What are you doing for Valentine's Day?

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Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2021 - City, State

Well, I am not really sure yet because money is kind of tight after spending a lot on vet bills on our cat that my fiance’s brother found as a stray.

One thing we might do is there is a sushi restaurant that is really nice and affordable that we wanted to go to for New Year’s Eve but for the first time ever it was closed on New Year’s Eve so hopefully we can go back and it will be opened.

But yeah, I don’t really know

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

We don’t do anything major for valentine’s day, we might cook a slightly fancier dinner if we remember and one of us usually picks up a bottle of fizz on the way home from work but we have never done gifts or anything. 

I actually love getting gifts for people and I think i’m particularly good at picking stuff for my husband.  His birthday is in February and this year I have planned a surprise trip for a few days in the Scottish Hebrides, staying in amazing remote cabins and driving around some whiskey distilleries. I have been dying to tell him ever since I planned it! 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

This year is a busy one for us…

We are going to the Daytona 500 race on Feb 16 so I imagine we are having a quiet Valentine’s Day. We are also traveling to Europe the first week of March so that definitely adds to the hecticness.

We usually never do anything crazy for Valentine’s Day. I like getting/giving little cute gifts like a teddy bear and flowers and he usually cooks for me since I am the one that usually does all the cooking. I will be okay with doing that this year again 🙂 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

We don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day. We exchange cards and usually go to dinner but we don’t do gifts. 

I’m a really good gift giver, and my husband is really easy to shop for, so I don’t normally have issues finding things he’ll enjoy. 

Post # 7
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Honey bee

Unlike many bees and other people I know in real life (I respect  if you choose not to do anything, your choice), we always celebrate it by going out to dinner. We also exchange gifts on the non expensive side. Usually nothing over $40. Yes, I’m aware people reason that “it’s just another day and you should show your love everyday instead”, “restaurants are crowded/expensive”,  “Hallmark brainwashed you”,  etc. However, it’s something we have always done throughout our relationship and we just want to…as simple as that. 

I actually bought his Valentine gift already. Right around Xmas, his favorite cologne went on sale. I’ve had it stashed in my closet for a month now just waiting for Feb 14th to come along

lili91 :  

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Husbands bday is mid-Jan and mine is exactly one week before Valentine’s Day so gifts on V-Day are very lowkey and non-expensive.  Most we’ll do in terms of gifts is just give favorite candy/treats, no cards. He outdid himself last year and had me flowers delivered to work (huge surprise) and came home with chocolate covered strawberries (which he gets from a good friend of ours who owns her own bakery and this is her Vday special so we support her). I think he went all out last year on V-day because it was our first as a married couple, lol. 

We had a fancy dinner at home – steaks, shrimp, grilled asparagus, one other side, salad, garlic bread, wine/beer it was AMAZING. We actually found a homemade steak rub that is our go-to now. 

 Since we buy beef in bulk, we don’t really pay that much for our amazing steaks and the rest of the food is all from Aldi, lol. We enjoyed saving the money by eating in versus going out and dealing with the crowds (and this year its on a Friday of all days too, yikes). I’m hoping to do the same thing this year for V-day, its much more “us”.

ETA: Secretly hoping he does the flowers and strawberries again this year, lol, but I’m not going to hint or hold my breath either because I did sort of grumble at how much he spent on the flowers last year (albeit they were gorgeous) haha. Plus, I’d rather have flowers on my b-day instead of cliche on V-Day. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

lili91 :  We don’t really, for two reasons 1) It’s the anniversary of my Husband’s mothers passing and B) it is commercial BS lol. We might swap cards on the 13th as we have done for the last few years but honestly, probably won’t bother. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

We don’t celebrate it as it’s my birthday and I prefer to have the day all about me. I dislike my birthday being overshadowed. Plus our anniversary is in February too so we have a lot going on in the short month. It gets expensive quickly with meals out. Plus our pup’s birthday is February so she gets a day out too.

This year we do actually have plans but it’s a family meal for my 30th. We’re only on small gifts this year as we’ve got a big holiday booked in the summer for our 30th birthdays and 10 years together. 

Post # 11
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Honey bee

We don’t take valentine’s day too seriously, but I will probably order a heart shaped giordano’s pizza and frango mints to share with our kiddo for dinner. Saturday night we will probably/maybe go out to dinner somewhere more romantic for just the two of us, but we try to do lunch or dinner dates once a month regardless.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

“Yes, I’m aware people reason that “it’s just another day and you should show your love everyday instead”, “restaurants are crowded/expensive”,  “Hallmark brainwashed you”,  etc. However, it’s something we have always done throughout our relationship and we just want to…as simple as that.”

Same. Life is precious and I love an occassion to celebrate, and Valentine’s Day happens to be one of them. We usually get dressed up and go out to dinner and then maybe have some champagne at home. We’ve also gone to the theater in the past. We don’t really get each other gifts, just spend the evening doing something nice together.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

It’s my birthday the day before and the anniversary we started dating the week before (though unsure if we will celebrate that anymore as this is our first year as a married couple, so I guess our anniversary is now in August!) 

So normally we go away for a long weekend to celebrate them all. This year Darling Husband has told me to take the 13th and 14th off work and said we are going away but won’t tell me where….

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

 usually cook a fancier meal including drinks, an app, entree, and dessert. I make a menu with nice fonts and print it out.

But yeah, gifts are harder to think of.

Post # 15
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Busy bee

Our first (dating) anniversary is January 28, so my boyfriend and I will be going out for dinner to celebrate that.

We have a long weekend in Canada for Family Day that always falls over Valentine’s Day. I always head to my friend’s parent’s cabin for a ski weekend (mix of couples and singles). I’ve invited my boyfriend to attend this year. I’d love flowers, but it doesn’t really make sense when we are driving out of town for three days. We agreed on just cards (except I got him a small, $40, gift that relates to an inside joke).

Last year was cute as we went on our fifth date February 12. I had told him I was busy on Valentine’s Day. He thought I might be seeing someone else as well and didn’t want to be upstaged so showed up with cards, flowers, and chocolate. I was just going to the ballet with a girlfriend.

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