(Closed) Do you have a date night?

posted 8 years ago in Married Life
Post # 18
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

This is something that was and is extremely important to me. I personally think it’s vital to a marriage.

However, it also was nearly impossible for us for the first year of our marriage, due to our continuing to have be in an LDR for half of each week during that time, the fact that DH works nearly every weekend, and the fact that we share custody of DH’s two minor children. Unfortunately, our date nights have been very few and very far between.  Our current situation is improved in that I at least get to see and spend time at home alone with my DH more than had originally been possible. However, I still would like us eventually to have a date night out, even if it is only once or twice a month. 

Post # 19
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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@Nona99:  What a great idea!  I love that!

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@lovekiss:  Haha! Cute! (I guess I could consider going grocery shopping with DH at Walmart to be a date, then!)

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@redheadem:  LOL! 🙂

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We don’t really have formal date nights, but we do tons of fun stuff together – spontaneous dinners out, concerts, days at the park, football games – a lot of this stuff we do with friends if they’re available, but if they’re not we do it ourselves and it’s a “date” lol. Often we prefer to have those super casual “dates” and then save some $ for bigger just-us trips – This weekend we are treating ourselves to a late anniversary trip to see my alma mater play football in Nashville!

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Friday used to be our date night and every Sunday we used to have brunch dates, but now that we’re trying to cut back our spending, dates are just an occasional thing.  We like to go out to eat at nice places, and generally would rather have an occasional really nice meal out than 3-4 average meals out. 

We should really make more of an effort to come up with inexpensive ideas so we can have more frequent dates.

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We call “Date Night” any night we have free that week that it’s just the two of us. We both have so much going on that we specifically try to plan 1 night/week that’s just us.

If it’s during the week, we usually just make dinner and maybe go out for ice cream. If it’s on the weekend, we may go out for dinner and rent a movie. 

We do fancier nights every once and a while. Usually around a birthday or occasion or while we’re on vacation. It’s nice to mx it up sometimes.

We both feel that life can get so busy, it’s important to have nights put aside to reconnect. 

Post # 23
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We use to have a standing Thursday night date night, but then DH’s schedule changed to Wed-Sat and with the wedding planning, it got crazy.

Right now, Sunday is our “us” day since we both have it off & sometimes we’ll do a “real” date on a Monday or Tuesday, but DH works all other evenings.

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We have children (a blended family), so we go out every other Saturday night when all the kids are with their other parents.  You should check out the Dating Divas blog for great romantic and date night ideas.  Lots of them are free or cost very little.

Post # 25
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Bee Keeper

We’re mnot married, but we make an effort to go out together at least once a week; just tonight, we went out for a couple of drinks at a bar, and then went on to a restaurant to have dinner. I think it’s really important to do things like that, and it’s defnitely helped keep the spark, 7 years into our relationship.

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We do stuff together all the time, but we have one official “date” that we surprise plan for each other once a month. We set aside an entire day or weekend just for the date and surprise the person entirely with something they’d like to do. So far (all two of them!) have been wine tasting and to a cool place for dinner, but I am planning an overnight ski trip (he LOVES the snow, but I’ll stay inside with some cocoa), a canopy tour, and a day to just be tourists in our own city. 

The prices range – anywhere from $30 – hundreds, if overnight. But we try to keep it on the lower end!

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We recently were married and once we got home from honeymoon we decided to have a date night rule. We are busy with sports and home renovations but instilled a bi weekly date night. We also rotate planning. I plan one then he plans the next.  It’s so important to do dates.

They can be so cheap and simple.  Set up little twinkle lights around the room and candles and have a picnic on your living room floor, carve pumpkins, movie, go out for dinner or drinks, play boardgames, bake cookies, ahhhh so many ideas!

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