Wedding Inspiration: 8 Non-Cheesy Valentine’s Day Ideas

With Valentine’s Day upon us, you may be inspired to incorporate a bit of the holiday into your February wedding. But we all know how cheesy some of the cupid-and-arrows décor can get. So I’ve rounded up eight of my favorite ideas for sprinkling some Valentine’s Day flavor into your wedding day—in a chic and elegant way, of course.

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Elements of Style: Island Escape

Escape the winter cold by hosting a destination wedding at your favorite island getaway, where the sand is sugar-fine, the cocktails are ice-cold, and summer temperatures always await.

1. SEND // this invite
Set the mood for a seaside soirée with this “Painted Sea” invitation by Laura Condouris for Minted.

2. SERVE // these drinks
During cocktail hour, have bartenders crack open fresh coconuts and serve them to guests.

3. WEAR // this wedding dress (sans shoes, of course!)
This silk-chiffon gown from J.Crew is flowy and lightweight—perfect for the beach.

4. CUT // this cake
This ocean-inspired confection by Fondant Flinger features fondant ruffles resembling waves and a sugar-sand top tier.

5. TUCK // these into welcome bags
Miniature coconut-milk-and-mango candles will make guests’ hotel rooms feel much more cozy.

6. DECORATE // with these centerpieces
Ask your florist for a mix of dahlias, orchids, and ferns in bright, tropical hues.

7. GIVE // this to your bridesmaids
They’ll adore this island-inspired perfume with notes of ginger, tuberose, and frangipani.

8. EXCHANGE VOWS // right here
Say “I do” beneath a bamboo ceremony structure decorated with chiffon and mokara orchids.

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Wedding Inspiration: 10 Ways to Decorate the Cocktail Bar

Where’s the first place your guests run to once the ceremony is over? The cocktail bar (to enjoy your signature drinks, natch!). They’ll also return to the bar multiple times throughout the night, which is why it’s the perfect place to dress up with personalized touches and creative wedding details. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite ways to make your reception’s cocktail bar really stand out.

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Wedding Inspiration: Disco-Ball Details for a Winter Wedding

Disco Balls

If you’re planning a New Year’s Eve wedding, one of the first things that comes to mind: disco balls! Sure, you can hang one over the dance floor. But there are so many more creative ways to incorporate sparkly disco balls into your wedding celebration. Here are 10 of my favorites to consider.

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Wedding Inspiration: 8 Cozy Ways to Use Faux Fur

There’s nothing more cozy than snuggling up with a faux-fur throw on a cold winter day. But faux fur isn’t just for your house (or closet) anymore, there are some really fun ways to incorporate it into your wedding day! From glam to rustic, adding a furry touch can warm up a frosty winter wedding. Here are some of my favorite ideas.

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Wedding Inspiration: 10 Easy Ways to Use Rubber Stamps

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

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Back when I was a kid, I was a little obsessed with rubber stamps. I used them on scrapbooks, notes for my friends, you name it. I’m sure we all had a little fun with them, right? And then we grew up, but that doesn’t mean the stamping fun has to end. These rubber stamps—some are store bought and some are custom made—are the perfect way to add an easy, DIY touch to your wedding day. Here are 10 of my favorite ways to use them on your big day.

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Wedding Inspiration: 10 Fall Favors

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Wedding Favors

Fall means comfort food, sweet scents, and cozy decor, and if you’re having a fall wedding, incorporating those details into your big day is always a good idea. A simple way to do it: Send your wedding guests home with one of these fall-inspired favors. Whether you’re into DIY or prefer ready-made pieces, here are 10 of my favorites fall favors from around the web.

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Elements of Style: Dark Romance

Who says floral prints are only for spring? Taking cues from the recent fashion runways—where dark, painterly flowers were all the rage—luxe, moody florals take root for fall, adding an elegant-yet-edgy undertone that’s well-suited for an autumnal wedding.

Dark floral patterns for a fall wedding

1. SEND // this invite
Floral Chalkboard” invitation by Kristie Kern for Minted

2. PICK // this dress for your bridesmaids
Floral-print knee-length dress from ASOS

3. CARRY // this bouquet
Bouquet of dahlias, chrysanthemums, and dusty miller by the Seasonal Bouquet Project

4. PACK // for the honeymoon
“Opulent Blooms” polycarbonate suitcase by Ted Baker

5. CUT // this cake
Dark chocolate-covered cake with sugar flowers by Jonathan Caleb

6. GIVE // these favors
Dark chocolate and mixed berries chocolate bar by Compartés

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Wedding Inspiration: 10 Creative Welcome Signs

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

DIY welcome sign

One thing I think is an important yet often overlooked wedding detail is the welcome sign. Your friends and family are traveling to attend your celebration, and they are most likely visiting the wedding site for the very first time. Help them get their bearings and also set the tone for the rest of the wedding day with a gorgeous welcome sign. This makes for a great DIY project, but there are also a ton of pre-made versions out there you can order and customize. Here are 10 of my favorite welcome-sign ideas:

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Elements of Style: Delft Blues

Delftware, the beautiful blue-and-white pottery that originated from Holland, may be more than 500 years old but it’s totally having a moment right now. In pretty blue shades ranging from vivid cobalt and ultramarine to elegant lapis and navy, these Delft-inspired floral patterns are a fresh and modern way to reinterpret a classic blue-and-white wedding palette.


1. SEND // this invite
“Floral Frame” letterpress invitation by Lori Wemple for Minted

2. WEAR // this wedding dress
Illusion-neckline gown with blue-and-white floral-patterned skirt by Francesca Miranda

3. CARRY // this bouquet
Bouquet of ranunculuses, dusty miller, and viburnum leaves by Stems & Styles

4. PUT ON // these heels
Floral-printed heels by L.K. Bennett

5. CUT // this cake
Blue-and-white wedding cake by Alma Pasteles

6. EXCHANGE  // your vows here
Affix pretty blue-and-white plates to a wall to create a unique, DIY ceremony backdrop

7. GIVE // these favors
Delft-patterned cookies via Pinterest

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