Valentine's Wedding Inspiration Post

Whether you consider it the perfect excuse to crack open the bubbly and dine on chocolates for dinner or view it as a commercial con for the gullible, the fact remains; it’s Valentine’s Day next week.

I for one LOVE it.


Yes we all know that the price of flowers sky rockets and that it’s impossible to get a table in any of your favourite restaurants. And then there’s the argument that you can be romantic any day of the year so why choose to lavish all this attention on your beloved on February 14th.

But I’m a hopeless romantic and I love the concept that there’s this special date for lovers, for amour, for passion. Valentine’s actually gives my boy the perfect excuse to go all out on the romance front and he comes up trumps every time.

Regardless on which fence you sit, I couldn’t resist the temptation to bring you a healthy dose of Valentine’s inspired pretty for your delectation.

Maybe you’re choosing to tie the knot on Valentine’s Day itself or perhaps you’re inspired by the concept and pinky red colour scheme.

Either way I’ve got four boards of pretty that might just help you on your way to a romance extravaganza.

Call Me Cupcake

Before I begin can we just take a moment to admire the genius that is these ombre ‘X O’ biscuits. I mean seriously…how are you supposed to eat something that pretty…

If you’ve got your heart set on a perfectly pink or hot red colour scheme but don’t quite know where to start then perhaps one of the easiest ways to integrate it is in your big day sweet treats.

Be it a scarlet floral garnish on your cake, cherry coloured macarons or heart-shaped pomegranate ice-cubes there’s so many ways to utilise these colours of romance.

Call Me Cupcake

Be kind on your pocket by making your own heart shaped lollipop favours and placing them at each guest’s table setting. Think about choosing different shades of pink and scarlet dyes for your lollipop mix; that way you can add a touch of ombre (and impact!) to your wider wedding decor. Finish off with a small tag inscribed with a heartfelt message.

Lastly, if you’re planning a rustic wedding I particularly like the idea of spearing wild strawberries on stalks of long grass.

You’ve got organic prettiness whilst being kind on the environment too!

Perfect Pinks

Those of you who read the blog regularly will probably remember the ‘Think Pink’ inspiration in this bouquet post. Given the Valentine’s theme, I just couldn’t refuse the opportunity to show you more wonderful bouquets…I know, we spoil you!

Layering different blush, crimson, scarlett and cherry tones is decadent, girly and romantic all at the same time. I particularly love the bride at the bottom who has accessorised her bouquet with a matching floral crown to boot.

Perfect Pinks

For a truly modern feel place pink blooms in white vessels or against white backgrounds as this will make the flowers pop. Alternatively if you’re looking for something a little more timeless, cut glass screams classic luxe.

Lastly if traditional roses really appeal but you’re looking for an edgier twist, try mixing foliage and fruit such as raspberries and blackberries in with the heavier roseheads.

Cupid’s Vixens

Towards the end of last year, we saw coloured gowns flaunt their wares on the wedding catwalks. Soft lemons, whispers of mint and blush creations look just as good on brides as they do on maids too.

Would you consider wearing a colourful gown on your big day? Perhaps you’re thinking of mixing it up for your evening reception…well check out some of these beauties.

Cupid's Vixens

I personally will fight anyone for the pink lace frock and the glamorous sequined number – they’re nothing short of delicious. Hell why even wait for your wedding day – some of these outfits would be perfect for an engagement party, your e-shoot or even for dinner next week. You’d be right on theme.

If you love the idea of introducing colour into your ensemble but don’t want to go full throttle, consider adding it in the form of your accessories instead. Statement necklaces, ribboned bouquets, hair accessories or even a bold lip are all simple and effective ways of doing this. These blush pink shoes are elegant, sophisticated and hopelessly romantic – perfect for a Valentine’s wedding.

If in doubt, add heart shaped red balloons with tassels. Utterly lush.

Love Daubs

Inspiration lies in the unlikeliest of places.

Your favourite piece of art, a treasured vase, vintage linens or even pieces of paper pretty can all be a starting point for theming your big day.

This concoction of images demonstrates just that – all the way from coloured letters to beachside love camps. Why not set your theme with coloured bud vases clustered together to create sweet table centrepieces, tie swathes of coloured fabric around tired chairs to pep them up or opt for coloured candles in your chosen palette.

Love Daubs

I’m particularly keen on dyed napkins at the moment and there are some great DIY tutorials on how to recreate the look out there. Why not customise some of your own in the theme of your choosing.

