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Valentine’s Day Ideas


photos: Kelsey & Nate

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and sometimes it’s easy to get in a rut and do the same old thing. Right? Well, I thought why not ask for ideas from people who are in the business of love – wedding vendors. I asked and they responded – with the perfect mix of date night suggestions, gift ideas and advice on a lasting love. Take a peek, and enjoy these Valentine’s Day ideas!

Date Night Inspiration

  • Avoid the restaurant crowds, and plan an indoor picnic. Hire a babysitter to entertain the kids, and enjoy one-on-one time in your own home. ~ Heather of Living the Small Moments
  • If you wrote your own vows to one another, pull them back out and read them again. Remind yourselves of why you love one another, what brought you together, what you’ve gone through over the years, and reflect on your future together. You can do that over a fancy dinner in a nice restaurant or pizza and beer on your living room sofa. Just get back to the basics and tune out the “stuff” that builds up over time. ~ April of April B Photography
  • Set the stage for yourself and your special someone with a charmingly intimate Valentine’s dinner for two. From seared scallops to irresistible sweet indulgences. Personal chef services, romantic props and vintage finds can help set your mood for the night. ~ Susan of Suzy Q
  • Cook together. Wearing nothing but aprons. ~ Marissa of Bella Muse Photography
  • Schedule a photo session. Getting dressed up and standing in gorgeous locations with your love can double as a date. Afterwards, go out on the town while you’re all dressed up. ~ Kelsey of Kelsey & Nate
  • Keep it simple! Sometimes there’s too much pressure on the designated “day of love” to create the perfect date- forget about that! Plan to do the classic things you both enjoy – a movie, cocktails, good food – make it about the time you focus on each other instead of stressing over expectations or expensive details. ~ Chantay of In Your Face Makeup Art 

Love and Valentine

photo: Andrea Caresse Lewis Photography & Design

Gift Ideas for Your Valentine

  • True love always protects, always trusts, always surprises. Do something different for your love this Valentine’s Day, and surprise them with a scavenger hunt! Buy a bundle of roses (or their favorite flower) and leave a few with a note in different places to lead them where you are. To step it up a notch, you could buy a nice dress or button down shirt for them to wear (leave it with the first group of flowers and note) so they have something nice and new to wear to your date. You could always lead your girlfriend/wife to me for makeup before your date too! ~ Ashley of Makeup by Ashley
  • Finding a gift for a man can be difficult. I find it best to keep it simple. Make his favorite dessert – you can add hearts to make it festive. Cook him a steak dinner – I don’t know many men that don’t like a good steak. If he is a beer drinker, you can buy personalized beer labels, or you can get liquor samples and make him a sampler bouquet. I think what really matters is the thought and spending time together. Quality time beats out a gift any day!! ~Alison of Alison Creasy Photography
  • From a guy’s perspective – show her your romantic side! Get one dozen white roses and on each stem attach a note for a future date — to do something that she would enjoy! ~ Derek of Derek Fowler Photography
  • Surprise your man with the gift of a lifetime: elegant, tasteful, whimsical boudoir photography. ~ Kristin of Kristin Dunker Photography
  • Stereotypes exist for a reason. Ladies, you can’t go wrong with the basics: good food, sports, lingerie. Guys, ladies just like to know you’re listening. Whether its flowers, gifts or just snuggling up, show her you mean it by really paying attention to what she wants. ~ Allegra of Allegra’s Studio

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photo: Kelsey & Nate

Advice on Love

  • Love is more than an emotion, it is also a choice. Always remember what brought you two together and cherish the little moments in life that make you smile and think, “Wow, I’m so glad I have you!” ~ Andrea of Andrea Caresse Lewis Photography & Design
  • 1. Always uplift your spouse around other people. Words matter and negative ones are damaging. 2. You said YES to him, so invest in what you chose. 3. Compliment them 1 time everyday. 4. Read one marriage book a year. The encouragement to stay strong is worth it. ~ Holly of Holly Ann Photography
  • Take time to figure out your partner’s love language. You may go gaga over new jewelry or the latest piece of tech, but your significant other might feel most loved with an act of service like coming home to a clean house and laundry done or words of affirmation in the form of a love letter. Be sure to identify your partner’s love language early in your relationship so that your actions shout love instead of just whispering. ~ Danielle of Sorella Farms
  • Unplug. Turn off your phones and shut your computer. Being intentional and fully present speaks volumes. ~ Kelsey of Kelsey & Nate

Wow! I love all of the sage advice and fun ideas. No matter what you do on or for Valentine’s Day, remember that love is all year round – I know you know that, but sometimes a reminder is good. Here’s to a fun filled Valentine’s Day!

  • Melissa - Absolutely beautiful!

  • Alexis - I just love these! Awesome ideas

  • Renee - What an incredible, well-thought, and inspirational post! I love that you asked other creatives for advice! So good!

  • Mandi M - Great advice! I love that you got ideas from other people in the industry! I will definitely be doing some of this stuff!!!

  • Marie - Brilliant post! Love all the ideas from fellow creatives.

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