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First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes...Life

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes...Life

Romantic Wedding

Getting married is a wonderful moment in someone's life. The wedding ceremony is full of love, promise, and hope. The bride and groom are standing before all of their friends and family, sharing their love with each other. Truly, it is a beautiful thing. However, the wedding and marriage are two separate things. Your wedding day is a sweet memory you can lock up in boxes, pictures, and sentiment. Marriage can be equally sweet, but is out in the open, experienced day in and day out, and comes with a lot of responsibility. Both are beautiful, but the later requires everlasting effort and isn't done in a day, though you may find that life still runs by in a blur. Because of this day in and out experience with your loved one, it is easy to lose a little bit of your wedding day spark between the toe nail clippings and the mouth guards. The days of waking up to your husband's mysteriously minty fresh breath and your wife's seemingly naturally smooth and hairless legs are over. But does this mean you love each other less? Of course not! Does this mean you can't still get butterflies when he smiles? No! But sometimes you may need to remind each other of just how crazy in love you are with one another.

3 Tips for Keeping the Romance Alive:

  1. Tune out of the world and tune in to each other: One of the biggest distractions in any relationship is technology( ie. those pesky little social media sites, your favorite television drama, and angry birds). A great way to boost the romance is to shut off those devices! An easy way to see real results is to designate a time in the day or evening that your will shut off and put away those technologies. How can you have that much needed pillow talk if your working on your top score for subway surfers every night? Turn everything off, say hello, and you will surprise yourselves with how much closer you will feel.
  2. Go on Dates: Marriage can be tough and you probably will have a lot to worry and stress over. This is why it is important to remember to go on real dates. You may spend every day together, but there is a drastic difference between watching a movie because it is what you do every night and having a date night where you get dressed cute and then watch that same movie with popcorn and dessert. By just designating what you are doing as a date shifts the atmosphere. It is important, however, to ask each other out on dates and plan something a little more out of the norm. He might be your husband, but a simple, "Hey, I was wondering if you'd want to go on a date with me Saturday night?", is going to put a smile on his and your face.
  3. Treat Each Other: Basically, don't forget to do nice things for each other. You know what stresses each other out and what helps relieve that stress. If your wife is sick and coughing all night, instead of getting annoyed or suggesting she go sleep in the guest bedroom, go get her some couch medicine and an ice glass of water. If your husband is stressed out about work, wake up early and make his breakfast and morning coffee. The more you serve one another, the closer you will be.
For more tips and tricks on keeping the romance alive see our blog article, "Three Fun and Corny Date Ideas" and stay posted every week here on our Wedding Collectibles Blog and see what we write on Wedding Aces!
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Date Ideas to Celebrate Your 1st Anniversary

Your first wedding anniversary is a special one. You are still all extra lovey-dovey, you have made it through the first year of adjustment, and you are looking forward excitedly toward the future. So, how are you going to celebrate? Start the date out by getting ready is separate rooms. Have your sweet husband "pick you up" either at the front door or even at your bedroom door. Sometimes being married means that romance will get shuffled to the side, so it can be fun to encourage the night with the butterflies of anticipation. Romantic Boat Cruise What you go and do, is going to depend on you and your tastes, but I would suggest going out somewhere you either have never been or don't usually go to. This could be an expensive restaurant, something thrilling like rock climbing, renting out a boat and taking the romantic evening out to sea, or a weekend get away. The important thing is to do something that will break routines. Next, something else to make the night special is to fill it with surprises. This goes along with the idea to go do something different and fun, but adds in a sprinkle of gifts. You can do a series of small gifts throughout the night, or you can just give one (it doesn't even have to be expensive). As we discussed earlier this week, the traditional gift for the first anniversary is paper. To see ideas of how to get creative with this gift read our blog, "1st Wedding Anniversary Traditions". Wedding Cake End the night by keeping with tradition and share that top layer of your wedding cake. If you looked ahead and saved your top tier for your anniversary, you will surely be rewarded with deliciousness and sentimentality (ie. lovey-dovey-ness). If you didn't save it, try and see if you can get a small cake like your wedding cake by the baker that worked your wedding. Some bakers actually offer making you a cake on your 1st anniversary as a part of your original purchase.  
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Three Fun and Corny Date Ideas

Always Date Each other

You're in love and you're getting married. That is the end goal for the relationship right? We grow up playing barbies, ken and barbie date and then once we have decided they are in love they get married and that's that. Every Disney princess movie ends in that fairy tale wedding, happily every after, the end ( at least until they make a sequel that makes you cringe). In real life relationships there will be moments that you will be caught up in the romance and butterfly feeling that will move your love story right along to the wedding bell ending, but that is just the thing, that decision to get married and being married does not end the necessity to court and woo one another. So, here are some light hearted date ideas to help remind each other the point of the five page wedding planning check list. 

 

Ice Skating Around the World

1: Rollerblading or Ice skating.
This is an especially fun one if neither of you are very coordinated. With this date you can hold on to each other, or if one of you is rollerblading adept, one can help the other, and this will keep you physically close throughout the night. Then, with the very real possibility of falling over and looking ridiculous, you open yourself up to be a little vulnerable. If being vulnerable together is something you have a hard time with, this date would be a perfect exercise or way of tricking yourself into letting your guard down a little more. Plus, there is bound to be a photo booth at your local roller rink that you can squeeze on into and take those silly and cute photos that are designed especially for making memories.

"GROOM (under new management)" Wedding Transfer2: Make a Bet.
Let us explain. Buy coordinated Bride and Groom t-shirts or iron-ons and go out to the mall, a theme park, or otherwise crowded place. Before leaving, each of you place a bet on the number of times someone asks you about your wedding, openly stares, gives you a "I'm a stranger, but I am happy for you" smile. Then, simply keep a small notepad in your pocket or purse and as you go throughout the day mark down the responses. The one whose guess was closest can receive a "prize" of whatever sort you decide upon before heading out. You can, and should, of course do date-like things while the bet is going on, but this can add an extra twist and inside laugh for the day for you and your groom.

A Weekly Fangirl Discussion: A Couple That Plays Together Stays Together3: Geek Out.
Rent your favorite two player video game - be it a childhood favorite or your current weekend unwind. This can be fun because it can bring out the competitive nature of the most tame person. You may want to establish a "I am actually really frustrated by this game" safety word, but otherwise enjoy some junk food, and see how creative you can get with your smack talk.

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