You know it’s coming up. You start thinking about it while it’s still months away. You run through thousands of possible scenarios, weighing the impact of each option against its cost. Whether you’re planning an anniversary, a getaway, or a vow renewal, you’re looking for a way to fully express your love in a single weekend or evening.
While romantic moments can beautiful and are important to the relationship, you want this event to be memorable. When dinner just doesn’t say enough, here are ideas to help you craft an unforgettable experience for you and your partner to share.
Let the Relationship Inform Your Plans
There are plenty of clichés when it comes to planning romance. Movies and television are rife with images of smiling couples toasting in an intimate restaurant setting, and loving partners falling into bed in posh hotel rooms.
But if your partner doesn’t care for wine or would rather travel together than stay in, keeping to those clichés will only imply that you don’t understand him or her and fall short of the message you want to convey. Don’t hesitate to break away from the expected.
Here are some ideas to help you brainstorm how your relationship should inform your plans:
It’s great to get ideas from outside sources. But, in the end, nothing is more important to your romantic event than the romance itself.
Set Aside as Much Time as Possible
Not everyone can take a week away from work for a romantic event. But, as soon as you know when an event will take place, set aside as much time as you can. Though the money you spend on an event can help craft and structure it, it is the time that you and your partner spend together that makes an occasion truly special.
Take Care of as Many Details in Advance as You Can
Nothing disrupts an evening more than waiting in line or finding out that tickets have sold out for your chosen event. Try to deal with as much of the logistics as you can before the big day. For example, you may want to:
When your plans go smoothly, it will give you and your partner more time to enjoy the experience.
Some of the most important components of a romantic experience cannot be planned. So after you make dinner and hotel reservations, buy tickets to a show or resort, and order champagne, leave some of the event to fate.
Leave room for the following elements:
Acknowledge that you can’t schedule each kiss, touch, or laugh. Then, create a flexible itinerary that gives the two of you time to simply enjoy each other’s company.
When you’re planning a romantic event it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. You may think it’s impossible to express what you feel through a single act. When you start to feel discouraged, remember that the most important part of your romantic event, is being with your partner. Whether you choose to go big or to stay in your shared home, putting in the effort and using these tips is sure to make your occasion a memorable one.