5 Ways To Celebrate Valentine’s Day When You’re Engaged

The average engagement is 12 to 14 months, so you might only celebrate one or two Valentine’s Days while you’re fiance and fiancee. So why not take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime chance to celebrate your Valentine’s Day as an engaged couple? You can totally spend Valentine’s Day with your spouse-to-be the same way you always do, but if you’re looking for something a bit different, here’s the engaged couple’s guide to celebrating V-Day.

1. Celebrate like the day you got engaged.

Okay, so he doesn’t exactly have to get down on one knee again, but you could return to the restaurant, park bench or mountain top where the proposal happened and pop some champagne for old times’ sake.

2. Start a new Valentine’s Day tradition.

Ways To Celebrate Engagement

Erin Samuell

So maybe while you were dating you always went to the movies on Valentine’s Day, or you skipped the 14th and had a romantic dinner together the day after. If you’re feeling like your Valentine’s Day plans are stuck in a rut, this is your chance to start something new you can carry into your marriage.

3. Get pampered together. 

Spa treatment to celebrate Valentine's Day


It seems obvious, but taking time to relax is even more important than ever. Throw in a couple of facials and you can count it as crossing one beauty regimen off your long to-do list.

4. Skip it and celebrate Galentine’s Day instead.

From the album: An Outdoor Morning Wedding in Canyon Lake, TX

You’re going to have a lifetime of Valentine’s Days ahead, and your wedding is going to be the ultimate lovefest. A great alternative is to celebrate with your ladies (or even have your bachelorette party!). The great part is there’s a ton of deals available, and there’s no rule that says your date — or dates — can’t be your bridesmaids!

5. Record your love story.

Grab your fiance and hit the town visiting places from your love story (like your first date and where you first said “I love you”). Not only is it sentimental, but you can also take a video to play at your engagement party, rehearsal dinner or even the wedding! We love this example from Stephanie and Oren’s wedding.

Bonus: Whatever you do, don’t talk about wedding planning.

Wedding planning inspiration notebook

Tara Donne

Drop that binder! If there’s any time you should take a day off from the nitty-gritty details of linens and boutonnieres, this is it.

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> Make these heart-themed DIY projects for your wedding (and Valentine’s Day)

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