Tips to Plan for Your Date

Having a regular date night is one of the simplest ways to keep your relationship strong. But maybe, like so many, you’ve been unsure of where to start or how to make a plan. As you join us for our church-wide, married couples date on September 23, here are some tips to help you and your spouse easily plan a date that is fun and memorable. We can’t wait to celebrate and intentionally care for our marriages as one church! Pray Make this the first thing you do. Ask God to guide you, to be in the details, give you creativity, and make your marriage stronger through this date. Men, Take the Initiative Be the leader. Even if you have not done it before, be the one to approach your wife about the date night and let her know that because you love her, you want to be part of the planning process.  Women, Appreciate His Efforts If you know that this is out of his comfort zone, make every effort to encourage him. Be engaging and let him know that you find it attractive when he is a part of the process. Don’t Overspend It is possible to create a memorable date night without breaking the bank. Come up with a price point you are both comfortable with beforehand and commit to stick to it!  Plan Together Be a team and explore options you both will love. Need some help coming up with ideas? Click here. Keep Each Other in Mind Don’t make this date all about you. Your date night is meant to be a night you both enjoy together! Consider each other’s interests and revolve the date around things you will both like. Make Reservations

  1. If necessary, secure a babysitter. Make sure to allow for some alone time at the end of the date before coming home.
  2. If you are planning a local overnight stay or if you will be traveling and need a flight, hotel, and/or rental car, book your reservations in advance. Make sure you know the check-in and check-out times so you can plan accordingly.

Think it Through Now that you have most of the details in place, walk through the steps of the night in your head to make sure you aren’t leaving anything out. Have a Backup Plan Bad things can happen to good dates, so make sure you have a backup plan in place in case your babysitter bails, your reservation is misplaced, or the weather starts to take a turn for the worst. Most importantly, determine now that even if something goes wrong, you are going to make the best of it. Remember Think back to how you won your husband/wife over in the first place and try to recreate some of that in your date. We want to hear from you! E-mail about your date night story for your chance to win in a prize drawing! Share your dates on social media by tagging your photos with #DateNightStories to encourage other couples with what the Lord is doing in your marriage!