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Hot topic: Romantic touch

We ask our experts how to inject those extra special romantic touches into your wedding day

A way to the heart

A way to the heart

Q. How can I add an element of romance into my wedding day?

A. Nicola Gauntlett says: A Valentine's wedding is always going to be extra special. So, having chosen your fairytale venue it's now the turn of the caterers to create a banquet to remember, after all, food is the language of love!

Your menu should be indulgent, temptation on a plate. So whether you choose a beautifully cooked fillet of beef or a heart-warming plate of posh bangers and mash, true comfort food for the soul, it needs to be a feast for the eyes. Sharing platters help friends and family to get involved and form new friendships.

A subtle introduction of an aphrodisiac into the menu could also fan a spark between your guests. Oysters, chocolate, asparagus, chilli and figs are all foods we associate with romance.

Food can evoke emotions; it conjures up memories and feelings from past events. Couples often wish to introduce foods from memorable moments they have shared together, possibly a holiday or meal in a special place.

Why not, give your loved ones tiny heart shaped boxes of chocolates as favours and instead of numbers, name your tables after famous romantic couples.

Going to the chapel

Going to the chapel

Q. How can I add an element of romance into my wedding day?

A. John O’Connor says: As with every aspect of your special day, the choice of car for a Valentine's Day wedding is huge. So what to do? Many things need to be considered when you are selecting your wedding car, including style, personality, budget and sometimes even location. You should want the car to say something about you and your partner on your big day.

There's a wide selection available, including vintage, faux vintage (new but designed to look classic), contemporary modern (Jaguar or Bentley), classic and even VW Campervans. I always suggest people opt for vintage or contemporary modern. What might look quirky today might not age well when you come to look at your wedding pictures in years to come.

Don't forget to look behind the price to see what's included. The journey is just one aspect. A home consultation should be part and parcel, along with little touches to bring added romance to the trip, perhaps a bottle of bubbly and your choice of music.

Tree romance

Tree romance

Q. How can I add an element of romance into my wedding day?

A. Julian Poole says: With foliage styling becoming ever more popular, living trees and plants – with their structure and textures – can offer verdant backdrops to bright floral arrangements or act as stunning focal points themselves.

The myrtle tree, for example, is said to be sacred to the goddess Venus and thought to inspire everlasting love. What better way to decorate your venue, adding drama and romance?

A romantic epic

A romantic epic

Q. How can I add an element of romance into my wedding day?

A. Tom Zanelli says: I love working with couples who are planning their big day and ensure I capture every little beautiful moment in telling their wedding story from start to finish.

Getting married is special any day of the year, but saying the vows on Valentine's Day feels so fitting and even lovelier. So it's really important when creating a wedding film that the couple's personality and love comes across. Don't get carried away with the notion of Valentine's Day and go down the cheesy route, which means over-the-top staged pieces to camera.

Your videographer's role comes in with the music, the way the film is shot and picking up those perfect moments when the love between you both is clear for all to see. That's what we do best!

Country elegance

Country elegance

Q. How can I add an element of romance into my wedding day?

A. Mariella Fleming says: If you're getting married in a barn venue, we suggest making use of the beams by adding romantic drapes, twinkling fairylights or festoons of fresh foliage.

The benches that line your ceremony room can be used for hanging wooden hearts or posies of flowers from, while the aisle can be scattered with rose petals. Another nice addition to ceremony room décor is a beautiful bespoke floral arch, which could incorporate traditional red or pink roses.

If you've always dreamed of getting married outside, don't be put off by the weather in February – a clear and crisp winter's day can provide a stunning backdrop. If your venue offers a year-round outdoor space in which to get wed, they should offer rugs, blankets, patio heaters and the like – as we do here at Southend Barns – to ensure guests are kept cosy throughout the service.

To continue the romantic theme, why not treat guests to heart-inspired wedding favours and go for a red velvet cake? You could even fill your venue with flowers or dress it with coloured paper lanterns and oversized helium balloons in shades of red, pink and white. If you're after a magical effect, a fairylight canopy cascading from overhead looks breathtaking and perfect for the most romantic day of the year.

The food of love

The food of love

Q. How can I add an element of romance into my wedding day?

A. Tom Butterworth says: Live music for the “I dos” adds such a personal touch to the occasion, having someone playing live as your guests arrive makes them feel welcome and helps create the romantic ambience and anticipation of the ceremony to come.

As a classical guitarist and singer, I find having some beautiful classical guitar for the ceremony adds to the sense of occasion, and creating a one-of-a-kind arrangement of your chosen song makes your ceremony a personal experience that's hard to replicate with a CD or MP3 player. The right musician will happily play your other requests for the signing of the register and give a great, joyful musical accompaniment for the recessional as you enter the world as a married couple for the first time.

For the drinks reception and photos, you can relax and enjoy a drink, often outside during summertime. For this, I enjoy singing some laid-back, happy songs from across the decades, taking requests from guests young and old.

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