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03 Feb 2014

Tips to spice up your Valentine’s Day without spending a fortune

During the festive season, love was most certainly in the air. With Valentine's Day approaching how are you going to make it one to truly remember?

With the twinkling lights and fun-loving atmosphere, it is the perfect time of year to unleash your romantic side! It’s also the peak time for engagements; Christmas and New Year are notoriously popular times for couples to pop the question – you might even be part of one such couple. If so, living up to such a moment this upcoming Valentine’s Day might well be a little tough!
Though we know you’d all love to spend your time from now putting together the perfect preparation for your big day with our amazing wedding planning tools, we thought you might also like to be equipped with some ideas for how you can ensure your first Valentine’s Day with your fiancé isn’t spoiled by underwhelming mediocrity. We hope it’s one that stays with you forever!

Get creative
Use your imagination to produce something your other half will never expect. You needn’t be the next Picasso to produce something your loved one is going to cherish; in fact, those little imperfections can be the best bit! We love the amount of thought that goes into handmade cards, but if you’re really not a wizard with the crafts, there are other options as well.

For example, why not go back to basics with snail mail? We love the idea of collecting many memories you have had together and sticking them down on paper. You could even consider posting these memories to your other half in the week running up to Valentine’s Day, even if you live together. We all love getting post (when it isn’t bills at least! and this is a meaningful way to show you care.

Make time
With our hectic schedules, we often forget that it’s the little things that really matter. Allocating a healthy amount of time to spend with each other is essential, especially on the one day especially dedicated to love. It’s not essential to pull out all the stops, but make sure this day is a break from the norm.

You don’t have to whisk your love away on a pricey trip to Paris, but you can find intimacy other ways. Don’t head to the cinema where you won’t be able to speak for two hours: find somewhere you can speak, reminisce and enjoy yourselves in your own company – even if it is at home. That time will be all the more cherished once you return to your busy schedules, and indeed when you start planning that wedding!

Take a break from the norm
We can often get caught up in our own little world, but Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to break out of your weekly routine - especially if you have been suffering from the January blues! This year, Valentine’s Day is on a Friday so you’re going to be in need of some planning ahead, but instead of continuing the routine of your usual Friday evening (whatever and wherever that may be), why not plan something unexpected? Try a cuisine you’ve never experienced; visit a place you’ve long intended to, but never quite got around to it; you could even plan some special transport for the evening.

See the stars
This is your first, and will likely be your only Valentine’s Day as an engaged couple. Who knows, come next year you might have a little one taking up your time! Why not go into cheesy romance overload while you still can and take a trip under the stars – weather permitting of course! Wrap up warm and take some delicious hearty food for the occasion.

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