And just look at that ‘Love’ card complete with rosy stamp – if that doesn’t get you in the mood for you then I don’t know what will.

So Valentine’s then…love it or hate it?

Any of you hoping to get engaged – yes we know you single ladies read the blog too 😉

What’s been your most memorable Valentine’s experience?

Surprisingly one of my sweetest memories was sitting eating chips with the boy in a van because he’d forgotten to book a table. Who knew that two bags of chips and a mini bottle of champagne could still put a massive smile on this girl’s face all these years later.

All my love Lolly xxx

Author: Lauren Gautier-Ollerenshaw
Lolly is a self-professed frustrated florist and styling maven with an endless passion for all things pretty.

13 thoughts on “Seduction.

  1. Blackberries, blackberries, blackberries! They look insanely awesome in that shot of a centerpiece.

    Some fantastic inspiration here Lolly…wondering if I can find a way to arrange a 2nd wedding in time for the big V day?! No, probably not. But I’d love to hear from the girls who are organised and have their nuptials planned for the day of love.

    Also…go pink! I love pink weddings. Girly, classic and just simply lovely.

    I also adore those XO cookies?! How incredible are those?! Is anyone baking their own favours? Such a seriously good idea!


  2. I like Valentine’s day, and for us it is usually a cosy night in… the boy considered proposing Valentine’s day 2011, in a let’s go find you something lovely in this jewellery shop kind of way, but then decided (having left the house all prepared with his chequebook and everything) that it didn’t quite feel right. And then he waited another 10 months…

    Anyway, mostly I’m posting because this year I will be spending it on a jaunt to Brighton with my sisters in tow, and whilst there I’m just going to swing by the bridal shop and have my first dress fitting. (And oh gosh how exciting was that phone call last week telling me it was in the shop!)

  3. Funnily enough my favourite Valentine’s memory also involves chips, eaten in the February sunshine overlooking Swanage harbour – my first ever Valentine’s date with the man who will be my husband come September 🙂

    I’m going to a Valentine’s wedding next week so will see if they’ve been inspired by such lovely images!

  4. I love simple thoughtful gifts for valentines (although I wouldn’t say no to a sequin embellished frock….) but actually it’s the cards I look forward to the most, I’ve kept every single one Mr O’Shea has bought for me since we first got together (Just 2 weeks before Valentines in 2004!) and he always writes a funny/thoughtful message in each.

    Um…might be putting a request in for that BHLDN collar this year though mind!

    Charlotte xxx

  5. @Becky it’s all about the blackberries isn’t it – glad to see I’m in good company! And you’ll have to fight me for the glittery feathers – in fact I might have a go at making a feathery garland this weekend – keep your eyes peeled on twitter for feather updates!

    @Ruby I do love a cosy night in! The boy prepared a surprise candlelit valentine’s dinner for me last year so when I arrived home there were tealights on the doorstep trailing all the way up to a bottle of champagne on ice and a gorgeous boy (he was slightly flustered though as cooking timings aren’t his strong point). So I’m totally for a loved up night at home! And your first dress fitting too – so so exciting!!

    @Emily be sure to report back on the Valentine’s wedding – now that’s one wedding I’d love to go to!

  6. LOVE these pics! I want those Prada shoes ASAP, they’re so cute!

    We’re seeing a lot more pink inspiration this Valentine’s day, instead of the usual red. I think dusky pink decor is fabulous for anyone that’s having a Valentine’s day dinner at home.

    And to all the single gals out there, don’t worry if you don’t have a date this Val day – get all the girls round, accessorise your pad with candles and a hint of pink, put on a chick flick and embrace singledom!

    Jessica – Soirée de Luxe xx

  7. Loving all the pink here. I just logged onto my pinterest and was made up to see such lovely pictures all over my feed.

    Love the final shoot with all the balloons, me and my partner have become obsessed recently and I’m dying to style a big floaty shoot with balloons everywhere!

    @Charlotte, Oh I agree, Valentines is all about simple thoughtful gifts. Me and Danny just had the exact conversation. A night in, lovely meal and a thoughtful gift are all we want.

  8. Sure Valentine’s Day is highly publicized, but if it weren’t for this day, I feel some people would never spend the time to refocus their attention on their relationship. We’ve got a tradition of listening to our wedding song and drinking the same wine we had on our honeymoon in Italy! These small “nothings”, along with peace, quiet and good conversation, are what I value more than anything money could buy on this day.

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