Channing Tatum Surprised His Wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum in the Most Romantic Way Possible This Valentine’s Day

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Feb 162016
 
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Channing and Jenna Dewan-Tatum are constantly making us super jealous of their relationship. Not only are the two absolutely gorgeous together but it's clear to everyone they're total soul mates. The two first met on the set of Step Up where they played love interests, and their chemistry was so strong they became off-screen love interests (and the objects of our obsession). With Tatum abroad on a press tour, his wife assumed she was spending Valentine's Day solo — but the Hail, Caesar! star had other plans.

"I had a great Valentine's," Dewan-Tatum said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show "Channing came back early from a press tour and surprised me which was so sweet. So I thought I had, like, two extra days. So I come home and I walk in, I come back from set and I was like, 'What is going on?' There was, like, things in the kitchen that was weird. And then I was like, wait, there's roses. And he put roses all the way up to the room which was so sweet." Yup you read that right, Tatum flew halfway across the world and decked the house out with roses just to surprise his wife. Not only is Magic Mike himself super attractive (we've all seen his swoon-inducing dance numbers and abs) but, he's an uber-romantic. Safe to say, Dewan-Tatum has hit the jackpot.

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Tatum himself is pretty lucky, too we must admit. Not only is Dewan-Tatum an incredibly talented dancer but she's also hysterical. Earlier this year the two faced off on Spike's Lip Sync Battle where Dewan-Tatum upstaged everyone. She put all her years of dance training to good use when she perfectly reenacted Tatum's dance number "Pony" on the TV show. Dewan-Tatum even pulled her hubby into the dance when she gave him the hottest lap dance to grace our small-screens in years. Beyoncé even showed up for her husband's set, but Dewan-Tatum was still the star of the show (so that's definitely saying something).

When these two aren't surprising one another for Valentine's day or making us swoon with sexy dance performances they're at home being doting parents to their daughter Everly. This duo became first time parents in May 2013 and according to Tatum, Dewan-Tatum got the hang of being a mom pretty quickly. "Jenna is a super mom. There's no other way to say it," Tatum said of his wife in an interview with Vanity Fair. "She is there every single second, every single day." Aww! With Dewan-Tatum being a super mom and all it's not shocking Tatum couldn't resist surprising her for Cupid's holiday.

President Barack Obama Sends Hilarious Valentine’s Day Message to Michelle Obama

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Feb 122016
 
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When it comes to romance we can take inspiration from our favorite novels, movies, TV shows, and even the White House. No one has a busier or more high profile life than President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle and yet they still find time to squeeze in a little romance. They even found the time to write special notes to one another for Valentine's Day because, when it comes down to it, the President of the United States is really just like us...but with the Secret Service.

During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, host Ellen DeGeners surprised POTUS with a special Valentine's Day poem from Michelle. "Roses are red, violets are blue, you are the President and I am your boo," Michelle recited. "I wrote that while doing 100 push ups this morning, it gets the creative juices flowing." Brides-to-be take note — this sounds like the perfect way to beat vow-writing writers block and get envy-worthy wedding day arms.

See More: The Married Couples in this Valentine's Day Video Will Give You Serious Relationship Goals

DeGeneres didn't want to leave Michelle hanging so she kindly hooked President Obama up with the perfect romantic backdrop to record his message to Michelle. "Somebody call the Situation Room because things are about to get hot," he begins. "Michelle, this Valentine's Day I'm going to treat you right. I'm going to make you some zucchini bread, and then I'm going to spread veggies on a plate just the way you like them." Homemade zucchini bread?! Sounds delicious, any way you can send some leftovers to the BRIDES office?

His romantic Valentine's Day plans don't stop at zucchini bread and veggies either. "Then I'm going to give you a massage while you watch Ellen's Design Challenge on HGTV," he said plugging DeGeneres' show. "Because I love you so much I Obamacare about you more than you even know. That's right, Obamacares." We love that the President slipped in a little political pun, it perfectly fits his sweet message.

