Date Night Done Right

posted: 01/09/18
by: Katie Morton
young couple enjoying a romantic dinner by candlelight, outdoor


Valentine's Day is not far off and that means romance is in the air! Date night plans evolve over the course of a relationship. What's the perfect date night for a first date? What about for a long-term married couple? Read on for ideas on how to plan the best date night for each phase of your relationship.

New Relationship? Plan an Adventure for Two!

"The Spouse House" and relationship expert Christine Hassler shares her pro tips for a planning the perfect date night with a prospective romantic partner. According to Hassler, when it comes to getting to know someone's personality and values, some dates are better than others.

So, what's the best date to plan when you're first getting to know a person? Haller explains, "When you're doing some kind of adventure together, something that is outside of going to dinner and having alcohol. Maybe it's a hike, maybe it's kayaking ... something where you might have a little bit of a challenge where you see how the other person deals with adversity or how the other person deals with other people."

She continues, "When you're just at dinner or a bar having a drink just talking, it's great, you can have great conversation. But you really get to know someone even better when you see them interacting in an environment and see them engaging with other people."

Say "I Do" to Married Date Night

Planning a date night for a brand-new relationship is obviously much different than planning a date night for a married couple. Married date night should be a chance to unwind, reconnect, and reignite the spark that brought you together in the first place.

Too busy with work, kids, and running a household to plan a married date night? You should carve out the time since experts say that sharing married date nights with your spouse is key to keeping your marriage healthy. In fact, married couples that share monthly date nights are 14% less likely to break up. How's that for motivation to break out that little black dress and call your favorite bistro to reserve a table for two? The pros say that date night for married couples allows you reconnect emotionally, away from the daily pressures of running a household.

Of course, date night also allows you to reconnect psychically--that's right, we're talking about good old-fashioned S-E-X. If it's been awhile since you've indulged, it's high time you marked "Married Date--Get Busy!" on your calendar. Kids at home tamping down the passion? Book a hotel room and indulge in room service. You'll return home recharged, rested, and reconnected with your spouse.

Date night done right can help take your new relationship to the next level or recharge a long-term marriage. No matter what your date plans entail, spending one-on-one time with your significant other will help you feel connected and loved.