Putting a ring on it shouldn't mean that a couples dating life dies off. In fact, the ever popularised American convention 'date night' shows that one of the best ways to keep your love life buoyant is to dish up the dates and ramp up the romance. There's no better way to kick-start a marriage than to get off on the right foot. We've listed some of the best pre or post celebrity wedding dating and romance ideas to get you going. After all, if it's good enough for them, it's good enough for you!
Throw in a Surprise or Two
Couples who have been together for a while are granted optimum levels of comfort but we fall in love with our partners because of the heady sense of passion offered during the blissful infatuation stage. Re-capturing the uncertainty and anticipation of those early days is essential and highly possible if you inject a surprise or two along the way. Stability helps love thrive but adventure can re-boot our love life's.
Salma Hayek's relationship with Francois-Henri started off on a surprising foot. Salma thought she was attending a PR event when Francois-Henri high-jacked proceedings and took her on her first date!
There are so many ways to surprise a loved one; each write a list of things that you'd love to do, cut up the ideas and put them into a hat. Schedule in 'surprise days' and pick something out of the hat. You might find yourself going paintballing, jumping out of a plane or going on a road trip and because you'll have agreed upon all ideas beforehand there won't be any nasty surprises such as visits to strip clubs, all night raves and chore day.
Do Something Different
Back when Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth were dating, they had their first date at Starbucks. Although it might not seem romantic, the big stars were desensitised to glitz and glam and fancied something more down to earth. Turn the tables on what you usually do. If your partner always instigates dates, take the reins instead. If you always go for dinner and a movie, do something active instead. If you always go out mid-week, book in a date night on Saturday. If it's always a night time affair, set your alarm for 8am and make the most of the day. If you typically plan your dates be spontaneous and if you never pre-plan, book something in advance. The key is to show that you can enjoy one another in a variety of settings and circumstances and that you aren't a one-trick pony but a show horse!
In the early days of a new love affair, couples are more spontaneous. They want to see each other as much as possible and they don't care how! Turn up to your loves workplace for lunch and take them out, meet them at the station with a beer or chocolate bar or offer to drive them to work one morning. Send your loved one roses on an ordinary weekday and see how much it blows them away.
Know Your Lovers Love Language
There are five love languages; physical touch, words of affirmation, quality time, acts of service and receiving gifts. Although it's important to work all five, identify which love language your partner prefers and play to their preference. Leave them notes around the house, pick up their laundry or pencil in a weekly date night.
When Robin Thicke's relationship to Paula Patton began to break down, her serenaded her publically with a spate of songs from his album all dedicated to winning her back. Although the plea didn't work, Robin's preference for the public eye inspired us. They say that lovers often long to shout their love from the rooftops. With that in mind, make a public declaration; tell parents exactly what is so special about your partner, dedicate a Karaoke session or song to your loved one or give them a radio shout out.
Kevin Hart wowed partner Eniko Parrish with a roomful of roses, 1,000 to be exact. Hart gushed that he adored making her happy as Eniko makes him happier. In relationships, one good deed from one partner fuels the fire between the two of you and motivates the other partner in turn. Do something romantic for your partner for no other reason than to make them smile.