V-Day With Your Fiancée: 5 Frugal & Romantic Date Ideas
BY CATEY HILL
Of course, you want to make this Valentine’s Day special — it’s your first as an engaged couple! — but with all the things you need to spend money on for your wedding, you don’t want to break the bank. Here are some fun but frugal Valentine’s Day date ideas that are sure to make this day one to remember.
1. Make a memory box
Pretty soon, you’ll be a married missus, with photos and keepsakes from your wedding lining your home. But it’s important to remember what brought you two here — where you met, memorable dates, the proposal. So before Valentine’s Day, both of you should gather memorabilia from your time together (everything from receipts and concert tickets to dried flowers and photos); during the date, you’ll each put your items one by one into a beautiful memory box, telling each other the significance of the event and how it made you feel. Here is a great memory box from David’s Bridal that would make a perfect gift! Then promise each other you’ll open this box to keep the romance alive every Valentine’s Day.
2. Whisk him away on the cheap
I love the app HotelTonight. You can find amazing last-minute deals on usually pricey hotel rooms. (The hotels put the deals on the site the day of the deal since they realize they might not fill the room otherwise.) Wake up early on Valentine’s Day morning and see if the site is offering any deals in your city. If they are, book a room and keep the details a secret from your man. This is a great way to get away from it all without having to travel anywhere!
3. Play the question game
You may feel like you know almost everything there is to know about your partner, but there are certainly surprises to come! That’s what I love about the question game. Write down a series of questions, things like: What’s the one trip you’ve always dreamed of taking? What is one thing you want to do before you die? What was your most embarrassing moment? On what day were you happiest? Then take turns asking and answering. Consider writing down the answers and saving them — it will be fun to look back at these things years from now to see if anything has changed.
4. Have your first date — again
Assuming your first date wasn’t something crazy expensive, recreate it. Even if you two just met at a Starbucks and grabbed coffee or went to the movies at your local theater, it will be so romantic to relive all the moments from where it all began. And in case you need something to wear on the big night, David’s Bridal has a great selection of special occasion dresses that are perfect to relive your first date with your significant other!
5. Take the day off together
Unfortunately V-Day is on a Thursday this year — and it’s hard to celebrate when you’re tired out from work. So have a staycation in your home with your soon-to-be hubby. Rent a bunch of movies, curl up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and relax. It’s all about spending quality time with each other. Come evening, you two can cook dinner together and share your meal over a bottle of wine. Don’t worry about work until tomorrow!