For those guys in the dating game, sometimes a quiet night in or a trip to the cinema just doesn’t cut it. Occasions like a birthday, a graduation, or valentine’s day often need a fancier outing that will prove to be memorable for both you and your girlfriend. On the other hand, sometimes it’s just nice to just treat yourselves for no real reason.
If you have only been in more laid-back relationships, or haven’t been in a serious one that has required you to commemorate these dates in style, you may be feeling a little lost. But never fear, because we’re on hand to share our four steps to planning the perfect posh date for you and your lucky lady. So pay attention as we tell you how to put together a night you will both remember.
Get a date in your diary
Even though you may be celebrating a date that stands out on the calendar, you need to agree on an evening when you are both free to go out. If you are celebrating a national occasion, you need to bear in mind that many of the very best restaurants will be incredibly busy on or around that day.
Be ready to make any necessary sacrifices to make the evening happen, especially if you are celebrating something your girlfriend has achieved. This means being willing to cancel any plans you have with your friends so that you can be flexible to your date’s needs — the celebration is for her after all.
You can have a discussion to decide when would be the best day for you both, but if the date is a surprise, you may need to ask around her friends and family to establish when she is available.
Choose a restaurant and make the reservations
As we have mentioned, the best restaurants are likely to be jam-packed with couples on those big occasions. With this in mind, you need to make a decision on a restaurant and ensure you make your reservation in enough time to secure a table. There are a few apps on the market that allow you to see in real time which restaurants are fully booked and also allow you to make your own reservation. The Telegraph has a great round-up of the best ones available.
When you are trying to pick somewhere to eat, there are a few things that you need to consider. The simplest situation is when you are both able to sit down and decide which one that you’d like to go to, but you may find yourself in a position where you have to make the decision on your own. For example, if it is a surprise, you will need to know what kind of food your girlfriend really loves, and if there are any restaurants that are particular favourites of hers.
You can use websites like TripAdvisor to find out where the best places to eat are. The website uses user reviews to rank each of their listed restaurants, and you can also find links to their menu, price information, and contact details.
Get some posh clothes to match the evening
For a posh night out, you need to look the part. Not only will putting on some nice clothes make you feel good and improve your self-confidence, but it will make your girlfriend feel extra special when you’ve put in some extra effort.
If you are heading to a top of the range eatery, you will need some threads to match. You may already own a quality suit, but if not, you need to head out on a shopping trip and splash some cash. Don’t look at it as buying a suit for just one night because there will be many occasions in the future that will require you to don a nice outfit.
If you are confident that you know your size, you can also find clothing of real quality online, often at a better price and with more options than the high street. You can’t go far wrong with brands like Jules B, who have a range of designer suits that have been handpicked by their expert buyers to be right on-trend and amazing quality. With some research effort you can find clothing of real quality online.
Choose a romantic activity for before or after the meal
You might both be perfectly happy to head home enjoying each other’s company, but sometimes you can enhance your evening by taking part in a romantic activity before or after your meal. The activity doesn’t have to be a moonlit carriage ride through the park, but there are a number of things you can do together that can be memorable.
Maybe you know of somewhere beautiful you can both take a quiet stroll after the restaurant, or perhaps you’d prefer to head to an intimate music venue to hear some beautiful sounds. Websites like Ents24 and The List have extensive listings for events in almost every local area, so you should have no trouble finding something suited.
You should be able to use the four key steps in this article to plan the perfect evening for you and your girlfriend. Put in some effort beforehand and you can enjoy a great night out that may well take your relationship to another level.