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6 Romantic Wedding Ideas You’ll Love

flowers and pink tablecloths in hall at romantic-themed weddingRomance and love is what brought you to the wedding altar, so why shouldn’t it be the center of your special day? Creating a romantic wedding atmosphere isn’t hard, as long as you play your theme up with unique romantic wedding ideas.

Set your wedding on a significant date.

Before anyone sets foot at your wedding, set the tone by choosing a romantic date that means something to who you are as a couple. It can be a date significant to your family, such as a birthday or wedding date, or the day you met, had your first kiss or became engaged.

Choose the perfect setting.

Your guests should feel the romance of the day from the moment they arrive at your wedding. Choose a beautiful, elegant, historic building that screams romance, or an outdoor garden full of beautiful blooms. Set the scene with a chalk drawing, romantic sign, or dramatic entrance for a favorable first impression. We’ve given you other ideas that’ll help welcome your guests in our recent post.

Candles set the mood.

crystal candle at beautiful hall during wedding receptionFloating candles, candelabras, candlesticks…the possibilities are endless when it comes to candles and the effects are beautiful. Include pearl strings, crystals, flowers in your floating candles, whatever unique touch can complete your ideal romantic atmosphere.

Flower petals are a soft, charming touch.

Flowers are a favorite wedding décor choice among couples planning a romantic-themed wedding, and for good reason. A flower arrangement brings a formal and soft touch to a room; when you take that a step further and use flower petals, you get a soft accent that can beautify an aisle or dinner table.

Romantic favors.

If you’ve given romantic gifts over the course of your history as a couple, why not pass on the favor to your guests? Create a favor table with your favorite candies that you’ve given each other, or whatever small gifts you’ve passed back and forth.

Take a cue from the fairy tales.

Nothing’s more romantic than a Prince Charming and Princess fairy tale. Play up the romance at your wedding with fairy tale touches: the glass slipper, crown, fairy tale wedding cake, invitation. If you need more ideas, find your beautiful castle setting for your wedding reception with event planners on staff. They can make recommendations and suggestions that’ll make your wedding more romantic than Prince Charming and Cinderella’s big day.

6 Mistakes NOT to Make When Choosing Your Wedding Venue

bride and groom on steps of wedding venueChoosing the wrong wedding venue for your big day can lead to some huge post-wedding regrets. To prevent those regrets, we’ve compiled a list of common mistakes couples make when narrowing down their choices of wedding venues.

Not asking about all the fees

Contact potential venues in your target area for prices before you visit—and don’t forget to ask about the details. We’ve given you a list of 15 questions to ask venue staff here, and don’t be shy about asking about charges and fees (such as an overtime fee) and what is included in the cost they are quoting you. This becomes especially relevant when comparing a venue that offers staffing versus a venue that does not. Once you factor in the cost of staffing, your prices may become equal—or it might be less expensive to go with a venue that offers staffing once you include all the costs together.

Looking at venues out of your budget

Once you’ve factored in all the costs and fees, mark off the out-of-budget venues off your ‘must see’ list—and don’t make any exceptions. Don’t risk falling in love with a place you can’t afford—or jeopardizes your future financial plans together as a couple. Do make sure that you, or someone you trusts, visit your potential wedding venue in person; don’t make this huge wedding planning decision without seeing your venue and seeing how it compares to the pictures you’ve seen online.

Making assumptions

wait staff at wedding venueDon’t assume that you can hold an awesome reception until the early morning hours. Restrictions like a limit on reception hours or choice of vendors can really dampen your reception. Do your due diligence when researching your wedding venues; make it a point to ask about any restrictions or venue requirements. If you have a caterer or florist in mind, choose a wedding venue with an open vendor policy which gives you control over who you hire to provide service at your dream wedding.

Not focusing on your guests’ needs

It doesn’t matter if you’re inviting 100 or 1,000 guests to your wedding. Keep your guests’ needs at the forefront of your venue decision while still selecting a venue that matches your style. Choose venues that are handicap accessible for guests with special needs, or make accommodations for them so they can attend (i.e. a golf cart that can transport them to your ceremony or reception). Don’t forget to think about all the needs of your guests, such as parking; your guests shouldn’t have to take out another mortgage on their house to pay for parking so they can come to your wedding. If possible, choose a venue with a specified parking area just for your guests

Choosing a venue that doesn’t fit all your guests

As much as you love that cozy little venue, don’t sacrifice the comfort of your guests—or their safety in an emergency—in a venue that won’t fit everyone. Ask your preferred venue how many guests they can accommodate, and narrow your list to wedding venues that can realistically fit all of your guests.

Thinking you can take it all on (when you can’t)

Feeling overwhelmed? Consider booking a wedding venue that has an event planner on staff. With an intimate knowledge of the venue, an on-site wedding planner can help you plan the night of your dreams—and help you avoid the mistakes and post-wedding regrets.