There may actually be something to those over-the-top romance films and their dramatic ooey-gooey endings. From finally meeting at a landmark building to the risk-taking heart-in-the-mouth confessions, sometimes a big romantic gesture offers the right combination that will make your heart melt. The key to pulling off this bold move is two-part: make it personal and have the tenacity to put yourself out there. Remind yourself that as long as the meaning behind this gesture is authentic, it will not come across as corny. Take a cue from the masters of romance to sweep your love off his or her feet this Valentine's Day.
The Scavenger Hunt
A most intimate form of the big romantic gesture, the scavenger hunt is a well-planned adventure for your sweetheart. Make each clue lead to a romantic spot you two have enjoyed before, and once your love discovers the next place, tell him or her why every unique destination means so much to you. Choose locations such as a favorite restaurant or where you shared your first kiss. Reliving some of the best moments of your relationship solidifies your feelings towards one another and inspires more romantic journeys together.
The Room of Romance
Rely on a classic affectionate gesture such as an over-indulgence of roses that transforms a room into a romantic getaway. You may also opt for a quirky sign of tenderness with a room full of balloons instead. This colorful display will still knock the socks off your sweetie and be less damaging to your wallet. Gents, get dressed for the occasion in a button-down shirt and trendy skinny-tie, and ladies, put on a dazzling dress to greet your partner. Be sure to offer a meaningful gift as the icing on the cake to this delightful surprise. Be prepared to make a declaration of your fondness towards this person as he or she will be intently listening to what you have to say when finding you amidst this spectacular display.
The serenade is most effective when performed in front of a window a la Romeo or in a public place where people's attention will be drawn to your love. For those who have talent, break out the guitar or instrument of your choice and croon a worthy love song, such as “Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash or a more current favorite like “Home” by Phillip Phillips. For those who have enthusiasm, pair your best karaoke with some stellar dance moves like Heath Ledger’s character in 10 Things I Hate About You. You can pull this gutsy serenade off by being able to laugh at yourself and simply having fun with it. Lastly, for those who simply think the song says it all, upgrade the boombox to an iPod station and blast the tune that means the most to you.