Guest blog by Lolly from the team at Rock My Wedding

I’m a hopeless romantic and I love the concept that there’s this special date for lovers, for amour, for passion. Valentine’s gives my boy the perfect excuse to go all out on the romance front and that’s something I’m not going to say no to.

So I couldn’t resist the temptation to bring you a healthy dose of Valentine’s inspired pretty in this month’s blog. Maybe you’re choosing to tie the knot on Valentine’s Day itself or perhaps you’re inspired by the concept and a pinky / red colour scheme. Either way we’ve got bucket-loads of inspiration that might just help you on your way to a romance extravaganza.

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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 macaron petit fours or heart-shaped pomegranate ice-cubes there’s so many ways to use the colours of romance.

Why not make your own heart shaped lollipops or marshmallows and place them at each guest’s table setting for a heartfelt wedding favour? Think about choosing different shades of pink and scarlet dyes for your colour mixes, 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 loving message.

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Layering different blush, crimson, scarlet and cherry tones is decadent, girly and romantic all at the same time. When it comes to your blooms, 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.

If traditional roses appeal but you’re looking for an edgier twist, try mixing foliage and fruit such as raspberries and blackberries in with the heavier rose heads for your table flowers. Scatter fallen petals around the base of your centerpieces for that extra touch of romance. Why not set your theme with coloured bud vases clustered together to create sweet table centrepiece, tie swathes of coloured fabric around tired chairs to pep them up or opt for coloured candles in your chosen palette.

And can I just say that you can never have too many roses. Try sweeping up a huge bundle and tying up with an oversized bow for a truly simple yet beautiful bouquet.

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Coloured wedding gowns have been gaining in popularity for some time now. Forgo soft lemons and whispers of mint in favour of blush pink and scarlet red creations that look just as good on brides as they do on maids.

Would you consider wearing a colourful gown on your big day? Perhaps you’re thinking of mixing it up for your evening reception? Why even wait for your wedding day – colourful outfits are perfect for an engagement party or your e-shoot. You’ll 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. 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.

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I’m particularly keen on really great DIY elements in today’s weddings and there are plenty of tutorials if you’re struggling on the inspiration front. Why not undertake a Valentine’s DIY or two… if that doesn’t get you in the mood for love then I don’t know what will.

So Valentine’s… will you be doing anything to mark the occasion this year?

Until next month, Lolly xxx