Looking for romantic wedding ideas you can incorporate into your wedding day? You’ve come to the right place.
At Perennial, we talk to our clients all the time about how to make their wedding day romantic and intimate—personal to their own love story, filled with moments that help them be more present, and designed to keep them connected during a busy day and in crowded rooms. In this article, we’ll cover a few of our favorite ideas.
Getting ready the morning of your wedding with your bridesmaids and groomsmen will be one of the most fun parts of your day. But if you’re like most couples we photograph, you’re still going to spend a lot of that time thinking about your love. You’ll be wondering what they’re feeling and thinking, too.
Writing letters is the perfect way to spend a quiet, intimate moment with each other without actually being together. And if you’ve got your photographer on hand in the morning, you can capture the emotion of that moment to treasure forever.
First looks are one of the most emotionally raw wedding day moments of all. Nothing can quite describe the feeling of seeing your significant other for the first time the day you’re going to walk down the aisle. Going with an intimate first look, one where it’s only the two of you, is one of the most romantic ways to start the wedding ceremony.
That said, I know some couples prefer to wait for the actual ceremony to begin before they see each other. Not to worry—that moment can feel just as romantic! Make sure you talk to your photographer about catching the look on your faces as you see each other from across the aisle so you’ll always have a keepsake of that feeling.
There’s something about nature that just adds an air of romance to the atmosphere. Whether it’s fall foliage and the crisp air of autumn or the sight and smell of spring or summer florals, an outdoor ceremony just has something whimsical about it.
Many venues offer the option of having an outdoor ceremony and indoor reception, or even indoor/outdoor combo spaces for the best of both worlds. If you’re considering an outdoor element to your wedding, look around for venues in your area with these options and pick a date when you’re likely to get wedding-friendly weather.
Everybody knows the traditional “I, [name], take you, [other name] to be my lawfully-wedded husband/wife” vows. But writing your own vows to include in addition to the standard wedding script adds a personal touch that’s one-of-a-kind.
Self-written vows can also be an awesome way to show your personalities and incorporate them into your ceremony. I’ve seen vows that had the whole place cracking up laughing, crying happy tears, and just about every emotion in between. Every couple has a unique story that led them to their wedding day, and personalized vows incorporate it in a special way.
One of the things we hear most often from couples is that their wedding day felt fleeting, and they wished they had more time to just sit back and take it all in. Choosing a sweetheart table at your reception gives you the perfect chance to do that.
At a sweetheart table, you and your bride or groom get some built-in time to be together—just the two of you—even in a room full of people—to check in, look around and see the day unfold. It’s also a great chance for your photographer to catch some candid moments of you enjoying the moment together.
String lights give any space—indoor or outdoor—a romantic feeling. You can hang them along the aisle at your ceremony, around the dance floor, across a backdrop at your reception, by the bar and buffet, or anywhere else that needs extra lighting to create a festive ambiance.
String lights can light a space all on their own, often eliminating the need for harsher lighting options in spaces that need to be well-lit. The bonus? They look gorgeous in photos, too.
Your first dance as a married couple will be one of the most special moments of your wedding day. But you can also use music throughout the entire evening to make your reception feel more personal and sneak in some extra romance.
Talk to your band or DJ about special request songs you want to be played at the reception— songs that have special meaning to you and your love. Maybe it’s a song that reminds you of your first date, or one that was playing in the background when you got engaged, or one that has lyrics that simply feel like they were written for the two of you.
They don’t have to be slow, either. Have a favorite song you love to dance around the kitchen to while you cook dinner together? Include it! Is there a song you always request when you’re at a party or out dancing? Add that one, too.
Playing these songs at your wedding is a way to share a romantic moment that your guests won’t even realize is happening. Hearing your songs and sharing a smile or a dance will feel intimate even in a crowded room.
When you envision your romantic wedding ideas, you probably also think about the photos you’ll get back of them. Documentary-style photography ditches the awkward and time consuming poses to catch those moments in their truest form.
In other words: You can stay in the moment and you’ll barely know your photographer is there. When you get the photos back later, you’ll see real emotion captured. You’ll feel like you can relive them all over again.
At Perennial, we use documentary-style photography to tell each client’s unique love story through photos. We capture the most romantic moments—and all the others in between—as they actually happen. That way, you’ll have a keepsake of your wedding that’s real, not posed.
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