Heart-Shaped Wedding Ideas for the Romantic in You

Mademoiselle Fiona

It's no secret that you love your future spouse. So, when planning your wedding, why not incorporate the symbol of love into your stationery, décor, and more? While you may be skeptical of including hearts in your big day, there are plenty of non-cheesy ways to do so. Though common, the shape's far from overdone, and there are tons of fresh ideas that honor the familiar emblem.

For an overt display of your feelings, consider heart-shaped signage. Wooden versions are classic, while light-up options (like marquee-style and neon signs) are more modern. To set the mood for a romantic soirée, you can also send out heart-themed invites, and order paper goods for the ceremony and reception that feature heart motifs. If you're a fashion lover, try accessorizing with the shape, and if food's your passion, serve heart-shaped sweets. Flower fans can arrange heart-shaped centerpieces, and even your venue can be struck by cupid's bow. All in all, possibilities abound, and any and every aspect of your big day can be heart-adorned.

For examples of these ideas and others, check out some of our favorite heart-shaped details. We've pulled from the pages of our magazine (plus the real weddings that we've featured online) to give you the best of the best. Whether you're planning a Valentine's Day wedding or simply want to embrace your sappy side (no shame!), this heart-themed wedding inspiration is sure to elevate sweet into chic. It's also full of DIY projects, if you're hoping to immerse yourself in your nuptial preparations.

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Heart Vow Booklet

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Steve Steinhardt

These cute vow booklets were sourced from Etsy and featured little hearts and the bride and groom's names.

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Heart Sign

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Jose Villa

A pink heart sign with this couple's initials was hung above their dessert table.

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Heart Ring Pillow

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Brooke Merrill

The ring bearer at this celebration carried a sweet heart pillow.

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Heart Dishes

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Kyle John Photography

This bride made bracelets for her bridesmaids, and delivered them in heart-shaped dishes handcrafted by Jan Burtz.

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Heart Structure

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Ether and Smith

This ceremony included a unique structure—made from wood and purposefully-arranged blooms—that abstractly resembled a heart.

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Heart Hair Accessory

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Jaka Vinsek

A heart-shaped hair clip is an adorable accessory to don on your big day, or to gift to members of the wedding party, like the flower girl or bridesmaids.

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Heart Chair Décor

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Rachel Solomon

At this wedding, strings of paper hearts were used to designate the newlyweds' reception chairs.

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Subtle Hearts

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Amy & Stuart Photography

This celebration's escort cards were pinned to vintage gates rented from Found Vintage Rentals. The metalwork included heart-like shapes.

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Heart Shoes

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Robin Sloan, Riverbend Studio

Heart-themed kicks like these have tons of personality. If you don't want to wear them to your ceremony, you can switch into them for a more casual reception look.

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Standing Heart

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Tanja Lippert

Check out this gorgeous structure, which stood beautifully outside at a wedding.

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Neon Heart

neon heart sign
Amber Gress

Marcus Conrad Poston made this customized neon sign, which was sure to recieve glowing reviews.

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Heart-Like Chairs

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Jose Villa

These ceremony chairs had sweetheart-shaped backs for a romantic setup.

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Heart-Shaped Desserts

bridal shower food table
Mia Collis

For their wedding, these grooms served heart-shaped brownie bites.

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Heart Boutonnières

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Bryan Gardner

Make your own appliquéd boutonnieres, like this heart-adorned one, for your groom or groomsmen.

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Heart Backdrop

Mademoiselle Fiona

Choose a venue with a pretty backdrop, or paint one yourself for a memorable background for your portraits.

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Heart-Shaped Wreath

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Catherine Mead

Welcome guests to your celebration with a flowery wreath in a fitting shape. Decorate ceremony doors or hang some throughout your reception.

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Heart-Shaped Cutout

Trent Bailey Photography

This Dee Hutton after-party outfit allowed the bride to wear her heart on her sleeve—or rather, back.

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Heart Cake Décor


A heart motif appeared throughout this real wedding, including on the confection from Momofuku Milk Bar.

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Heart-Stamped Guest Book

Delbarr Moradi

Ask friends and family to write well-wishes in a guest book wrapped in kraft paper and rubber-stamped with a logo featuring a heart.

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State Love

Odalys Mendez

Show off your hometown pride (or the place you fell in love) by displaying a wood plaque with string work in the shape of the state and a heart over the city.

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Heart Balloons


Easily fill up the space in a tent or large ballroom with Mylar heart balloons. Tie them to chairs to raise spirits.

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Heart-Covered Cake

Laura Murray Photography

Let's talk about cake, baby. A.k.a., one of the most important parts of the big day. It's also one of the easiest places to incorporate the heart shape. Just take this vanilla wedding cake by Intricate Icings that was decorated with ombré hearts.

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Heart Stationery

Emily Steffen

We love the heart detail on these clever cards cut from Pantone color chips.

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Heart-Shaped Save-the-Dates


One way to "send a little love" to your wedding guests? Save-the-dates folded into a fun heart shape.

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Heart and Soles

Elisabeth Millay

Talk about loving hearts down to your toes! In a nice nod to love, this bride accessorized with these Charlotte Olympia pumps with hearts on the heels.

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Heart Ice Cubes

Bryan Gardner

Yes, you can even order ice cubes with hearts on them! PDX Ice will laser engrave cubes with any image or symbol.

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Heart-Shaped Engagement Ring

Sang An

Show your love from the very start with this uniquely-cut diamond by Harry Winston.

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Heart Balloons for Bridesmaids

Meredith Jenks

Pop the question to your 'maids—literally—when you package a heart-shaped balloon.

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Heart-Shaped Gifts

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Courtesy of Bittersweets New York

Give your bridesmaids pretty heart-shaped jewelry to rock down the aisle, like these rings from Bittersweets New York.

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Heart Scratch-Off

YunHee Kim

You won the lottery when you found each other, so send this cheeky save-the-date card to let guests share in your luck. After scraping off the paint with a penny, they'll hit the jackpot: your wedding date!

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