In regards to February weddings, the most popular wedding and reception theme, by far, is that of Valentine's Day. The traditional color palettes for this wedding theme include shades of red, pink, and white. Roses are the most popular option for flowers in a Valentine's Day themed wedding. The menu for the wedding could include aphrodisiac appetizers, like oysters or chocolate covered strawberries. Due to its popularity, there will be numerous decorations available for this wedding. However, restraint should be exercised when planning for this type of wedding, so that the overall wedding does not become clichéd.
If a couple would like the romance of a Valentine's Day theme in a different setting, then they might opt to have a Renaissance wedding. Flower arrangements should be luscious and cascading to represent the decadence of the Renaissance. The couple does not have to wear Renaissance period clothing in order to invoke the spirit of the event. The use of lace, full skirts, sweetheart necklines, and off the shoulder gowns are indicative of the clothing of this time period. In a similar fashion, the wedding cake should also be rich and decadent, like white chocolate or red velvet filling.
Along a similar theme, the idea of a Valentine's Day wedding can be reimagined in a Victorian themed wedding. The Victorian era placed heavy emphasis upon symbolism, especially when it comes to flowers and plants. It is characterized by statues, fountains, lace, opulent flowers, corsets and petticoats. The most common color palettes that are associated with the Victorian era are jewel-toned blues, burgundy, and copper. In most instances, this style of wedding will not be able to be held out of doors during February, a couple should instead look for a 19th century estate or Victorian art or history museum.
One of the most popular Valentine's Day candies are conversation hearts. These hearts can provide the inspiration for a candy themed wedding. If a couple is looking for a venue that is slightly more out of the box, then they might want to consider holding the ceremony or reception in a vintage soda shop. Although candy is available in numerous different colors, a base color, such as jewel tones or metallic gold and silver, should be chosen first, allowing the other candy inspired colors to act as complements. M&M dispensers could be incorporated into the centerpieces, and of course, a candy bar must be part of the menu at the reception.