Whether it’s a first date with a gal you’re just getting to know or the 800th with your sweetheart of twenty years, planning and smoothly executing a date can be daunting. It’s hard to come up with ideas that both you and your partner will enjoy. But with today’s technology, creating memorable dates has never been easier.
Below we highlight six smart apps that will help you plan and carry out dates that are bound to make your main squeeze swoon.
While bringing flowers on a first date might be seen as over the top, once you’ve been going out for awhile, few women can resist the charm of a beautiful bouquet. But let’s face it…giving a woman flowers isn’t too original. So infuse the gesture with a little more uniqueness, fun, and romance by taking a cue for our Victorian brethren. Back in the day, flowers had certain meanings and the flowers a gentleman selected for a lady were designed to communicate his thoughts and emotions. These flower meanings are still around, and you can find them with the Flowers Meaning app, and then put a unique bouquet together to express your feelings for your sweetheart. Giving her a bouquet like that, instead of grabbing one from the refrigerator case at Wal-Mart, will surely get your date off to the right start.
The gents at UrbanDaddy have one mission: helping people living in the biggest metro areas of the U.S. find the best bars, restaurants, and events. Their Next Move app makes finding a place to take a lovely lady on a date as easy as a few taps on your phone. Just tell the app what city you’re in, the neighborhood you’re near, and whether you want food or drinks. UrbanDaddy then goes to work spitting out the perfect location for you to visit. Date planning has never been easier.
A well-planned music playlist can create the perfect mood for your date. Plan your date night music list with the Spotify app. With access to hundreds of thousands of songs, you can construct a romantic date night playlist that will make the evening even more memorable. Stick with some classic jazz or crooners like Frank Sinatra or Bobby Darin. The music is pleasant, warm, and doesn’t distract from conversation.
$9.99 a month for unlimited song downloads
Studies show that doing new and novel things with your partner increases the dopamine in your brains which helps rekindle the sparks you once felt for each other. But if you and your partner are like most couples, you’ve probably fallen into a rut of “dinner and a movie” date nights. Bust out of the rut with the Nifty Date Idea app. Filled with hundreds of creative and cheap date ideas and even a video scavenger game you can play with another couple, you’ll never have another boring date night again.
Dropp app allows you to send messages or photos to other Dropp users as soon as they arrive at a specified location. The app uses the iPhone’s GPS capabilities to deliver the location-based messages. You could use the Dropp app to create a romantic and fun scavenger hunt date. The clues will appear on your date’s phone as she arrives at the locations you specified in Dropp. Have the clues lead your date to a park so you can watch an outdoor movie using Brookstone’siPhonePocketProjector and a sheet hung between two trees. Your date will think you’re the bees knees.
While the movie date often gets criticized for being too conventional, sometimes a relaxing evening taking in a film is just the thing you’re both in the mood for.
Make your movie date even easier to plan with the Movies app from Flixter and Rotten Tomatoes. The app gives you the showtimes of movies at theatres nearest you. Browse the ratings from Rotten Tomatoes to make sure you don’t waste your money on a dud. When you’ve decided which movie you want to see, you can buy your tickets in the app and they’ll be ready for you to pick up when you arrive at the theater.
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