How to celebrate Valentine's Day once you're engaged

07 Feb 2018

Make your first Valentine's Day as an engaged couple extra special with these ideas

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The first Valentine's after a proposal can be the trickiest to plan, especially if you’re just recently engaged. The standard cards and chocolate selection boxes might not be as appealing as they once were now you’ve taken your relationship to the next level.

If you’re looking to do this day a bit differently now you’re celebrating with your future spouse, here’s some great ideas to start with:

Try a weekend break

Go all out and make new memories with a weekend break to somewhere notoriously romantic. Think Eurostar to Paris, a quick flight to Venice, or booking a spa break in the UK countryside. Recapture the special feeling of the proposal by having a whole luxurious weekend to yourselves. If you’re right in the middle of wedding planning, it may be the refresh you need.

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Look beyond supermarket flowers

While there’s nothing wrong with bagging a bargain bouquet from the supermarket, it’s the perfect opportunity to refresh the tradition and get him or her a tailored bouquet with both of your favourite blooms.

Handmade bouquets are extra special and you can get creative by discussing your ideas with a florist who knows their stuff. How about these rose bouquets from The Brighton Flower Company, a florist in East Sussex, because nothing says “I love you” more than fresh flowers?  

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Wedding planning

Why not get a head start or make some key decisions for the big day? Stay in with a home cooked meal, get cosy and immerse yourselves in venues, dresses, and of course, the catering options. A loved up day can only be improved by looking ahead to when you say ‘I do’ as you look at charming locations that suit your tastes. Just don’t bicker over the table arrangements; it's not the time or place.

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Be spontaneous

If you’re a couple who don’t like to make reservations for restaurants as you don’t know what you’d fancy, keep the day or weekend completely free so your options stay open. As long as you’re together, it can’t go wrong. Wake up, make each other a coffee and see what you feel like doing. With the UK weather, this could mean a classic cinema date or a walk to your favourite pub - you just can’t know in advance and that’s just how you like it.

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Throwback?

A very cute idea is to go back to where it all began and recreate your first date or Valentine’s Day. Let the memories of your early days together come flooding back, which is particularly inspirational if you’re planning on writing your own vows.

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