Valentine's Date Night Ideas

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Valentine's Day is just one week away and while we're all for an over the top romantic gesture, sometimes you just need a real life date night option. So we've collected some of our favorite date night ideas that are budget, time and real life friendly. If your significant other is responsible for the Valentine's plans, share this post as a subtle reminder that they just have one week to make it happen.

Game Night

If you're not a fan of going out, grab your favorite board games and have a fun night indoors. For an extra touch for the competitive types, take bets on who will win the most games. Loser has to buy (or make!) dessert. 

Build a Fort

Channel your inner kid with this idea. Grab all the blankets and pillows in your house, decorate with twinkle lights, and set up camp.  Make or order dinner to eat inside your fort and pick a mini-series on Netflix to binge watch.

Explore a City

Whether you want a fun night out, or a cozy night in a different place, booking a hotel room (or an Airbnb!) makes this idea exciting and accessible. Look for a fun restaurant to kick start the evening.

Recreate a Date

Think back to your favorite date you've had together, and take a trip down memory lane! This could be anything from going back to the same restaurant, taking a walk in the same park, or renting the movie you watched that night. 

Paint Night

Head on over to your local "paint while you drink wine" place with your significant other for a fun, creative date. You could also do this on your own if you don't want to go out, by buying two canvases and some paints and set up in your house. Decide on a painting to recreate on your own while you drink wine. We promise this one will provide a lot of laughter- especially if you're not an artist!

Plan a Picnic

Depending on the weather, this could happen outside like normal, or in your living room. Indoor picnics are just as romantic and temperature controlled. Buy your favorite take-out, grab a big blanket, and settle in. Guaranteed to end with a cuddle-sesh.

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Attend a Sporting Event

This is a fun idea if one (or both) of you are a big fan of a specific team. Surprise your significant other with tickets to a game, and make sure you spend at least a little bit of money on (overpriced) snacks as you watch.

Hike to Watch the Sunset

This a cheap, fun date for those who love the outdoors. Find your favorite local spot, or go to a spot neither of you have been to before. Make sure you bring a blanket to sit while you watch the sunset. Make sure you pack some water and snacks for the walk there.

Get in the Car & Drive

This is a fun option for those spontaneous free-birds out there. Make a fun driving playlist, roll down the windows, and get on the highway. Play it by ear and stop when you're hungry, stop when you see something exciting, or just when you feel like taking a break. You'll make memories as you drive.

Roller Skating

Remember when you really wanted a hand to hold during the couples skate in junior high? Well now you do! Head over to your local roller rink for a bit of fun reminiscing - often times they have a themed Valentines Day night as well.

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Top 5 Ways To Relieve Wedding Stress

Wedding planning is not for the faint of heart. Weddings are elaborate events that require precision, attention to detail and patience, lots of patience! And the great majority of you won't hire a wedding planner, which means all of that patience and logistical work is coming from you and your partner. No wonder you're stressed! 

From trying to keep your budget to all the questions you're being asked, you're probably even more stressed than you had anticipated! To help you tackle your stress, we've compiled our favorite stress relievers from tips on staying organized to budget friendly date night ideas and everywhere in between. Just remember you are in total control over how you react to all the stressors that come your way. You've got this wedding planning thing, girl! 

Stay organized

Planning a wedding involves so many details, as we're sure you're quickly finding out! Your ability to keep track of all these details is going to significantly impact your stress levels. Lucky for you, there are numerous checklists, budget trackers and virtual wedding registries to help you stay organized! Of course, if shuffling all of those details is not something you're into or you simply don't have the time, hire a wedding planner coordinate all of the specifics. If you're having trouble hiring someone just to offset your stress, wedding planners are fantastic at helping you stick to your budget and get the most for your money. Additionally, they can often get vendor discounts since they are repeat customers where couples are not. 

Delegate, delegate, delegate

Planning you and your fiancé's wedding day is not solely your job. You may have thought about this day for awhile now and even have a Pinterest board devoted to it, but that doesn't mean you can't ask friends and family for help! If you have envelopes to address or bows to tie onto favors, get them involved and take a few things off your own plate. When it comes to your vendors, you are only responsible for explaining your vision (use pictures and swatches to really help them see), and of course, make sure you hire GOOD vendors! If you've hired good ones, then there will be no reason to micromanage them. Just let them do the job you've hired them for and trust them to do what they said they would. 

Eat yummy superfoods

We know developing a meal plan is the last thing on your to do list, so we've linked a few stress-fighting snacks with recipes linked and superfoods listed! Some of these superfoods work with your body to naturally release feel-good chemicals that directly combats stress hormones, to give you the chillest vibes. While, others help you maintain healthy blood sugar levels to keep you from crashing! 

Toasted Oats: oatmeal + berries + flax seed

Sweet & Salty Trail Mix: dark chocolate + cashews + dried blueberries + pumpkin seeds

Turkey Avocado Salad: turkey breast + leafy greens + avocado                                   

Move your body  

But really it's that simple. It doesn't matter what you do, as long as you're doing something. It can be as simple as doing squats while you're cooking dinner or taking the stairs at work. Maybe you could even join a workout class or start taking your dog for a jog, whatever matches with your lifestyle best. As long as you are moving your body, you will reap the benefits of natural endorphins to keep those prewedding stressors at bay!

Spend some QT with your cutie

Your relationship shouldn't take a back burner to your wedding, so make sure to plan a few romantic dates during the process. Do things that you and your partner enjoy, maybe attend a sporting event, explore a new area of the city or hike a new trail. If you feel like your wedding budget has taken over your date night fund, google free things to do in your city or try out a new workout class together (usually it's cheaper, if not free for first timers). Whatever you end up doing just remember to continue pouring into your partner and spend quality time together and to love them well.


When the pressure of wedding planning gets to be too much remember the big picture. The wedding you're planning is to celebrate the start of you and your fiancé's marriage! It's a wonderful thing to celebrate, but the most important thing is planning your marriage. Even more important than cake flavors and guest lists and what gifts to put on your registry is planning the day after the honeymoon and beyond.

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