Gentleman, Valentine's Day is coming, and you need to make sure you have the entire evening lined up and ready to go. You know that your Significant Other likes to be spoiled, so I'm going to run down the top ways to make this the best night of her life!
You may believe roses are your only option here, and depending on your S.O. you may be right, but this is something you need to casually "discover" ahead of time. News Flash: some women don't like roses. Shocking, right? I know, I was surprised too.
So what are your other options? If you know her favorite flower, you can't go wrong. Just contact your local florist and get a creatively designed arrangement featuring that flower. Instant win. If you don't, then you need to look at all the most popular flowers that mean "love". It is Valentine's Day after all. To save you some leg work, I've found those flowers for you.
- Red Roses – I bet you saw this one coming. The red rose signifies passionate love, hence its popularity on Valentine's Day.
- Red and White Carnations – Red carnations signify deep love and white carnations mean undying devotion. Both excellent options and a mix of the two will send an unmistakable message. Might need a ring to go with THAT bouquet.
- Tulips – Red tulips are for undying love, but yellow tulips are for hopeless love. You don't want to get those two mixed up.
- Primrose – This is perfect for new relationships or those teenagers out there looking to impress. This flower signifies the sweet innocence of young love.
- Chrysanthemum – The red version symbolizes love (I'm sensing a theme with the color red.) while the white variant signifies truth and loyal love. The yellow version represents slighted love, so you might want to avoid that one for sure.
- Gardenia – This flower signifies secret love. Use at your own risk.
So now you've picked out a nice bouquet with the best flowers for your situation, what's next?
I know what you're thinking, but prices on limo's are not as outrageous as you might imagine. The key here is to know what you want. Not all limos are the stretch version. You can get a nice limo, with very impressive amenities and a chauffeur for a very reasonable price. The price goes up the bigger the limo, but if it's just you and your S.O., you're not going to need all that room. Of course, if you're hosting a party for multiple couples, you'll need to get the stretch, but hopefully some of those other couples will be pitching in on the price.
And don't forget to make your reservations EARLY. As you can imagine, limo services are covered up on Valentine's Day so you need to make sure you have your appointment made in plenty of time. You don't want to be the guy left out in the cold, literally.
This is very important. I don't care who you are or what your budget is, you CANNOT take your S.O. to any place that could be confused with fast food. I understand that money can be tight, but this is the time of year you save every penny so that on THIS night you can go to a nice, sit-down restaurant. Trust me guys, the local burger place does not a romantic evening make. She may say she's not disappointed, but believe me, if you are sitting in a location with its very own drive-thru, she's disappointed.
*BUZZZZ* Wrong answer! There is no movie. If you want to take your S.O. to a movie, there are 364 other days in the year to do that (Actually, 363. You should probably not make that a priority on her birthday either.) On this night, you need to go somewhere you can sit down together, look each other in the eyes and have an actual conversation. I get it, that's not your thing. Talking always gets so … personal. But she wants to do it, and this night is about her right? Suck it up, Buttercup.
But what if she wants to go to one of those Valentine's Day movies they release every year? You know, the super sappy ones that are all about love and romance and bad acting? Isn't that a free pass? NO! You say, "Sweetheart, I promise I'll take you to see that movie next weekend, but tonight I just want to spend time with you." That's what she wants to hear. Really.
So what can you do instead of that movie you're not going to watch? Take a pleasurable, leisurely walk. Or, if the weather where you are is too cold for walking, take a leisurely drive. Perhaps use that limo you rented and cruise town. Maybe ride in a carriage. Whatever you do and however you do it, hold her hand.
Go somewhere other people aren't so you can have a private conversation. If you are driving, avoid areas with heavy traffic so you don't have to be fixated on the road and you can discuss whatever she wants to discuss while actually participating in the conversation with more than the occasional grunt of acknowledgment.
Don't look at me like that, you know you do it. So do I, but on this night we need to find a way to push through the desire to wool gather and actually listen, think about the conversation and provide insightful answers. You can do it!
The Wrap Up
Alright guys, you've given it your all and the night has come to a close. You've done everything right and she's on cloud 9. So that's it, you're done, right? Not quite yet, there's still time to screw this up. Before you go, or if you're married before you roll over, make time for cuddling! And no, that's not a euphemism. I mean, you can do that too, but afterward you need to make time for cuddling. And maybe try some more of that "conversation" we talked about earlier. Who knows, you might even enjoy it.
So there you have it, men, the perfect Valentine's Day. I know you're going to pick and choose from my suggestions, and that's okay. You might take her to that movie. It's a bad idea, but you might do it anyway. If you do, make sure to go for that walk/drive afterward. Because honestly, isn't this night really all about the two of you together as a couple? If you are there, really THERE with her, then she will be thrilled. Believe it or not, what she really wants on Valentine's Day is YOU.