The romantic message doesn't stop with a good pun either: "I have made a lot of great decisions as president, but the best decision I've ever made was choosing you," he said perfectly ending his adorable message to his gorgeous wife. President Obama just set a totally new standard for what to expect from a Valentine. If you're looking for a last minute message to put on a homemade gift — we don't think the President will mind you turning his sweet message into a gift for your Valentines. With this being President Obama and Michelle's final Valentine's Day in the White House we have no doubt they'll make it extra special.

WATCH: These Couples Are Giving Us Serious Marriage Goals for Valentine’s Day

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Feb 122016
 
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Who ever said When Harry Met Sally was just a movie? To celebrate Valentine's Day, we sat down on the BRIDES couch with the cutest couples you've ever seen, where they shared their super sweet love stories and had us reaching for the Kleenex. The result is straight off a rom-com movie screen and a total tearjerker. Have a box of tissues nearby 'cause you'll most definitely need them for this one. (We'll wait...)

Everyone loves a good love story come Valentine's Day (and every other 364 days of the year, in our case), and these seven wedded couples have enough to put Nicholas Sparks to shame. We heard from both longtime loves — one pair share a whopping 55 years between them! — and just-back-from-the-honeymoon newlyweds — four months and two days, to be exact — and they all got us feeling some major relationship envy. Seriously guys, help! These perfect pairs are almost too cute to handle.

Sharing plenty of "How They Met..." stories and first date tales, these V-Day forever-sweethearts are giving us #AllTheFeels. One couple's first encounter was at a sixth grade pool party. "I wanted to get her attention so I threw a beach ball at her," says this super smooth hubby. While another reminisced their first date at a Weight Watchers. (Yes, really.)

See More: Guys Reveal the Best Valentine's Day Gift They've Ever Received

And of course, their marriage proposals were just as, well, special as the marriage itself. "I don't want it!" one feisty wife told her future hubby when he first pulled out the engagement ring. (Have no fear, they're going on 55 years and counting!) And when these couples started getting all lovey-dovey, we couldn't help but fall a little bit in love with them, too.

Grab your sweetheart and get into the Valentine's Day spirit with the full video, directed by Rachel Fleit of Killer Films Media (with post production by Union Editorial) above. Can you say #MarriageGoals? (We promise we won't tell that your fiancé cried.)

Justin Theroux’s Valentine’s Day Plans with Jennifer Aniston Sound Positively Perfect

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Feb 112016
 
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Every couple treats Valentine's Day differently — some go all out with a day full of romantic treats, presents, dinners, and flowers, while others opt for something a little more casual. And with February 14 rapidly approaching, our favorite stars have been sharing their own plans for the big day, including none other than newlyweds Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston. Theroux recently just dished on his big Valentine's Day plans with his new wife and we have to say we're a little bit jealous of what he's thought up for Aniston.

"We've actually scratched our dinner plans because I'm tired so we're probably just going to put on pajamas and catch up on some Netflix," the actor told E! News at the Zoolander 2 premiere in New York City. Theroux has been promoting his new Zoolander flick nonstop, so it's safe to assume some couch time with Aniston is just what he needs. Because honestly, there's really no better way to spend the day than in your pajams binge watching Vanderpump Rules with your loved ones.

After all the traveling Theroux's been doing lately, a little one-on-one time with Aniston couldn't come sooner. "It's been so nice," Theroux said about meeting up with Aniston in New York City. "We've been on the road for like a week and a half in Europe and it was always the plan to meet up in New York. It was very nice to lay eyeballs on her." Swoon, we totally just melted.

After a three-year engagement, Theroux and Aniston finally tied the knot in a top-secret ceremony this past summer. The celebration was so top-secret guests didn't even know they were attending a wedding until the ceremony started! The intimate nuptials took place in the couple's backyard and Aniston's former Friends co-star Courteney Cox was the maid of honor. But Cox wasn't the only a-lister to score an invite. Other guests included Chelsea Handler, Lisa Kudrow, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, and Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi to name a few.

See More: 15 Times Celebrities Were Bridesmaids!

After the small ceremony the two jetted off to Bora Bora for their honeymoon. Unlike the typical romantic honeymoon though, Theroux and Aniston brought along their closest friends.

