According to history.com, the origins of Valentine’s Day go back to ancient Rome, where the Christian church made an effort to “Christianize” Lupercalia, a pagan celebration. Valentine greetings have been popular since the Middle Ages; however, written valentines didn’t appear until after 1400. The oldest valentine in existence is a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife in 1415.
Seven centuries later, Valentine’s Day is commonly celebrated in the United States as well as Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. In the digital age, apps make it easier to organize information as well as date nights. Here are five apps to help you plan for the most romantic day of the year.
An extension of the website, 1-800-Flowers’ free mobile application provides users with the possibility to buy bouquets, along with chocolates, sweets, jewelry, and plush bears. Its same-day delivery service allows for last minute orders through local florists. Keep in mind that there is typically an influx of late orders, so don’t wait too long to order. For same-day weekday deliveries, orders need to take place before 2 p.m.; for same-day deliveries on Saturdays, orders have to take place before 1 p.m.
Going out to dinner is a vital part of most couples’ Valentine’s Day. Open Table allows users to look for local, available restaurants and make reservations. Its system of Dining Reward Points lets users collect credit that go towards coupons. The app lets you filter restaurants by price, so you can decide between a cheap or expensive date. With about 31,000 upscale restaurants across the globe working with OpenTable, you should be able to find somewhere nearby that suits both you and your date.
Described as an “app for two,” Couple gives people in relationships the opportunity to share photos and calendars with each other. Couples can also share voice messages, videos, sketches, stickers, their location and more. Sharing location between each other gives the ability to search for nearby restaurants and night life activities. Real-time interaction lets users draw together at the same time or “touch” through their phones using Thumbkiss, which allows couples’ thumbs to “kiss” when they touch the screen at the same time.
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to mean expensive. The Groupon app gives discounts for restaurants, bars, and activities like couple massages or cruise trips. You can also pamper yourself with spa treatments, blowouts, and hair removal services. Order prints and jewelry at a discounted price for your loved one. Buying multiple activities can end up being more fun than spending money at one expensive restaurant.
If you have plans after dinner, TabbedOut allows you to pay via your phone by choosing a restaurant featured in the app. You can review and adjust tab details and tip; you receive a receipt via email. Although it might allow a quicker exit, users are restricted to a select group of restaurants to dine in.
Valentine’s Day is a time to show your significant other how much you care about them – don’t be afraid to be a little mushy towards your “honey.” Help from these apps can help you focus on your partner for a memorable day together.
By Amanda Delgado