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Are you getting married in the next 12 months? If you're engaged and planning a wedding, there's probably a good chance that whatever you and your fiancé decide to do to celebrate Valentine's Day will need to be done on a budget. With thousands of dollars in wedding bills heading your way, the last thing you want to do is clog up your credit card with another trip or expensive dinner when you really want to be saving up for your honeymoon. To help, here are four ideas for Valentine's Day on a budget:
1. Plan a romantic dinner in your house, but get dressed up.
Whoever plans your night gets to dictate the attire. So if you want to get sexy and wear fish-nets and a fancy dress, go for it. (Just do the messy cooking first!)
2. Even if neither of you ever seems to have time to meet for lunch during a busy workday, plan it ahead.
Just the fact you get to see each other in the middle of the day will be something special, romantic and different. If the weather is nice, you don't have to go to a restaurant. A romantic picnic could be fabulous.
3. Plan a scavenger hunt for each other, with special notes at each stopping point.
You don't even have to leave your house — although that can make it more adventurous. At the end of the hunt, you get to meet up and exchange little gifts that you've purchased on a pre-agreed upon budget.
4. Plan a romantic evening at home with no TV and no social media.
Make a play list for each other — and listen to all the songs together. Talk about memories associated with the songs. Take selfies if it makes you happy. But cocoon yourself in music and romance and block out the rest of the world until February 15th.
Owner of Weddings in Vieques, a destination-wedding planning company off the coast of Puerto Rico, Sandy Malone has helped countless couples plan their big day since 2007.