How to continue dating your fiancé while sticking to a budget during wedding planning
When you’re caught up in planning a wedding, it's easy to lose sight of some important to-do's in the whirlwind of decisions and obligations. You found the love of your life, your favorite person, your forever. You have an engagement ring on your finger, and you're headed down the aisle in the not-so-distant future. And yet you can’t remember the last romantic thing you and your fiancé did together!
In the midst of all the planning, dating your fiancé may be the last thing on your mind. We know that planning a wedding can be a major challenge because there is so much going on. There are so many things to plan and budget for, and your relationship is supposed to be settled and ready for the big day, right?
Don’t let wedding planning dim the flame you both have for each other! It's important to continue dating your fiancé throughout the engagement period to keep your relationship strong. It also helps to build a foundation for your future together. Below we have included some fun budget-friendly date night ideas to not only keep your relationship stronger than ever but to keep you within your wedding budget and beyond.
Go on a Mini-moon!
First things first, we all know that you both can’t wait until after the wedding to go on that big honeymoon. You know, the one that you have been planning and dreaming for as long as you both can remember. There's no reason to wait till after the big day for a romantic getaway. Whether impromptu or planned, a change of scenery and new experiences are great for your relationship!
For those wanting to take their mini-moon outside of the home, a quick budget rundown can keep you two both on track financially! Let’s say you both are under budget with vendors, and you have an extra $500 in your pockets. We know that wedding planning can be quite stressful, so take a load off. Take that $500 and decide how much you want to spend on a hotel, food, gas, and pick your destination accordingly!
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Get Good at Staying In!
Dating your fiancé doesn't have to be a lavish or expensive task. For a budget-friendly alternative, make your mini-moon a staycation! Turn off your phones and tuck yourselves away for a romantic weekend! Stock up on snacks, your favorite foods, and drinks, then close the blinds and enjoy being together.
You might be a bit fed up with being locked indoors these days, but hear us out! Where is the place that you spend the least amount of money? Your home! We know that dinner and a movie is the normal date night format, but let’s change that up a little!
One way to stay on budget while staying at home is to skip the dinner and a movie that can eat a GIANT hole in your wallet, and get creative! There are countless date nights you can do at home.
Or if you’re not willing to give up your favorite movie date night format, stay in and have an at-home movie night with your favorite movie theater candies and popcorn!
Bring the outside in
Maybe you want to get outdoors. Try camping in your backyard for a night! This way you won’t have to fuel up the car or buy loads of camping or hiking gear. Better yet, if you don’t have a tent, make a makeshift tent out of sheets or build a full-on pillow fort in your living room! Break out the flashlight and all your blankets and pillows you can find in the house.
Let your inner kid out and remember what it was like when life was simpler. Tell jokes and see who can make the other laugh first, or even tell ghost stories! Make huge ice cream sundaes to enjoy while watching your favorite childhood shows. Your options are only limited by your willingness to be creative and effort to make something special out of whatever you have to work with.
If you’re overwhelmed with planning and you want an easy, no-planning-required way to spend quality time together, consider investing in a date night box. It’s a pretty simple concept– just sign up and get a date night delivered, in a box! Doesn’t get much easier than that!
Get Up, and Get Moving!
Exercising is free right? As long as you are moving your body, you are exercising! You two don’t need a gym membership to have an amazing wellness-centered date night with your person! All you need to achieve your fitness goals is a motivational partner who can be your cheerleader, and isn’t afraid of a little exercise!
For this budget-friendly date idea, grab your fiancé and hit the track, or grab your yoga mat or barbells. Just pick your favorite exercise activities, and do it together!
Nothing beats crushing your fitness goals with the person you love! Knowing that you tackled a goal together is so much more special than getting there on your own. Teamwork is an important part of your relationship because marriage is a marathon, not a sprint!
Practice Your First Dance Party!
Now, who said choosing your first dance song had to be a verbal discussion? What if you and your partner cued up a playlist with your top choices for your first dance song, and you have a dance battle style date night where you laugh, play, and joke to your favorite tunes? The person with the best moves wins, and their top song choice makes it to the wedding day playlist!
Maybe you two just love dancing. Another option is to visit YouTube for some first dance lessons, and come up with your own choreography for the big day! Go ahead and practice your best dance moves in the middle of your living room all night long!
Turn Your Wedding Planning Appointments Into Dates!
All these appointments with possible vendors, caterers, event planners, they each have one thing in common… They are already happening if you’re planning a wedding!
One easy twist to make these appointments budget-friendly and double as a date night opportunity is to plan ahead! If you are meeting with a wedding photographer at a local coffee shop, show up an hour early! Grab your favorite coffee together, sit down, and talk about your week. Then once your vendor shows up, you will have already killed two birds with one stone. A sweet little date night, and possibly ironing down a new amazing wedding team member all in one swing!
Make the time to continue dating your fiancé
Wedding planning can put a strain on your relationship. There are so many large decisions to be made, as well as budgets and timelines to stick to. But date night does not need to suffer just because you are planning your dream wedding! Dating your fiancé is crucial to remain connected during this time. Be intentional about continuing to date and get to know your fiancé. You two will be stronger than ever, and hearing wedding bells in no time!
Editor's note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more resources for planning a pandemic wedding here.