With so many people getting married and only 365 days on the calendar, more and more couples are choosing to have a Valentine’s Day wedding. While it may sound counter-intuitive to get married on such a romantic holiday, some may make the argument that it’s the very nature of the day that makes it so ideal for your wedding. No matter what the reasons are that you happen to be having your wedding on Valentine’s Day, here are some tips and ideas to help you make the most of your experience and really milk the Valentine’s Day gimmick for all it’s worth.
Romance for Guests
One of the best ways to use the fact that your wedding is on this holiday to your benefit it get your guests involved in the fun. Don’t forget, it’s also a romantic day for all of the couples witnessing your ceremony! On top of that, they are watching one of the most inspiring things imaginable. Obviously, want to keep the emphasis on you as the newlyweds. However, you can include their love and romance during certain parts of your reception, too. It will make your entire wedding more special for everyone.
The little details of a wedding can reflect the over-arching theme. So, choosing wedding favors that fit perfectly for it is very important. We’re obviously partial to our heart shaped sparklers and wooden roses since they are perfect for either a wedding or Valentine’s Day. That makes them even better when the two come together. However, don’t forget the other small touches like heart shaped confetti, heart-print plates and napkins, and even heart shaped candies to make your Valentine’s Day wedding theme complete.
One of the cuter ideas that I’ve heard of is to organize a Valentine exchange among your guests. Basically, you hand out a blank Valentine to each guest so they can write something nice about someone else in the reception hall. This can get pretty interesting because most couples choose each other. However, the single guests can occasionally offer up some revealing information. I’ve even heard of a few relationships starting out this way at a wedding reception. You never know what might happen! Plus, it can be a lot of fun for the kids if you are having a family-friendly wedding reception.
Other Hidden Benefits of a Valentine’s Day Wedding
Besides the romantic factors and all of the other great gimmicks like sparklers that you get to use as part of your Valentine’s Day wedding, there are a couple of other key benefits. First, your anniversary will be on the 14th of February each year. The chances of forgetting a great gift for your spouse are nearly impossible. On top of that, you’ll only need to buy one gift instead of two gifts. Since both events are on the same date, you’ll need to make sure it’s a really great “double-meaning” gift. However, it still beats needing to go out shopping twice.
In the end, having a Valentine’s Day wedding is actually a huge benefit rather than a compromise. If you are planning your wedding for this holiday, just remember to acknowledge what the day means for everyone else. But also make it your own so it will always be the day of your wedding; at least in your mind.