Love isn't always easy, especially when major holidays roll around. And the one holiday that's specifically geared toward love and romance can often be a real challenge.
Are you engaged and wondering what gift to buy your beloved on Valentine's Day? You can't give a $5 box of chocolates and a cheesy greeting card to someone with whom you're about to tie the knot. But you'll want every penny to count, particularly if money is getting a little tight as you build-up to the big day. Breathe. Relax. You have options. These wedding-related gift ideas are sure to please.
A Wedding "Upgrade"
Is there a wedding detail your sweetie was wishing for, perhaps a more luxurious option, but settled for a cheaper one? Spend your Valentine's Day gift to give her an upgrade. If she wanted peonies in her bouquet, but they were out of season and cost way too much money, call the florist and change the details. If his close friend living in a distant city can't afford to come to the wedding, buy a plane ticket for him.
Your Sexy Side
There are going to be a lot of photographs of you in your wedding dress and your guy in his tuxedo, but did you ever think of posing without your wedding finery? No, nothing too racy, but rather those tasteful but sexy shots called "boudoir photographs." Many photographers offer this service, helping you to feel relaxed as possible as you're beautifully captured in lingerie. Give your sweetheart something for their eyes only.
Consider spending your lunch hours for the next 10 days or so taking dance lessons, if you're the clodhopper type. No more shaking your head in panic and pulling back as she tries to lead you onto the dance floor. Surprise her on Valentine's Day by popping a CD in the stereo and asking her to dance. She'll be surprised and delighted—and will look forward to getting you on the dance floor at your wedding reception.
That Special Touch
Buy him or her a watch, bracelet, handkerchief, or another accessory, then write a thoughtful note to accompany it. Mention how excited you are to marry him and give him something he might wear on your wedding day. It will lend a special touch to the day as your honey wears a memory.
Give your Valentine a gift certificate to a service that develops original artwork out of photos. Write a note that it's for your wedding photography, so that you'll have a beautiful memento of your wedding to hang up in your home.
Think Outside the Box
Valentine's Day gift-giving doesn't have to be intimidating, and it doesn't have to be all chocolate and flowers. These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg. You know your beloved better than anyone. If there's something they're really passionate about, try to work it in. Does she love horses? Maybe spring for a horse-drawn carriage at your wedding. Of course, if his thing is monster trucks, this might not be an option.