Whether you’re getting ready to tie the knot, or are already into your first year of marriage, setting time aside for date night is super important! However, with such busy schedules, we find that it often seems easier to schedule first and blind dates than it is to set aside quality time to spend with our long-term S/O.
It makes sense – once a relationship is established, it’s already known (hopefully!) that there is mutual interest, love, care, and respect in the mix. You don’t really “have” to invest crucial time into making sure a spark is there after you already know it’s lit. But keeping the romance alive throughout every stage of your relationship is the key to a healthy and happy union.
Wedding Planning, I Dos, And Stress
First and foremost, it’s important to realize that the weeks leading up to your wedding may feel anything but romantic. You may find yourself overwhelmed with last minute details and shaken up by the inevitable pre-wedding jitters. Keep in mind that this is totally normal… and even expected.
The buildup to your wedding can be intense. In fact, it’s likely that your ceremony and reception will be some of the only things on your mind for months. Then, of course, big day itself will be one you remember for the rest of your life – but what happens after the wedding is over? After couples spend so long planning their nuptials, the sudden change in focus is sometimes disorienting in the weeks and months that follow the wedding.
Whether you’re in the midst of last minute stressors leading up to your big day, or are in the wake of saying “I do,” the most important thing to remember is that you’re in this together, and that means finding time to actually be together.
Whether it’s a candlelit dinner, a movie night, or something a little more creative, couples are advised to set aside quality time to spend with just each other. That’s why the experts at PAPER & LACE have compiled some of our favorite date night ideas to inspire your next night alone with bae.
Keep the romance alive with one of these fun, sexy ideas!
Date Night Ideas to Keep the Romance Alive
Take A Class Together
Whether it’s salsa dancing, sculpting, cooking, introduction to Mandarin, or yoga – it doesn’t matter what you take your class in, but doing something together and learning new skills will give you something new in common as a couple. Not to mention, it will also give you something new and fresh to focus on that doesn’tnecessarily have to do with the madness of planning a wedding.
Laughter is good for your soul, your abs, and your relationship. Almost every town will have its own comedy club, or somewhere with regular stand-up shows. And the best thing about stand ups are, when they’re good, they’re great, and when they’re awful, well, you have yourself a great story to talk about afterward, at least…
Reignite the romance with some vino! Whether it’s a Château La Serre from Bordeaux or a Colomé Estate Malbec from Salta, wine tastings let you try them all. You can either plan a day trip to a local winery, or invest in a home winetasting kit that you can prepare and sample alongside your favorite tapas and a good movie!
Frequent a New Museum
There’s nothing like getting cultured as a couple. Though going to a museum may seem pretty basic, a simple day out together can be refreshing. This is a particularly good idea if there’s a museum nearby that doesn’t charge an admittance fee. In fact, it’s fun to find a list of museums, historical sites, gardens, parks, and arboretums that don’t charge entrance fees for future dates.
We just love camping! There’s something about getting away from it all, gathering firewood, going for long hikes, then curling up in the tent at night or staring at the stars outside.
If all that’s not for you, though, there’s always glamping – either way, sleeping outdoors is good for the soul and is definitely something different to do as a couple.
Replay Day One
If you’re stuck for a date idea, this one will never fail to woo the one you love… especially because it’s where you wooed them in the first place!
Head to the place you first met, or had your first date. Revisit your alma mater, hit the bar where you first bumped heads, or go to the restaurant where your friends set you up on that blind date. There’s nothing like a walk down memory lane to remind you why you fell in love in the first place.
Make Something Delicious!
Whether one or both of you cook regularly, it’s always fun to tackle the job together. You can go as simply or extravagantly as you want with the meal, so it’s easy to stick to a budget if you need to.
Another option is to bake some sweet treats together!
Don’t want to eat all the goodies yourselves? Consider planning a doorbell ditch. Bake some yummy treats. Leave them on a neighbor’s porch, then ring their doorbell and run away! This is fun and you’re sure to make some new neighborhood friends.
What better way to relax together than to indulge in some much-needed spa treatments? Do a couple’s massage or facials together — which of course will leave you both feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and glowing for those photo ops (if you’re one of the couples who is yet to tie the knot).
As much as nights in are fun, we love the idea of getting super dressed up and going for a seriously fancy meal for absolutely no reason. Why should it have to be a birthday or anniversary for you to get dolled up and eat like royalty?
The answer is… It doesn’t – and we advise you to do it as much as you can. You’ll feel amazing, look amazing and so will your partner.
Keep That Romance Kicking
Sexy dates are not just for the beginning of your relationship. In fact, spending quality, carefree time with your S/O is just as important throughout the duration of the relationship, if not more, than it is when you two first meet.
Keep things spiced up and sensual with these date night ideas. Take a break from all that wedding planning and just enjoy each other’s company. Then, when it’s time to get back to work, head to PAPER & LACE together to get those last minute wedding details and plans in place!