Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Rachael Pace of Marriage.com
There is a piece of age-old advice that all men should follow: never stop dating your wife.
Date nights matter for your marriage. This is backed up both by couple’s testimonials and research studies. These occasions allow you and your wife to get away from the everyday grind of the week and focus on each other without distractions.
Romance is especially important to women. This does not mean you have to spoil her with gifts, but rather, attention. Women enjoy feeling special to their partner. Planning out a night of romance and intimacy should not be hard or annoying. Quite the opposite – it should be fun!
If you’re looking to deepen your relationship, keep reading to find out our 7 romantic ideas for a great date night with your wife.
1. Camp Under the Stars
What is more romantic than laying under a blanket of stars with your wife? For this date night, you’ll be camping out. This can be done out on an actual camping trip, in your backyard, or around your town.
Think of the best place in your hometown that offers the most beautiful view of the stars that won’t be interrupted by light pollution. This may be a local park, trail, or maybe even in your own backyard. Put down a blanket and enjoy looking at the constellations with your sweetheart.
2. Roleplay as Strangers
This sexy date night idea kicks up the romance and intimacy in your marriage with a little bit of fun.
Have your wife meet you at a bar and pretend you are strangers. Make up new backgrounds and identities and see if you can “pick her up”. Your night should be full of compliments, flirting, and focusing on romance and intimacy.
This is a great date idea not only because it is kinky and sexy, but also because it reminds you how important it is to woo your wife.
3. Play Tourists for the Day
Do you live in a town known for its tourist attractions? If so, why not make a date of it. This fun day date is awesome to do and easy to plan. Start by looking up local treasures in your surrounding area. These may include:
This date idea offers a fun, afternoon adventure for you and your wife to bond over.
4. Go on a Photography Challenge
Another great way to focus on romance and intimacy while exploring your area is to go do a photography challenge. Take out your DSLR cameras (or hey, just your cell-phones!) and head out to spot some local beauty.
Perhaps your area has a beautiful waterfall, romantic vineyard or countryside, a secluded hiking trail, a bird sanctuary, or some other photogenic location that would be perfect for photos. This date gives you a great activity to do, with plenty of time for sipping coffees and talking about things both big and small.
5. Dinner and Dancing
There is something classically romantic about dinner and dancing. What’s wonderful about this idea is that is can be done either out on the town or from the comfort of your own home.
If you choose to do this at home, try looking up fancy French recipes or authentic Italian dishes and work together in the kitchen to create an edible masterpiece. Afterward, indulge in your most romantic playlist and dance together.
6. Theme Your Date by Season
The seasons offer wonderfully romantic ideas for your next date night. For example, spring is a time when the world is coming alive. Use this time to go for a romantic drive and watch all the flowers blooming in your area.
In the summer months, indulge in beach trips, amusement parks, walk through your neighborhood, bonfires, barbecue’s, and quiet evenings out on the porch with a glass of wine.
Fall is arguably one of the most beautiful seasons there is. Go for a walk down your favorite scenic trail and watch the gorgeous changing leaves.
Winter is full of romantic ideas that will turn a boring afternoon into a winter wonderland. Go sledding, build a snowman together, plan a ski day trip or sit by the fire with hot cocoa and talk about life, romance and intimacy.
7. Bedroom Date Night
There is nothing in the romance and intimacy handbook that says you have to spend money or even leave the house to have a romantic date night with your wife.
Instead of going out, why not focus on building intimacy by making a romantic bedroom date? Light candles, hang string lights, put on some music and focus on romance for the evening with this at-home date.
Benefits of a Regular Date Night
According to the Survey of Marital Generosity, which polled more than 1,600 couples from ages 18-55, found that there are many benefits to a regular date night.
Spending time with your spouse in a romantic setting at least twice a month, up to once a week is helpful for cultivating and maintaining an intense emotional and romantic marital connection.
The results of the survey revealed that couples who had a regular date night showed improved communication skills. Without work or children to distract a couple, they were more likely to focus on one another and communicate on a deeper level.
Date night also brings a fun novelty to a relationship. This will add excitement to your marriage and help prevent boredom from occurring.
When you first started dating your wife, you likely couldn’t get enough of each other. This is due to what relationship experts called “eros” or romantic love that is linked to passion and excitement.
The longer a couple is together, the more eros fades into a different kind of love. However, date night has been shown to rekindle this spark and boost sexual satisfaction within the marriage.
The theory goes: if you stop trying, so will your wife. Show your wife she’s worth it by bringing romance and intimacy back into your marriage. These romantic ideas for date night will make her feel special and help deepen your marital connection.
Author Bio: Rachael Pace is a relationship expert with years of experience in training and helping couples. She has helped countless individuals and organizations around the world, offering effective and efficient solutions for healthy and successful relationships. She is a featured writer for Marriage.com, a reliable resource to support healthy happy marriages.