Ever since making it official these newlyweds have not stopped gushing about each other, proving once and for all, they're Hollywood's cutest couple. A few months after the ceremony Theroux revealed on The Ellen DeGeners Show that he's still not over calling Aniston his wife. "The first couple days of doing it, it's a great feeling. 'Fiancé' sounds cute at first, then you go eh. But then you get to say 'my wife,'" he revealed.


DIY Valentine’s Gift (He’s Going to Love!): How to Make a Wood Grain Flask

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Feb 112016
 
Valentine's Day DIY Flask

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Forget the drugstore box of candy and get your fella something he'll really appreciate this Valentine's Day. This DIY wood grain flask looks ultra-trendy — and dare we say expensive — but, it's incredibly easy to pull off. (You won't have to call in your Pinterest-queen maid of honor for this one!) Best of all, your groom is bound to get plenty of use out of this DIY trinket, whether he stashes it in his tux jacket on the wedding day or brings it along to sports games with the guys. Molly Madfis of Almost Makes Perfect lends us her crafty skills for this personalized V-Day flask.

What you need:
· A stainless steel flask
· Wood grain contact paper
· A fine-tip paint marker
· Scissors
· An X-acto knife

DIY Wood Grain Flask

Photo: Molly Madfis

Instructions:
1. Cut out a piece of your contact paper to fit around the flask.

2. If you want to personalize your flask with your fiancé's name, do that now. But practice a lot first, if you need to! (Check out our simple guide to DIY calligraphy here!)

3. Peel off the backside and gently place your contact paper down. Don't worry about a little overlap on the top or bottom if you have it, just make sure you like the placement of the name.

See More: A (Kissable!) DIY Valentine's Day Gift For Your Fiancé

4. Slowly press down on the contact paper, one inch at a time, making sure you rub out the air bubbles as you go (you can also use a credit card or a squeegee). Continue along the back and you can choose to either overlap the paper or cut it, depending on how your grain matches up.

5. Using your X-acto knife, slowly run the blade at the exact angle of the flask's edges. This will remove all of the excess paper.

And voilà! You can even go the extra mile and fill it up with his favorite booze. His groomsmen will think you're the coolest bride on the block.

How to Create a Valentine’s Day Getaway Without Leaving Your House

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Feb 112016
 
Valentine's Day Getaway Without Leaving House

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Valentine's Day is sneaking up on all of us quickly. It feels like we just finished spending a ton of money on the December holidays, and before you know it, the pressure of doing something outrageously memorable on Cupid's holiday is stressing you out. Don't let that happen.

First of all, it's important to realize that every single day is Valentine's Day when you're happily married. It's about being together every day, and knowing that the person you love most in the world will always be there for you, every day, for the rest of your life. If your budget is tight, or you're still paying off your recent wedding, there's absolutely no reason to go into further debt for the sake of February 14th.

This year, Valentine's Day falls on a weekend, upping the ante significantly because many couples feel like they're supposed to go away someplace romantic and fabulous to make a new memory. Sure, a cozy bed and breakfast someplace would be lovely after spending the day on fluffy ski slopes. Even better, a tropical beach someplace where nobody is wearing winter coats. But is that really necessary for a special Valentine's Day?

With a little imagination, you and your love can have a very special getaway, alone together, without ever leaving your house. In fact, if you live someplace where it's nippy right now, the goal of the romantic weekend might be to never set foot outside your front door, except to the walk the dog.

See More: Sweet and Sexy Valentine's Day Lingerie You'll Both Love

Here's how to prepare for your romantic weekend in advance.

Stock up on all of your favorite movies.
And by "your favorite," I mean movies that you both enjoy. Since you can pretty much get them all online now (do video rental stores even exist anymore?), sit down and make up a list of movies that you remember watching together and enjoying. If you remember the first movie you ever watched as a couple, that's a great place to start.

Plan out your weekend menus and shop ahead of time.
Including a trip to the liquor store for a special wine, or a visit to the bakery that made your wedding cake for something sweet that evokes happy memories. If you rarely have breakfast together because you're both in a hurry, or not morning people, a romantic weekend can include a special brunch — eaten in your pajamas (or less) — whatever time of day you finally get around to it.

