8 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day When You're Engaged or Newly Married
You might only spend one or two Valentine's Days as an engaged couple (the average engagement is 14 months), but you'll definitely only spend one Valentine's Day as a newly married couple.
Why not take advantage of the chance to celebrate the most romantic day of the year when it feels even more romantic than usual? You can spend Valentine's Day with your partner the same way you always do, but if you're looking for something a bit different (or for the perfect Valentine's Day gift) , here's the engaged or newly married couple's guide to enjoying a very special Valentine's Day. (Tip: Spend this day focusing on your love for each other and not on wedding planning, writing thank-you notes or anything else that happens to feel stressful. If there's any day you should take off from the nitty-gritty details of linens and stationery, this is it.)
1. Celebrate like the day you got engaged.
Okay, no one has to get down on one knee, but you could return to the location where that special proposal happened and pop some champagne for old times' sake.
2. Start a new Valentine's Day tradition.
Maybe while you were dating you always went to the movies on Valentine's Day, or you skipped the 14th and had a romantic dinner together the day after. If you're feeling like your Valentine's Day plans are stuck in a rut, this is your chance to start something new you can carry into your marriage.
3. Get pampered together.
It seems obvious, but taking time to relax is now more important than ever (you deserve it after all that wedding planning). Throw in a couple of facials or a relaxing couple's massage, and you can count it as crossing one beauty regimen off your long to-do list.
4. Skip it and celebrate Galentine's Day instead.
You're going to have a lifetime of Valentine's Days ahead, and your wedding is going to be the ultimate love fest. A great alternative is to celebrate with your ladies (or even have your bachelorette party). The great part is the large number of events going on this day, and there's no rule that says your date—or dates—can't be your besties.
5. Record your love story.
Grab your partner and hit the town, filming places from your love story (like your first date location and the site of where you first said "I love you"). It's a sentimental touch, and you can also take a video to play at your wedding if it hasn't happened yet. At the very least, you'll have a great memory to relive on your anniversary for years to come.
6. Cook a romantic dinner together at home.
Who says you have to go out to enjoy a special Valentine's Day date? Even if you don't consider yourselves cooks, services like Plated, Home Chef and Blue Apron make it insanely easy to create a restaurant-quality meal in the comfort of your home. Picture this: the two of you clinking glasses and indulging in a candlelit steak dinner. And not just any steak—seared steak with melted leeks, Parmesan potatoes and chive vinaigrette (get the recipe from Plated).
7. Or have a professional chef cook you dinner at home.
Okay, so maybe you have no interest in cooking, but would still rather hang at home. Forget takeout—opt for five-star service with The Culinistas, a company that coordinates to have a chef grocery shop for everything then cook you a mouthwatering meal at your home. Genius, right?
8. Go to an amazing concert.
Treat yourselves to an unforgettable night of live music, or surprise your partner with tickets on Valentine's Day for a future concert. See your favorite artist or the artist who sang your first dance song and make some amazing memories—after all, you do have the rest of your lives to stay at home for dinner.