Each year on February 14th, many people exchange cards, gifts, chocolates or flowers with their special “valentine”, but why not exchange your vows?  Are you a hopeless romantic, with your heart set on getting married?  Why not consider planning a Valentine’s wedding?

Here at Hayne House, we would certainly love to share the most romantic day of the year with you.  So why not melt a few hearts and play cupid by bringing together your closest friends, nearest and dearest, taken or single!

Valentine’s Day, even when it falls on a Saturday, is an off-season wedding date, which means that you are more likely to get a good price from a venue and your guests are more likely to be able to attend as they probably won’t be away on vacation.

Where do we start with planning a valentines wedding?

To get started, we recommend that you think about what Valentine’s Day means to you. Valentine’s Day is all about love, and so is your wedding.  So, look for inspiration from your heart, your own love story and think about how you can celebrate all things amour: when and where you met, the proposal and things you love doing together.

As the most romantic day in the calendar we recommend using soft lighting to set the mood and tone.  And, of course, nothing says “romance” more than a candlelit dinner. We love ornate, flower-draped candelabras (with fake candles) or why not use hurricane vases.

What colour palette works for valentines wedding?

The traditional Valentine’s Day palette is girly blush, romantic pinks, luscious reds like cherry, scarlet, cardinal and deep crimson.  You can use these colours subtly, or go for a pop of colour, such as chair covers with pink bows, or you can use one colour applied in bucket loads: like having a red carpet to walk down the aisle.  The team at Hayne House all love a dreamy mix of reds and pinks accented with peach, apricot, mint green and gold.  But your colour palette can be anything that, for you both, gets across your romantic, imaginative message.

What flowers for a valentines wedding?

Roses are synonymous with a valentine wedding, however, we recommend including tulips along with silver and green foliage, as roses are inevitably going to be priced higher due to seasonal demand.

Instead of the groom having a floral buttonhole or wearing his heart-on-his-sleeve why not source a heart shaped boutonniere?

If you marry on Valentine’s day, it is probably going to become an unforgettable day for everyone you invite.  So, throughout your wedding, you shouldn’t forget to let your guests know how much you love each other, but also them for sharing your special day.    You could leave love-notes everywhere and we like the idea of bringing the outside in and hiring Topiary LOVE letters from Big Day Prop Hire.

Entertaining your guests at a valentines wedding

We totally love the idea of heart shaped props or a floral heart wreath for a Kiss-Me-Quick photo booth.

Harry Kilb, our Handpicked DJ, says choosing your music makes every wedding memorable, but to make this day a musical day to remember he recommends putting together a playlist by picking and mixing up some ballads and contemporary pop songs about the ups of being in love and then dimming the lights. You will get everyone on the dance floor with classics from Bonnie Tyler, Barry White, The Commodores, Nina Simone, Rick Astley, Bee Gees, Marvin Gaye, George Michael along with some contemporary love songs by Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Kodaline, John Legend & Sam Smith.