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with alexandra laVayen-jenkins

Love is in the air! 

A number of couples enjoy exchanging vows on this special day created for those in love.  It does seem like a good idea; marrying the person you love while the majority of the country has L-O-V-E on their mind.

A Valentine’s Day themed wedding is the perfect opportunity for a color progression-the use of different shades and intensities of the same color.  The base color red can be interpreted throughout the use of hot pink, soft mauve, vibrant red, and a host of other shades.  Hearts, of course, are a classic Valentine design and can be subtly (or not so subtly) woven through your décor.  Sometimes it’s the small touches on the big day that is most romantic. 

In this article you will find some ideas that can help you in planning a passionate Valentine’s Wedding.

  • Lace patterns
  • Find an invite that speaks of love
  • Hearts
  • Sprinkle dried rose petals or heart confetti inside envelopes for an added Valentine’s feel.
  • Any indoor facilities that will let you light candles (most places require a fire permit that in most cases is inexpensive and is available at your local fire department.
  • A Rose Garden (depending on weather of course)
  • Choose a location in which you can cover in clouds of white tulle or lightweight fabric.
  • Bride: Traditional white gown with a touch of pink
  • Groom & Groomsmen: can wear either tuxedos or suits with red, burgundy or if your really daring red & white striped ties are a nice accent.
  • Bridesmaids: dress in floor-length burgundy or red gowns or a tea-length pink dress with floral sashes.
  • Roses, roses and more roses
  • In addition to roses add flowers such as calla lilies, stephanotis, orchids and accent with berries.
  • Pink flowers that would work well in centerpiece amaryllis, lisianthus, strawflower and ranunculus are just a few you could intersperse with white varieties for a lovely mix.
  • You could go with a French-flair with tulips everywhere.
  • Carnations (white with red or pink tips) 
  • Have your florist create arrangements that evoke romanticism.
  • Heart – shaped wreaths
  • Red or Pink votive candles
  • Heart shaped confetti sprinkled on tables
  • Placards in the shape of hearts. 
  • Favor Boxes with hearts stamped on the cover
  • Send guests home with favor boxes filled with Red Hots, heart-shaped sugar cubes, truffles or conversation hearts.

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  • You can serve pink champagne before the start of the ceremony
  • Serve Shirley Temples (especially for the little ones)
  • Heart shaped cookies iced with pink frosting and topped with the couples monogram
  • Keep the Valentine’s theme going with raspberry filling in the wedding cake.


  • Make sure the majority of the songs on your playlist include the word “love”
  • Romantic Instruments that would add a nice touch would be a flutist, strolling violins, a pianist or an oboe player can be sweet additions to any reception.
  • The use of the classic song “My Funny Valentine” it has been recorded by so many artists, you can find the version that fits your wedding.


about alexandra laVayen-jenkins

Alexandra LaVayen-Jenkins resides in beautiful Southern California with her Husband and Son. She is the owner of Custom Creations, an event and wedding planning company located in Long Beach, CA (562)505-1421. Having planned numerous events, including her own lavish May 2003 wedding to her Husband Nicholas, Alexandra attributes her success to her multi-cultural background. Alexandra’s special niche is that she is able to incorporate traditions from different ethnicities into her event planning.

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