Create a music playlist for the weekend with all of the music that you both love.
Include the songs that were on your wedding ceremony and reception playlists, and songs that make you think of the person you love. When you want to dance, let the moment inspire you! Grab your husband or wife by the hand, and pull them onto the living room dance floor with you. You can do as much kissing as you like without violating any societal rules when the only audience is your cat. Caution: Dancing often leads to a horizontal mambo!

Sandy Malone is the owner of Sandy Malone Weddings & Events, a full-service traditional and destination wedding planning company and Do-It-Yourself wedding planning consulting service for DIY brides and grooms based in the Washington, DC area. Sandy is the star of TLC's reality show "Wedding Island," about her destination wedding planning company, Weddings in Vieques. Sandy's book "How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional," will be released on March 1st, but is available online for pre-orders now where books are sold.

BRIDES New York: Best Valentine’s Day Dinner Spots For Two in NYC

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Feb 102016
 
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Finding the perfect New York dining spot that is equally entertaining and romantic is not always that easy. Thankfully, we've gathered a list of some of New York's coziest, and lavish, dinner spots that are perfect for you and your other half on Cupid's day of love.

Lafayette
With a market-driven bistro menu full of gourmet cuisine — inspired by the regions of Provence and Normandy — this downtown Manhattan landmark continues to please locals with their Mediterranean re-mastery of traditional dishes. Offering a breathtaking interior atmosphere rooted in natural touches and man-made murals, this New York hideaway is the perfect escape for you and your loved one.

Boqueria
Inspired by some of the best tapas bars in Barcelona, this delicious spot is known for its passion in supplying New York City with some of the finest epicurean delights. Offering a wide variety of market fresh specials including braised oxtail, fresh mussels, and seared octopus, this metropolitan landmark provides an eclectic menu for you and your Valentine's Day beau.

See More: Say Yes to the Dress at One of These New York City Bridal Salons

Colicchio & Sons
Small-scale techniques that make a major impact is the motto behind this celebrated mecca of gourmet cuisine. Through the divine creativity of chef Tom Colicchio, this farm-to-table locale of innovation creates unforgettable menu items such as "Sweet Potato Agnolotti with Leek & Duck Ham," which rivals the crowd favorite, "Sea Scallops with Fennel & Citrus Vinaigrette."

The Cecil
A one-of-a-kind dining experience in Harlem, The Cecil was created by New York restaurateur Alexander Smalls and his business partner, Richard Parsons. The dynamic duo set out to create a restaurant that combined global flavors through an African lens. A rich blend of Afro-Asian-American cuisine provides the seamless transition between some of the world's deepest, influential, and inspiring textures and flavors.

Claudette
Located just steps away from New York's legendary Washington Square Park in the heart of Greenwich Village, Claudette shares the warm and inviting atmosphere provided by this local, romantic getaway. A dining room set with immaculate, bleached-wood tables complimented by wicker-back chairs lends its influence to a traditional Provençal café. A menu stacked with traditional French dishes makes this romantic New York eatery one unmatched to all the others.

Want to see more New York City restaurants? Check out our New York City Venues page to find your perfect Valentine's Day date spot!

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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Getaways in the U.S.

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Feb 092016
 
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With Valentine's Day fast approaching, there's no better time to book a last-minute getaway at one of America's most romantic hotels and resorts. To help you get there, we've rounded up some of the chicest places for two. Even better: all of the properties below are offering exclusive V-day deals, which are sure to make your stay that much sweeter.

Four Seasons Resort Lanai (Above)
If you really want to get away with your beau, book in ASAP at the newly revamped Four Seasons, on Hawaii's ultra-private, 90,000-acre island of Lanai. (Just a short flight from Maui.) Book the Stay Longer — Fourth Night Free experience, which includes a complimentary fourth night at the resort, plus romantic add-ons, like a five-course, blind tasting menu of such aphrodisiacs as lobster, oyster, and caviar— a surefire way to ignite the senses; or opt for the mixology class and tasting in one of the new poolside "sanctuaries," a private bungalow with couches and lounge chairs (also perfect for a couples' massage). (From $1,075/night.)

