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Enjoy a Date Night “In”

Sure, the two of you could go paint the town tonight, but doesn’t staying in sound so much better?  Often easier on the budget, date nights spent in your own home also allow you to communicate better (and more comfortably–yoga pants, anyone?).  Here are a few date night ideas to inspire you to stay in […]
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The Perfect Date Night Soundtrack

The Perfect Date Night Soundtrack

Engagement photo with a record player and choosing first dance songs

Sometimes, especially in the middle of all of the excitement of wedding planning, a quiet night at home is just what a couple needs to relax, re-charge and basically get in some quality time together. Whether your preferred agenda for a night in involves busting through your Netflix queue or a made-from-scratch meal (fancy cocktails optional for either itinerary), it’s highly likely that you’ll want a good date night soundtrack to set the scene — and the best part about this playlist is that each and every one of the tunes on it doubles as an awesome first dance song. After all, it’s our job to make your wedding planning adventure a piece of cake. Or pie. It’s your choice, but either way here are 20 of our top picks for your date night soundtrack.

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10 Great Date Night Movies

10 Great Date Night Movies

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Date nights “in” are supposed to be easy. Yoga pants. Cuddling. Snack foods.  And just when you think you have finally settled the biggest argument of the night concerning whether or not Twizzlers are better than Red Vines (and in fact, they are), you have to decide on a movie.  He refuses to watch The Notebook one more time, and you insist that The Expendables 3 is simply not romantic mood material.  We’ve got you covered. Here are 10 romantic movies for both of you to enjoy.

Grosse Pointe Blank

John Cusack seems to be the great equalizer of romantic comedies. He’s intelligent, funny, and not “too” good looking. This movie is funny and dark and sweet all at the same time. Cusack plays a hitman with a case of conscience returning to his hometown for a high school reunion. Minnie Driver plays his former teenage sweetheart.  Needless to say, hilarity and hijinks ensue.

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There are many Hitchcock movies that could be on this list. Notorious, though, is the famous director at his most romantic. Sparks fly between Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in this classic film filled with suspense and international intrigue.

Desk Set

This film features one of Hollywood’s most legendary couples, both on screen and off, is Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. If you and your fella like your romance with a side of witty repartee , this is the movie for you. Tracy plays a technology expert and Hepburn is the research maven that is sure she’s soon to be replaced.  We love the way these two brilliant characters are so well-suited.

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Before Sunset

The second installment in this romantic trilogy by Richard Linklater, Before Sunset focuses on that age-old question, “What about the one who got away?”  Cerebral types will dig this type of love story–it is full of long takes with lots of dialogue and an abundance of natural charm.  If you haven’t seen the first movie, Before Sunrise, watch it first.

Lars and the Real Girl

Plenty of people didn’t give this movie a chance because of its premise: Ryan Gosling plays a man who orders a life-size doll and falls in love with her.  We get it. It sounds really crazy and maybe a little bit creepy, and possibly rife with blow up doll jokes (btw, no it is not).  But this film is actually very tender and sweet, centering around themes of acceptance, generosity, and community.  Don’t miss out.

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(500) Days of Summer

Never has a movie tagline been so accurate about the film it is advertising, “This is not a love story. This is a story about love.”  As the title suggests, this is not a happily ever after movie.  Starring Joesph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, the film follows a young relationship through its inevitable ups and downs. Full of moments that will make you smile, as well as elicit a few knowing sighs, it’s a keeper.

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Silver Linings Playbook

You simply can’t find a modern day couple with as much on-screen magic as Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. You just can’t.  And in this movie they are at their wacky, real, talented best.  They both play characters that have gone through a fair amount of personal tragedy and are trying to cope with the hand life has dealt them.  It might sound like a downer, but it really isn’t.  It’s wry and relatable and you’re a bit disappointed when it has to come to an end.

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Bear with us, because yes, we are insisting that a Pixar movie about a character that essentially is a trash compactor is one of the most romantic movies we’re ever seen.  Wall-E is lovely and optimistic and a true romantic, finding the magic in everyday trash that clutters his path.  When he meets Eve, fireworks!  And the fact that he and Eve get to save the day? Well, that’s just the cherry on top.

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The Princess Bride

Of course, you’ve already seen this movie. Because you are a human being and you live in the world.   But it’s definitely an epic romance that is worth a second (or 80th) viewing. This film has something for everyone with its humor, action, and fairy-tale story.  And Inigo Montoya. Always him.

The Last of the Mohicans

Maybe you two are a bit old fashioned. You like your romance with a sweeping score, bold statements (“You stay alive, no matter what occurs!”), and plenty of 18th century violence.  Is it a little over-the-top? Yup.  But so is the marshmallow fluff popcorn you’ve been obsessing over for the last hour. Sometimes over-the-top is just what you need.

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Winter Date Night Ideas

Winter Date Night Ideas

couple standing in snow in red and black

The holiday season is one of the most magical and romantic times of year.  And yet, we are often so busy we forget to really enjoy it with our sweethearts.  Here are 5 fun date ideas for December!

Christmas Shopping Extravaganza

Yes, even a to do list can be romantic.  Give yourselves the entire day to get your shopping done for friends and family with plenty of breaks for cocktails and noshing.  Just resolve to go with the flow throughout the day, whispering sweet nothings, and ignoring the children hassling their exhausted mothers for another photo with Santa Claus.

Check Out the Lights

There are few things more delightful than a row of houses aglow with Christmas lights.  Some areas have local landmarks, parks, or zoos that are especially decorated for the holiday season. If you aren’t able to tour one of those, head to suburbia, where you can count on plenty of families who have gone all out. Grab a cocoa first and queue up some carols on the car stereo.

Host a Cocktail Exchange

We’ve all heard of cookie exchanges, and they’re great. But take things in a decidedly more grown-up direction with a cocktail exchange. The two of you supply all the mixers, snacks, and recipe cards and each guest can bring a bottle of the alcohol for their selected cocktail to sample.  Just don’t pour full-sized drinks unless you are looking to call in a fleet of cabs to carry your friends home.

Engagement Session-a-Long

You need to get those pictures taken, but it has become such a chore to think about what to wear and where to go.  What’s your favorite cafe? Place to hide from the world for an hour? Restaurant that serves the best Monte Cristo sandwiches that you both love?  Go on a legendary date night to these special places and bring a cool photographer along.  Sure, three might seem like a crowd at first, but in the end you will have some very snazzy pictures to show for it.  And yes, you can absolutely use them for your Christmas cards, Miss Multitasker.

Take a Weekend

The season is over in a blink of an eye, and it is often filled with a lot of obligations, from company parties to family dinners.  Take time away just the two of you. Find at least one night and head out of town to a quiet cabin to enjoy some snow or into the city to take in The Nutcracker and stay at a swanky hotel–whatever the two of you truly enjoy.


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