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Relationship Guide to Valentine's Day

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by Gordon D'Mello (subscribe)
Freelance writer based in Sydney's heart, event enthusiast and founder/editor of growing sports syndicate 'Injury Time'

Valentine's Day is less than two weeks away so it's time to start thinking about making plans (come on guys, you know she'll be furious if you forget!)

But it's a seriously tricky day, particularly if you've only just started seeing someone.

For example, I think it's fair to say that you might be willing to spend a bit more on someone you've been dating for three years to someone you've been dating for three weeks!

So with that in mind here are my ideas for Valentine's Day dates depending on how long you've been seeing someone.

1-4 Weeks
Dinner Reservation or Movies

Keep it simple. If you've only known your partner for a week or two, this is danger ground. The potential for things to get awkward is at its highest, so choose something that is easy going and something that won't cost too much.

You're obviously still in that period when you're still getting to know him/her so don't go to over the top. But book NOW, if you're lucky you might get a decent place!

2-3 Months
Ice Skating/Kite Flying


It's still potentially in the awkward zone, but it is a great option for a date when you're looking for something casual but still fun. Again it's not something you're going to do that regularly so it can be a memorable day.

I've even heard of couples getting together and making it a group Valentine's Day. Not a bad option, especially around this time of a relationship.

4-8 Months
Dinner Concert/Theatre


You're at a stage now where you've known this girl for quite some time. Sometime's buying tickets for a classy artist is the perfect idea for the night especially because you are guaranteed performances on Valentine's Day.

If you're in Sydney for example, performers like Rod Stewart, Il Divo, Alfredo Malabello and Roger Walters all have Valentine's Day shows. Theatre is another alternative as well.

1-3 Years
Hot Air Balloon Ride


You've reached a period now where you really should be 100% comfortable with your partner. If you're not this isn't the date for you! Taking him/her to the sky via a hot air balloon sets the perfect scenery for an unforgettable date. You'll be up there for a while though, so don't do it if you think things are going to get awkward.

However, it will cost you a little. Visit Balloon Aloft for some decent prices for balloon rides around Australia.

3 Years
The Perfect Date


One of my good mates did this for his partner a year or two ago, and man the stories she tells of it. It's pretty cliché, but it seemed to work for him!

He started with breakfast in bed – nothing too original but it doesn't happen most days does it. Then, he drove up with her to the Blue Mountains and organised a picnic in front of the majestic 'three sisters'. After that he organised a massage for her at a local masseur.

Finally he finished with a 'backwards dinner' at their favourite restaurant (that's exactly what it sounds like; they began with desert, then main, then appetisers). Finally he dropped her home and waiting on her bed was a poem and flowers. Any tears yet?

It took him a lot of effort but when you look at it again, it's not that much in terms of cost. Some food for breakfast and lunch, $20-$30 for the massage, $60 for dinner and $10 for flowers. Surely that's more memorable than spending $100 on jewelery?

Sure it's a bit of a risk but like his partner said to me, it's something she'll never forget.
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When: 14th February 2012
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