It’s easy to focus so much of your time, effort and cash on your wedding day that the run up can be a bit of a romance and money-free zone. If you’re an engaged couple, stuck for ideas this valentine’s day, read on! Joe Blackman, Founding Director & CEO of top wedding design agency, Collection 26, is on hand to give us some top tips on what to do with your hubby or wife-to-be this year. From quiet retreats, to creating new traditions, there are ideas to suit all of your romantic needs.
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Start a new tradition
If a typical romantic dinner or picnic doesn’t inspire you, start a new tradition with your groom or bride-to-be by creating a ‘couples-bucket-list’ of things you want to do together. These may be activities you have been too scared to try on your own like skydiving, or something simpler, such as exploring a local town or city you’ve always been curious about.
What better time to start ticking items off your list than on your first Valentine’s Day as an engaged couple? You can keep the tradition going each year but don’t forget to tick things off each month and adding anything new challenges come up once you have tied the knot.
Couples on a budget
What do you do when all of your funds are directed towards your wedding? February 14th doesn’t need to be about going to an expensive restaurant or on a luxurious weekend break. For the couples more focused on saving for their special day, you can create an equally memorable date whatever your budget. The key is picking something meaningful to both of you, why not try putting a romantic spin on some of your wedding tasks or using the occasion to get the groom more involved with some of the planning!
If you’re having a romantic night in together, get in touch with a few of your favourite cake makers and ask if they could send you a selection of mini samples. Using the cakes for dessert will allow you select a cake for your big day, and supply a gorgeous dessert for you to enjoy.
Set a tasting date
If you haven’t arranged the caterers for your wedding day, ask your favourite caterer to do a tasting for just the two of you on Valentine’s Day. This may be a fun alternative to going for a romantic dinner while being productive in your wedding planning. Similarly, if the drinks are particularly important to you, why not arrange a wine tasting to select the wines to be served on your wedding day. They may even provide a few tasty snacks during the evening to give you some inspiration for your reception canapés or wedding breakfast.
Plan a wedding-free weekend
After the initial excitement of the proposal, the planning stage of your engagement can be a stressful time for even the strongest of couples. Especially if you have been having a few ‘creative differences’ with your other half on ideas for your wedding day. Rather than letting this get in the way of enjoying the build up to one of the most important days of your relationship, why not plan a wedding-free weekend trip to remind you both of why you are engaged in the first place!
To really take advantage of alone time, you can take a look into a technology free retreat. Weather this be a quiet island paradise or glamping under the stars in a comfortable (and well-heated) yurt. Take a few days away from it all where nothing wedding related can be discussed – this will make the small creative differences seem much simpler to resolve and will remind you both of what is more important! – And remember to come up with a fun forfeit for the first person to mention anything wedding related!
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