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How to Create a Valentine’s Wedding

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A Valentine’s Day wedding is absolutely beautiful and very sentimental. Here are a few fun tips to create the perfect Valentine’s Day wedding.

Valentine’s Day Wedding Cake

A fun Valentine’s Day wedding cake is a must for a V-day wedding. Go with the traditional red and white complete with hearts, or choose something a little different. Ideas for great Valentine’s Day flavors include chocolate, red velvet and strawberry.

Valentine's Wedding Cake

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Valentine's Wedding Cake

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Valentine's Wedding Cake

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Valentine’s Day Wedding Décor

You can create a lot décor yourself, and really save. Plus, it’s a lot of fun to make your own beautiful decorations. Create heart garland using heart punches and colored paper. Poke holes in the hearts and thread string through for a super cute look.

Valentine's Wedding Decor

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You can also use that same heart punch to get heart shapes from card stock. Wrap them with wire around candles to create the perfect centerpieces!

Valentine's Day Decor

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Sew together simple heart-shaped pouches with ribbon and felt to create pouches for confetti or small floral arrangements to hang down the aisle. You can use a rubber band and sandwich baggie on the bottom of the flowers to make sure they have plenty of water.

Velentine's Day Decor

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Valentine’s Day Wedding Menu Ideas

Go with a fun brunch that includes heart French toast. You can either dust sugar on the French toast in the shape of a heart or use a cookie cutter to cut the toast into the shape of a heart.

Valentine's Day Breakfast

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You can also choose to do a dessert bar, since Valentine’s Day is all about being sweet!

These are just a few of the fun Valentine’s Day wedding ideas you can create! Let them inspire you to come up with something fun and beautiful for your own wedding.

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The 3 Most Expensive Parts of a Wedding and How to Cut Costs

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Weddings are expensive, no matter which way you turn. However, they don’t have to be as expensive as they could be. By checking out the most expensive parts of a wedding, you can come up with tricks and alternatives that will allow you to save money.

Wedding Reception

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The Wedding and Reception Venue

Typically, the most expensive aspects of a wedding are the ceremony and reception venue. This depends on whether the venue comes with food and servers or not, and of course, the location of the venues. Many brides will pay tens of thousands of dollars for the venues. To save money, book the venues in “off times,” such as during the week since most brides want to be married on the weekend. Call the venue you’re interested in and ask about discounts and savings.

Wedding Venue

Flowers

Flowers are very expensive and they don’t last long. They’re one of the biggest expenses brides will have to budget for. There are some great ways to save on flowers. Vases with single flowers rather than total arrangements can save you money. You can also go with silk flowers, but some of these cost as much as fresh flowers. If you want to be creative and save money, choose hand-picked wild flowers for your wedding. You can also save by ordering local flowers from your florist rather than ones that are imported.

Wedding Centerpiece

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Wedding Bouquet

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Wedding Flowers

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The Wedding Attire

Your dress alone could cost thousands of dollars, and then you have to factor in the price of a tuxedo, shoes for the bride and groom, accessories, etc. The cost can really add up. If you’re not too sentimental, you could borrow or rent a dress for the occasion. Renting a tuxedo rather than buying can also trim the cost. If you want a new dress, look for last season’s styles to save money.

Wedding Dress

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Wedding Gown

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By trimming costs in each area of your wedding budget, you can really save money while planning your wedding.

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Fun Alternatives to Throwing the Rice

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Whether it’s to save on clean up efforts or to modernize the rice-throwing tradition, there are a ton of great alternatives. Here are just a few that you can consider:

Bubbles

The bride and groom leave the reception hall through a beautiful cloud of bubbles blown by the wedding guests and wedding party. This is a super cool alternative to throwing rice, and a wonderful photo opportunity.

Bubble Wedding Send-Off

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Wedding Bubbles

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Ringing Bells

It’s a tradition in some cultures to ring bells as the bride and groom leave, to “scare away” evil spirits. Not only is this a fun alternative for today, but it can be really beautiful and a fun experience.

Wedding Bell Send-Off

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Wedding Bells

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Throwing Flower Petals

Flower petals are a romantic and fun alternative to throwing rice, plus there’s no need to clean up afterward like there would be with confetti.

Flower Petal Send-Off

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Flower Petal Send-Off

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Bird Seed

Tossing bird seed is not only a great alternative to throwing rice, but it’s a fun treat for the birds after the reception is over!

Bird Seed Send-Off

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Bird Seed Send-Off

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Sparklers

For an evening ceremony, have guests hold sparklers in the air as the bride and groom leave the reception hall. This makes for a gorgeous photo opportunity and a pleasant send-off.

Sparkler Send-Off

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Sparkler Send-Off

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Sparkler Send-Off

These fun send-offs are great alternatives to the traditional rice-throwing send-off. You don’t have to be limited to these, either. Use your creativity and imagination to come up with something fantastic that fits your wedding theme and personality!

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