Royalton New York
Design-savvy travelers love this stylish hotel in midtown Manhattan, which opened in 1988 under the direction of legendary French architect Philippe Starck (also behind Miami's Delano Hotel and Paris's Le Royal Monceau— Raffles, among others). The greatest appeal for romance-seeking travelers, however, are the wood-burning fireplaces found in 55 of the 168 guestrooms (the most of any NYC property). Throughout February, couples can book the Royalton Fireplace package, which includes: accommodations and breakfast; cocktails and small plates at the lobby lounge, Bar Forty Four; and a "fireplace concierge service." Yes, the hotel has a "Wood Sommelier," who will come to your room and customize the fire— allowing you to choose from five different types of kindling, each of which pairs with a craft cocktail from Forty Four. (We recommend lighting up the limited edition cherry wood on the 14th.) (From $299/night.)

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
There are few more romantic spots in the U.S. than the coast of Southern California, so whether you're in from out of town or looking for a fun staycation, we recommend this historic Santa Monica property. There's plenty to do on-site, from Exhale mind-body fitness classes to close-knit shaves at Lloyd's Barbershop. But with the Sky High Romance package, you and your Valentine get even more amazing experiences— namely, a private helicopter ride over Los Angeles. In addition to overnight accommodations in an Ocean Tower Suite (with champagne and caviar upon arrival), couples are treated to a 45-minute airborne city tour, followed by a private rooftop dinner catered by FIG, the hotel's seasonal-inspired bistro, with equally breathtaking Pacific views. (From $6,500.)

Whiteface Lodge
Lake Placid, New York, has remained a year-round favorite among Northeast travelers since it played host to the Winter Olympics in 1980. And this all-suite Adirondack resort is the perfect winter escape for both couples and families, owing to the diverse activities it offers— from cross-country skiing to rock climbing and dog sledding. With the Lodge's Ultimate Luxury Package For Two, guests receive two-night accommodations, inclusive of breakfast, plus 50-minute massages in the award-winning spa and a three-course dinner at the rustic-chic restaurant, KANU. Couples can also catch a flick at the Lodge's 56-seat movie theater, take a turn on the private ice-skating rink, or kick back in front of the fire pit, cocktails in hand. (From $546/night.)

See More: Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Him

Fontainebleau Miami Beach
If you've ever been to Miami for a bachelorette, chances are you spent a night at the Fontainebleau's nightclub, LIV. This Collins Avenue mainstay can be either party haven or luxury refuge, depending on your travel needs, and we think they've hit the perfect medium for Valentine's Day. What you get: a prix-fixe dinner for two at one of the resort's top-notch restaurants (Michael Mina 74, StripSteak, or Scarpetta), plus tickets to a performance by Grammy award-winning duo Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo at BleauLive (the resort's entertainment venue). If rocking out to classics like "We Belong" and "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" doesn't get you going, we don't know what will! (Package from $350.)

Sea Island, Georgia
With all this physical romance, let's not forget about a little intellectual stimulation. If you and your S.O. are really looking to connect this V-day, consider booking in at one of Sea Island's storied accommodations (we like the chic Inn at Sea Island or the ultra-private Ocean Villas at the Cloister). Not only will you get R&R— by way of the 60,000 square-foot spa and three world-class golf courses— but you'll also get to join the resort's third-annual Creativity Conference. During the two-day retreat, participants can interact with and learn from such speakers as: Italian model-actress-filmmaker Isabella Rossellini; New York Times bestselling author Gary Shteyngart; and Colorado State University professor of animal science, Dr. Temple Grandin (also the subject of a namesake HBO biopic, starring Claire Danes). Hope you're taking notes! (From $225/night at the Inn; $500/night at the Cloister.)

Red Mountain Resort
If your idea of connecting is more along the lines of mind-body-sprit, look no further than this wellness resort in Southwestern Utah. Activities that fall within the Red Mountain Essential Package: yoga classes overlooking red rock canyons, digital photography classes, hikes through Zion National Park, cooking demonstrations, plus daily meals crafted by the resort's nutritionists to specifically suit your health goals. (From $265/night, per person.)

DIY Valentine’s Day Craft: XO Flower Letter Décor (Fit for a Wedding!)

