Ahhh, wedding planning. Is there anything else in life that can bring so much joy, and yet be so exhausting and stressful? If you’ve been in the thick of it for awhile now, you may be feeling a bit on the anxious side of things…..to which I prescribe a well-deserved date night!
Spending some quality time with your fiance will help you remember why you’re spending so much time and effort planning your big day — and it’ll keep you in the habit of dating, which you’ll want to hang onto even after you say I Do!
For the Outdoorsy Couple:
- Search for a local activity you’ve never tried, like paddle boarding, ziplining, horseback riding, etc.
- Pack up a blanket and some snacks, head away from town, and go stargazing. (Download the Night Sky app first to identify constellations!)
- See how close you are to a state park. Chances are, there’s one not too far from you, so go explore!
- Go geocaching.
- Plant a garden together.
- If you live near an orchard and the season is right, fruit picking can be lots of fun (and delicious!)
For the Foodie Couple:
- Plan a progressive dinner — appetizers at one restaurant, entrees at another, and dessert at a third restaurant!
- Seek out a local restaurant you’ve never been to, or try an ethnic cuisine you’ve never had, like Filipino or Peruvian.
- Go to farmer’s market for ingredients to cook a meal together at home. Extra credit if you can find one new thing you’ve never tried and incorporate it into your meal!
- Visit a food truck (or multiple, if you can find them parked close together).
- Take a cooking class together.
- Pack up a picnic — everything tastes better outside!
For the Active Couple:
- Sign up for a fun race and train together in the weeks leading up to it. Bonus points — you’ll be in better shape for the wedding!
- Find a local hike you’ve never done, lace up your boots, and get going!
- Go rock climbing.
- Search for a local trapeze class — athletic AND adventurous!
- Rent a tandem bike for the day.
- Play frisbee golf at a course nearby.
For the Broke Couple:
- Buy kites at the dollar store and fly them at a local park.
- Browse a bookstore together and search for the funniest book title. Alternatively, you can look at books about travel destinations you’d like to explore together someday.
- Check out a movie from the library and experiment with homemade flavored popcorn recipes.
- Make playlists together. You can come up with a whole list of songs that remind you of each other, a list of songs for all your future road trips, or a list of low-key songs to play when you’re chilling together on the couch in the evenings.
- Go to an open mic night at a local coffee shop. If you’re a musician, take a turn playing! If not, enjoy the local talent.
No matter where you go or what you do on date night, make sure to keep the focus on having fun, and not on planning! Lock the phones in the glove box, or better yet, leave them at home (or hide them if you’re staying at home)! Soon enough the wedding will be over, but time invested your relationship is an investment that lasts forever.