic about an antique setting and an abundance of roses. That said, we're all about taking this look to the next level with modern ghost chairs and an unexpected pop of blue-and-white Chinoiserie.
A modern neon sign is a cool and funky way to incorporate some Valentine's Day details. For another modern twist, consider pairing red with natural and dark undertones for an unexpected (and unique!) mix of styles and palettes.
Give your guests the quintessential Valentine's Day gift—flowers!—as favors. This couple hired a flower truck to create custom bouquets for their guests. What a fun idea for your reception!
Have your caterer cut tiny red hearts out of fondant for the cutest wedding cake decoration. For a final touch, personalize your cake topper, as this couple of cat lovers did.
We know we've mentioned neon signs before but we have to take one final moment to address the décor element. When anchored correctly, it can act as the focal point for the dinner, speeches, and later, dancing. At this real wedding in France, the couple customized theirs with the catchphrase, “Hooked on a Firinn,” to play on the groom's last name.
Speaking of dancing: Every bride and groom needs a pair of dancing shoes, right?! We couldn't be more obsessed with these classic Chucks stitched with a heart. This particular pair was a gift from the bride's new sister-in-law.
Ensure every guest leaves your wedding with literal heart eyes by handing out plastic sunglasses toward the end of the night. Trust us: Everyone appreciates a prop on the dancefloor.
End your night with one last grand gesture in the form of a balloon-accented getaway car.