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Feb 092016
 
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Looking for a quick and fun Valentine's DIY project that's suitable for any skill level? These "X" and "O" flower letters (created by the bloggers behind As Told By) are beautiful and could be used as décor at your wedding, as a gift for your significant other, or just as décor around your house. Bloggers

All you need to do is take a quick trip to your local craft store to pick up the simple items you need for this project. You might even have some of them lying around your house already!

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You will need:


  • Wooden letters (size of your choice)

  • Your favorite bundle of flowers (real or fake)

  • Wire cutters

  • Glue gun



See More: DIY Valentine's Day Project: Love Note Pillow

You can choose your color palette based on the event, so have some fun with shades and hues. The more color the better! We used shades of pink and red to celebrate Valentine's Day, as well as "X" and "O" letters for a festive spin. You can easily customize this project by using any letters — such as your initials — to make them unique and special to you (and perfect for your wedding!).

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Make sure you choose various sizes and types of flowers to ensure every tiny space is filled — you don't want any of the wood to show through. We recommend cutting each flower down to the base and laying all of them out so you can play around with the placement before securing them to the letters.

The easiest method is to place your large flowers on the letters first, then fill in with the smaller ones. Alternate colors so they are all spread out evenly across the letter.

Using a hot glue gun, glue the flowers on to your heart's content, and voila! You have beautiful flower letters, fit for any occasion. The glue dries instantly, so no need to wait to start displaying your letters. Set up a nice home cooked meal with the letters as a centerpiece. Your significant other will be head over heels with the thoughtfulness behind these letters.

3 Ways to Spend Your First Married Valentine’s Day that Won’t Break the Bank

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Feb 092016
 
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Valentine's Day is coming, and if you're a newlywed, that's exciting! It can also be stressful figuring out how to properly appreciate Cupid's big day without spending a lot of money you don't have, because you're still paying off credit cards from your wedding.

There's a gross misconception that, once you're married, Valentine's Day becomes a more important and significant holiday, and it must be acknowledged with jewelry or other "permanent" gifts. Of course, we all like to open up a present and find some bling inside — but it certainly isn't a requirement for demonstrating your love for one another.

As somebody who has been married 12 years, and who has been intimately involved in planning more than 500 weddings, I'm here to tell you that having a special Valentine's Day has almost nothing to do with how much money you spend on special activities or gifts. In fact, some of the most romantic and memorial Valentine's Days I've spent with my husband didn't even come close to breaking the bank.

Try out one of these three ideas for yourselves:

1. Take a trip down memory lane — it's practically free!
Recreate one of the best-ever dates you and your spouse had before you were married. If your first date was record-breaking, start right there! Go back to a restaurant you particularly enjoyed for dinner. Or rent the movie you first saw together in the theater, the night you realized you both had the same warped sense of humor.

See More: Creative Valentine's Day Proposal Ideas

2. Go shopping for gifts together, but set a very specific limit on what each of you may spend, and shop for yourselves!
The rule is that you may give any leftover money to your spouse to add to their own shopping kitty. When couples do this, frequently neither one of them ends of spending money on themselves. The result is basically a glorified window-shopping trip. If nobody spends any money (and that happens frequently), you can pool the funds and go out to dinner, or buy something together for your household that you actually need as a Valentine's gift to yourselves from both of you.

3. Spend Valentine's Day with somebody who doesn't have their own Valentine to cuddle up with that day.
Love's biggest holiday can be very, very painful for someone who has recently lost a loved one, or a partner. Unwilling to interrupt anybody else's love life, they're not likely to ask for attention that day, even though they really, truly need it. If you're happily married, every day is a special holiday for you, and you can afford to dedicate some time on Valentine's Day to spread the love around to somebody who really needs it. Think of an elderly relative or neighbor who might not receive a hug and kiss from anybody else on February 14th, and make brightening up their day a special couples' project for you and your new spouse. You're lucky enough to have each other.

Sandy Malone is the owner of Sandy Malone Weddings & Events, a full-service traditional and destination wedding planning company and Do-It-Yourself wedding planning consulting service for DIY brides and grooms based in the Washington, DC area. Sandy is the star of TLC's reality show "Wedding Island," about her destination wedding planning company, Weddings in Vieques. Sandy's book "How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional," will be released on March 1st, but is available online for pre-orders now where books are sold.

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