- If your other half has put the effort into a plan he's a man of substance
- A surprise can end in that all important proposal so practise your best 'yes'
- George Watts, aka wedding planner The Wedding Fairy, shares his thoughts
- Gives flowers and chocolate the thumbs up, and a run down of the best gifts
For those in a relationship, Valentine's Day can be a 'make or break' moment, as they ponder the meaning behind their gift or gesture from their loved one.
Wedding planner and author George Watts has revealed to FEMAIL what your man's plans for you this February 14 say about your relationship.
According to George, if you're being whisked away for a surprise adventure then he might be about to whip out a ring - but if he's taking you to your favourite restaurant it's probably wise to prepare yourself for disappointment.
George also shares with us the best and worse gifts to expect - and he gives old school flowers and chocolates the thumbs up.
So read on to find out whether it's time to start practising your best surprised 'yes' face - or if you should be considering whether you really want this man in your life come Valentine's Day 2018...
If your other half has put in the effort to plan something - big or small - don't discredit it, it means they really care
THE PLACES HE TAKES YOU
A Weekend Retreat
It should never be about how fancy the hotel is, more about what he's planned for you when you get there
A weekend away is all about the detail. The itinerary should be well thought out and personalised just for you from beginning to end.
His efforts should go well beyond just the bedroom if his aims are to woo and impress long term.
It should never be about how fancy the hotel is, more about what he's planned for you when you get there. Substance not the superficial is the aim of the game when it comes to the weekend retreat.
Put on your best smile, make sure you get a manicure and look picture perfect for that proposal you weren't expecting...
The ultimate ingredient for any successful Valentine's Day is of course an element of surprise.
If he takes your breath away with a once in a lifetime adventure you weren't expecting, I guarantee his down-on-one-knee moment will be a finale gesture to remember and ensure this Valentine's Day is one you won't forget in a hurry!
The Romantic Gesture
Here's the thing, be it a box of chocolates or a bunch of flowers, no gesture can be too big or too small if he really means it.
Don't be a size queen! Feel free to judge of course but remember, E is for effort and if he's made some, surely that should be praised?
Personal to You
Once he's planned something with your interests and relationship in mind, then it really doesn't matter what it is
Now this is where things get serious. Anyone can book a table for two, but if he makes it all about you and your relationship, this is when you know you're on to a keeper.
Booking the exact table in the restaurant where you first met or dined together, getting tickets to watch your favourite musical or planning a night-in with your ultimate three courses and topped off with your number one movie ready are all absolute winners and say this guy is a keeper.
Uninspired, unimaginative, mundane or run-of-the-mill are not things anyone should be feeling on Valentine's night.
If his grand gesture leaves you feeling a little flat inside, my absolute best advice is not to repeat said experience next year!
GIFTS THAT SIGNIFY A FUTURE
It can only ever be a good thing. If it sparkles and he didn't propose this time round, get online and order some wedding mags asap, you'll be needing them!
Scented candles or a cosy throw to snuggle up under for example, suggest he's ready to settle. Home is where the heart is after all.
Effort is the key in any relationship, if your other half has bought you flowers and chocolates don't turn your nose up
if he rocks up to your door with a little puppy love how could you possibly resist?
THE HINT GIFT
if he listened you're on to a winner, be it a handbag, scent or your favourite brand of lingerie.
Anything itinerary driven, i.e. a weekend away suggest's he has plans and I bet it end's with a proposal.
BAD GIFTS THAT MEAN RUN NOW!
Left feeling like a deflated balloon after your partner's terrible gifts, then make sure not to repeat in for 2018
Valentine's is definitely not a night to scrimp and cut corners. That doesn't mean it has to cost a fortune, but whatever he does, it should be well thought out and personal to you.
If it's diet, healthy living or fitness related... just walk.
Grabbing a dodgy bunch of daffodils in desperation, whilst en route to meet you isn't really going to hit the spot is it? Never settle for anything in life - especially men.
Valentine's night is not a time for practicality, a boring bottle of bubble bath will always be a boring bottle of bubble bath - unless of course he asks to jump in too!
George, who lives in London and has written a book called How to spot a Prince and Marry Mr Right, says that if you're still in doubt then tick off the list of qualities that you should stay clear of and the ones that are absolutely vital
- No attention seekers
- Someone who knows what they want
- There has to be intrigue
- Make sure you persevere
- Do not settle
- There has to be physical attraction
- He needs to be loyal
How to spot a Prince and Marry Mr Right by George Watts is available on Amazon, £6.99
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