If there’s one word that sums up a wedding and all its emotion, meaning and symbolism, it has to be “romantic.”
And the great thing about the word romantic? It can mean anything you want it to mean! To one bride, it can mean getting picked up in a limo and taken to a great restaurant and the theater. To another bride, it can mean a surprise camping trip in the mountains. And to yet another, it can mean the gift of a new bike and a planned riding route. Whatever romantic means to you, add it into your wedding in ways that will make everyone sigh about long after your getaway.
Here are some ideas for putting together a romantic look.
Looking forward to romance
How do you get everyone on board for your day filled with romance? With a romantic wedding invitation! Choose lovebirds, tattoo designs, hearts and key designs, flowers, inspirational words, pastels and shimmer — whatever wedding invitation style that will get guests in the mood for romance.
All dressed up
Even if you’re not going for an all-out lace-tulle-sparkle-pouf-veil bridal look, you can still dress up romantic style with meaningful accents here and there. Carry a bouquet of sweet peas (pink!) against your modern wedding gown. Splurge on the ultimate romantic wedding shoes with flowers, beading and tulle touches to soften your sleek wedding gown. Sew an embroidered message inside your man’s tie. On the inside of your gown, embroider your wedding date, initials and lovey-dovey names for each other — it’s extra romantic because you two will be the only ones who know it’s there.
Isn’t it romantic?
Do you love candlelit dinners? Then fill your space with tons of candles and watch all your guests get cuddly. Do flowers speak the language of romance for you? Blow your budget on blossoms in the style, type and color you love. Whatever your passion, bring it into your wedding in creative ways: a bicycle built for two for avid cyclists, a swing band if you love cutting a rug, the finest wines for vineyard-frequenters, a photo booth with awesome props for the photographers at heart.
Make time for romance
The day will go so fast. Just be sure you schedule in time to be with your new husband, just the two of you. Go outside for some hug-and-kiss time and look through the window at your guests celebrating inside. Write a letter for your guy to read before the wedding, then surprise him with a cup of his favorite coffee drink and spend some time together. You’ll be glad you shared those romantic moments with each other.
Share the love
Include your guests in the love-fest in little ways. Treat them to tiny, individual bottles of champagne to share with their dates. Woo them with personalized heart cookies and chocolates. Send them on a fun treasure hunt for hidden prizes. Name your tables after history’s most romantic couples (Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Angelina and Brad). Print and frame quotes from love poetry, songs and movies and place them on guests’ tables.
Now get ready to plan the most romantic wedding that’s just your style!